Having taken part in both Janathon and Juneathon for the past three or so years, and with the 'annual festival of activity and excuses' only a few days away, I thought I would impart my knowledge on what you need to complete a successful Juneathon:
- A plan. Your plan could come in one of three guises: a target mileage/exercise routine, written down and stuck to despite everything else; or a more laissez-faire attitude, one of, run if you want, or not if you don't feel like it; or maybe your plan will be somewhere in between. Whatever you choose be happy and comfortable with the plan – knowing that, in the end the plan can always be chucked out the window. To conclude, you probably don't actually need a plan.
- Running kit. Running or exercising for 30 days in a row puts an awful lot of pressure on your kit. There are a few things you can do to ensure you've always got kit to wear: tell the missus to keep on top of the washing (a risky strategy); or hit the shops and buy more stuff; or struggle on with what you have got, with the understanding that at some stage you will be wearing mouldy kit that has been dug out from the bottom of the wash basket. Therefore, you probably don't actually really need loads of running kit.
- Hot water. Juneathon very quickly becomes showerathon. So ensure the boiler is in tip top condition and you have loads of hot water. Unless you are a bit skanky, in which case you don't even need hot water.
- Time. If you are not one to do lots of exercise, be prepared to watch the month of June disappear quicker than Usain Bolt on speed. What with work, exercising, showering and complaining you'll find you won't have much time for anything else. Unless of course you don't actually have a life – in which case time is not an issue.
- Creativity. One of the 'rules' of Juneathon is to blog everyday. People will not want to read blogs that say, 'went for a run today', or 'feel tired after today's exercise' – you need to try to entertain – include pictures – write poems – tell jokes – anything that will make people want to return and follow you on your journey through Juneathon. However, I think it is now acceptable to micro-blog – just posting 'I ran' on Twitter may be enough to suffice – so, creatively may not be required either.
In conclusion, this 'What you need for a successful Juneathon' post is clearly nonsense. Just sign-up and have a go.