Janathon Day 24

Still poorly.


Janathon Day 23

I have done zero exercise today. Nothing. Zilch. Buggar all.

I am ill. I have been ill all day. I felt a bit dodgy Friday afternoon. However I am now seriously ill.

I can barely move. I have been curled up on the sofa under a crochet blanket all day.  



Janathon Day 22 

The lovely nurse at Bourne Corn Exchange said to relax and take it easy for the next 24 hours. 


I gave blood. 

So I’m hoping I’ll be excused for the lack of exercise today.


Janathon Day 21

Today, if we are going by the marathon training schedule, should have been a 7 mile easy run. However, in the real world, it was a rest day. It was Y11 parents’ evening and I didn’t get out of school until 8pm. 

So by the time I got home and had had something to eat there was only one exercise that I could possibly partake in. Our friend. The plank.

The result? I smashed it. By a massive 7 seconds. New PB. 



Janathon Day 20

Gym. Again.

  • 1 mile jog warm-up
  • 3 miles @ 9min/mile
  • 1 mile jog cool down


Tomorrow: ‘rest day’ and Y11 parents’ evening.
Total Janathon mileage = 67.28


Janathon Day 19 – speed…

Gym. Speed work.

The plan went something like this… 

It’s always a bit tricky doing fast/slow fartlek stuff on the treadmill, especially when it is only 200m reps. I felt like I was forever pressing buttons, changing the speed up and down. Although after 50ish mins I had indeed completed the session. 

8km, 5miles in old money. Done.

Janathon total = 62.28 miles


Janathon Day 18

A rest day.

Woah! Hold on a minute!! You can’t have a rest day during Janathon. 

Cue a bit of planking. But not just any old bit of planking. A superb plank. 

167 secs. A whole 9 secs more than last time.



Janathon Day 17 – it’s snow joke…

There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can’t.

I’m the first kind: 17 days of Janathon done. Although, more importantly, the first week completed on the marathon training schedule.

This morning I ran along the bypass to the woods and back again, I had to run behind a lot of cars: I was exhausted.

Today a nice gentle 8 miles were the order of the day. There was a very light dusting of snow and it was pretty cold first thing this morning.  Winter: the days of shovelry. 

Whilst at the woods I saw a poor old lady fall unconscious in the snow today.

Well, I’m assuming she was poor – she only had 86p in her purse.

It should be ok getting to work in the snow in the morning, just need a bit of grit. 

Janathon total = 58.28

Bad jokes = 5


Janathon Day 16 – Rutland Parkrun

We are exactly halfway through this blasted Janathon business. 15 days done. Today. Then just 15 more.

Today was a trip to Rutland Parkrun. It was a cold morning; bright but frosty. There was even a course inspection to ensure it was safe and not too icy. 

My marathon training allows me to do Parkrun on Saturdays; a bit of speed work never did anyone any harm. So I was going for it this morning. 

Time: 22.57

Place: 26th

It was very cold and frosty underfoot in places, so I was reasonably happy with the time. I felt knackered at 4km – the cold weather had sapped my strength. The good thing about going to Rutland Parkrun is that it’s rarely mega busy, 150 runners this morning, so you don’t have to fight your way through the crowds in the first 200m. 

Post-run breakfast:Wetherspoons

Tomorrow: steady longish run.

Nearly forgot the random blog picture…