#project365 #74

The dreaded ‘Red Nose Day’ at school today. Cue hundreds of crazy kids in non-school uniform running around like it’s Christmas.

It’s days like today when I am thankful that I like to run. I managed a trip to the gym at the end of the day for an hour or so on the treadmill – warm up and cool down with 5 miles in the middle – it was good to clear the head.

It was also my last run as a 48 year old – tomorrow’s my birthday! Woop woop!

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#project365 #71

Not quite sure how we’ve got to the 71st day of the year, but here’s today’s picture:

The gym I go to has finally starting to update the machines. It’s a bit of an old school gym, lots of weights, lots of mirrors, and lots of machines that are slowly beginning to fall apart.

So it was quite a surprise when I discovered two new cross-trainers: touchscreens, internet connected and very swanky. I’m looking forward to some new treadmills, which are apparently, on the way.


#project365 #37

It’s pretty easy to tell when it’s been an uneventful day. Today’s picture: the microwave in the staff room which contained a pot of leftover veggie chilli and rice from last night.

Although, I did also attend the gym. An hour on the treadmill.

So I had a choice of two inanimate objects. The microwave just pipped the treadmill.

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#project365 #28

Day 28 Veganuary

I was in charge of dinner tonight: vegan sausage rolls, chips and beans. These Linda McCartney sausage rolls are lovely.

Just what was needed after yet another ridiculous day at school, followed by an hour on the treadmill at the gym.

I also watched The Ultimate Triathlon on Amazon Prime – well worth a watch – follows the story of a fella who swam, cycled and ran 2000km in 12 days from Morocco to Monaco. Amazing.


#project365 #7

Day 7 RED January

After not running at all in December (and barely in November) because of the niggle in the calf, this RED January is a godsend. It means I can very slowly increase distance and speed.

So today I was at the gym – 4 miles on the treadmill – slowly increasing the speed of each mile.

I’m hoping that by the end of January I might be somewhere need where I was about 3 months ago so that I can start building up the mileage and getting back to some faster parkruns.

RED January stats:

  • 1 parkrun
  • 1 gym session
  • 2 bike rides
  • 2 runs
  • 1 walk
Juneathon Project365

Due a treat….

I know, it's only day 4 of Juneathon, but I deserve a treat.

It was a trip to the gym again, with the now usual bit of cross-training to avoid aggravating the calf muscle. But I also did a 10 min on the rowing machine to mix it up a bit. Following by 109 sec plank when I got in.

My reward….and #155 in Project365….

Juneathon totals after day 4:

  • 2 mile run
  • 10.23 mile cross-train
  • 69 press-ups
  • 376 sec planks
  • 2000m row



Juneathon Project365

Exciting times…. #juneathon #project365

Now if I was a slacker I could very easily have used my 'clearing of the cupboard' in my classroom as today's Juneathon activity: I did plenty of climbing up and down on the chair; lugging folders that haven't seen the light of day for years; and filling various black bags. But I did better than that.

I did, however, use it as today's Project365 entry….

Project365 #154

As for my 'official' Juneathon activity, I'd like to enter 35min on the cross-trainer at the gym, 26 press-ups and 109sec plank. Lovely jubbly.

Juneathon Totals after Day 3:

  • 2 mile run
  • 7.13 mile cross-train
  • 69 press-ups
  • 267 sec planks

In other news….I have a fantastic new blog header to celebrate Juneathon. Designed by Amy Sarfas Designs.


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I don’t mean to be rude…

Janathon Day 30 – The Penultimate Day

This week has been very cold. Therefore, since Monday, all but one of my runs have been done on the treadmill at the gym. I'm not the greatest fan of the gym; I prefer to run outside. I originally joined just so I could still run on those cold, wet winter nights. Although I do occasionally do a bit on the bike, or a bit of cross training, I have even been known to do a bit on the rowing machine. But what you will never catch me doing is weight training.

The gym I go to is a bit 'old skool' – lots of weight machines, lots of free weights and lots of big muscle men. Now, I don't mind if people want to workout using weights, good luck to them I say. However, there must come a point when you feel that you are big and strong enough. The boys at the gym where I go don't seem to know where that 'point' is.

What you end up with are blokes pacing around with little heads on massively overgrown, pumped up bodies. Their bodies are so enlarged that they seem unable to relax – they just look so tense all the time – I'd imagine that they just ache all day. Not my cup of tea.

At this point you are probably expecting a sneaky picture of said fellas – that is not going to happen – I wouldn't want to risk it, I'll get lynched. So you get a rather accurate artist impression*…

As for the last run of the month? Not sure what it will be yet, probably hit the trails of the woods for a final muddy blast. We'll see what happens.

Today's mileage = 4.27

Total Janathon mileage = 123.33

* if I do not blog tomorrow you will know that one of the muscle men at the gym reads my blog and has broken me in half.

Project365 #30

Yep, you've guessed it, we had a little visitor over tonight!

Bagsy not tidying up!


Janathon Project365

Busy. Busy. Busy.

Janathon Day 29

Thursday: always a busy day. However, they are doubly busy when a full day of teaching is followed by parents' evening. Then throw Janathon into the mix and you have a very busy day.

It was a bitterly cold night when I finally trudged out of school, and after a bit of a snow shower this afternoon I was faced with the prospect of scraping the car of ice to get home.

Therefore, although you've probably guessed already, it was a trip to the gym for tonight's run. It was a quick 4-miler on the treadmill – quick because I wanted to get home for food. The past couple of nights at the gym has shown me one thing – legs are feeling strong at the moment – must try and get a couple of races sorted – don't want to waste the mileage.

Today's mileage = 4.13

Total Janathon mileage = 119.06

Project365 #29

In position for an evening of chat…

Enough said.