Day 16 #janathon – plus me and The Donald…

Past halfway. Anyone whose has taken part in Janathon (or Juneathon) in the past will understand the whole ‘it’s a rollercoaster’ comment. 

Early on in the month you’re motivated, you want to get out there and start racking up the mileage. It’s fun. 

After a week or so it starts to get difficult, the dark evenings, the cold, the rain, the constant showers, not forgetting the tired legs that ain’t used to running every day. It’s a struggle.

A dozen days in and you’re at rock bottom – the thought of having a ‘rest day’ consumes you – the aching legs are not the only problem, it’s now in your head. The psychological battle: keep on running or have a rest. You’re at the low point.

Past halfway. This is an important point, psychologically you’re over the worst of it, you’re on the home stretch. Together with the fact that after running for 16 days the legs are actually starting to feel stronger, the runs seem slightly easier. Starting to feel good again. 

So….it was the gym tonight – a gentle half hour on the treadmill – with an incline, that proves just how good I’m feeling. 

So things seem to be going well, in fact so well that The Donald didn’t want to miss out on a bit of publicity – at the moment every one whose anyone seems to want a picture with The Donald – I didn’t want to miss out. He has, of course, taken full credit for the Janathon success so far. 

Total Janathon mileage = 60

Day 15 #janathon 

15 days done. 15 days run. 16 days to go. 

Sunday, the home of the long run. Even in the midst of Janathon, with the Dark Skies Run getting ever closer, the longer runs still need to be done.

It was a miserable morning, grey and drizzly, and after snoozing the alarm for half a dozen times, 8.30am seemed about right to get up and head out the door.

The morning went exactly to plan, a run up the bypass to Bourne woods, big lap of the woods and back along the bypass home: 8.7 miles. It was a nice steady pace, hilly, muddy and surprisingly icy in places (nearly stacked it on more than one occasion). 

A week in miles:

Monday – 1.9

Tuesday – 4.3

Wednesday – 2.5

Thursday – 5.4

Friday – 2.1

Saturday – 3.1

Sunday – 8.7

Total week’s mileage = 28.3

That just leaves my running selfie. Now you only have to do a search for ‘running’ on Instagram to find a plethora of running selfies, and in every one you’ll see people that look like they’ve stepped out of a photo shoot. Not me. I even tried a few different expressions…

Total Janathon mileage = 56.6