Having achieved one of my initial targets for Janathon (running and blogging it everyday) but having failed at all others (interval sessions mixed in, being uninjured, enjoying vast swathes of the running time!), it’s with some relief that the final run has been almost enjoyable in itself.
Having successfully put in a mile that I enjoyed yesterday, I decided today that I wouldn’t be going to running club tomorrow to feel the luxury of not “having” to run to the fullest. I’ve promised JogBlog we’ll go on Thursday instead. My promise for tonight was that, since my pains seem to have reached their temporary peak, I’d take some Audiofuel out for a jaunt around Park Farm. That promise eased into the idea that I could slip in an interval session before I have a running rest.
So I left the house with no music on, plodded up the road in dutiful easy paced style to have a warm up, eased around the top corner at snails pace to allow breathing to be as natural as possible before I crossed the road and tuned straight in to 175BPM of running inspiration.
Keep your feet to the beat indeed!
30 days of Janathon; three colds; a crippling stabbingly painful left foot bridge; a floating, moving, aching but sharp pained right shin and a current chest full of fluid when I breathe hard rendered me most uncomfortable, I must admit.
Before the month, 175BPM was my pace of choice for a pacey but manageable 2 mile outing. Tonight, I decided it’d be better in shorter bursts so did links of 175 pace followed by equidistant (ish) recoveries. The interval splits are themselves much slower than before the month, indicating I am now shortening my stride to maintain cadence. A result of the pain, I guess. I now have a benchmark run to gauge recovery and improvement as the year goes on. Tesco corner to the corner of the park can be my new marker for performance review.
Something good has come out of the month.
But now it’s over. A great month of seeing everyone else’s journey to this point makes me look forward to the year ahead with great anticipation.
I hope to see many of you reading this participating in Juneathon as well as continuing to exercise/jog/blog as the non-event months progress. One of the most interesting things about setting up the Google Reader for my Junathon judging last year was seeing how few bloggers kept up much intensity in activity throughout the rest of the year. Inevitable initially, I agree, but it took ages until many regulars became, erm, “regular” again! I hope Janathon doesn’t do the same for us all, but it’ll be great to keep seeing how you all do over the coming months.
Still, for me there is now a garden to concentrate on at weekends; windows to make in the evenings; a house to renovate/decorate to Jogblog standards over the coming months/years; lots of cycling to do; a motorbike to ride; oh, and Jogblog to make happy in all the bits of time in between.
Hopefully the year will go well from here.
Happy Janathon. Roll on Juneathon and keep up the good work.
I know I will be.
1864.38 miles to go.