Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Every step is good

Two lovely coaching runs tonight totalling 6.4 miles. Rather chilly but new running gear helped!

We did various routes around Winchester at 'chat pace' and laughed along the way.

I returned to a quiet house and promptly had some delicious veggie chilli (one I prepared earlier) and a glass of White.

Also will have completed two short yoga sessions by the end of the day.

Night night Janathon people whoever and wherever you are. Keep on running/blogging/smiling.

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Location:Streets of Winchester

Monday, 10 January 2011

Minute 18 magic

Today I completed 4 miles after work in 33 minutes. I ran it at easy pace with iPod. It was completed before tea on my treadmill at home. I felt good once I had started, but there's something about minute 18 of a run when I click into bliss mode and all is well with the world.

I knew today would be busy, as I was working an hour away and had a very early start, but I made a definite time to run and stuck to it and asked my lovely husband to help with the logistics.

The run was uneventful but brilliant in its own pure way.

There was no scenery or conversation, just the simplicity of one foot infront of the other, the space for thinking and no other demands, confirming my opinion that I love running and the peace it brings to a chaotic life.

Thank-you Janathon!

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Blue sky running

Our lovely babysitter saved the day by forcing me to get out the door for a run this morning at 9 when I really didn't feel like it.

Our youngest continues to wake up repeatedly throughout the night and my husband and I feel we are turning into zombies....I started looking like one some time back!!

Once out into the 'cold and frosty morning' we were rewarded with a glorious run in beautiful, much welcome sunshine. My polar buff and two pairs of gloves helped keep the chill off and I soon found myself smiling at the joy and simplicty of being able to do what I love once more.

I slipped a few times on the ice, but thankfully didn't fall...

The water meadows once more created the backdrop if the bulk of the run and we passed two runners that I coach out for their run and looking great(v. proud coach).

After about 9 miles Tom and I ran past the rugby club and saw boys as young as 3 having a wonderful time by doing some seriously impressive speed work! Great atmosphere and inspiring to see. Passing the Military fitness group doing jump squats on the playing field saw my husband speeding up a bit- was he trying to impress or get away from them?!

The run was completed by going along the footpath by the river, down to Kingsworthy and through Barton Farm.

Day 9 run done-11.2 miles. Achilles still complaining, but holding up.

I have exercised every day in January, so far,but being sensible and decided not to run everyday due to risk of injury.

I am already thinking ahead to tomorrow and how to find the time to do everything I want to do, as well as everything I have to do.... Where there's a will there's a way.

Happy running fellow Janathoners!

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Location:Winchester,United Kingdom

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Yoga saves the day again

Another busy day. Very sore Achilles still and a bit concerned about it. Don't want to be injured for marathon training.

Did evening yoga from Yogatic.com on YouTube- highly recommend it!

Planning to do a long run tomorrow to up my mileage a bit.

Night everyone.

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Location:Winchester yoga mat

Friday, 7 January 2011

Do rest days exist?

The sound of my youngest son at 5.30 am followed by sharp pain in both Achilles as I stumbled across the dark bedroom,was not the most relaxing way to begin my 43rd birthday...


A welcome 'rest day' needed,if there is such a thing for a working mum of 3.

Presents, cake, hugs, cards and meals out with friends and family were lovely, but didn't remove the Janathon guilt, so decided it was time for tipsyBirthday yoga!

I put down my new (OAP) reading glasses and got out my yoga mat for 15 minutes. I am rubbish at yoga(think tin man)but do always feel better for it.

It's not running,but it is what I needed today.

Tomorrow I am hoping for a 6am lie in and a run once more.

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Easy recovery run -done.

Really enjoyed my run today,but was glad when if was done.

Looking at other blogs it seems today was tricky for a few people. I

I ran 3.5 miles in 31 minutes on the treadmill. Steady run which is what my tired body needed today. Ate my first Buzz bar afterwards, which was delicious.

It's my birthday tomorrow - started early and opened some champagne-cheers!

Keep on running....

Happy Janathon!

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Location:Kitchen treadmill!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Treadmill Trot/Scamper

Today I was tired (not sleeping well) but focused on my challenge to carve out time for Janathon and complete my work and family demands...

I managed a tough, but good pilates studio session for 75 gruelling minutes (loved it really). Realised quite soon I had worn the wrong clothes as was far too hot...note to self to wear wicking clothes next time. Just because it isn't running doesn't mean there's no sweat involved. I was literally quivering by the end of the session. So much so Louisa, the teacher, took pity on me and gave me a chocolate celebration to eat. Yum.

Later I found myself on the treadmill looking out into the damp garden singing along to my iPod. My treadmill clutters up our house much of the time, but is a godsend on drizzly January days. 32 minutes and a few tunes later the deed was done. 1% gradient mostly 8 minute milling, but some (only a tiny minute here and there) at 6.53...COR.

Happy (drizzly)days.

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