Archive for June, 2010

30
Jun
10

thirtieth of juneathon

The final run of Juneathon was completed this evening after a day of walking around a Trade Show at Olympia and being pounced on by exhibitors. It was a strange end to Juneathon, last year I went for a run and then attempted the ridiculous 100 Press Up Challenge the second I got home. This year seems strangely subdued by comparison.

I have mixed feelings about the end of Juneathon this year. I know I will miss it, although I will be glad to have the choice of whether or not to run. And I’m quite looking forward to having the option to do nothing. Or lift weights. Or hurtle around on the pushbike. I am also very pleased that a 6.67km run this evening means I have beaten my self imposed target to run 200kms over the month.

Graphs seem to have been the order of the day for this Juneathon, so not wishing to be left out, here’s mine.



30 days
30 runs
3 Cycles
29 Blogs thanks to an annoyingly crappy Italian Internet Connection
204.16kms / 126.86miles run
116.34kms / 72.29miles cycled

Once again it has been brilliant reading everyone’s blogs and Facebook updates and nice to see a few newly created blogs especially for Juneathon.

So all that remains is a “thanks” to Joggerblogger for the inspiration, JogBlog for the organisation and iliketocount for the independent adjudication. Big congratulations to everyone that took part regardless of how far you got. A special mention should go to the Juneathon Purists that managed to run & blog each day (you know who you are). Looks like iliketocount now has some tough decisions to make.

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29
Jun
10

hello trees, hello cows

I thought I’d take a little trip to see my old friends The Cows again today and was pleased to see that they are still as completely disinterested in me and my Juneathon efforts as I am in them and their cud chewing. Today was a deceptively warm run as even though it looked cool and overcast, it was still warm and when the sun broke through the temperature instantly soared.

With one more day of Juneathon remaining, I was thinking back to last year and how different it was. The weather, for the most part was very changeable with some real downpours. And I found it harder too. Partly because I went at it like a bull in a china shop, running longer distances and then feeling very sore for days after despite interspersing the running with cycling and weights. I remember stairs became a major problem towards the end.

In some ways, deciding to run each day this year has made it easier. I’ve no need to ponder or decide what today’s Juneathon activity should consist of, it’s just a case of working out when the run can be squeezed into the daily routine and how far I should go. And by keeping the runs fairly short, I seem to have avoided too many aches and pains and also the boredom of having to grind out a long run each time I leave the house.

So, one more Juneathon run remaining tomorrow, which will almost definitely be an evening affair due to work commitments. Today’s run of 7.31kms brings me tantalisingly close to the 200kms but will still require me to put in a few kms tomorrow to reach my target.

Juneathon so far: Run – 197.49kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

28
Jun
10

groundhog day

Today I did practically the same route as yesterday. Except I trimmed off 1km at the start. And added 1 and a bit km on at the end. And there was more traffic what with today being a work day and yesterday being Sunday. And I also managed to change the route slightly so I could be nosey and have a look at a house that my brother-in-law may be interested in renting. And I didn’t get to spend the remainder of the day eating barbecued food, hanging out with the in-laws (hanging in with the outlaws???) and watching football.

I did however receive my copy of Frankie Boyle’s autobiography – which I glanced at, and within pages I had already had a couple of moments where I had to stop, re-read what I had just read, raise my eyebrows and burst out laughing. So it bodes well as I plan the reading of it to be part of my post Juneathon activity for a few days. Talking of which, today’s run was 6.64kms, leaving me a shade under 10kms left to run before I reach my self imposed 200km Juneathon goal.

Juneathon so far: Run – 190.18kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

27
Jun
10

cultural chaos

Getting a run in early this morning was a very good idea. I was out just after 8am and decided to try out the new route I mentioned yesterday. It isn’t so much a new route, more a newly accessible route.
I noticed yesterday evening that one of the main roads out of town and into the surrounding villages has a footpath. The footpath is not new either but has recently been cleared meaning it can now be used as it was intended and not just as an overgrown herbacious border to the road. And it was a lovely run – I’ve driven or rode down this route many times but running down it early on a Sunday morning, I noticed rivers I’ve never seen before, little tracks leading off into the wood just begging to be explored and a rather large house set slightly back from the road with a Traction Engine in the front garden. It is also mostly shaded by trees so at 8am, it was still comfortably cool. 6.51kms completed before 9am on a Sunday, leaving the rest of the day to build the barbecue and have the in-laws over.
Some are Italian, some are Peruvian and all have lived in Argentina at some point, so until 5pm, they were all honorary England supporters. From 7.30, mayhem ensued as Argentina took on Mexico and my front room became like a little piece of South America with the gathered hordes all shouting at the television in a mixture of Italian, English and Spanish. Sometimes all three languages in the same sentence.

3 more runs to go and I’m just beginning to enjoy this again.

Juneathon so far: Run – 183.54kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

26
Jun
10

big bike, little bike, hot slow run

Another unrequested Early Morning Call at 5.30 this morning courtesy of SonNumberTwo (Monsters in his room, apparently!). And another day with about a million things to cram in.

Managed to get most of it done and even had time to repair the damage to the fixie (note to self – Gaffer Tape is not a good replacement for proper rim tape) incurred during last Sundays little bike ride. I’d promised SonNumberTwo I’d take him and his pushbike to the park so after a couple of hours in the blazing sun chasing a small boy on a bike, we climbed back in the car to go home and I noticed the external temperature was reading 28 degrees. Excellent. Particularly as I planned to go out and run as soon as we returned home!

So, a bit before 5 o’ clock and with the temperature in the upper 20’s, I got myself out for a run. I did have a dilemma about whether to tackle the flat, cool bit by the river first leaving me with a hot steep uphill on the return leg or to run the route in reverse but then decided I was going to get hot, sweaty and knackered either way so stopped worrying and started running.

10.6kms. Horribly hot and I didn’t take any water. Also, Juneathon seems to have had a weird effect on the way my shadow runs. It seems to have acquired this odd, staggering gait – like it is about to fall over and then just manages to catch itself at the last minute. Over and over again.

With tomorrow forecasted to be the “Hottest Day Of The Year So Far”, I think I’ll try and head out early. I also think I may have discovered a new and shady route to try… Watch this space.

Juneathon so far: Run – 177.03kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

25
Jun
10

a new goal?

After another early night yesterday, I woke up this morning feeling much happier than I did when I went to bed yesterday. And my body was feeling well rested too. So much so, that I thought I may as well get today’s run done whilst it was still fairly cool and I was in the mood. As an added incentive, I thought I’d tackle the Field Of Cows again. This time I’d see if I could outwit them – if they were hanging around the gate waiting for me the other evening, surely I would have the element of surprise this time by running through the field in the morning. I set off ensuring that I wasn’t wearing anything remotely red. It was still a hot and sweaty run (I’ve noticed a strange phenomena this Juneathon… my elbows drip sweat when I run. I swear I’ve never had this before – I shall continue to monitor this) and by the time I got to the Field Of Cows, they looked beaten by the heat too. All sat down at one side of the field, they lazily watched me plod past. Over the railway line and I was on my way back home. The legs are still harbouring all manner of twinges and aches but they don’t seem to be getting any worse so I’ll take that as a positive.

7.11kms was run today and as I walked back to the house I was doing a little bit of mental arithmetic. I have 5 days left of Juneathon, so far I have run 166.43kms. If I can just run the equivalent of 6.72kms over the next few days, I will have completed 200kms running in a month.

Hmmmm…

Juneathon so far: Run – 166.43kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

24
Jun
10

oooooh… someone’s tired!

The Miserable Old Git has arrived. Yesterday, after the Anniversary Barbecue, I sat there feeling full. And Sleepy. And inexplicably grumpy.
An early night (10pm) was cancelled out by being woken at 5.30am this morning by SonNumberTwo asking if it was “time to get up yet?”. This obviously did nothing to improve my mood first thing this morning and a slow and dull day at work was the icing on the cake. So by the time I got home, and for the first time this month, I thought “What is the point. I’m tired. My legs hurt. I’d much rather just sit down, have something to eat and watch the football”.
However, a little while before this years Juneathon began, I promised myself I would run each day throughout June. And I haven’t done 23 consecutive days running to pack it in with only six runs remaining. So I made a deal with myself that I’d run just 5kms and then I could “sit down, have something to eat and watch the football”. 5.55kms later, I’m a little less grumpy and incredibly glad I didn’t give in.

Juneathon so far: Run – 159.32kms / Cycle – 116.34kms




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