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Jun
11

juneathon day 30: neither a bang nor a whimper

So that is it. Day 30 done and Juneathon complete. It never ceases to amaze me how many ways people find to fulfil their Juneathon responsibilities. And for me, that is what Juneathon is about, pushing yourself, thinking about what you are doing and finding ever more creative ways to squeeze in a run or a cycle or some form of exercise. Or wrack your brains to try and find a way of categorising a completely unrelated activity as being eligible for Juneathon.
Having done “run or exercise each day” in 2009, I became a Juneathon purist in 2010 and ran every day throughout June. This year I’d planned to run in the Vibrams or cycle on the fixie / singlespeed each day. And I almost managed it, apart from my little hiccup on Day 25 when I was warned off of putting any weight on my right foot by members of the medical profession and had to do free weights instead. It hasn’t been as physically or psychologically tough as before but that is possibly because I knew what to expect and paced myself accordingly. I was a little disappointed at having to substitute running for cycling from about Day 20 onward but I’d rather carry on and cycle than give up altogether. As always, I was motivated by reading of everyone else’s exploits, and by the nice comments left on my blog and it is this sense of community and common goals that make Juneathon so enjoyable.

So this year’s Juneathonism was rounded out with a 32.56km bike ride on the singlespeed

So, my final stats are:
Distance Run: 124km
Distance Cycled: 482km
Total: 606km

I shall give myself a few days off before I pull the singlespeed from the garage early on Sunday morning and head off on my last big (120km) training ride before The Dunwich Dynamo.


5 Responses to “juneathon day 30: neither a bang nor a whimper”


  1. June 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Excellent stuff. Well done!

  2. July 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Nice work Grant, I feel tired just thinking about what you have achieved. Give your feet a rest and I will see you on the trails.

  3. 3 Bruce
    July 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    ooooooo run in the Vibrams on day 30, ouch! I think your legs would need a bit more cushioning. How long have you been using the Vibrams?

  4. July 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    That is some serious mileage. Great that your injury didn’t impede you too much.

  5. 5 eatingtrees
    July 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you all for the nice words. I was a bit disheartened that I didn’t manage to finish it as I had intended and also that I had to forego a lot of the running towards the end. With hindsight though, I am actually quite pleased (and a bit relieved)
    Bruce – In answer to your question, I first used the Vibrams for about 3 months from June – Sept last year. I hung them up for the winter and started again in March. Before June I was running once or twice a week in them and once or twice in normal running shoes. Once my foot is healed, I plan to again use the VFF’s for 1/2 runs per week and the Saucony Kinvara 2’s for the other couple of runs.


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