#Juneathon Day 15, Halfway, halfway!!

Wow, I’m still here! Can’t believe it!

Today’s run was briskly out the door and off to the park. For once I really wanted to do it, is this a minor turning point? 

The park was full of lovely late spring sights, fat and fluffy ducklings, rabbits everywhere and older goslings taking to the air squawking ‘RIGHTEOUS, RIGHTEOUS, YEAH!!’ Or at least, that’s how it seemed.

Running gives you a chance to think how you react as a motorist to runners. Most motorists, to be fair, if they stop so I can cross a busy road do so with a smile and gentle wave. A surprising amount however, dash to a junction, stop with a squeal of brakes and wildly gesticulate at you to cross the road asap as if they had a new heart for the Ayatollah’s grandchild in a coolbox in the boot. (See The West Wing sometime early noughties). Why? Just don’t stop if it’s that much trouble!

Anyway a good run today, 3.5km in 24.05 minutes. Happy days!

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Thanks for reading,

Helenx

#Juneathon Day 11, Sultry Running

Not me, I hasten to add, just the weather out there. I’m still in the mindset that grey equals cold and set off with a light pullover on, only to return looking like a walk-on part in Tenko. It’s a bit muggy out there isn’t it?

Anyway, tonight’s run marks the commencement of two minutes of running to one minute of walking. I won’t lie it was a painful transition, although it did get easier as I went on. Tunbridge Wells is a hilly town which I’m told will help me get fitter, faster, but ouch it’s a bit painful for a rookie!

I managed 3.5kms tonight and Strava apparently approves because it was nice enough to record my run this time. I’ll keep it to 3.5 for the week and aim to up it a little next week.Image

 

Thanks for reading,

Helenx

#Juneathon Day 5, Happy Running

I’m mildly surprised to find I’m still here, still keen and actually starting to make a little bit of progress. For the first time today, (particularly on the downhill bits), I had a real sense of fun while running; a moment of childish energy that made me feel as if I could sprint up the next hill. Naturally I can’t kid myself that I could sprint up a hill, and I was glad of my scheduled walk breaks, but still, like a really good kiss at the end of a first date, it made me excitedly ponder what other joys there might be to come.

If I stick with it of course.

If any regular readers are wondering what happened to the slothful, sofa-bound, cake-eating stitchy woman who usually inhabits this page, I am still here, and about to pick up some gorgeous little ditzy Liberty hexies. Hopefully I’ll have something to show you by the beginning of next week.

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Thanks for reading,

Helenx

First run of #Juneathon done!

And blogged before 10 am. Will I keep this up – I suspect we all know the answer to that!

I’m using a running programme from the June issue of Women’s Running. I started earlier in the week but I think I’ll repeat the first week as a) I’m a lot less fit than I thought and b) half term school holidays doesn’t really help. So one day down, 29 to go and the sun is shining. Today will be a good day. Stats are here for those interested, I confess at this stage I’m still more interested in the calories burned bit than anything else.

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Frankly, Juneathon has come at the perfect time, half term has been gloomy and there’s been a big resurgence of this action…

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At least it cheered up at the end, clouds of cow parsley and poppetting poppets.

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Thanks for reading,

Helen

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#Janathon day 5; Running is not all about your legs…

I ran, ran, ran! It was SO much easier than New Year’s Day too, it just goes to show a vat of brie and a pint of merlot is not great pre-exercise fuel, (nothing but quality tips here folks). It was just another 2.5 mile run/walk but I felt less hellish on the running part. Next week I will start the programme proper! Embarrassingly I caught sight of myself in a window as I was running. I don’t know if other people analyse their running style, but I seem to keep my arms clamped tightly to my sides. I look as if I’m engaged in some sort of Run for Riverdance event. Mincing little steps – rigid upper body. The difference it made when I freed my arms to power up a couple of little hills was enormous! Arms are good – duly noted 🙂

The Christmas Tree is down and once again the living room looks strangely naked. Barbary Boy is rather relieved I think, he needs a return to the usual routine, but Miss Marmoset is absolutely disconsolate. I’m with her, hate this grey time of year.

Still there are New Year’s resolutions to be considered – have you made any this year? I try not to make ‘negative’ resolutions of the ‘I will lose weight/not drink/not smoke/shave my shins more often’ variety. I really don’t think starting the year saying you don’t like who you currently are is very motivating. I usually just try adding some good stuff, in the hope it will make me want to do more good stuff. I actually have quite a good track record at keeping resolutions with this in mind, so here we go for this year:

  • This year I will play more with the monkeys, screen time is a horribly easy habit for all of us to slip into, particularly as the weather has been so bad this year.
  • I will move more this year – running, swimming, cycling, walking all that – and if I don’t enjoy them, I’ll find something else I enjoy doing more 🙂
  • I will stop only making things for other people and try and develop my crafty skills for myself. It’s not that I dislike making things for friends and family you understand I love it, it’s just that I don’t seem to get much time to work on my own ideas – or develop skills. As an addendum to this I’ll also work on giving a polite but firm ‘no’ to some of the ‘could you just run up..’ requests that come from school.
  • I will ask for help more often. I forget to do this all the time, take on more, get overwhelmed, then grumpy, it’s easily done. 

So those are my resolutions – would love to hear yours!

Thanks for reading,

Helen

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