At this point in time I should probably be dancing around the room singing along to Pharrell Williams “Happy”.
Instead I’m wondering how long before I can conceivably retire for the day or at least have a sneaky lie down! Thank goodness I don’t have any clients tonight, they’d probably find me draped across a treadmill.
And the reason – my lunchtime 11k run in 62’ 30” with NO walking, not even up “Tollgate Hill”. I felt fine when I got home but after a hot shower and with the muscle glycogen stores replenished (otherwise known as lunch), I’m beginning to feel a tad weary! Still, I did it, my long run for the week done and dusted and a certain amount of pressure off. After my 10k last week and with time running out, I knew I had to start pushing the boundaries – 10k after all is a long way off 21k but now I’m passed the half way mark and hopefully this psychological boost will spur me on to greater things over the coming weeks.
To be honest, it has to and I’m hoping Jantastic will continue to inspire me, that and the fear of letting down my Shorne Woods team if I don’t achieve my goals. This first month I had committed to four runs a week and after a dodgy start, it’s gone quite well, even if the fourth run has only been achieved on the Sunday! During February we have to set new goals and although I haven’t increased the number of weekly runs, I have committed to extending my “long” run each week. So next week is 12k and by the end of February I should have done 15k which brings me a little closer to 21k.
I am wondering though what will happen after Jantastic finishes at the end of March – can I put out a plea for another motivational web based scheme? Something with “Spring” in the title would do – any suggestions? And any offers to run it (sorry for the pun)!
And February doesn’t just bring with it a new month of running goals, it also signifies the end of “dry January” (four days and counting!). How convenient that 1 February is a Saturday. I’m not of course planning to get plastered on Saturday night – to be honest after a Wagamama’s Root Juice yesterday, I’m a bit worried about how one glass of wine will affect me. Who knew beetroot could be so intoxicating – after one glass, I felt like I’d been drinking! They say it’s good for athletic performance (not that I’m calling myself an athlete) but I can easily imagine how it dulls the pain receptors!
So on Saturday evening I’m just looking forward to a nice glass of Shiraz to celebrate the new month and my new running goals.
And if anyone is interested in getting involved in Jantastic, the website can be found at www.jantastic.me – I believe it’s not too late to sign up, you don’t need to be an elite runner and it’s free!