#Janathon 2014: Day 26 – The one where I don’t recognise myself!

Yesterday’s janathon post (I fell asleep whilst typing it out on my phone!)…

Normally on a weekend I take any chance to be lazy. Not today, today is the first day I have surprised myself by how much getting into running with jantastic and janathon has changed my outlook.

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#Janathon 2014: Day 27

Today had a lovely dinnertime walk in the sunshine, walked a bit further than have done recently, and ventured out to see the sheep in a field at the bottom of the hill near work. Walking back up the hill my legs felt tired after yesterday’s exertions, so I put some calf socks on when I got back to my desk. I don’t know if they help but they made my legs feel warm and toasty, like I’d put a dressing gown on, so must be good in my book!

I didn’t have much time or inclination to do much tonight, so I did a few jumping jacks as I haven’t done any for several days.

I did log last week’s runs for Jantastic & set February’s targets. I’m glad I’m still on track for January, but February is a wee bit scary!

January's Jantastic Progress

January’s Jantastic Progress

February's Jantastic Target

February’s Jantastic Target

Day 27: 30 minutes walk at dinnertime and 100 jumping jacks.

#Janathon 2014: Day 25 – Stretching, rollering, repeat

A 6am wake up from a bolt of pain as I rolled onto my side in my sleep put paid to any ideas that this random back pain would go as mysteriously as it arrived.

So today’s planned 12 – 15km is off & instead have done some stretches and repeated yesterday’s foam roller moves as that did help it ease the pain.

The stretches are these, I’ve done a set of 10 each so far and will repeat throughout the day.

If any one has any tips other than strapping a hot water bottle to my back, please let me know!

#Janathon 2014: Day 24 – Painful back

Short & sweet tonight – my back has been killing me all day, a warm wheaty bag has provided some relief thank goodness. This helped me feel better so went for a walk at dinner but regretted it once back at my desk! Heating up the wheaty bag again helped through this afternoon.

Jay sent me a video of exercise for the back using a foam roller. Although quite difficult to manoeuvre and very painful when I started, afterwards I felt a lot better! A bath also helped, hopefully tomorrow the pain and spasms have gone as quickly as they arrived – I was hoping to get a 15km jog under my belt and don’t think it’s a very good idea to do it when struggling with my back & I’m off to an engagement party in the evening!

Day 24: 30 minutes walking around the car park and 10 minutes of foam rollering my back.

#Janathon 2014: Day 23 – Thursday is intervals day

I woke up on my first early alarm, and assured myself I’d get out of bed in a second when my second early alarm went off. And then all of a sudden it was 20 minutes later and I’d blinked and fallen back asleep – no interval running before work for me then!

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#Janathon 2014: Day 22

I’ve given up on Jay’s jumping jacks challenge as there are just too many jumping jacks! And I’ve been exhausted the past couple of days so haven’t even attempted to do any. Today I managed 200 fairly easily, so I really did need those extra rest days! My plan until the end of the month is now just to do as many as I can do.

Afterwards I did a few minutes with two new items of torture that Jay bought yesterday – a foam roller and massage stick. It’s a bit like touching a foot that has pins and needles….it feels uncomfortable but good!

Foam roller and massage stick

Foam roller and massage stick from Argos

I also did the customary 30 minute walk around the car park at dinner time.

Day 22: 200 jumping jacks, 5 – 10 minutes of foam rollering and 30 minutes walk.

#Janathon 2014: Day 20 & 21

Whoops day 20 was pretty much a write off. Did a 20 minute slow walk around the car park at dinnertime but wouldn’t really want to count that…so when I got home I intended to workout or go for a run but I was so tired I needed a quick nap to give me some energy – except that quick nap turned into the entire evening asleep! I really was tired!

Day 21 was a struggle too, after sleeping in (no idea how after falling asleep by 7.45pm the night before!) I had to go for a run at dinnertime at work. I really didn’t want to go out despite the lovely sunshiney weather, but hauled myself to the changing room as I thought once I’m there I’ll just get ready on autopilot. Encouragement from the lovely @stellian also helped me get my bum into gear.

Once out in the sunshine the idea of running didn’t seem so bad and it was nice to be out. I found the uphill bits harder than I thought last week but kept going and by the end was feeling much better. The thing I like about running is no matter how awful it feels during it, by the end it feels great! So those bad days aren’t all that bad really. And another one ticked off for jantastic.

 

Fields

Fields between Middle Barton and Sandford St Martin

 

Day 20: 20 minutes slow walk

Day 21: 30 minutes jog (4.1km)