#Jananthon Day 14: Saturday Happy

It’s been a good day today. After a lie in and slow breakfast of peanut butter and tomato on toast (don’t ask) and a Nespresso, we headed up to town to enter the Potters ‘Arf Marathon – early bird entries for Stoke’s premier and most glamorous (?) running event opened today. It is also taking place one week before IRONMAN so should be a nice little leg-loosener for me by that stage. We saw loads of our club mates up there taking advantage of the generous discount, The Green Army always puts on a good show at Potts.

We then headed off to the local super-food bar, RAWR, in Hanley for some lunch. Their bulletproof coffee is to die for and my sandwich of hummus, avocado, sweet chili jam and baby leaves was superb (see pic below)… Even the Pizza-crazed lad yummed up his smokey beans on sourdough toast with gusto, which is a good sign.

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After a spot of shopping and my picking up a couple of records (Arcadia and Paul Simon – joy!) I went for my #Janathon run. On top of the world for a quick 4 miles (Strava) I sailed along, head to wind, not giving it much effort and thoroughly enjoying myself. I am now sipping on a real ale having scrummed down home made cottage pie and now Red Dwarf is on the telly.

Do running days get any better than this? Happy Saturday peeps 🙂

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#Janathon Day 13: Friday 13th

Freak out, it’s Friday the 13th! To be honest, it’s been like any other Friday… apart from the snow, the interesting commute (almost hit a guy on a good £2K worth of road bike on the dual carriageway in the snow, in the dark, with no lights!), faulty iPhone’s, office drama and the turbo training… The turbo training was deffo the best part of the day. I put on youtube and settled into a half hour of pedaling and random video’s about health… I learnt how the food companies calculate their % fat label’s and was horrified. I am now wise to their tricks… look up ‘fat content by weight’ compared to ‘calories from fat’ and be prepared to be appalled. Is it time for bed yet?

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#Janathon Day 12: Gym

Today I #Janathonned in the Gym – PT with Scott… I was ready for it after a slow day at work. All day driving a desk does no man any good… I have a great job, but there’s not much opportunity to move about and sometimes, despite the best will in the world, it does drag! I arrived in the middle of a snow flurry and immediately hit the treadmill to warm up for a few mins while Scott set up. Then to the workout… Kettlebells, weights, heavy bags, sit ups, planks, twists, clean and press, squats… sets of exercises I lost count of that made my legs wobble and vision go blurry… It lasted over an hour and my arms ache now, so lord knows what tomorrow will bring. Resistance training really is a case of no pain, no gain. That hurt, but I loved it.

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#Janathon Day 11: Swim

Another quick one… It’s always busy during the week… I finished work today and headed up to the gym near home for a swim. it was crowded and I was tired, so I only managed a paltry 600m or so. Back in the car I heard that no brains, fat asshole fu**nuckle Trump protesting his innocence on the radio – does anyone else thing he protests too much? Anyway, off to fat club in a bit to see if my post Christmas focus has yielded any results… #nervous

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#Janathon Day 10: Dash

Up early and dashed off to work, worked hard and dashed home, made the tea and dashed off to running club, lead a group of beginner runners who were brand new to the club (and who all did amazingly well) the dashed to a club committee meeting then dashed home. It’s 10:20 pm and I’m ready for my bed. I just need to blog and shower!

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#Janathon Day 9: Cheaper Than Therapy

Today was a Monday and that means County Council Runners, our friendly little running group at work. We meet at a quarter past five every Monday afternoon and head out for a run around the streets of Stafford. Tonight we had a new addition to the team and she did very well. We cater for all abilities and she lead us to believe she was a beginner, but ran 5 #Janathon miles with us (Strava) without missing a step! She also informed us that she had bumped into our Chief Exec and in the knowledge that he is an ex-military hardcore fitness type, she invited took the liberty of inviting him along too! I have often said that I run because it’s cheaper than therapy and my mug at work says “I run because punching people is frowned upon”… He didn’t join us tonight, but when he does it’s going to be interesting balancing my usual therapeutic rantings with best behavior for the Boss!

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#Janathon Day 8: A Day of Rest?

Sunday – the traditional western day of rest… a day for family, cozy roast dinners and trashy TV. That is, of course, if you’re not a runner, especially not one participating in #Janathon. I was up early again to meet Ems for our regular 10K route… Just after sun-up it was chilly, the air was heavy with fog and the humidity was about 98%. Hence we were pretty soaked after half an mile but we acclimatized quickly and soon started to warm up. There were loads of runners about which was great to see – the first weekend of the new year appears to have the general population on a bit of a health kick. By the end of the run I had a definite spring in my step and was feeling good (Strava).

I followed this up with a trip to Trentham Gardens with the family for a walk in the rain with a coffee. Net up is the ironing for the return to work tomorrow… wish me luck!

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