Two Things I Did Today

  1. Day One of Janathon
  2. Coughing up the lining of my lungs

It was a combination that I would prefer not to repeat.  Thank god I have a day off running tomorrow … bugger.

Actually I am going to cheat with Janathon.  I’m doing a half marathon in March and my training plan has plenty of rest days which I have every intention of taking.  But just sitting around on the rest days really would be cheating so I’m going to follow the Gorilla bodyweight exercise app on those days.

Of course, when I say I have a half marathon plan I mean I have no plan what so ever.  A brief look through the internet shows that most plans require more weeks than I have so I’m going to have a search around for the shortest plan going.


Distance: 4.52 km
Time: 33:41
Avg Pace: 7:27 min/km
Elevation Gain: 9 m
Calories: 350 C

Juneathon – Day 28 – I nearly surrender

Still no running.  I’d nearly forgotten (how?) that I’m meant to be doing the Race For Life this weekend.  Sadly its on Sunday so it won’t count as a Juneathon run.  

The plan was to Gorilla bodyweight exercises yesterday, run this morning, run Friday morning, Gorilla on Saturday as official taper (as if the last week hasn’t been all taper and nothing else) and the race (snort!) on Sunday.  

The plan went well at the beginning.  Yesterday I Gorilla-ed and that was fine.  But then, after setting my alarm clock for hideous o’clock, my littlest daughter kept me awake for most of the night claiming to be afraid of the dark and that she needed breakfast at ten to four.  Suffice it to say that as soon as she had finally settled I turned off the alarm and slept until it was actually breakfast time.  

I seriously considered just throwing in my hand (is that a real saying?) and giving up on Juneathon.  But it would be a bit sad at this stage not to do something for the last couple of days.

Juneathon Day 28

Gorilla App

6 repeats of:

  • 10 Kneeling Kickups
  • 15 Wall push ups

Juneathon Day 21 (Wimped) and 22 (Ran!)

Yeah, yesterday I still didn’t have my mojo back.  It got to half past eleven so I did another Gorilla app workout and went to bed.

6 repeats of:

  • 15 squats
  • 5 crunchs


Today I actually got up after my alarm went off at five.  I probably would have switched it off and rolled over the but the littlest Less started grouching so I got up to check on her.  She had lost her blanket but was happy to be tucked back in and went back to sleep immediately.  Oh, it is so much easier, if less snuggly, that the days of babies when they would need to be fed, rocked and sang if there was to be any hope of more sleep.  

But I was up anyway so off I went for a speedy 5k.  Speedy for me, that is.  I felt like I was running just above my comfort level for the whole thing so that’s good.  I hope.  I really want to push on, to run a bit faster but I find I’m having to convince myself that a little discomfort is ok.  I think I associate being out of breath with not being able to run another step when in fact it is possible to be a bit puffed and still keep going.  I still had it in me to speed up a bit for the last half km so there must have been something left in the tank.


  • Distance: 5.05 km 
  • Time: 37:13 
  • Avg Pace: 7:22 min/km

  • Total Number of Streets: 645
  • Streets Completed: 63
  • Streets Left: 582
  • Percentage Completed: 9.77

Juneathon – Day 20

Oh, running.  I love it in principle but this week I have failed to get out of bed and leave the house.  And so another day passes and I rely on the Gorilla app again to lead me through another set of bodyweight exercises.

Three repeats of:

  • 20 modified push ups
  • 10 dead insects

Juneathon – Days 18 and 19

I seem to have a mild cold that is making me snivel constantly and has given me a slightly irritated throat.  And because of this I am acting like I am about to go down with the flu.  I am a wimp.

I have managed to do some exercise every day but yesterday I could not muster the energy to even type a single sentence.  I did find the energy to attempt to do some hill sprints.  Just for fun.  I think I need a steeper hill, or one without side roads that I have to stop at, to run faster or perhaps I just needed to do a few more.  I had a speedy glance at the internet (yes, the whole thing) before I left the house and the general consensus was that three sprints of 8-10 seconds would be more than enough.  They were hard and at the end it took a good long street’s worth of walking to get my breath back but I expected some more muscle fatigue.

Actually, I think my lungs may be much less fit than my legs.  Perhaps that’s it.  Seems likely.

Today I was feeling sorry for myself so when I had unloaded the girls at their educational establishments I went straight home, did a Gorilla app workout and then lay down until it was time to collect them.

Juneathon Day 18

  • Distance: 3.61 km
  • Time: 27:04
  • Avg Pace: 7:29 min/km


Juneathon Day 19

4 Repeats of:

  • 15 Squats
  • 10 Supermans
  • 5 Modified Push Ups

Juneathon – Day 14 – What are those strange shapes on my face?

I was so shockingly tired yesterday that there was no way I was going to get up early to run.  And then the my daughter came home from school flushed and with a bit of a temperature so I decided that there would be no alarms and we would wake up in the morning whenever our bodies told us to.  Obviously my body was aiming for half ten or so but, even being a bit under the weather, my daughters roused themselves at half seven. Which is actually a bit of a lie in for them.

Stuck in the house with the ill girl and her sidekick, hyperactive sister, I wasn’t going to be able to go out for a run.  Then my iPod wasn’t charged and oh it was all a bit of a disaster. So I repeated Gorilla Day 10 which was 5 rounds of 8 squats and 20 supermans (supermen?).

I was looking at my reflection as I was doing the squats.  Chatting to myself, if I’m being honest, about my usual concerns (children, money, exercise, weight, Dragonage …) when I noticed a smudge on my face.  Or was it a little bruise.  I poked at it to see what it was (because if was a bruise then jabbing it with my finger was obviously the best approach).  But no! It was a shadow!  I think that, just maybe, it was actually a little shadow caused by my cheekbones finally reappearing out of the pudgy moon of my face!

Juneathon – Day 10

I nearly forgot Juneathon today.  The morning was busy with taking the the Little Lesses to the swimming pool and the afternoon busy with getting them shoes (and perhaps a nice dress for myself!).

I’m going plan the next three days of dinners and watch one episode of Rome (I have a bad tendency to binge watch old TV series) and then go upstairs and do what ever exercises the Gorilla app tells me to.  It’ll give me time to digest my dinner before I start.

Time passes ….

Exercises done!

Gorilla Day 10

5 Rounds of:

8 squats

20 Supermans


Right, must go to bed.  Need to get up early and run tomorrow before the rest of the house wakes.  All the children will be out of the house tomorrow morning but I plan to at least make an attempt at getting the house back into shape after half term while they’re out.  There is barely enough bare floor to walk into the living room.  Every surface is covered in Playmobile and Lego.