Not sure what this Janathon thing, gracing WordPress, Blogger and Twitter is? Go check out the Janathon page. In short, it’s running (or exercising) and blogging about it every day in January.
I made it out today. The boring stats bit is:
I sincerely hope that I have not started as I mean to go on. It was probably one of the least enjoyable runs I have done for a long time. And the slowest.
I had decided that if I didn’t get out of bed and do the run, and instead put it off to tonight, I wouldn’t actually go out and I will have failed Janathon at the first hurdle. I dragged my weary carcass out of bed (only having got to bed at 2:30am, having consumed probably a bit too much gin and vodka), debated whether it wass cold enough for a base layer (no is the answer), but having heard the rain, I decided that a coat was a good addition.
What I hadn’t noticed from the comfort of indoors was that, not only was it raining, but it was blowing a hoolie. I have probably mentioned before that I don’t mind the rain, but I struggle with the wind. To be frank, running without wind is hard enough, but add some blustery weather and it turns into a resistance workout. Today was probably the worst wind I have run in. Within 3 minutes of being outdoors, I was soaked to the bone. And cold.
I had a sneaking suspicion that my tummy was going to find the run equally as challenging, and so I chose a hillier route that normal, but one with a toilet about 1.5 miles in. I have never been so pleased to see a public toilet! Ah the joys of post night time drinking runs.
The whole run was a struggle. My legs got so cold that I wasn’t sure if they were going to cooperate as I reached mile 2, and my coat was as wet inside as it was out. Damn you gym, why couldn’t you have been open today!?
Surprisingly, the beach wasn’t as bad as the non-beach part of the run.
Well, I am home now, showered and plied with tea to bring some warmth.
So today’s lesson is that when the conditions are like today, the gym is a suitable alternative. Even the dreadmill holds more appeal.