Janathon #1 – Travelling Hopefully v the ambassador

Janathon forgive me, it is a long time since I ran. December 12th was the last thing to be recorded on my Garmin so there was a certain amount of dread and trepidation about the start of Janathon. My excuses have gone (in order) icy roads/snow/eating ferrero rocher and knitting in the warm/slush/ummm… Since going back to work after Christmas I’ve seen loads of runners and whilst this has made me very envious, I’ve not actually done anything myself. Except reflecting and looking back on my goals from last year.

It turns out that I was sitting on my arse eating ferrero rocher this time last year as well (which comes as no surprise) and I didn’t really set any running goals (apart from running my first 10k, which was carried over from 2009). I mainly wanted to be more sociable and dynamic – we won’t dwell on the level of success with these, let’s just say that I remain cantankerous and hesitant. I didn’t even really manage any of knitting goals –¬† didn’t learn to crochet, didn’t knit a sock, didn’t finish the throw that’s been in my knitting bag for a year and a bit, didn’t start the felted bag that’s been waiting since June 2009… I did sort my wool pile (on Boxing day) and did learn to knit on double pointed needles, but rather than knit a sock I used my new found skills to knit a banana and a Grumpasaurus.

I haven’t really set any goals for this year (all suggestions welcome) other than putting up a good show for Janathon. I’m confident about the first 3 days and then I will be running in the dark for days 4-7, which doesn’t fill me full of optimism (despite my shiny new hi-vis vest). Day one was intended to be an extendable there and back again of at least 3 miles¬† (it turned out to be 4 miles) and didn’t turn out to be as painful or slow as I had imagined. This was good in itself, but the highlight came just yards from my front door when I saw cars stopping to let a cat cross the road on a zebra crossing (note to self, must get padding for this ancedote).

Day 1/31 – 4 miles
Ferrero rochers burned*

*Alright, so it’s actually 6.93

Now to catch to catch up on everyone else’s blogs…