Yesterday I spoke too soon. Call it false confidence, hubris, whatever. Just as the end was in sight, distaster struck. Last night I was struck down by the man-flu:
(Thanks for @Jo365 for reminding me of this clip).
Yes, that truly devastating illness that lays waste to all men at some point in their lives (whereas women just catch a cold and get on with it). I went to bed early last night feeling rough as a badger’s bum, hoping that I’d just sleep it off and wake up this morning, raring to go, ready to finish Janathon in glory with a lunchtime run at work. Nope, felt worse this morning. Bah….
After a day snoozing on the sofa and dosed to the eyeballs with Lemsip Max Strength, I felt reasonably normal by late afternoon. Charlie was due a walk so, much to Sarah’s disapproval, I decided to take him for a quick dog-jog around the block. It was a 20 minute run-walk affair and I didn’t collapse in a sweaty heap at the end. Disaster averted! Poor Charlie, I think he was miffed after promising him that yeterday was the last. Still, he’s done a total of 28 miles for Janathon, which is not to be sniffed at (geddit?)!!
I’ve saved one of my favourites for today’s #kidsshowathon: Paddington Bear
The FINAL #jokeathon comes, again, from Tommy Cooper:
A Janathon participant walks into the psychiatrist wearing only cling film for shorts.
The psychiatrist says to him, “Well, I can clearly see you’re nuts”.
I thought @Jo365 might appreciate that one!
Distance run today: 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
Total distance run: 134.3 miles (216.1 km)
Man-flu Janathon epic fails averted: 1
RunKeeper log: http://runkeeper.com/user/timcnicholls/activity/68858348
Running Free log: http://www.runningfreeonline.com/act/743142
And that’s it. Janathon is done. 31 days of consecutive running (32 if I count New Year’s Eve), a total of 134.3 miles, 18000 calories burned. I’m delighted to have run every day, really pleased with the mileage but most of all amazed by the support and sense of community spirit. With the support of Sarah, the kids and Charlie, I’ve found the running fairly easy to fit into my routine. It’s been a great basis to build running more regularly into my life and I hope it will stand me in good stead for the marathon training. The blogging made me nervous at the outset, but I’ve really enjoyed writing and getting feedback far more than I expected. My only regret is not having had time to read other blogs, comment and generally reciprocate all the goodwill that I’ve received.