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My #Janathon #Plankaday

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of January, and with it, the end of Janathon.  I’m very pleased with the start of 2013.

My goal for Janathon was to do 31 planks – the core exercise, not the recent youth fad of laying down in random places!  I managed a plank every day of January and set 13 PBs along the way, increasing my plank duration from 1m 02s to a peak of 3m 02s, albeit tonight’s plank was only 2m 35. Continue reading My #Janathon #Plankaday


Runners Led

The snow last week was a great opportunity to try something new (my first snow run) but it delayed me starting something else new.  Tonight, my wait was over.

It was time to put my license into action; my first session as a qualified UKA Leader in Running Fitness.

After the paperwork was done we were all very much ready for the warm up.  I’m not sure who was more nervous: my group members or me?

We got ourselves warmed up and off we set on the first 2.5km loop.  My biggest concern prior to the session was dealing with a variety of abilities, even though I knew I knew the techniques – the course gives loads of ways to ensure you help your runners get the most out of the session.  I needn’t have been concerned.  Using loop backs seemed to keep everyone working at their own level.

As we regrouped at the end of the first loop I gave the group the option of carrying on for a second loop; I didn’t want to be too harsh.  Well not on the first session anyway! (Just in case any of them are reading: I’m only joking!)

I’m pleased to say that the consensus was for a second loop – I must have been doing something ok!  We ended the second loop with a cool down and stretches.  I think the hardest thing was trying to get to know the group while guiding them along the route and keeping track of them all.

Taking my first session was the next step of my own Olympic legacy: to inspire others to run.  I’m so pleased I became a Running Leader!

And in all the excitement I nearly forgot my penultimate Janathon plank:

Plank duration : 2m18s
Janathon planks : 30 of 30
Plank streak : 30

Top Gear, Top Plank

After work tonight I had an appointment with a difference: to accompany The Wife to the West Oxfordshire Business Awards’ announcement of the finalists for this year’s awards.

It doesn’t sound that interesting until you learn that the event was being held at the Caterham F1 facility.  I realise that still might not sound interesting but I’m a big Formula 1 fan, so for me it was. I’m unable

We were shown round a selection of different departments and were treated to some sneak peeks of the CT03, this year’s new car!  Unfortunately, as the car hasn’t yet been publicly launched I’m unable to share any details and we weren’t allowed to take photos.  What I can say is, what we saw looked awesome – I hope the performance will match it.  I guess that will partly depend on who is driving; we were told someone was in the simulator but weren’t allowed to know who so watch out for driver announcements soon!

Despite the excitement, I still had my Janathon plank to do.  Seeing the quest for improvement at Caterham, I was keen to see my own improvement and I wasn’t disappointed:

Plank duration : 3m 02s (PB)
Janathon planks : 29 of 29
Plank streak : 29

Blue Sky Thinking

The pounding of rain on the velux window at 08:45 helped me wake up but was not helping me get ready for my first run in a week.Luckily, less than fifteen minutes later the rain had been replaced by a brilliant blue sky.  I’d almost forgotten the sky came in any other colours other than white or grey!

I’m always amazed at how much a blue sky can help on a long run.  It seemed to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step.

The snow had forced the postponement of the first Run England Cogges “Get ready for a 10k” session so today’s run,  or part of it, would be my final preparation.

A gentle mile gets me from my house to our meeting place at Cogges Tesco.  I ran through (pun very much intended!) a rough warm up routine before tracing the loops we’ll be running on Wednesday, finishing with a gentle cool down including stretches.

I’m feeling ready and raring to go now; really looking forward to meeting the group.

After a friendly hello from a little Yorkshire terrier I set off on the mile back home.

In the end it was a total of six steady miles.  More useful for readying myself for Wednesday as I switch my focus from my own training to helping others to train.

This afternoon The Wife and I joined our friends, Gem & Rich for a walk at Sherborne.  Mud had replaced snow but that didn’t stop the four of us, all wellied up, from enjoying the fresh air.

Rich and I agreed it would make a cracking cross country route.  Will have to take a look for more information on the Sherborne 10k route – could be a decent challenge.

And that leaves me to recap on today’s plank:

Plank duration : 2m 12s
Janathon planks : 27 of 27
Plank streak : 27

That Was Close

Nearly messed my Janathon plank streak up again, for the second night in a row.  We’d been out, another night of struggling to be inspired by soft drinks as “No alcohol January” continues. Why can I drink pint after pint of lager but when it comes to soft drinks I get bored?

Most of the night was good but was somewhat dented by the ridiculous twattery of tarted-up twenty-somethings.  Not sure but i can only imagine that long lost twins were reunited for the first time since birth, judging by the high intensity, high volume, high pitched squeals.

There were dolphins in the Atlantic wondering which one of their shoal was in distress.

Anyhow, back to the important stuff:

Plank duration : 2m 04s
Janathon planks : 26 of 26
Plank streak : 26


This blog is a touch late, as was my plank.  I blame my good friend Steve “Super” Naylor, my running idol, who was round catching up.  When we get nattering we can natter for Team GB.  Just ask The Wife!

I was supposed to be acting as chauffeur for Steve tomorrow, taking him to run in the Southern Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill but the bad weather forced it’s postponement.

It was a very tired plank this evening:

Plank duration : 1m 32s
Janathon planks : 25 of 25 (just!)
Plank streak : 25 (just)


Today wasn’t a bad day at work, just not the best.  These sorts of days make me more determined to succeed, not just at work but in my personal endeavours too.

And today’s personal endeavour was my 22nd plank of Janathon, the challenge to do some form of exercise every day of January.

I made sure I held this one for as long as possible.  It worked: another personal best!

Plank duration : 2m 36s
Janathon planks : 22 out of 22
Plank streak : 22

Improvement of 1m 34s since January 1st.  How much more can I squeeze out before the end of Janathon I wonder?