Well it’s now July and Juneathon is over. Overall it went well – the plan was to
- Run every day in June – CHECK
- Blog about it every day in June – NO CHECK
Yes, although I kept up the runstreak all through June, and I almost made it blogging every day, I fell at the very last obstacle. I blogged every day up till 29th June and then missed it on the 30th.
To summarize the running side of things, here’s the metrics from runkeeper…
Oops, forgot to post earlier today. Almost missed it out.
Anyway today was a short, sharp 2.5 mile effort from home this morning to the train station. 8 min / mile pace which is the fastest this week.
This evening was mostly spent packing up stuff for tomorrow – I am officially taking a ridiculous amount of stuff.
Still, it’s my first one, so I have an excuse…
Juneathon day 28, Runstreak day 120 and the day in 1997 on which Mike Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round of a boxing match for biting a piece off Evander Holyfield‘s ear.
Sticking with the ‘bite’ theme, I’m continually trying to stave of worries of biting off more than I can chew for this Endure24 event. Of course there is no ‘distance’ to cover to finish or not finish, but I have given myself some targets and piled a little personal and public pressure / expectation on myself to meet them (70 miles minimum)
Today was also a continuation of the ‘hot and muggy’ theme from the past few days. 24-25 Celsius at lunchtime, for our (very) slow 3 mile jog – almost 10 min / mile pace, at the end of which I was drenched in sweat. No let up when we got back to the office as the shower only has one temperature (hot) and there is no air-con.
Thankfully the forecast is for it to get a little cooler tomorrow and over the weekend.
Juneathon Day 27, Runstreak day 119 and the day in 1967 on which the world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield Town, England, United Kingdom.
Another easy day of taper today.
4.5 miles at 9:06 pace with Anna at lunchtime. We took a different route today, just for some variety. Very humid again today, but okay for some easy miles.
Juneathon day 26, Runstreak day 118 and the day in 1963 on which U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.
A short update today – an easy 4 miler with Anna at lunchtime along the river Thames again. We kept it easy at 9:30 pace.
It was a bit ‘muggy’ today with no breeze, so I was pretty hot by the time we got back.
We also took a short detour today just to check out a little bit of the Thames Path that deviated from the towpath – bit it was only 100 metres or so and it joined back up with the towpath.
Juneathon day 25, Runstreak day 117 and the 136th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
Straight into taper week – todays effort was an easy 4 miler along the river Thames with work colleagues. Nice easy 9:25 pace and I managed to hold myself back from speeding off. Need to keep that up for the rest of the week.
The plan is to do the same for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then stay up late on Thursday night for a just past midnight short 2 miler on Friday morning, giving me a good 36 hours of recovery before the event on Saturday.
Juneathon day 24, Runstreak day 116 and the weekend of the Longest Day Run for 2012.
The longest day run was a new event this year, with the aim of having people all over the world run as many miles as they could between midday on Saturday 23rd June and midday on Sunday 24th June.
I have been following the amazing efforts of a few people on Twitter (particularly @mrafletch and @mikew30) with the #ldrun hasthtag.
Juneathon day 23, Runstreak day 115 and the day in 1314 on which the First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) began.
Today was my final long run before starting to taper for next weekend’s Endure24 event. I forced myself out of bed at 7am, not feeling up for it at all, but the forecast for Sunday was heavy rain and this morning looked reasonable so I refrained from postponing the long effort till tomorrow.
Anyway, I was out the door about 7:20 after a quick energy drink and an Elevensies bar. The first couple of miles didn’t feel good at all, and by the 2 mile point I was really questioning whether I could do another 7 sets of that.
Juneathon day 22, Runstreak day 114 and the day in 1990 on which Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin.
Anyway, todays run was a short recovery run – 8 min / mile pace, which felt very slow (I still find it hard to believe that I can say that now – the runstreak has really driven my speed on). I was home early, so nipped out just before dinner. I had considered a 4 or 5 miler but thought something short, a nice easy day, would serve me better – I am supposed to be tapering after all !!
Juneathon day 21, Runstreak day 113 and the day in 217 BC on which the Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
Interesting day today, unfortunately no strategic military offensives akin to those of Hannibal, but interesting none the less.
I had kind of planned for today to be the start of a taper for the Endure24 (apart from one long, slow run planned for the weekend). Anna, Chris and I headed out at lunchtime, into the cold drizzly rain of a British summer.