Juneathon 2016 – Day 9: Juneathon fail, I’m out

Thursday (day 9) was a very busy day at work for me with lots to do in the lab and a very late finish, not having even finished everything. During the course of the day my leg with the bite on ballooned and I ended up having to go to A&E on my way home as no pharmacies were open by this stage and it felt like it was starting to spread up my leg  plus I was in a lot of pain by this point. Turns out it’s cellulitis and I was given antibiotics 4 times a day, 2 at each time so a total of 8 a day and some codeine for the pain and was told if it didn’t improve in the next 48-72 hrs I have to go back to go on a drip instead. This meant no Juneathon or exercise for me on day 9 other than my steps which were actually 16084 (most likely won’t have helped the situation) and none other than a low level of steps since. I am having to keep it elevated and just hope it goes rather than turn into another infection which can sometimes happen. Just can’t still believe how quickly it turned from a tiny bite into something quite different! It doesn’t seem to be getting worse in the last 48+ hours and the pain is slightly easing so fingered crossed the antibiotics are doing their stuff, it does completely scupper my Juneathon plans for now though and pretty much everything else 😦

I’ll see how things are once I finish the antibiotics at the end of the week and maybe continue again from there.

Hope the rest of Juneathon 2016 goes well for the rest of you 🙂

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Juneathon 2016 – Day 8: Must try harder

As well as the bite on my legs and ones on my feet I also woke up with two quite gammy eyes this morning and the worser of the two has continued to weep all day from the side making the skin round my eye area on that side really quite red and sore so feeling a bit sorry for myself 😦 I had a really busy day at work again today and looks like tomorrow will be more of the same but then I’m off to Hastings for the weekend so just need to keep focused on that! Anyways, I didn’t finish in time to safely go for a run outside and didn’t have a lot of time as needed to go to Sainsbury’s too before they closed at 11 so just a very measly 1.4miles on the treadmill today for my Juneathon effort. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time tomorrow to do a bit more although saying that I already know I would like to go to Reformer Pilates after work but haven’t yet booked it as you still get charged if you cancel less than 24hrs before the class and I just don’t know yet if I’ll finish on time…fingers crossed 🙂

Day 8 Stats:

  • Ran 1.4 miles on the treadmill in 12:20 (Av. pace: 8:56/mile)
  • Steps (day 7): 6104
  • Junk food: Yes – Cadbury’s chocolate fingers – why are they so nice 😉
  • 8/8 (just…must try better)

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Juneathon 2016 – Day 7: Lee Valley Aquathlon and week 1 wrap up

Today was the Lee Valley Aquathlon for me. It’s run on a monthly basis during the summer starting in May and the last one in September and consists of an open water swim and run and there are two distance options to choose from: 250m swim and 3Km run or 500m swim and 5.5Km run, I have always done the slightly longer option (although I often regret this choice on the night!). This is my 3rd year doing it, when we started doing it in 2014 we only joined for the August and September ones but last year did pretty much all of them I think. I didn’t manage the May one this year so this was my first one this year. I wasn’t feeling too bad about it until I got this e-mail yesterday afternoon…

Dear Athletes,
A quick note to inform you we will be running tonight’s aquathlon unless there is lightning. At present we are running the aquathlon as normal and we are monitoring the weather closely.
If there is a risk of lighting during the event we may have to delay or cancel the event depending on the severity of the storm.

Eeek…I really do not like thunder and lightning so this was not good. A friend of mine also doing it kept giving me regular weather updates to try and reassure me. Luckily there were a few splatters of rain on our way down but it held off then until we’d finished…phew! I drove another friend down to it who was doing the slightly shorter one as she’s just coming back from injury. When we arrived it said the water temperature was 20°C, I wasn’t sure how much I believed it after Saturday’s 14°C but yes, it was probably the warmest I’ve swam in it and I think I could have probably just swum it in my trisuit rather than wetsuit…next time! It’s a good event to do for getting used to open water starts with lots of people and multiple heats so there’s lots of bashing around and people trying to swim over you…not so nice but a safer environment to get used to it than on race day in a bigger event. I survived it and quite enjoyed it parts of it tbh although as I was doing my 1st lap of the swim and reaching the 1st buoy I felt a bit of a stinging sensation on my leg and thought to myself can there be anything in here that could sting/bite me (as it’s all very man made) and thought no more of it until I’d finished and had a mark on my leg that had turned to this by this morning…

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with four smaller ones on the same foot! & they hurt and itch all at the same time 😦

It was also really nice to be able to do the Aquathlon with my friends Cathryn and David so yes, we will be doing next month’s too 🙂

Day 7 Stats:

  • Swim: 500m in 13:10 (including transition)
  • Run: 5.5K (5.71K on my Garmin) in  30:42 (Av. 8:40/mile)
  • Steps (day 6): 3266
  • Junk food: Chocolate mousse with lunch (but only as fuel for Aquathlon, honest!)
  • Completed: 7/7 days

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My aims at the start of Juneathon per week were:

  • Run 3-4 x a week (including one long run a week)
  • Cycle 2-3 x a week (one to be a spin class)
  • Swim 2-3 x a week (ideally one to be open water)
  • Reformer Pilates 1 x a week
  • Increase my steps – not drive places I could walk or get there another way such as on my bike etc.
  • Cut out ALL junk from my diet and start eating only good food again and as a result hopefully shed some pounds too! 

So for week 1 I managed to meet the above (apart from the junk food bit!), lets see how the remaining weeks of Juneathon go! (downhill I imagine 😉 )

End of Week 1 Stats:

  • Run: 14.8 miles (consisted of 4 runs (but no long run)
  • Swim: 3 miles (4 swim sessions, 2 open water)
  • Bike: 63.3 miles (1 spin class, 1 long bike ride and some commuter rides)
  • Junk food: Piece of cake, 1 Twix, some jaffa cakes, chocolate mousse!! Even still some lbs lost 🙂
  • I did go to a Reformer Pilates class too but it was on 31st May!
  • 7/7 complete

Juneathon 2016 – Day 6: Late night swim

I didn’t leave work until 9:40 this evening so that scuppered my plans for my long run for tonight so instead all because it’s Juneathon and the GCC corporate steps challenge I dashed home, grabbed my swimming stuff and was in the pool ready to swim by 10:21. The pool is open until 11 apparently but I wasn’t sure if that meant just the pool and the gym was open a bit later or the gym itself closed at 11pm too, just to be safe I decided I’d swim until no later than 10:50 so there’d be no chance of me getting locked in or anything similarly daft!

I swam 50 lengths front crawl in 28 mins so not too bad especially seeing as I’d not eaten since lunchtime! Have to say I really enjoyed the swimming tonight especially after the long day I’d had, it was just what I needed 🙂 (even if my Mum thought I was a loon for going!)

So another day done 🙂

Day 6 Stats:

  • Swam 50 lengths in 28 mins (0.78 miles)
  • Steps (day 5): 3112
  • Junk food: 1 Twix (it was a tough day, could have been worse!)


Juneathon 2016 – Day 5: Lazy Sunday

Today was meant to be my long run day…I woke up feeling a bit off, nothing in particular, just not quite myself and a bit at odds with everything and rather than go this a.m. thought I would leave it until this evening as I also had quite a bit of work to do so figured I could tackle some of that first.

It’s continued to be one of those meh days for me, nothing quite going right and maybe I should have stayed in bed or at least go out the other side! Aah well, tomorrow’s another day and all that. I had to go into town for 5pm so decided to cycle in and then onto the gym to see about this long run and then planned to cycle back after – part of the reason for this wasn’t sure if I was going to be in the right headspace for my long run so at least if it all went belly up I could at least count the cycling for my Juneathon effort especially as it’s not something I would usually do – i’d just drive usually. Unfortunately I couldn’t record my way in on my Garmin as I’d left everything all a bit last minute and didn’t have time to wait for it to come on but according to googlemaps the route in was 2.26 miles.

Good job i had that plan in place – managed 1.10 miles on the treadmill before calling it a day…will just move my long run to tomorrow instead, no point forcing it when my heads just not in it.

On the plus side today has been a beautiful sunny day here in Cambridge so by getting out on my bike I got to enjoy some of it 🙂

Junk-food wise not great either – had a piece of cake after my open water swim session yesterday – had it before I even remembered I wasn’t meant to be, d’oh, that’s what happens when you’re a greedy gannet like me! Then today I attacked a pack of Jaffa cakes…could have been worse I guess but could have been better too – i.e. not had any at all!

Ah well, fresh slate tomorrow on many levels!

Day 5 Stats:

  • Cycled 2.26 miles into town in 10 mins (Av. mph: 13.1)
  • Cycled 2.73 miles from town to the gym in 12:33 (Av. mph: 13.6)
  • Ran 1.10 miles in 9:47 (Av. pace: 8:53/mile)
  • Cycled 1.93 miles in 8:18 (Av. mph: 14.0)
  • Steps (day 4): 5162
  • Junk food: Jaffa cakes 😦
  • Completed 5/5

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Juneathon 2016 – Day 4 – An aquathlon of types, some cycling and BalletBoyz!

Today I was meant to be taking part in an Aquathlon put on by TrisSqaud at Mepal Outdoor Leisure Centre, towards Ely. As part of the run up to this they put on a couple of open water swim sessions that are only £5 and very useful. I went to one of the two this year, a couple of weeks back and found it just as good as last year. However, they said at one of these that they’d not had enough interest in the Aquathlon to run it as an official event so it wouldn’t be on 😦 but, they were going to offer another open water session on that day (yesterday) followed by a timed swim and run for anyone that wanted to do it so a bit like an unofficial aquathlon without the stress of a normal event! Sounded good to me and again all for just £5, even better!

It was an early start, had to be there by 7:45 to be in the water for 8. Yesterday was a miserable looking morning, very misty and quite cold. I was very much in two minds about whether to go as I wasn’t feeling great either but I did as I’d told them I would go so figured I should. Because it had been quite  a cold week the water temperature was 14°C! Only a couple of weeks ago for the last session we had it had been 17°C. I have to say I’m a right wuss when it comes to the cold, I even struggle getting into the pool at the gym sometimes – if you saw me you’d never think I swam in open water! Because of all the rain though the lake was also even clearer than usual so that was good at least – it’s a really lovely lake to swim in generally anyway. So one of the instructors had up warm up on the beach before getting in – jumping around, moving our arms about and then we had to run in…I don’t think anyone ran in! Then it was all about doing much of the same but in the water and then dunking our heads fully under the water at least 3x, horrific! We then had to run back out on the beach and do the same again and then swim out to the first buoy as fast as we could to get all the blood pumping….it was so cold. My feet and hands were hurting from the cold and the brain freeze feeling in my head lasted at least a good 20 mins before starting to subside. it was really interesting as it affected everyone quite differently, some just couldn’t catch their breath, some were dizzy – all people who had been fine a couple of wks back. Anyways, we spent the next half hour or so doing some drills and practising beach starts before coming out and starting the real thing which originally should have been a 750m swim and 5K run, this was ~ a 600/650m swim and ~5.5Km run. We were so lucky to have had a decent warm up in the water before, I think if it had been an offical event it could have been quite tough as a result of not having as much time to acclimatise to the conditions before the race. They just left a stopwatch on the beach you could ahve a look at on your way in and once everyone was back and those wanting to run went out on what would have been the run route. As there had been quite  a bit of rain in the week there were parts of the route that were very muddy and had some huge puddles in, there were a couple of casualties along the way but nothing too serious. My friend David, from work, made a last minute decision to come along to which was lovely. All very well organised and a enjoyable event, official or not and all finished before 10am! There was hot chocolate and cake afterwards for everyone which was all very welcome!

I also wanted to get a reasonable  bike ride in if I could as need to get the miles in before a bike event at the end of a month and I’ve not managed a lot so far. I headed out ~4pm and did a few loops around some of the quieter parts of Cambridge, here’s a couple of pics of some of the views…lovely 🙂

I clocked up 27 miles before heading back to get ready to go and see the new BalletBoyz show, Life, at the Cambridge Arts Theatre with some friends from work. I cycled in for this as well as it’s only a  few miles each way for me and it was one of my aims for Juneathon to get less buses/taxi’s or drive places I could manage not to.  The show was amazing and the dancers incredible. As the name suggests they’re an all male ballet company and the way they move and make everything look so effortless, they have a real fluidity about them, well worth going to if you have the chnace 🙂 I then stayed and had a couple of cocktails  at Jamie’s with a friend from work before heading home…what a day, a great day but I’m bushed now!

Day 4 Stats:

  • Swam ~1.08Km in openwater session in ~ 40 mins (600/650m of that timed (13:49)
  • Ran  3.57 miles in 32:25 (Av. pace: 9:08/mile) – had to use David’s Garmin data for this as mine stopped halway through the run!
  • Cycled 27.01 miles in 1hr, 52, Av. mph:14.4
  • Cycled to and from show – 2.76 miles on way in (10 mins). 3.71 miles on way home as cycled with friend some of her route home (20 mins).
  • Steps (day 3): 6250

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Juneathon 2016 – Day 3…. back on my hybrid and indoor summer bbq


Today was always going to be a bit of frantic day at work and then on top of what I was expecting lots more unexpected stuff also popped up too making everything even more frantic…TGIF and yes, I do feel a bit like that picture is quite a true reflection of how I look/felt today with all the craziness! Enough about work…

I have two bikes – one hybrid and one road bike. Before I got my road bike I used my hybrid for everything, even my first couple of tri’s. Since I got my road bike I don’t think I’ve been on my hybrid, it’s just sat in the shed gathering dust and 2 flat tyres. Part of the reason for this was that I needed to get it looked at as previously the chain would regularly come off and usually halfway up a really bad hill on a training ride with my friend David who is already a lot faster on the bike than me anyway but added to this he had a road bike already at this stage so was even speedier. Really now my hybrid would work best as my A to B bike round town and shorter journeys when I don’t want to use my road bike. Instead I’ve been walking/getting the bus/driving/or taking a taxi probably for at least the last 2 years rather than sort it out, why oh why I can’t tell you!  Anyways enough is enough! My Dad took down my garden shed for me a few weeks back as I want to replace it with a decent bike shed, this means both bikes are currently in the house and I can’t ignore my hybrid anymore. Tonight was a ‘summer’ bbq put on by our sports and social club at work which included food and drinks and then tomorrow night I’m going to see BalletBoyz in town, both situations ideal for using my hybrid so I sourced a decent looking local bike shop and arranged to take it in for 8 this morning, they serviced it and had it ready for the end of the day, hurrah! I picked it up on my way home at 5:30 and said bbq was starting from 6:30 so cutting ti fine slightly especially as I hadn’t been on it in so long….eek! I hadn’t been to the pub before where the bbq was either so wasn’t sure of the exact route but googlemapped it, swapped my lights over from my other bike and got my shit together. It’s been a funny old weather day here so much so that our summer bbq became an indoor bbq but I was determined to still cycle, drizzle or not. According to google it was ~4.2miles and took me 20 mins, each way. As I got near the pub I realised the roads were quite narrow with not a lot of lighting as it was heading out of the town..hadn’t thought about that…must remember not to stay too late as need to still be able to cycle back and safely! I did have lights, my fluorescent jacket etc., it’s just not always enough on those kind of roads especially at night. Indoor ‘summer’ bbq was nice enough, couldn’t get too sloshed as have an open water session early tomorrow but had a couple as after all it is Friday.  It was drier on my way back and not too dark so safe enough for cycling. Really glad to get back out on my hybrid tonight especially after so long and very happy with the bike service so will definitely be heading back there.

So my Juneathon action for day 3 was cycling to and from an indoor ‘summer’ bbq in Granchester another day done 🙂

Hope you have a good weekend 🙂

Day 3 Stats:

  • Cycled ~8.4 miles in ~40 mins
  • Junk food: None (if you don’t count the burger and chips from the bbq ;-)!)
  • Steps (from day 2): 10732
  • 3/3 days done


Juneathon 2016 – Day 2…Jumbled tri

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Today I headed back to  the spinning class at the gym after a long absence. Recently they refurbished our gym and basically snazzied everything up, one of the early parts of this  was refreshing the spin studio and changing the spin bikes. I haven’t been since it’s been done and think I was kind of putting it off as didn’t know what to expect and if I’d know what to do if the bike set up was different etc. etc. and as one of my commitments for Juneathon is at least one spin class a week i thought I better bite the bullet so to speak and get on with it. I needn’t have worried, luckily there weren’t too many there and I asked a friendly looking lady close by me for the basics, the instructor went over things too briefly. The new bikes (probably not that new now but new to me!) are very nice, I definitely prefer them to the old ones, they’re stage bikes I think if that means anything? It was a 45 min class and there was no messing around plus not a lot of let up in between tracks. All good though, I kind of have a love/hate relationship with spinning – I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite thing to do by any stretch but I certainly get a good workout from it (i don’t sweat half as much in any of the other classes I do that’s for sure!) and I really do see results in terms of stamina/endurance so it’s something worth doing. Having said that I think I enjoyed tonight’s class probably the most I’ve enjoyed a spin class so maybe things are changing. 45 mins done and 14.5 miles clocked up, job done. I then decided to go for a run on the treadmill and rather than do a distance for once I ran for a set time; 30 mins. I clocked up 3.43 miles in half an hour on the treadmill so not too bad. I finished it all off with 40 lengths front crawl in the pool which was particularly nice as there were only 2 others in there with me, happy days 🙂

Day 2 Stats:

  • 45 min Spin Class – clocked up 14.5 miles
  • 3.43 miles run on treadmill in 30 mins (Av. pace: 8:46/mile)
  • Swam 40 lengths front crawl in 22 mins
  • Junk food: None 🙂
  • Steps (from day 1): 4233 (have a lot of desk work at the mo!!)
  • 2/2 days done

Realise I didn’t post a pic from my run on the treadmill last night so here it is…better late than never 😉

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Juneathon 2016…I’m in! Day 1

So, it’s that time again…another ‘anathon. I didn’t manage to complete Janathon 2016 as moved house in Jan and just too much s*** going on! But, the timing for Juneathon is good and just what I need right now to keep me in line and get back on track and stop with the all the excuses! I took some full on time out from everything for the first few months of 2016 and last few months of 2015 tbh and then decided to enter lots of races to motivate me to get back into my running…slight mistake perhaps! 1st 10K was on 17th April and I ran my 1st 10K on the Friday night before it on a treadmill just to be sure I could do the distance before the race on the Sunday! Before that I’d run maybe one 4 miler and a couple of 5K’s…eek! I knew it wasn’t going to be good, not helped by the fact that we’d not had great weather beforehand so it was basically a massive mudfest and I spent most of my time just tying to stay upright. I did finish it though, certainly not my best time but hey no surprise either with the lack of training. Fast forward to the 1st May bank holiday and my next 10K…had I learnt my lesson and trained more for this one? Nope, think I ran once since the 1st 10K! Luckily it was a great course and weather – perhaps even a little hot so I again completed it and 5 mins quicker than the 1st but could have done significantly better had I prepared properly. So in between haven’t not learnt my lesson I then signed up to a half marathon at the beginning of July thinking it might kick my ass into gear…really after how things had gone to date?! I also signed up to an Olympic distance tri at the end of July and am expected (as a close friend is one of the organisers) to do a work bike ride at the end of June either 67 or 100 mile option (thinking even the 67 mile option is a stretch too far right now!). I have also been signed up for another work thing which starts 1st June until September which is a corporate steps challenge so generally lots in the pipeline and still need to get my ass in gear. I have been trying to get some routine with my running so trying for ~3-4 runs a week but that’s only been for the last 3-4 weeks and it’s tough – it’s been like starting all over again, my stamina is gone, I’m carrying more weight than I’d like so making it harder and trying to get my running back but it’s hard. I had another 10K race last weekend which was off road and pretty technical, it was one I actually did last year and twisted my ankle just over 2 miles in but continued on it so was pretty wary this year. Have to say this was the 1st 10K race this year I kind of enjoyed, my time matched that of the 10K from the May bank holiday however this was a lot more challenging so I was happy enough with that, it was still slower than my time last year even with a twisted ankle…but hey let’s not focus on that! I have done a couple of parkruns too and have managed to cut a couple of mins off my time in just a few weeks so starting slowly to perhaps see some progress but need to keep the effort going so Juneathon is great timing for me 🙂 One thing I have been doing regularly is my Reformer Pilates class, 2-3 x a week since February – the main reason for this being I got an e-mail saying I still had 22 classes that would expire at the end of April and bearing in mind they’re not cheap I got my ass in gear and started back at Reformer Pilates…really should never have stopped, so glad I returned and I managed to use them all up without having to lose any 🙂 Have had to go back to just once a week now though at the price they are they’re not more than a once a wk kind of thing which is tough as I’d got kind of used to the luxury of being able to go 2-3 x a week, oh well!

I usually try to run everyday for an ‘anathon but with having a half at the beginning of July I am going to not run everyday but increase my levels of exercise in all areas and commit to the following:

  • Run 3-4 x a week (including one long run a week)
  • Cycle 2-3 x a week (one to be a spin class)
  • Swim 2-3 x a week (ideally one to be open water)
  • Reformer Pilates 1 x a week
  • Increase my steps – not drive places I could walk or get there another way such as on my bike etc.
  • Cut out ALL junk from my diet and start eating only good food again and as a result hopefully shed some pounds too!

This is going to be a lot for me to do and definitely significantly more than my current weekly activities but that’s what the ‘anathon’s are all about right – challenging yourself and upping your game however you choose to do that and hopefully feeling the benefits by the end of the month 🙂 Enjoy!

So grand plans and all that did I fancy doing anything today by the time I got in…did I heck?! It was most certainly one of those days when had it not been for Juneathon I would most likely have done nothing today, as it was I didn’t head to the gym until 8:45, must improve if I’m to last to day 30!

Day 1 Stats:

  • Ran 3.10 miles on treadmill in 27:34 (Av. pace: 8:55/mile)
  • Swam 40 lengths in 25 mins (1Km)
  • Steps – will add following day
  • Junk food – nil (so far!!)

Janathon 2016 – days 9 to ???

Oops, it’s all gone  a bit Pete Tong for me this Janathon 😦

I started off well but always knew I’d struggle to keep up the momentum with moving house during it.

Although I may not have done official Janathon logging and blogging there’s certainly been a lot of exercise going on during the move – lots of lunges, squats, weight lifting amongst other things! My whole body has ached on many evenings recently  as if I had just done a really hardcore exercise class only I hadn’t!

The move went well – it was all very full on – I collected the keys on the Wednesday, had new carpets fitted on the Thursday, had the place cleaned on the Friday and moved in on the Saturday, had to hand back the keys to the old property on the Sunday after doing the garden etc. whilst also unpacking here and then back to work on the Monday! My Mum and Dad came Sat-Sun to help with the move and were just amazing, they made everything so much easier. It was still hard enough with their help but would have been a whole different ball game without all their help and support 🙂

I’ve been without a landline/broadband/tv at home since last Sat (day 9) which started out quite refreshing at the beginning of the week but I was glad to finally got connected last night!

So, I’m out for Janathon 2016 but will hopefully be back for Juneathon 2016 🙂

Good luck to everyone on their Janathon journey, hope you succeed in achieving whatever your goals for the month are, from the small snippets I’ve read sounds like everyone’s on form this year 🙂

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