Jantastic week 6- halfway!

Well, this week did not go to plan. But then they can’t all, can they?

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Southwold on Saturday

I had a bit of a cold from the week before, and I was so shattered after that 15 mile run. Monday, as per usual was a rest day. We did have a walk in the evening, as a walk on Sunday afternoon had helped a lot with my legs.

Tuesday– OH run. I was feeling OK- I had packed tissues in preparation, but the air was so cold it felt uncomfortable breathing in. We did an extended version of a route I had done before, and kept doubling back to join back on the end again (I really like that we do this- no-one gets left behind, like in Lilo and Stitch), but it ended up being nearly 5 miles. That final mile was tough as I was really feeling the aches in my legs. When I got home I suddenly felt awful, and after a shower and dinner I fell asleep on the sofa- very unlike me.

Wednesday– I was meant to do 8 miles, but I already knew I wouldn’t do that. Two meetings after work meant I got home late (I could have made SRC with a manic rush) but I had an awful headache and knew it would not be a good idea. So my evening went painkillers, shower, beans on toast, Bake Off on TV.

Thursday– Body pump. I do love this. Still kept to lighter weights. Coughing a bit. Grrr.

Friday– Had planned a short run after work, but I got home too late for that, as we were driving to Suffolk after dinner so I didn’t have time.

Saturday– Lots of walking by the sea and around a couple of towns.

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Wonky houses! 

Sunday– A bit more walking. We got home to find that our heating had packed up. I had planned a short run- my long run was pushed to Monday (half term) as I knew we were away. I could not decide what to do, but we still had a little hot water left in the tank so in the end I went for 4 miles and then had the quickest shower ever (thankfully I had some dry shampoo!). Partly I didn’t think that attempting 16 miles after only running once in the week would be that sensible, but also the weather was good and I fancied one after a long car journey.

So, only 8.6 miles completed in total, and 2/4 runs. My distance target was 8, but I didn’t make that either. I played my joker which I think gives you the distance target, and doubles the workouts, so officially I am still on 100%.

I can’t believe Jantastic is half way to being completed! This week I need to think about my aim for the Brighton half. Last time I ran it (in 2013) I did it in 2.12 which was a pb for me- I was aiming to hang on to the 2.15 pacers so I was very pleased. But since then I have run faster twice- 2.10 in St Albans (also 2013- a very hilly course though) and then in 2014 I did 2.06 at Bath- I felt awful that day though. So the sensible thing would be to aim for a course pb, but then I do feel like if I managed 2.10 on a hilly course, then I should be capable of that on a much flatter course. We shall see.

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Treats for me! Toffee apple curd (I do love an interesting curd flavour), lemon+ passionfruit, and lime + mint, plus some peanut butter chocolate, and salted caramel peanut chocolate (from Gnaw-folk/ Norfolk…). Andy bought himself some beers from the Adnams brewery so it’s all fair!

Where do you like to go for the weekend? How is Jantastic going for you? 

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13 thoughts on “Jantastic week 6- halfway!

  1. Jantastic is going well, but sudden extra weight gain might scarper that ….. the kids are baking a cake and I’m going to try not eat it – yes they will each have a small slice but the fun is in the creation for them 🙂
    I hit my distance target which was in a spin class so very pleased with that – this week is run based so more challenging but I’m going to take Jared on his bike with me along the South Downes so hopefully motivating me along.

  2. Peanut butter chocolate and salted caramel peanut chocolate sound absolutely incredible!

    It sounds as though we have versions of the same virus ~ it really does linger, doesn’t it? It’s made my temperature skyrocket some of the time and given me the shivers the rest of the time (and I’m never, ever cold under any circumstances except this one!) I hope the extra rest and self-care gives your body the boost it needs to fight it off for good.

    Your race strategy sounds good! I’m sure you can do a great time, particularly on a slightly more forgiving course 🙂

    • Thanks- I will see how I feel on Sunday!
      Yes, this virus is rubbish- I thought it had gone but then a child coughed right in my face and that seems to have brought it back again- I suppose if my system is not 100% recovered it won’t take much to knock me back.

  3. Salted caramel peanut chocolate sounds rather yummy!
    Hopefully with it being half term this week it will give you a bit of a chance to recharge again ready to make it through to Easter.
    Even though I grew up in North Norfolk so know a lot of the area extremely well, I can’t beat heading back there for a weekend away. We have been away for several good weekend breaks over the last few years though all for free using our Tesco points!

  4. Hope you’re feeling better. I’ve had a bit of a cold and thought it was going, but it came back with a vengeance last week, horrible thing!

    Those curds sound wonderful. There’s a lovely passion fruit one that I treat myself to sometimes and it’s a nice change to lemon.

  5. Ah how rubbish about the cold. At least you’re still on 100%. I can’t believe it was almost a year ago I ran the Brighton half. It’s crazy how quickly time has flown! I’m no where near half marathon mileage at the moment though. I’ve got the Southampton half in April so I’m looking forward to that (no need to wake up at the crack of dawn and drive a million miles wahay!).
    The toffee apple curd sounds DIVINE. I love lemon curd but I don’t eat toast that much to really have it that often.

    • Thanks Claire- I am not too bad, just hoping the cough does not get worse again- seems to be staying at just an annoying level at the moment so I can cope with that!

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