So I am not sure how it happened, but somehow 3 weeks have gone by already. I realised at some point this week that I had not reviewed Jantastic week 2, so decided to combine it with week 3.
So, let’s see if I can remember.
Week 2 went like this:
Monday it was pouring with rain, I left work late with a pile of marking, so I opted for my yoga DVD to de-stress and stretch before tackling my work.
Also got to wear my new yoga socks- they have grips on the bottom so when you are holding certain poses you don’t slide down the mat.
That meant my first run was on Tuesday- 3.5 miles. I think we went to the cinema on the Wednesday, and then I definitely went to Pump on the Thursday.
So after work Friday I had my second run of the week- 3.65 miles, so slightly longer than the other run but my legs were heavy after pump and the air was cold.
Saturday I had a sports massage on my back and shoulder which felt so good. Then on Sunday I went out with Andy for a 6.8 mile run- as always it felt too fast but I managed to keep up.
So week 2 was successful with 3 runs out of 3 done.
Week 3 started with a run after work on Monday. I prefer to start the week that way, but took it easy due to running the day before. Normally I am fine to run 2 days in a row but that seemed to be what aggravated my hip over Christmas so I want to be cautious. I think I did 3 miles.
Tuesday was a rest day- we went to see Anchorman 2 at the cinema- so much more lighthearted than all the other films we have seen recently!
Then on Wednesday I braved Sweatshop for the first time in months! It was lovely to see everyone again, but there was no way I was keeping up with the main group. One of the girls came back and ran with me for a bit, then ran back to the person behind me, but most of it was on my own. It was dark when we set off and when my Garmin beeped (hold reset to save activity) I pressed the wrong button so ended up adding to my previous run. I never start it at home, but this time I let it carry on for my run home (which is about .75 of a mile) so in total over those 2 runs I did 6.9 miles, plus the run up there (still adding it up…). It was my fastest run to date so that is good.
Thursday was pump again- I had promised my friend last week that I would go a bit heavier on the weights this week- so tough!
Friday was just a rest day- I was going to do yoga but I had so much work I got on with that and then forgot basically.
Yesterday I went out for a long run on my own but decided I would see if I could keep up a similar pace to last weekend. Each time I noticed that my mile time was creeping over 10 I tried to speed up, and I managed to finish the 8.3 miles with an average pace of 9.54 min miles- I will take it!
Today has been a rest day- I woke up and sat on the sofa underneath the blanket and watched the tennis- totally unlike me to sit about like that but I really felt like I needed it. I was going to have a walk this afternoon but the rain stopped and then we had to pop to the hospital so I didn’t- I shall be doing my yoga DVD again later though, I promise.
So, week 3 done, onto week 4 and soon I have to choose the length of my long runs as Febulous will be here! Love it!
Jantastic runners- how is it going so far?
Everyone what are you looking forward to in February?
12 thoughts on “Jantastic weeks 2 and 3”
Great job on all the running. I’ve been sticking to my 5 runs a week, and it seems to be working out well. February sees a lot of very long runs for me…eek!
Good luck with them!
Great job on the running and workouts Maria!
Thanks Claire 🙂
well done, I hope you are really proud of your times btw You have done amazing things with improving 🙂
I am feeling really pleased with how I am doing generally- Parkrun will be the next test but not sure when I will get to go to one.
Urghh, my Jantastic has been dreadful as I can’t really do as many runs as I want at the moment – which is rubbish! But you sound like you’re doing brilliantly 🙂
I’m looking forward to the Marathon Talk weekend – Ben and me signed up and we’re going!!
You know you can play a joker- it is worth 50% of your runs each week so if you can’t run at all/ much you can use that instead?
That weekend is going to be amazing- I look forward to hearing all about it!
Also, heard you have been spotting a runner out in his skimpies on marathon talk- made me chuckle!
Well done on your sub 10mm pace for over eight miles! I’m not quite back to full speed over long distance yet but I’m not letting it worry me too much and just concentrating on making it fun. I’m loving the Jantastic challenge each week. My aim was five runs a week which I have completed all but the first week. Bring on Febulous! 🙂
You have done so well! I could never manage 5 runs per week, especially not while working too! Thanks- I am not sure I could keep that pace going for much longer, certainly not a half marathon, but at least I can do it for some of the distance.
Sounds like Jantastic has been great! I’m taking some time off in February which I am so excited about!