Whew, fitted in some exercise, just!!!

Well what a hectic day that was!

Up and out by 7.20am to drop the small people at the childminders – it was their last day there as things are changing!

Then on to work finishing there at 5pm – meant to finish at 3.30pm, but it’s my last two days there and then I’m taking on the worst paid job in the world, terrible hours and no sick pay or pension scheme – I’m going to be a stay at home mum for a while!!! Hehee!!! Best job in the world!!! Also going to be doing an Open University degrees in Computing & IT which I’m hoping will keep me employable when I return to work, anyway I’ve got sidetracked!

Straight from work to collect the kiddies again, home with them – put a programme on they like whilst I grab a quick shower! Hubby gets in – I head out round 7pm to attend choir! Finish choir at 9pm – head home with a quick pit stop at my mum and dads to pick some bits up I’d left there.

Got in and baked some goodies to take in for my last day at work – made chocolate brownies and oat cookies! The oats cookies are wheat free, contain no egg and can be dairy free – though I was a bit naughty and swapped the raisins for chocolate chips!!! They’re rather tasty I have to say and no additionally added sugar! The sweetness comes from the apple sauce and the banana! Highly recommend!

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While the cookies cooked I managed to fit in 25 mins on the Wii Fit! Yay! I was scared I’d have to say I’d slacked off but fortunately this isn’t the case! Got it in just before midnight so counts for day 21!!!

Now for some sleep….

😊😴️xxx

To run or not run…

So this morning I thought for my Janathon Day 20 I’d go for a run in the evening when my husband got in from work but as the day wore on and it got darker and colder and I got more tired my conviction to go diminished to the point where when my husband did get in from work I pretty much wasn’t going and thought I’ll just do some activity on the Wii!

 

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My hubby kindly just said “Go for a run!” – which is the best thing he could’ve done because I did! It wasn’t long but it was nice and refreshing! I’m glad I went! It feels good!

😊️xxx

Post run blues…

So after the amazing experience of running my first 10km today feels a bit of an anti-climax, so to improve my mood I will share with you that I have entered the Bupa London 10,000 and I am doing this in support of the charity Mind – a charity that has helped me and who is close to my heart.  1 in 4 of us are affected by mental health problems in our life times – with charities like Mind they can help people get through these tough times, improve people’s quality of life and make mental health less of a taboo and I would be most grateful if sometime between now and May you could sponsor me – with much thanks in advance!

www.virginmoneygiving.com/GeraldineMiller

Now moving back to Janathon Day 19 – well my contributions today are the walk I took to take my daughter to school and again this afternoon when I collected her – which was 1.3km each time – so a total of 2.6km all with a near 3 year old in tow, so I am sure this increases the exercise content of this mundane walk!? ;-P

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I also did 10 mins of vacuuming which included the stairs!!!

So a more gentle day today – but good for loosening up the muscles in my legs after yesterday, which currently don’t feel too bad, long may this last!

:-)xxx

Today I did it for the first time…

That is I ran my first timed 10km race (and my first solid – with the teeniest bit of walking – 10km ever to be honest!)

What an amazing experience I had! This will be the pinnacle of my Janathon efforts. It took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) which initially made me feel disconcerted as when I’d registered it was meant to have been at Hyde Park – but obviously had a venue change!

Firstly I have to thank Deputy Helen and Jo for their unwavering support as I was feeling exceptionally nervous and not at all confident in my abilities and they told me I’d do great! They themselves did superb efforts Helen getting a course PB – see Helen’s Blog, and Jo got a 10km race PB – check out Jo’s Blog

Amazingly supportive friends - Post Race
Amazingly supportive friends – Post Race

So the day started nice and early, leaving the house at 6.30am, with a 2.34km walk to the station, a good warm up, where I met up with Helen – what should’ve been a straight forward journey of a train to Lewisham and then the DLR to Stratford, ended up being a case of DLR musical chairs with a change at Canary Wharf and then the next train terminated at Bow Church and we had to get a bus the final part of the journey but finally we were at the venue with plenty of time to spare and were able to pick up our packs and go and get a hot beverage!

View from the DLR
View from the DLR

 

Attached my race number with my Event Clips – check out my friend’s blog where he reviewed various methods of attaching your race bibs! I love my Event Clips – so thanks to Graham for that blog!

Having now met up with Jo we headed back to where the race was starting to do our bag drop with all our unnecessary clothing – fortunately we weren’t waiting in the cold for too long before it all started – took us by surprise to be honest as there was no noise or starting pistol just suddenly the people in front of us started moving quicker!

I made sure I ignored all those around me and didn’t get caught up in the initial rush of the race starting and completely out pacing myself, I kept pretty much at the back and took this very gently as  I really had no clue what I was facing, what I was doing or how I would cope. For the first time in ages I listened to music whilst I was running which was pleasant – though I couldn’t find my usual headphones so had my apple ones which did occasionally annoy me by falling out of my ears and by the third lap my hands were so numb I could barely feel to put them back in, but this was just a minor thing!

Managed to do the first lap with no walking, second lap I was still managing to keep my breathing even but the course was quite undulating with numerous inclines, so I gave myself permission to walk for a short amount of time up one of these inclines and then started running again. I think I did one more short walk on lap two but can’t remember where exactly. At the start of Lap 3 I still felt relatively good, though was saying the odd mantra of “I can do this” and “one lap to go” etc, so anyone near me I apologise if I seemed like a mumbling mad women!!!

On the third lap I decided to walk in the same place as I had on the second and when I started running again I knew I couldn’t do anymore walks otherwise I wouldn’t get running again as my glutes were suddenly feeling very tight.  This final lap felt tougher, to me it seemed the wind picked up and it felt colder and though my legs felt reasonable my arms were aching! I kept plodding on, my mood picked up when I heard the Baywatch theme tune on my playlist (Thank you hubby).

Suddenly the end was in sight, it was near and yet so far, people were now starting to speed up and go past me as we were nearing the finish, but I kept with my slow and steady pace as I wanted to hold on to the last of my energy for that final burst on the home straight and that is exactly what I managed to do. Coming down the last straight a lady I had managed to overtake slightly earlier I could hear coming up behind me and starting to go past me when I heard the marshal on his megaphone “I want a sprint finish ladies” and I knew I still had some reserve energy and sprint is exactly what  I did and suddenly I was over the finish line and I had done it – I couldn’t stand up straight, I was shaking – but I had completed my first 10km!!! Whoop! Whoop!

How to celebrate? Go and have some cake and hot beverages with my two lovely friends! Obviously it was the only thing to do!!!

Time to eat cake...Mmmmm!!!
Time to eat cake…Mmmmm!!!

 

I completed my first 10km timed race in what I think is a respectable 01:10:38 and I am pretty chuffed with that! Some room for improvement so I better sign up for my next one, think that’ll be the Bupa London 10km in May… now where’s that website

Post Race Selfie!!!
Post Race Selfie!!!

 

Short Walk!

So today I’ll keep it short and sweet – I’ve got an early start in the morning and did I mention before it’s my first timed 10km race!?! I took it easy and went on a beautiful, crisp and cold afternoon walk with my Mum, which was just lovely as it was only the two of us so we could talk! Really relaxing!!!

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Now to rest ready for the morning…!!!

yet again fell asleep before posting…😴

Today I cleaned up…

And I mean that in the literal sense!

Equipment of Choice!
Equipment of Choice!

My exercise of choice this morning was vacuuming – which included the more strenuous section of doing the stairs! Got quite warm – though this may have also been due to choice of chunky jumper I was wearing!

I even found a site where you can calculate the approximate about of calories you burn doing various exercises and you can even look up household activities including vacuuming!

Calorie Lab

Though personally I’m not really into calorie calculating – I want to do exercise to become fit (and it would be nice to be toned) and not for weight loss purposes as I am already borderline underweight! I attribute this to IBS and a whole host of food intolerances – I’m going on a dietician led elimination diet in February and I can’t wait as it’s getting so frustrating, it’s horrible to be frightened of food and you can’t complain about being underweight!!! Which I can assure you is rather stressful. This week though I’ve limited my wheat/gluten and dairy intake and increased my water intake to see if that helps as I really don’t want to suffer runners tum on my 10km run on Sunday!!!

Found this site which I feel actually provided some great advice on how to deal with the annoying side affect of running and why it happens! Very useful – worth a look On runnersworld.com

Obviously Runner’s Tum might not be something you want to mention you suffer with – but if you do please share what you do to try and prevent it happening or what has worked for you! I’d appreciate it and I’m sure others would too!!!

Though I suffer with anxiety as well and that doesn’t help either – as you can see from the site that in itself can be a trigger!!! Haha!!! I sound a bundle of fun don’t I!?!

Sorry – went off on a tangent there!

I also managed a bit of time on Wii Fit Plus – definitely made it a bit more interesting to try and do with the Blue One up and around, my own mini personal trainer except he kept requesting rather loudly that he wanted to do bowling and kept generally getting under my feet! He was good really, just happier once he was having his game of bowling!

Aerobic Exercise
Super Hula Hoop Rhythmic Boxing Super Advanced

Training Plus
Rhythmic Kung Fu

Finally I went on a very pleasant walk with my mum, dad and the Blue One! We did about 2.16km/1.3 miles in half an hour – not bad with a not quite 3 year old walking too! Such beautiful weather when we walked too, it was lovely, really lifts the spirits! So quite an active day!

Lovely Walk!
Lovely Walk!

😊️xxx

Janathon Tally
Running Mileage: 18.67km/11.60 miles
Total Running Time: 02:21:50
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners: 1
Boxing: 01:05:00
Total Number of planks: 3
Total time planking: 1mins 40secsc
Wii Fit: 02:55:00
Walking Mileage: 8.97km/
Total Walking Time: 03:41:48
Total Skipping: 1168 jumps
Total skipping time: 00:22:00
Total Vacuuming Time: 00:25:00
Fun: 9/10

Total Janathon Time: 10:45:58 (according to everything I’ve logged on Runningfreeonline)

Gathering my strength

As I’m sure I’ve mention a few hundred times, I’ve got my first 10km timed race coming up this Sunday, so as my leg is still not feeling right I thought I’d take it a bit easier today! So my Janathon Day 15 contributions are the ‘Morrison’s Big Shop’ and the ‘Clean Laundry – Fold and Put Away’.

With the shopping – this did involve pushing a heavy trolley, carry heavy bags, loading them into the car, unloading them when I got home and then squatting and stretching to put all the items away!!!

Big Shop!
Big Shop!

I had a copious amount of clean washing I’d let gather on the dining room table – so there was the sorting into the kids clothes and our clothes piles, the three trips up and down the stairs and then again the squatting and stretching to put it all away! I did also have to put one of my Pink One’s drawers back together when the from decided it’d just fall off when I pulled it open (don’t know my own strength).

No Wii tonight – shocking I know, and I really missed it instead we decided to sit down and watch a film, once all the clothes were away, and I felt really sad as they killed off a main character and this was after watching one of our favourite American series start a new series yesterday and they killed off a main character in the first episode, which was entirely unnecessary – hopefully I’ll have cheerful news tomorrow of some more exercise!!!

😊xxx

Janathon Tally
Running Mileage: 18.67km/11.60 miles
Total Running Time: 02:21:50
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners: 1
Boxing: 01:05:00
Total Number of planks: 3
Total time planking: 1mins 40secsc
Wii Fit: 02:38:00
Walking Mileage: 6.81km/
Total Walking Time: 03:08:50
Total Skipping: 1168 jumps
Total skipping time: 00:22:00
Fun: 9/10

Total Janathon Time: 09:31:00 (according to everything I’ve logged on Runningfreeonline)

Jogging for Janathon

So when I woke up this morning I wasn’t feeling so great, which was annoying and I was worried it would affect my run or mean I wouldn’t make it out for a run, but thankfully as the day went on I felt better asides from the ache in my right leg courtesy of skipping!!! Ive been stretching to try and alleviate the discomfort and tightness especially in my calf and my right glut…ahem…

So I finally managed to go for a very pleasant run with my friend Kay, we chattered as we ran (I’m quite impressed I can actually run and talk at the same time – proof to me that I am improving) and we surprised ourselves by running 5.56km, and more importantly we missed the inclement weather which I can hear lashing down on the conservatory whilst I write this blog! Nice!

Kay is a lovely running companion, very encouraging and motivating – we missed having Deputy Helen with us though! It’s so good having two great friends to exercise with, they’ve kept me going for which I thank them wholeheartedly! I appreciate their support more than they know! My run did help ease the ache in my leg – here’s hoping my legs still feels good in the morning!!!

When I got in from my run – I did manage to fit in some Rhythmic Kung Fu and Rhythmic Boxing! Makes me laugh and feels good!

Aerobic Exercise
Super Hula Hoop Rhythmic Boxing Super Advanced

Training Plus
Rhythmic Kung Fu

All in all lots of exercised completed and currently feeling good – long may it continue!!!
😊️xxx

Janathon Tally
Running Mileage: 18.67km/11.60 miles
Total Running Time: 02:21:50
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners: 1
Boxing: 01:05:00
Total Number of planks: 3
Total time planking: 1mins 40secsc
Wii Fit: 02:38:00
Walking Mileage: 5.77km/
Total Walking Time: 02:09:50
Total Skipping: 1168 jumps
Total skipping time: 00:22:00
Fun: 9/10

Total Janathon Time: 09:31:00 (according to everything I’ve logged on Runningfreeonline)

Skipped Day 13 of Janathon too…

So today regarding my exercise for Janathon day 13 was a bit of déjà vu as it involved Skipping and doing some Wii Fit plus – the major difference was feeling the ache in my legs from yesterday’s skipping exertions! Ouch!!!

Seriously, how did I spend hours skipping as a little girl? It was tough doing 12 minutes this afternoon – I’m hoping my legs don’t feel too bad tomorrow as hoping to do a longer run in preparation for Sunday – but we’ll see how we go!

I really hope all this exercise is doing me good – haha!!!

Aerobic Exercise
Super Hula Hoop
Rhythmic Boxing Super Advanced

Balance Games
Ski Jump

Training Plus
Rhythmic Kung Fu

Now to start going to bed at a more reasonable time… Suppose you can’t do everything!!!

😊️xxx

Janathon Tally
Running Mileage: 13.11km/5.62 miles
Total Running Time: 01:37:50
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners: 1
Boxing: 01:05:00
Total Number of planks: 3
Total time planking: 1mins 40secsc
Wii Fit: 02:21:00
Walking Mileage: 5.77km/
Total Walking Time: 02:09:50
Total Skipping: 1168 jumps
Total skipping time: 00:22:00

Fun: 8/10

Total Janathon Time: 08:30:00 (according to everything I’ve logged on Runningfreeonline)

Skipping Day 12 of Janathon

Now truthfully, how many of you thought I’d slacked off for a day!?! Hmmmm… tsk tsk!!!

Well I was meant to be going for a run but this has been rescheduled for Wednesday so what did I actually do? I found my skipping rope. Now as a kid I’d spend loads of time just skipping, doing various ‘tricks’ and rhymes – but I can honestly say the 10 minutes I did of skipping today hurt! My heart beat was raised and I broke out in a sweat.

It was also humorous as I skipped inside due to the lovely seasonal weather of rain so I had to shorten the rope so it didn’t hit the ceiling and so this in turn meant I had to skip with my head tilted forward so I didn’t catch myself – which I can assure you stings as the ‘rope’ is made of plastic and if it whips you – you know about it!!!

I also spent some time on Wii Fit plus – ensuring I made 30mins worth of exercise!

Aerobic Exercise
Super Hula Hooping – serious fail on that one!

Rhythmic Boxing Super Advanced

Balance Games
Skiing

Training Plus
Rhythmic Kung Fu

Well all in all not a bad evening of exercise! Think the skipping will help for my prep for Sunday! I’m also trying to make sure I drink plenty of water and I’m cutting down on the amount of wheat and dairy I’m eating this week – well at least I’m trying too! 😜

😊xxx

Janathon Tally
Running Mileage: 13.11km/5.62 miles
Total Running Time: 01:37:50
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners: 1
Boxing: 01:05:00
Total Number of planks: 3
Total time planking: 1mins 40secsc
Wii Fit: 01:59:00
Walking Mileage: 5.77km/
Total Walking Time: 02:09:50
Skipping: 536 jumps
Total skipping time: 00:10:00

Fun: 8/10

Total Janathon Time: 07:19:10