Janathon Day 1 – it starts with a double!

A double Parkrun that is!

After a fairly gentle night in for our New Years celebrations (my hubby and I are hard core, comfy clothes on, sat on the sofa watching a film!), I’d agreed to go with Helen to Greenwich Parkrun followed by Bexley Parkrun. All these running ideas always seem great when you’re planning them – but then the morning dawns and you suddenly realise that you have to go through with it!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

So on the 1st January 2016 I left the house, to have to come back in to grab some bits to defrost my car! Not had to clear frost in ages…
Frozen
It was really cold, but I collected Helen, and soon it was 9am and we were in Averyย Hill Parkย and after the briefing we were off. It was cold and slippery, I ran the first two laps with numb toes and taking it carefully on the mud, but I was happy to complete my 5km in a time of 00:34:48 – which is faster than my Parkrun on the 1st Jan 2015. Though towards the end my ankles were hurting, which made me think I would probably have to walk my next Parkrun.

Finishing Greenwich
Finishing my Greenwich Parkrun – Photos courtesy of Helen

Greenwich Parkrun
Then we were back in the car (heating on full to warm up) and on to Danson Park for our second Parkrun.ย  We were there a little early, so stayed in the warm of the car and munched a few jelly babies – Helen had the last green one, I was disappointed, I wasn’t…honest… ๐Ÿ˜› Andย I didn’t throw mud at her, well not intentionally!

Then we got out of the car and made our way to the start of the course, as we walked past the lake, I very helpfully told Helen that water is at it’s most dense at 4 degrees Celsius (informationย from my dad)ย  – if she wins a quiz with that answer you know where she learnt it from!!!

After a quick briefing we were off again.ย  There was a lot of people at this Parkrun (a lot doing the double) and so there was a bit of a bottle neck and it was slow going over the first kilometre, but my ankles felt ok which was a relief.

I kept with Helen most of the way, but there was bit towards the end when she was able to go ahead and I got slowed down by a little girl on her scooter! I was beginning to feel a little disheartened, but thenย I saw a robin, and there’s just something about a robin,ย makes me feel someone is watching over me and gave me the ability to go on and get to the end in 00:35:11 – whichย I was rather chuffed with after already doing one 5km!
Bexley Parkrun

Garmin

Routes

So, it was done! 10km!ย I feel a realย sense of accomplishment! Not bad for the first day of the year and the first day of Janathon!

After dropping Helen off, it was home for a very wonderful hot shower there’s nothing more amazing after runningย – no photos for that, so here’s a screenshot of my step count for the day!!!
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Happy New Year to you all!
Not sure rest of Janathon will be as energetic, but we’ll see… until tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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