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The power of #Febathon

So far I’ve done *some* exercise every day in February – that’s my Febathon pledge to myself. I nearly broke it yesterday though.

I’d had a long day in London and when I got back to my hotel room all I wanted was a quick shower and to go out and grab some food. Which I did, and I accompanied the food with a beer (although just the one). So it wasn’t until 11;30pm as I was about to get into bed that I remembered Febathon. As I was in London, the plan was always to plank and do some press ups (I rarely carry my running kit when I’m in London, and looking for swimming pools just seems like a bit too much hassle). But still, it was 11:30pm…

“I’ll have a rest day”
“I’ll make up for it and do it twice tomorrow”

Both of those thoughts ran round my head, but in the end I decided that my personal commitment to Febathon was too important to be beaten by laziness (there may be days when I just can’t, but this wasn’t one). So I planked and I did some press ups. It wasn’t much, but it was more than I would have done otherwise… and that to me is the point of the ‘athons.

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Janathon is over…

… for me at least.

It all started well and I ran for the first three days – not far, but further than I’d run probably since Janathon. Then I had a couple of days where I couldn’t fit a run in, but I still managed to plank and do press-ups. A swim on day six and I felt like I was kicking Janathon’s butt. But then I got my butt kicked.

I caught the horrible cold / flu that seems to be going round. What was even worse was that it had already laid me low just before Xmas. That time I put it down to being generally run down at the end of the year and ready for my Xmas break. I had assumed that the break had done the trick and the first few days of Janathon were great.

But then it came back and it came back hard.

The big hit was the lack of energy and the flu-like achy feeling. Although I didn’t have the energy to swim or run, at first I tried to keep with Janathon and plank and do press-ups, but eventually they had to stop too. It was hard enough getting out of bed and going to work (and I even admitted defeat with that one day and spent the day in bed).

Fingers crossed and touching wood I think I’m over it now (I even managed to swim 1km this afternoon – although I was worn out afterwards), but Janathon is clearly over. Not only that, but I’m already well behind in my #LETJOG14 target too.

I love the idea of Janathon and so I’m going to try and do a full month of exercise in February instead. It’ll be mainly swimming and running with planking and press-ups on days where my schedule doesn’t allow for anything else.

Good luck to the rest of the Janathon participants.


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Abdominal crunches

One of the great things about Janathon is that the group mentality encourages you to try new exercises in a bid to be active every day in January. I think this qualifies as a new exercise… yesterday I spent all day doing inadvertent abdominal crunches.

Let me explain…

Unfortunately I’ve caught that horrible cold / flu thing that is going around. What is even more annoying is that I had it before Xmas too. Anyway, I swam on Monday morning and had a good day in the office. I left early to do more work from home and by the time I got home I felt awful. And then I felt even worse yesterday. If I didn’t work for myself I would have spent the day in bed (and should have done anyway). But, as I spent most of the day with a wracking cough – one that doubled me up for 30 seconds each time I coughed – I gave my abs a great work out.

Today I’m still pretty rough, but managed a 60-sec plank and 20 press ups this morning. Unfortunately I’ve lost a bit of ground on my #LETJOG14 targets though.

– Janathon day 7 – inadvertent abdominal crunches
– Janathon day 8 – 60-sec plank and 20 press ups

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Planking and Pajamas

I excitedly started January with a run every day (see the evidence here, here and here) as part of Janathon. Other than a couple of kilometres on the treadmill now and again I’ve hardly run since Juneathon, so it was good to have the motivation to start again.

And that was great for three days…

Traditionally the Xmas period ends for us with a big family party at my parents house on the first Saturday of January. We all get together and spend the day eating and drinking, we swap presents and then finish off with a big game of Trivial Pursuit (or similar). There can be about 20 of us most years.

This year half of us gathered on the Friday night, so I had a few drinks and a late night on Friday too. Saturday’s run was always under threat even before my son woke up at 3:45am because he wanted to get into bed with me – but spent the next 45 minutes before he actually fell asleep. So I gave up on Saturday’s run and assumed that my participation in the daily activities of Janathon was over.

However, I checked on Twitter and had a read of a few of the tweets with the #Janathon hashtag. One of them was from who had posted a photo of them planking (see it here). A couple of jokey tweets later and I’d been talked into giving it a go – and posting a photo.

Planking in pajamas

Planking in pajamas

It turns out that actually the planking should be in pajamas, so on Sunday (after another late night and no run) I planked in my pajamas.

So on Saturday and Sunday, instead of doing nothing I did a 60-second plank (70 secs on Sunday) and 20 press ups. It might not be much, but it’s more than nothing and it was all because of the community of Janathon.


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