Juneathon – Day 30 – (crawls across finish line)

30 06 2010

Well I did it. I can honestly claim that I did my bit for Juneathon every day in June. Probably didn’t really do enough to make a difference, but hopefully set up some good exercise habits.

64 sit-ups today, which makes the monthly totals:

Distance run:        82.18km
Altitude gained:  3,449m (two and a half times up Ben Nevis)
Sit-ups done:        1,728
Push-ups done:    200
Packets of crisps: 6 or 7   (lapsed a bit this last week)
Biscuits:                   3    (See June 16th, not my fault)
Fruit eaten:            Not enough

Not got my number for the Challenge on Saturday yet, just watch out for the guy at the back with the red face.

Forecast for Saturday is currently 22C, 8mph SW wind, 65% humidity.


Juneathon – Day 29 – Final pre-race run

29 06 2010

Did my last run before the race on Saturday. Showers overnight so a bit damp and slippery underfoot up and down Stonebarrow Lane, and misty weather on the top. Felt a bit heavy legged and not particularly quick. Should be OK with three days off before Saturday. Had planned to take my camera and show off the great view from the top, but just my luck, no view today.

6.40km,  41m 36s,  average 6m 29s per km.  225m of ascent.

I think I might have worked out why I get different ascent figures from my Gadget when I repeat runs. I’m thinking air pressure maybe? Does it show higher ascent figures when the air pressure is low??

Did 64 sit-ups too. Full Juneathon stats tomorrow.

Juneathon – Day 28 – The Home Straight

28 06 2010

Only two more days of Juneathon to go. One of those will be my last run before the race on Saturday. Can’t see the forecast yet for the big day, but Friday is 21C, sunny and 80% humidity. Doesn’t bode well for the following day.

64 sit-ups and 16 push-ups again today.

Holland this afternoon, tea was Saucijzbroodjes. Kind of a sausagemeat in pastry sort of thing.

Only five days to go until 2010 Charmouth Challenge. Might see if my number’s ready to pick up tomorrow.

Juneathon – Day 27 – Always look on the bright side of life

27 06 2010

Oh well, at least I don’t have a clash of fixtures next Saturday.

64 sit-ups, 16 push-ups.

Depressed of Dorset.

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life…

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle – that’s the thing.

And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life…

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin – give the audience a grin
Enjoy it – it’s your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.
You’ll see it’s all a show
Keep ’em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the right side of life…
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the bright side of life…
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life…
(I mean – what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing – you’re going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life…

Juneathon – Day 26 – Half-time

26 06 2010

A quick half-time update. I was right, too hot to run, glad I went last night. Recovered well. This time next week I’ll be on the homeward leg back from Golden Cap, just hope it’s cooler.

64 sit-ups today.

USA tonight, so it’s fried chicken (with sweetcorn fritters and mashed sweet potatoes). Great way to spend Saturday afternoon, cooking, beer in hand listening to football on the radio.

Juneathon – Day 25 – Cool of the night

25 06 2010

As it’s forecast hot again tomorrow, decided to bring my run forward to this evening. And very pleasant it was too. Did just about the shortest two hill run I can do from home, still over 9km so a good workout. Up Stonebarrow, along to Chardown Hill, down the steep slippery bit, and then cut straight down to the coast path and rejoined the Challenge route up past Westhay Farm and up Stonebarrow again.

Nice and quite, nobody about, and not too hot. At various times disturbed a whole bunch of rabbits  plus a green woodpecker who was probably munching on a nice supper of ants before being rudely interrupted.

In pretty good condition when I got back compared to the state I was in after my long run last weekend. Recovered much quicker. Feel ok now (45 mins later) except the inside of my left ankle feels a bit sore. Probably just paranoia with only a week to go until the race.

9.16km,  1hr 2m 25s,  6m 48s per km average.  430m of ascent.

64 sit-ups earlier.

Spanish Omelette for tea of course. Past Bolognaise yesterday when Italy went out. Gets difficult now as it’s difficult to plan ahead.

Juneathon – Day 24 – It’s a blogathon

24 06 2010

I was going to say it’s not the exercise that’s difficult, it’s the remembering to blog about it everyday. But then I realised that probably means I’m not doing enough exercise! I might have done something everyday, but there are many others on here who have worked a lot harder than me. Well done guys and gals.

Looking ahead, I might be in for a clash of dates. If England beat Germany (which I truly believe they will – fool that I am) then their quarter final would be on Saturday 3rd July at 3pm. The 2010 Charmouth Challenge is – yes you guessed it – on Saturday 3rd July at 3pm. Aargh! Even if I run through the finish and straight home I’ll only see the last ten minutes. To be honest I’m more likely to be flat on my back at the finish line for ten minutes! Oh well, let’s see what happens against Germany first.

64 sit-ups today.

Here’s the Portland Dough Bun that I ate after yesterdays run.