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Day 17 and 18

  • Distance – 0km and 7km
  • Total Distance – 122km

Well Day 17 was a write off. My knee was a mess. It was sore even walking on it. After an internal debate I decided to take the super-wuss option of a second day off in Janathon. Unprecedented. Amazing scenes. Etc. Expecting the knee to still be terrible today it was something of a surprise that the Day 18 run was not only easy, but transformatively faster than anything I’ve run so far this month. This was partially due to a combination of nice weather and the feeling of joy when a body part is overperforming, but also because I was tormenting runners on the prom by chasing them down and running past them at high speed. Some would call this competitive spirit, others might call it “being an arsehole” – either way it is one of life’s simple pleasures to power past someone half your age wearing very expensive running equipment while trying very, very hard to appear nonchalant while doing so.

Unfortunately all this nonchalant fast-running meant I ran out of puff early and had to stop at 7km. These trials and tribulations have set me adrift of the top 10. I need that nee to hold things together next week. Both our respective dignities are at stake.

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Day 14 – “I get knocked down, but I get up again”

  • Distance – 7km
  • Total Distance – 100km

Whatever happened to Chumbawamba? Surely Burnley’s biggest export behind Sir Ian McKellan and Sean Dyche’s ridiculous voice. I would google them but…. I can’t arsed.

Anyhoo – That’s the 100 for the month up (about 63 miles). Not as impressive as years gone by, but I’m just clinging on to 8th place on the leaderboard.

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Auswomble is a freak of nature – nobody runs as far as him. But I’d be right up there in and around second if I was properly fighting fit/motivated – a little depressing. I think I’ll try to overtake Trevstarr though – if only because I disapprove of the use of two r’s in quick succession in a name. Even if it is his actual second name, there is still no excuse. When I was at school I used to know a boy called Mike Starr and he always had a better computer than me, so I’m dealing with a lot of repressed emotions here, clearly.

More positively – I went for a lovely run today with an old friend, and it was a fairly gentle 7km without any pain. Lovely to see him – we haven’t met in person for years and years – and especially nice to meet while we trotted around Aberystwyth. The weather was lovely too. Even an afternoon and evening wrestling with the Biostatistics Beast couldn’t dispel the general air of a good day….

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Day 13 – Knee No

  • Distance – 0km (though I did go for an hour long walk)
  • Total distance – no change

It’s been an agonising decision (in more ways than one) but I’m taking an official Janathon day off to let the knee recover. It was very twingy on the walk to and from uni and still feels odd now. I’m going for a run first thing tomorrow, so rather than stress the cheeky joint I’ll give it time to chill out and get its shit together.

Most of the day was spent wrestling with statistics once again. My brain is starting to feel like the rest of my body – broken, aching and exhausted.

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