Janathon day 9
Today was a working from home day. I know what people say about those, but I don’t work in my dressing gown, although I do tend to stay in my slippers. There are several great things about working from home days.
- I can nip to the shops or the bank or any number of places that are not usually open in my free time
- I can put a load of washing on, or keep an eye on it while it’s on the line (not at issue today!)
- I have my choice of radio station (6 Music is the station of choice)
- I have the radiator on in the study and stay toasty warm
- I get so much done in peace that it is easily the most productive day of the week
Item 5 is such an advantage that I have taken to saving any in depth reviewing or report writing for Friday, just so I can have a nice clear run at it. It is such an advantage to be able to get my head down and churn through stuff. And technology is such that the vast majority of meetings and discussions are more than possible with me being remote – yet I still end up with my days on the main site being stacked back to back with meetings as people prefer to have you in the room with them. Ho hum. It’s a great advantage and I cherish the opportunity.
It also allows for a lunch break to be stretched slightly and a mid week run in daylight becomes an option. Today I had a cheque to pay into the bank for the husband, so I decided I’d run into town to the bank, pay in his cheque and then run home again during my lunch break. And so it came to pass. I did put the cheque and paying in slip in a sealed plastic bag before putting it in the back pocket of my capris, just so that it didn’t end up a slightly sweaty, possibly illegible, mess!
Down to the bank was just on a mile. It is down as well – down hill all the way; this is an important point in what follows… At this point I thought maybe a slightly longer run would be in order rather than just the return leg. So I headed down towards the gravel pits and along a railway path that skirts the lakes. It’s been a long time since I ran on anything that’s not tarmac and I’d forgotten how much different running on muddy surfaces can be. I started by trying to skirt round the muddy patches and keep the the firmer parts of the path, but I soon gave up on that as being a ridiculous waste of effort. That left me going squelch on a few occasions, but it’s so much easier to go in a straight line through the mud than take an elaborate path around it. It also reminded me why I used to keep some newspaper in the utility room and why my white socks are various shades of grey…
I ran down and back the railway path. I could have carried on and then run up the large hill before heading home, but I decided that I wasn’t quite ready for the killer hill – it’s steep and across a field. That just makes it doubly difficult and I didn’t fancy it. As I returned home I discovered that it had felt so good running down to the bank because it was downhill and the wind was behind me. I managed about 3/4 of the way back up the hill, but then I turned onto the steepest stretch and into the face of the wind and ground to a halt. I wasn’t due a walk break, but running simply wasn’t happening. I allowed myself to walk to the top of the hill and the road, but made myself start running from there until I reached home. Not the most spectacular performance, but I’m going to try and not be too hard on myself. Yes, I used to run up that hill all the way, but I used to run a great deal more than I have done and I’m still getting back into it. I will power up that hill again – just not today. I managed 3.48 miles in about 45 minutes, most of it a 5 minute running with 1 minute walking, so I can’t be too upset about that.
Having removed my muddy shoes and showered it was back to work for the remainder of the afternoon. It did feel good having been out for a run again, and a run in daylight is so much more pleasant than in the dark that it’s worth the effort.
Challenge for today was 90 squats, 16 pressups and 44 situps. I decided to vary the situps and did half standard situps and then 11 with a twist to right, the 11 with a twist to the left. May as well work all the abdominals while we’re doing this madness. Managed 4 pressups on my knees before having to resort to box style. Squats were fiendish, possibly something to do with having run earlier in the day, and the less said about them the better!