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Day 31 – Final tally

Just a brief lunchtime walk. I spotted some snowdrops – perhaps a reminder that January (and therefore Janathon) is over and we are one step closer to spring.

Walk: 2.1 miles
Yoga: 20 minutes

And here is the final Janathon tally:

Run: 39.2 miles
Bike: 58.2 miles
Walk: 37.4 miles
Gym: 4 hrs 20 mins
Yoga: 5 hrs 20 mins
Swim: 2000 m
Barn dance : 1

I didn’t meet my goal of increasing my running due to hip trouble, but on a plus side I got into yoga and swimming.

I exercised every day. The weather wasn’t too shabby. Janathon was fun. Goodbye until next year! x



Day 28 – Walk to the nature reserve 

Today I managed to persuade hubby to coming for a walk with me. We walked to the local nature reserve, which – until a couple of years ago – was a gravel pit.
We didn’t see many birds, but it was a nice walk anyway. Next time we’ll come prepare with binoculars and a bird identifier.

After returning home I signed up to Adriene’s 31 day Yoga challenge. Adriene is very young and sweet, and find everything “yummy”. I’m sure we’ll get on fine!

Walk: 4 miles
Yoga: 30 minutes

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Day 25 – Knee bursitis 

Grrr. Having been careful of my painful right hip (which seems to be better, by the way), I now have some mild pain in my right knee – especially when walking up or downstairs.
The symptoms (self diagnosed) sound like Pes Anserine Bursitis. Irritatingly, according to this article, it can be caused by running (which I have avoided) and swimming (which I have been doing in replacement of running!).
Now I’m feeling old. Perhaps my achy 50-year-old bones are not up to the Janathon challenge anymore! Or perhaps I’ve just pushed myself too much?

I found some simple and quick exercises to strengthen the knee:

Walk: 2.7 miles
Yoga: 30 minutes

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Day 24 – Lunchtime walk with colleagues 



Back to work today, so I had limited time for exercising. I managed to get together with a few colleagues for a lunch time walk though. We used to have a daily walking group, but that sadly disbanded a couple of years ago when work pressures got too much. I really enjoyed the company and the chatting.

Walk: 2.3 miles
Yoga: 20 minutes


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Day 23 – At the swimming pool 

As planned I went to the swimming pool today. The first time in probably a year!
It wasn’t too busy, so I quite enjoyed the experience as I ploughed through the water. I managed four lanes in about 3 minutes, so it was easy to keep count. I alternated two lanes of breast stroke with two lanes of front crawl/back stroke.
And 10 minutes in the steam room to round it all off!

Walk: 1 mile
Swim: 1000m


Day 22 -My hip is still niggling … :(

I haven’t run for a couple of days, but my right hip is still niggling me. Even during a gentle walk I can feel it – a dull ache deep in the back of my hip.

I’ve decided to stick with stretching and to lay off running for a while. It’s frustrating because I wanted to run as much as possible this Janathon (which, arguably, is possibly why I have a painful hip in the first place…)
Tomorrow I might try swimming instead.

As a little perk, my walk took me past some pretty places along the Grand Union Canal. See for yourself.


Walk: 3.2 miles
Yoga: 30 minutes