One foot in front of the other

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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


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Day 30 – Foggy day

Back to work today. I cycled to work and did a home visit by bike too. It was foggy but mild, that’s good enough for me.

Back home I did another day in the Yoga challenge with the lovely Adriene. Day 3.
I really enjoy it so far, much more than just doing hip and leg stretches. The exercises are gentle in some parts and quite challenging in others.

Bike ride: 14.6 miles
Yoga: 25 minutes

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Day 29 – The Pool (again) 


For variety I went back to the pool today. Because I’m still protective of my knee, I did less breast stroke and more front crawl. So far my legs seem fine.
There were only two lanes, and I found myself too fast for the slow lane and a bit slow for the fast lane. I opted for the  faster lane and made sure I waited at the ends to et the faster swimmers pass. It’s a little frustrating when you can’t swim at your own pace – but I expect it’s easier to let faster people pass than to find yourself stuck behind a slower swimmer.

I hope you like my arty locker shot.

Swimming: 1000 metres
Walk: 1 miles
Yoga: 30 minutes


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