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A new dawn and a broken heart – confessions of a bad blogger

New DawnJanathon has been going well. I have managed to stick to the some exercise every day element but it transpires I’m a rubbish blogger at the moment. Therefore I thought it was time for a summary and to explain about the walking in a onesie. I often walk very early in the morning, sometime ago I bought myself a boiler suit and rather than change out of my pjs I put the boiler suit (my onesie) over the top, then I can come home and shower after my walk – too much information? The blessing is I live in a very rural area so none much sees me!

During one slightly later walk I found a broken heart, the downside of helium balloons they do leave detritus behind.

A broken heart

Summary of my Janathon so far:

  • Walking 74.61 km  
  • Cycling, transport  60.29 km  
  • Swimming  1.60 km  plus 1hr aquarobics
  • Squats 1,155

Janathon Day 4 – Running in a onesie!


Today was a rest day. On the squats chart it says ‘rest’. I walked the dog to the end of the lane and back, then did a spot of ironing gym – each time an item is ironed it gets taken upstairs. This process makes for very broken movie watching, mind you my current dvd is The 100 Year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared – have you seen it (or read the book?), I would attempt to describe it but you wouldn’t believe me. I also decided it was time to get the bike out ready for tomorrow so peddled to the end of the lane and back.

Nearly forgot to mention the onesie, Cathy would like us to run in a onesie or dressing gown – I don’t run, but I do wear my onesie every morning or pjs…. I’ll explain in another post…another day 🙂

Stats for the day –  Walk:  1.82 Km  Cycle 1.82km  Steps 8,833 – which bearing in mind the lack of distance covered isn’t a bad showing.

Janathon Day 3 – The Iron Horse

Iron Horse

Day 3 of Janathon – it peeeeeed down this morning, so dog and I didn’t go further than the chickens at the end of the garden. The forecast was good for later so we went out as the weather was clearing and managed 6.13km.  The puddles were the colour of greek coffee, the roads churned up by beet lorries and the sounds of clunking and banging echoed across the prairies as beets were shifted from clamp to lorry. Apparently there is oversupply of sugar this year and the factory cannot take everything as it is produced, there are still beet in some of the fields, luckily the frosts have not been too severe and they seem to be holding up ok. As dog and I made our way back past the clamp the image of one of the pieces of equipment looked like the Iron Man’s own Suffolk Punch standing ready for the next day’s work.

Total for the day 6.13Km and 80 squats.

Thank you for the visits from other Janathoners – I’m off on a tour to see what you’ve all been up to. I think as I am logging walks not runs they will not show on the overall totals for the month.


Janathon – Day 1

janathon-participant-logoThanks to Cathy for talking me in to taking part in Janathon again this year, a great way to start the year.  The basic idea is that you take some exercise each day in January and blog it. This morning I was feeling somewhat morning afterish (old enough to know better) so I decided to walk the block.  It’s a biggish block across open countryside.  For the last few weeks we have had beautiful sunrises but today was just overcast and very blustery, with no traffic though the walk was really pleasant and the puddles of the last few days were thawing rapidly. The perfect way to blow away the cobwebs.Squat Challenge I am also doing the squat challenge and am on Day 5 – so 70 squats today I didn’t wear blue hot pants for the squat challenge. Totals for day 1 – walking  11.78km [10km morning walk 1.78km evening dog walk] plus 70 squats

Quick post – 9th Janathon

Went to go for a run/walk and the Get Running ap told me I was a day early! So walked the dog instead – 1 mile.


1 minute plank!

Lazy Sunday Post

800m swim
45sec Plankaday

12th Day of Christmas – 5th of Janathon #12DCP

Tree with Christmas decorations

It’s over for another year. This is the last of the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you for joining in. I know it’s been a low-key affair this year, no fabulous dresses or extravagant food, no quiz questions and importantly no legs! Talking of legs, where are yours right now? If you close your eyes could you touch your knee cap without missing? The last stage on our sensory journey is:


The sense of knowing where one body part is in relation to another – without looking, can you type at your keyboard for example – if not try this little bit of fun Dance Mat.

So for now the most complicated bit of leaving the party, a social kiss goodbye, it’s all to do with positioning of those zygomatic bones but one, two, three pecks on the cheek, right or left first or just kiss the palm and blow – which to do?

I’ll give everyone until the end of Saturday to complete their comments and then run the draw – if you are not sure what this is about go back to day one.

Hugs and Happy New Year to you all


Today is a non run day, so I decided to go for a swim.  800m mix of breast, crawl and back stroke; a gentle re-entry before swimfit classes restart next week. I have signed up to do the latest Framlingham Sports and Fitness Centre challenge and am swimming for China in the Olympic challenge. Launched today they already have 16 people signed up in the first hour but just me and the team leader swimming for China so far. The aim is for the team to hit 15,000m by the end of the month.

The Spotify playlist for today is a collaborative list, please add your songs to go with the kinesthesia theme, body parts, positioning, songs to test your body position awareness.  the list is HERE

10th Day of Christmas and 3rd of Janathon – #12DCP

Tree decoration - tree in the eye

Today the decoration seems to be poking himself in the eye with a tree; befitting for today’s theme which is:


I’m wrapping several concepts into this one, rather than drag out the quest for pain which would be foolhardy. Pain from sharp or blunt instruments, heat, cold, hunger, headaches, kidney pain, acute, dull, throbbing, exquisite, emotional pain. Oh so many cans of worms and bad memories that could come to the fore. Plenty to stimulate the writers brain – any you are prepared to share? As I’m currently doing the detox thing [yes I know nothing is proven for it but it gives my body a rest and a horrible headache; the Puritan in me tells me this is a good thing] I am able to tune into pain quite well today. However, this can be as nothing compared with those who suffer hunger or chronic pain conditions. Strangely though we need pain and the absence of pain, neuropathy, can be equally damaging as those with long term diabetes and leprosy may discover.

Shall I share a story with you?  As it involves a slide with a wooden run off board – perhaps I’ll let you join the dots for yourself.


Bit of a muck up on my part. As the weather was horrendous this morning I didn’t run and decided to go to the gym later and attempt the treadmill. When I got there though the gym was closed (remember to check the opening times next time). So I came home and got out a yoga dvd instead. Half an hour of Geri Yoga it was actually very pleasant and stretched out the aching back and has left me feeling good. Not the pounding of the streets that many Janathoners will have done, but something I wouldn’t have done otherwise; so I’m happy.

The Spotify playlist for today is here

9th Day of Christmas and 2nd of Janathon – #12DCP

Today’s tree decoration has a different feel to the others, made of felted fabric he is soft and as a tree decoration I’m not that fond of him. However, he fits the theme for today:


From the soft socks given for Christmas, kittens fur or the rough rasping of a dog’s tongue to the personal aspects of human skin against human skin what does touch mean to you? I was looking for images of a sensory homunculus to share when I found Colganology with some images created for QI.

So today I’m out to identify how things feel, from these hard, smooth plastic keys on the keyboard to everything I do today – how or what do you feel today?

Janathon – today I took the dog in a basket on the bike, out to a track across the fields. Only just over 4 miles but hard work due to the weight and needing to concentrate hard.

The Spotify Playlist for today is here

8th Day of Christmas and 1st ofJanathon – #12DCP

The 8th day on the sensory journey, time to start stepping away from the food don’t you think? However, I appreciate you may be a little jaded after a heavy night of New Year’s celebrations, so if you could just open your eyes a little the theme for today is:

Visual Experiences

Do you remember that moment when someone first challenged you with, ‘How do you know that you and I see the same things? Is what I see as blue the same as what you call blue?’ visual experiences may be unique to us as individuals, how will we ever really know, and they are rarely visual alone but involve all sorts of additional sensory and emotional context. There is scientific work going on to try and re-image brain activity but I’m not sure that this helps the paradox that when I see a pipe you may say it is not a pipe.

Many of my favourite visual experiences relate to nature, particularly plants and animals or views.  Surprise View above Derwentwater, or looking down at Rievaulx Abbey from the Terrace or some of the planting at Abbey Gardens, Tresco which I use as my image for my other blog.

However I also love man-made visual experiences from fractals to sculpture such as Scallop on Aldeburgh beach.

Then there are the images in our heads, part of the purpose of the sensory journey is to stimulate the imagination. I struggle when I’m writing to know how much description to give, or if like radio I should let the pictures form in the reader’s mind. If you are an Archers fan, what do you think of seeing the likes of Linda Snell in Borsetshire Life magazine?

So for today’s comments what are your strong visual experiences?

Your Spotify Playlist for today is here


Now a quick Janathon catch up.  Today marks the first day of Janathon. I did this for the first time last year and it was certainly a great way to get moving after the Christmas and New Year slump. My personal challenge is to try and learn to run, which has never been my strong point in the hope it will give me extra strength and stamina for the 2 mile Great East Swim.

This morning I downloaded the Get Running App and did just that.  Out the door 5 minutes quick walk warm up then 8 sets of 1 minute run 90 seconds walk then 5 minute cool down.  The app should get me up to 5K after 14 weeks.  Today I totalled 2.2 miles. I am impressed with the app, it is very clear when to walk, run, turn around and come home and nicely encouraging in tone; it is very easy to set up and use.


If you came here from the Janathon site a quick catch up on the 12 Days of Christmas Party. This year it is taking the form of a sensory journey. Each day the focus is on a different sense; for those that want to there will be a ghost story writing and sharing opportunity at the end. In the meantime each comment posted is an entry into the prize draw, you can go back and do previous days any time up to the end of the 12th Day. From today my posts will also include my Janathon blogs.

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