Is Janathon a fitness incentive – or an invitation to take it easy?
Looking at how my month is going, I’d have to say it’s both.
There have been some days where I’ve done the bare minimum, just going for a walk or playing basketball with the kids, knowing that was enough to check off my daily activity. In an ordinary month those might’ve been rest days; I guess thanks to Janathon I at least got a bit of a calorie burn in.
On the other hand, not having a specific training goal made it easy to frequently settle for less than what I’d normally do. How many times this month have I turned in 20-minute treadmill runs? Quite a difference from last January’s 2-hour treadmill runs in preparation for a February indoor marathon.
Still, it’s been fun to not be so goal-oriented and explore a bit. If anything, I wish I’d done more “just for fun” workouts, like maybe trying snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
I still hope to get something interesting in this last week, but having finally settled on a couple of running goals for 2015, I’m already shifting into training mode. And after taking it easy for most of January, that feels good, too.
Here’s a Janathon update from the last few days:
Jan. 21 — Ran 4 miles with my sister on the Bluffton River Greenway
Jan. 22 – 20-minute treadmill run at the Bluffton YMCA
Jan. 23 – 2-mile night run in Markle after dropping Colleen off for a rifle-restoration session with Uncle Rick
Jan. 24 – 30 minute treadmill run at the Y.
Jan. 25 – 4-mile neighborhood run in howling sleet and snow that pelted my eyes so hard I could hardly keep them open at times. (Yep, that was invigorating!)
Jan. 26 – Circuit workout with Colleen while listening to a “Guardians of the Universe” mix (that of course led us to track down the “Footloose” soundtrack that inspired it).
Jan. 27 – Intended to run the 4-H 5k course during Colleen’s Rifle Club meeting, but that didn’t work out so I had to content myself with an earlier 1-mile walk to the library after work. (For better or worse, Janathon strikes again…)