Heaven 17

Grim was postponed! Yay! I didn’t have to do it last Saturday! Yay!The bad news, though, is that it was only postponed and not cancelled, so I still have to do it. On 15 January 2011. But that’s quite cool, as it will mean a hardcore Janathon effort and the most hardcore Janathoners win, so hurrah for me. Oh, I can’t win my own competition? Bollocks.

Still, with just over five weeks until the new Grim date, I thought I’d better get out there and do some training, now that the snow has just about gone. One of the reasons I was going to pull out of Grim was because I am the world’s most nervous car passenger (I am, really. I scream whenever a car comes towards us on the other side of the road) and couldn’t bear the thought of being in a car for 100 miles or whatever it is in the dark and the cold and the snow and the ice but now that excuse has evaporated along with the white stuff and the excuse of not being fit enough has gone (assuming I do some training), it looks like I’ve run out of excuses.under_armour

So this morning I put on my new Coldgear Under Armour compression top, which apparently is ideal for temperatures under 12 degrees and as my weather widget said it was 1 degree this morning, it seemed an ideal time to try it out. I was a bit dubious as it’s very thick, tight fitting and has a high neck, and I’m more of a thin, loose fitting, nothing round my neck type person but I squeezed into it and put a looser light green short-sleeved top over it, so as not to look too much like a middle-aged, lumpy Catwoman.

I set off for my run and forgot about the high neck immediately and the top was warm and comfortable, and not restrictive at all. It may also have magical powers as I actually managed to run up most of the hill, too, although that may be down to spending a lot of time in the gym last week and nothing to do with magical powers at all.What was even more amazing was that for most of my run, I was going at a smooth, steady pace and that could either be because of the magical powers of my new top or because I’d been on the treadmill a few times recently, which keeps you ticking over as steady as a metronome.

I even managed to run quicker than my recent usual *speed* of 12 minute miles and ran at an average of 11:17 minute miles, which when I got home, realised sounded like Heaven 17 and then tried to think of more paces that sounded like 80s pop bands but couldn’t think of any.

Distance: 3.08 miles
Time: 34:46
Pace: 11:17m/m
Calories: 324
Postponed Grims: 1
New compression tops: 1
Paces sounding like 80s pop bands: 1


  • You’re lucky that you can make the January date, I can’t so am trying to decide which event to defer to. Need something to help motivate me even more for the Janathon methinks!

    Have rather sucked at getting to the gym lately. Might have to get me one of those complression tops though… see how it compares to my Howies Merino!

  • That’s a shame about Grim. I do think that if people can’t make the new date, they should get a refund. Of course, that would mean lots of people who have just changed their mind would be applying for a refund. Not that I would do that, of course…

  • I was hoping for a bit longer gap till the new grim date as I have fallen foul of an increased workload and more than a fair share of laziness. Just putting together our Health and Wellness Campaign at work for 2011 so feel like I need to lead by example. Haven’t done grim since 2005 so really looking forward to it.

  • I hate it when they change dates, makes me nervous. I mean you try to to tapper yourself and than wham… it’s irresponsible of the organizers.

  • Hm, think you should start a new page on the Janathon site for the paces that sound like bands.

    10.33 10cc (almost)
    8.08 Ace of base (sort of!)

    Hm can’t think of any more. Anyway, great job organising janathon, am really looking forward to it…and surely you can win a little prize at least??

  • 3:52s, 10:33 are cool. Isn’t there a band called 808 State?

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