From Sofa to Marathon – Week 2

Last week I was quite despondent that I haven’t been able to do any running or circuit training at all due to my neuralgia & now chesty cough too.  I made a resolution to spend some time looking up what is involved in preparing for a marathon & have a look at what I need to do about food.

Most of the training plans that I have found are three month preparations for a marathon based on how long you expect to take, but I have no idea how long it will take me, so I’m going to start with the 5+ hours training plan and go from there.  I don’t see myself in any way ready to run a marathon in 3 months time, but at least if I start I will get fitter!!

On Sunday I found a group on WordPress ‘Janathon‘ for people who want to get fit and are making a commitment to doing some sort of exercise every day, and blogging every day about what we have or haven’t done.

So progress so far:

0 miles, 0 hours training, 1 dog walk 🙂

I have replaced my evening snacking on chocolates and biscuits with bowls of fruit.  The vitamin C can do me no harm considering how poor my immune system seems to be at the moment.

I have joined Janathon


I will be including walking Wilson in my training plans, as I do tend to walk fast when I am walking him, and throwing sticks & balls is light exercise too 🙂

I have started a food diary.  What I have gleaned from many of the different sites that I have looked at, is that a good nutritious food intake is key to improving my physical health, so I really need to have a good hard look at my eating patterns and find out what might be missing from my diet.  Being vegetarian, it can be easy to miss out on protein, but I am always very conscientious about this, and we do eat a lot of fish.

My target for next week:

Complete my ford diary every day

Try and at least go for a brisk walk every day, minimum 1 mile.

Blog my progress we very day under the title Janathon

See you next Wednesday – I do love this sofa!!!

If this was my sofa I probably would never get off it!

If this was my sofa I probably would never get off it!

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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8 Responses to From Sofa to Marathon – Week 2

  1. John says:

    I’m just working out (no pun intended) my plans for the start of Janathon next week. I think the blogging about it every day will be a challenge.


  2. Great goals. I am now inspired to exercise more and blog more. There are times that our work and other responsibilities takes toll of our body, mind and yes, time. We spent a Christmas eve party among friends till 0300 a.m.. So, Christmas day was sleep, eat, Lego time, eat and more sleep. My wife side, “I always wanted days like this.” It did feel good to just stay home and yes, if my sofa was that awesome in the picture, I won’t get out too. Merry Christmas and best wishes to your family. Thanks.


    • Barbara says:

      My food diary for yesterday was awesome 🙂 You have to note how hungry you are before you eat something… my last 5 entries are ‘Stuffed’ & then Christmas pud, biscuits, quality street…. etc !


  3. Grannymar says:

    When I walk down to the square, it is a mile. Since it is uphill all the way back, can I count the return journey as two miles – 1 + 2 = 3. OK?


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