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Juneathon Day 1: Shoes

Many things have changed in my life since I joined (and completed) my first Athon in January this year. First of all, our beloved April passed away and I keep being grateful for the idea to name my blog after her. (My own original idea was Wounded Knee as my knee has been playing games with me for the past 2 years but heeey, no pain – no gain!)

Furthermore, I now consider myself a runner. I have been running (and racing) since January and enjoying it every time. Throughout the months I found out it is not for the weight loss or to tick off some imaginary box. No. I run because I like doing it. I like to feel the air in my hair, to smell the river next to me on a summer evening, to feel the fresh water drops on my body when having a shower after the run. In particular, I like the endorphins hitting me each time after about 4-5 km of running :-).

Juneathon jogging challenge: Run every day.

In January, I managed to exercise every day and came to a total mileage of 400+ km out of which 130 km was running. In June, I want to go out there running each of the 30 days. The total of 100 running miles would be great, the other activities are less important.

Juneathon blogging challenge: Make a picture at each run.

Today, on Day 1, I present you my running buddies.

Until recently I only had one or two pairs of running shoes and it was fine. But 2 weeks ago, the shopaholic girl in me couldn’t resist a major discount on the Salomon trail shoes and Asics Nimbus. Both these new pairs are probably the cheapest shoes I’ve ever bought so don’t blame me… As the matter of fact, I took the pair of Nimbus for their Juneathon maiden voyage today and they ran great!

Janathon Day 32 – Epilogue

Janathon had all signs of a great journey for me: it was totally unpredictable and highly adventurous. After coming across the Janathon logo accidentally, in no time I had so many virtual friends around me, people who I did not know and yet they were supporting me as I went along. So thank you, Phil, for posting some boosts to my short runs. And thank you, Lena, for running so much that I just  had to go out there and do at least my 5km loop. And thank you, Cheeta, for the inspiring stories and pictures. And thank you, Cathy, for pulling all this together. Thank you all the 200+ Janathoners who signed up and struggled throughout the cold days with me.  Thank you, Bear Runner. And thank you, Running Shadow, 12HonzaDe, Peggy and others… Although I don’t live in CZ anymore, the Czech running blogs provide for so much wisdom, fun and motivation.

Last day of 2011

April runs? Not quite… April usually does not spend any time by wasting energy, especially when physical activities would be involved. But as the only alternative name of this blog we came up with was Wounded Knee, I figured involving April was a better choice.

Why blogging? I signed up for Janathon 2012.

Two years ago I broke my left knee (yes, it is possible) while skiing and after the recovery I started seriously considering impoving my physical condition and loosing weight. This resulted in several months of thinking and doing nothing until I found a great gym. I joined on September 1 this year and regularly attended all 4 months. The result so far is rather astonishing. I lost weight and I started running. And although I might be the slowest jogger that crosses your path, I am out there :-).

Oh, for those who want to see April, here is probably the best shot:

So today we had a resting day, just a short walk downtown. Getting ready for the D-day tomorrow.

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