Juneathon Day 17: the one with a late lunch and spot of half marathon planning

Good morning and happy Tuesday. Trains permitting, I’ll be in the office squinting at my laptop screen when this blog is published. If I’m having a really good day, my new work phone will have been delivered.

Juneathon Day 17 got off to a positive start as I’d remembered to switch off my 05:30 alarm. This meant that I didn’t wake up until 08:30 so I started my Monday feeling like I’d wasted most of the morning.

I spent most of what was left of the morning sorting out some of the clutter that had been dumped in the loft.

I’m known as a bit of a hoarder, so I found throwing away my wage slips from 1996 hard. I ended up keeping my first ‘proper’ wage slip; my hourly rate in March was £3.63. I also made myself recycle some of the journal articles I didn’t get round to reading during my PhD, throw away a pile of Size 8 clothes I’ll never be able to squeeze into again, a couple of giant rucksacks from my backpacking days, and six pairs of trainers. I’ve no idea why I kept all my old trainers but parting with them was quite emotional.

As I needed someone with a car to help me transport the five black bags of unwanted clothes and trainers I’d filled to the local clothes and shoe bank, I convinced my friend to drive me to Mere Green. He was reluctant to start with, but I managed to bribe him with the promise of a free lunch at the restaurant of his choice.

I was a little surprised when my friend opted for Bistrot Pierre, last time we ate there he did nothing but complain about the service and the food. Luckily for me, the service was faultless and the food tasted amazing. It’s a good job my half marathon training plan starts tomorrow.

The rest of my Monday afternoon went something like this; nap, ironing, emails, blogmin, and then a spot of West Indies v Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup. Following a small evening snack, I sat down and drafted out a training plan which will hopefully get me to the start of the Lake Vyrnwy Half in one piece. My target autumn race was originally going to be the Snowdonia Marathon in October. I’ve now accepted that attempting to train for an undulating marathon would be stupid.

If you know of anyone who needs a place in the Snowdonia Marathon please let me know. Entries are transferable until the end of September.

Random photos from Day 17

I could get used to eating out on a Monday, Bistrot Pierre was lovely and peaceful, I could actually hear what my friend was saying 🙂

Having said that, I was slightly disappointed mussels weren’t an option on the lunch menu. If I want mussels, I’ll have to book a table in the evening.

Best thing spotted on the Internet on Day 17

With apologies for a work related tweet.

Drought myths #2: Droughts only happen in the summer

Cumulative Juneathon Distance: 16.5 km*

Are you a bit of a hoarder or are you good at throwing things away? I kind of hope that I’m not the only person who hangs onto things just in case.

Do you know of anyone looking for a place in the Snowdonia Marathon? If you do, please let them know I have an entry I won’t be able to use.   

* This will hopefully start to increase as my Lake Vyrnwy half marathon training plan starts tomorrow.


2 thoughts on “Juneathon Day 17: the one with a late lunch and spot of half marathon planning

  1. M says:

    I’m a hoarder. But more through laziness than an inability to throw things away. My main issue is that I’m also a “sorter”. Every thing has its place. That makes discovering and tidying away a box of old tat quite difficult.
    I completely agree with you about keeping your first wage slip. Although I’ve tried to go digital with pieces of paper memorabilia.


    • Emma says:

      Phew, I’m pleased I’m not the only hoarder. Actually, I suspect that most people are hoarders. It is so hard throwing things out. I’m most definitely not a “sorter”. At the end of each year I’ll sort my various bank statements, wage slips into date order before I file them into a box for that year but that’s about it. I’ve scanned in a few important documents but that’s the extent of going digital.


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