A Jantastic review

So Jantastic is over and has been for over a week already!

jantasticThis makes me sad.  It’s been great setting goals each week and being a part of Jantastic has really helped me get out of the door on a couple of occasions when I didn’t really fancy a run (although that hasn’t been too often just lately!)

For those that don’t know, Jantastic has been running since the start of the year.  The first month you had to set yourself a goal number of runs to complete in a week.  The next month you had your goal number of runs AND your longest target run distance.  In March you had to set targets for both of those AS WELL AS predict a target race time.

I set myself the task of completing five runs each week and am happy to say other than the very first week when I only completed four runs, I completed five runs each of the other weeks.  The first week in January was so long ago I can’t even remember why I ended up one run short.  We were probably visiting family though – still rushing around after Christmas.

Jantastic January

I am very much a frequency runner.  When I first began running I would run both club nights and then once each weekend.  When I was training for Operation Ultra last year I was running six days a week, and some of those days would contain more than one run and I genuinely looked forward to pulling my Garmin out and getting out there for another run each time!  That made hitting my five runs a week in February, easy.  Some weeks I ran more than five times, just because I fancied it.

In February I set my mileage at 15 miles for my long run the first week, 7 miles the next, then two 18s.  I hit all of these long run distances, going slightly over for the first one.

Jantastic February

MARCH: Again, five runs each week completed easily.  Not so easy to keep on top of the mileage though.  Twenty miles the first week was ticked off, then I logged 14.83 miles instead of 15 the following week.  That run I was completely DONE on.  No chance of making it up to 15.  The day was quite warm, and I ran Parkrun before setting out for another fifteen miles with some friends from club.  So technically I actually ran just short of 18 miles, but there was a car journey inbetween, so I didn’t count it.  Week three was another 20 when I ran Oakley 20 (and really enjoyed it!) then my final week target was 15 miles, which I headed out on with a friend to cover part of the upcoming Shires & Spires course nearby.  When we arrived back at the car after 12.8 miles I was happy to call it a day and reward my legs with a long drive (!) over to Norfolk to visit my Mum for Mother’s Day instead.  I used my race at Oakley as my target run distance, guessing that I would come in at around 3h 48m, knowing that my training had been slow over recent months and I just wanted to relax and really enjoy a race over a course I loved.  Very happy to only come in three minutes slower than my target time.  Over twenty miles, that wasn’t too bad a guess!  A short long run and slightly out on my prediction meant I lost a chunk of my final week percentage though.

Jantastic March


Overall, I came away with a score of 97.7%.  Tom and Martin said a while back on Marathon Talk that over 95% and you were doing great.  Glad I can say that I fell into that category – it could have all gone wrong after my injury in the Winter!jantastic Total

Of course, yesterday was the Paris, Brighton and Manchester marathons.  My Twitter feed was filled with updates about the races and I was tracking several people online.  A few friends made it quicker than the 3:45 required for a Good for Age for London which was exciting to see!

Just SIX days until my marathon now…!

Cat calendar

Of course, my Twitter feed was also filled with the news about Sheffield Half marathon.  I’m sure most people are aware already but the race was cancelled yesterday after the race water delivery failed to arrive in the morning resulting in the race being deemed unsafe to run.  After a long delay where organisers tried their best to source water from elsewhere the race was unfortunately called off.  But the runners decided to take off anyway, running past police blockades as police tried to stop them from taking part.  In the end, the decision was made to let them continue as it would be more dangerous to make the thousands of runners stop.  It appeared that only the front runners were aware that the race had officially been cancelled, as the message hadn’t reached further down the line.  After hearing the news, people from all around Sheffield came out with offerings of cups and bottles of water to help the runners complete the race.  Sometimes it amazes me how helpful and thoughtful people can be.  I felt awful for the race organiser though having to make such a difficult decision when so many people had turned up for the race.  I don’t know why the water hadn’t arrived, but watching the above video of her putting her head in her hands my heart really went out to her.

If you ran for Jantastic, how did you get on?
What motivates you to get out and exercise?

10 thoughts on “A Jantastic review

  1. Well done on your Jantastic! It is great that it helped motivate you to get out the door. Although I think you could have counted that long run- I run up to Sweatshop, have a chat, do the run, have another chat and then run home, but I count it as all one run- I think if you are in the same clothes then it counts as the same run!
    You should have played your joker on those couple of weeks and then you would have been even higher scoring!
    Last year I aimed for 4 runs per week which was a good challenge but I managed it most of the time, this year I was more cautious as I had all those problems with my hip- I had a couple of weeks where I didn’t manage it but I played my joker on those weeks!
    I was reading about the Sheffield half- partly I do think that people are too cautious and obsessive about drinking- I think that most people could run a half marathon without any water (and it was great to see all the local people handing out water, and also local shops). I do feel sorry for the organiser but really they should have had a contingency plan anyway. I know it is not the end of the world but for some people it would have been their first, and others would be running for charity, people will have travelled, paid for hotels etc, plus the way the message didn’t filter through is just ridiculous. They will have trouble selling places for that race in the future I imagine.
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    1. Haha! I like your rule of ‘If you’re in the same clothes, it counts as one run!’ I’ll have to work by that next year!
      I agree, a contingency plan should have been in place and the cost to runners and supporters would be immense, never mind the weeks and weeks of training they had put in during the build up to race day. I also believe they will struggle to fill places next year.

    1. Haha! Yeah, there’s something to be said for booking races in in advance and then having to train for them if you want to survive!!! 😛

  2. Great job on Jantastic, I hit my 5 runs a week for Jan, then with injury in Feb I missed a few weeks, but came back strongly in March, I ended on 79, which wasn’t too bad considering. I think having a race/goal to aim towards definitely helps you to get out the door, really enjoying training helps too. Not long til London now!
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    1. 79 was great for getting injured smack in the middle of it all. Well done! I agree – a goal race is definitely motivating on days you find it tough.

  3. I did Jantastic throughout January and February and got 100% every week, but by March I was confused by the timing prediction thing so I gave up on logging runs (I was still running, but not logging them on Jantastic). I just found it a bit difficult to decipher, but maybe that’s just me. I noticed most people in my team were also not logging their runs after February.
    Well done on keeping up with Jantastic and getting 97%!
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    1. Several of the people in my team didn’t log in March either which was a shame as we were doing really well up until that point!
      The timing prediction confused me a little but you basically chose how far you wanted to ‘race’ (didn’t have to be an official race) and then tried to predict what time you would complete the distance in. It wasn’t about setting a goal and going all out to reach it, or slowing back to come in at that time. The idea was more about seeing how well you knew your body and what it had become capable of achieving. Then the further out away from your predicted time you were, the less marks you got for your prediction. Whether you were faster or slower than what you thought you would achieve.

  4. Well done on Jantastic! You did amazingly. I really struggled this year. When I started it I was barely back in to running. And then I got injured again with my ankle and that took me out for almost three weeks…so just bad to worse really. I never got in my timed run either. Ah well. Next year!!
    It’s such a shame about the Sheffield half. I definitely would have tried to run it anyway. Going all that way, waking up early, not to mention the training! I heard Costa handed out water which I thought was just brilliant of them. I know some people complained because they didn’t get their money back but at the end of the day I’m sure we all know the realities of a cancelled race. The cost of setting up etc. still has to be paid for and just because a supplier didn’t turn up doesn’t mean those costs disappear. It’s a sad fact but true. But I love that the runners still ran – pah to police trying to stop them! Hehe.

    1. Thankyou. You had an awful running start to the year. Fingers crossed you’re still feeling strong after Paris?…
      I would have run it anyway as well, and dodged any police! 😛 I hadn’t heard about Costa, but that was great of them. I’ve paid for a race that has ended up getting cancelled before – still got the hoodie though and I know the organisers did everything they could to continue with the race so I didn’t expect a refund.

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