Jantastic: My Campaign Reviewed

Well, Jantastic has come to an end, and for me, its been an unequivocal success.

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Woo! 100%!

Last year I didn’t see the campaign through to the end due to a knock in January, and as I used a Joker I basically threw my toys out of the pram and gave up, like a real man! This year I have been a lot more pragmatic, and used it for what it is designed for – motivation.

There truly were some evenings where I really did NOT want to go for a run. It could have been the weather, the dark, the fatigue from the elevated mileage… But there was no way I was losing my 100% record. This kept me running consistently and I have been reaping the rewards.

The "General" badges I won. I acheivd all I could except a "top team" badge, which means next year the whip needs to be cracked!
The “General” badges I won. I acheivd all I could except a “top team” badge, which means next year the whip needs to be cracked!

Chasing the badges has also been a good addition to my training, particularly with the Strava integration. Firstly, it made me more accountable. I wanted to be able to justify each of my runs logged to Jantastic and remain 10% transparent about the process. By adding badges like “Mountain Goat” I went out and deliberately ran more hills. With the “Speedster badge, I deliberately went out for a fast 5k parkrun just to win the badge.

Strava Badges - Bloody unseasonably warm winter in Somerset meant I couln't get Sub Zero. Will have to get up super early next January!
Strava Badges – Bloody unseasonably warm winter in Somerset meant I couln’t get Sub Zero. Will have to get up super early next January!

The other thing its helped me do is acknowledge when I’m tired, to run easy, and when I’m REALLY tired to take a rest day. It’s really helped me listen to what my body has been telling me.

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Got these for all 3 months.

If I was “old school” I’d need a rapping of the knuckles when it came to my “timed run”. I smashed my target by 2 and a half minutes. I genuinely thought the target I set myself was a good stretch and I was anxious that I may not actually achieve the goal. This is something for me to work on next year, but while I should really have been penalized, its real proof that Jantastic, and specifically consistent training, has on running performance. I’ve got a 6 minute half marathon PB (And soooo close to sub 90 it hurts), a 5k PB (And hopefully on Saturday my first sub-20) and this magnificent haul of badges to show for it.

Bring on the Magic Mile, and bring on Jantastic 2016. Thank you Marathon Talk.

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