Janathon: Day 31 – A Run ‘n’ Blog Stage Race Comes to a Close – I Take First Place in Running, Woo Hoo!

Ice flowing north on the Mon.
Ice flowing north on the Mon





I ran a 5k and a bit more at lunch. I went out later that evening after dinner and ran fourteen more miles. Here’s the third run of the day, a segment of my evening run. I  am whooped. I topped my previous best by 19.9 miles, so I got a sweet PB out of it: most miles run in a month: 356.

I think I placed first in the running category for number of miles run in January. That’s cool. Speaking of cool, this was a pretty cool event. I live out in the sticks. There are no races around here, so this motivated me to get out and have some fun. Basically all the people I ran with live in England, mostly Liverpool, I think. I love running events of all types, but I don’t always like driving an hour to get to one. Trying to find time to run this year was ultimately the biggest challenge. My family has grown by one since i completed this event last year (and placed a distant second behind the beastly Silver Metal Fox who ran 502 miles. Good God. It was like arm-wrestling Optimus Prime. So, thanks, Janathon people, for coming together again to make this a special community of fun and whatnot. I saw some incredible running going down, too.

Because of the freakishly cold weather, I didn’t get as many miles as I could have. The temps were so low some days it could really kill a jogger. I found my scurvy limit at 4F. My lungs filled with frost and got screwed up. It wasn’t until the sky cleared around 10 pm that I was able to breathe freely tonight. I have a hard time comprehending how much I ran this month, but I feel I left everything in my shoes. I am whooped!

These benches will be underwater in a couple more days
These benches will be underwater in a couple more days


The river is still frozen. There are still inches and feet of snow on the ground. This polar blast of a winter gave me a chance to explore cold-running. I didn’t get to use all of my ideas, but at least I got into snorkel-breathing. Running at night in a ski mask with a snorkel hanging out of my mouth pretty much, in my mind anyways, pretty much remains the image I’ll use to remember this funfest. Last year, I ran a local cross country track a lot. i had a flexible schedule and ran at optimal times.

I ran across the bridge, did a riverside detour, then headed up and over the hill into California, PA. I did a circuit there, came back over the ridge and got bad chills. Wind blew the clouds away and the spectral night reached its cold tendrils into my damp running gear. I ducked into a store for a sugar blast. I was just exhausted. I had some Reese’s Cups, an energy drink, and this carried me about halfway home. I struggled all the way to the end. I’m writing this after finishing. I’m elated.

A half mile from my house I nearly stumbled over a raccoon curled in the gutter. It’s head was crushed and it’s body was heaving with its last breaths. I stopped for a second. I wanted to help it, but I also didn’t want to be bit by it. Earlier in the evening i watched a car nearly mow down a couple of deer sprinting across the road. I just don’t get why the second deer, after seeing the first deer coming close to an oncoming car, decides, ‘hey, that looks like a superb idea, I’ll run even closer to that deluge of whining metal flying at me’.And the deer ran straight onto the property of a local, very active gun club, ugh!. I’ll be happy when cars drive themselves.

The knee I injured last week during a marathon run, yes, it still hurt pretty bad, so i kept it slow. When I ran fast, the skin jiggled around too much and hurt like crazy. I stepped into the crunchy slush many a-time tonight. I’ll do well to get some more trail shoes to deal with the slippy slopes.


I ran 17.75 miles. for the day.

I ran 353 miles for the month. I need a Jacuzzi, agh!

Chilly weather this year.
Chilly weather this year.

Thanks, Janathoners!

Try running in this weather for a couple of weeks. Crikey!

Polar Vortex on the Monongahela



7 Replies to “Janathon: Day 31 – A Run ‘n’ Blog Stage Race Comes to a Close – I Take First Place in Running, Woo Hoo!”

  1. Unless plewis hasn’t uploaded his mileage yet, yes, you’re at the top of the leaderboard, well done!


  2. Absolutely outstanding. I’ve loved reading your blog. Congratulations on the mileage, especially in the weather conditions you have 👍🏆


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