Winter solstice

It’s done. The shortest day is over. Six months of increasing daylight running to look forwards to. The winter solstice feels like more of a new start than New Year’s Day or a birthday.You can be absolutely certain that something, ie daylight will get better!
I have high hopes for next year. This time last year I chickened out of a January 10k because I wasn’t ready, I couldn’t run 10k and I didn’t until May. A year on and I’m a different person. I don’t run because I feel I should, I’ve got enough miles under my belt to know that I run because I enjoy it. I’m hoping for a year of steady running at least 3 times per week. It’s a treat to go out for a run, but one I’m allowed to have and one that isn’t entirely selfish as I think I’m a lot easier to get along with when I’m running regularly.
Where are the landmarks in your year? What does the new year mean to you?

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About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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10 Responses to Winter solstice

  1. fitfor365 says:

    I’m aiming to get some consistency back in my running again next year. Have you seen Jantastic, http://www.jantastic.me it’s a three month challenge to get the UK running. I’ve got my eye on a few 10K’s next year too and maybe another half.

    • bitzyfit says:

      Sounds good – best of luck, I’ll check it out too 🙂

    • mawil1 says:

      I’ve signed up to jantastic thanks for the tip! I have signed up for a couple of 10k s but think that I should aim to do another half soon with a view to a marathon in 2015. I think that I need to double my weekly mileage ( to 20) before contemplating the big one though! Have a happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year. Julie

  2. bitzyfit says:

    I’m so glad to see the shortest day done with, bring back the lighter times! I started running late august, and have kept it up – much to my surprise! I’d like to build up my distance and stamina when Xmas is over :-).
    Congratulations on moving on – it’s great to know we can always aim high and achieve , bring it on. Xx

  3. elainewaine@hotmail.com says:

    Keep up the good work Julie….. I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year! If you need help fundraising in 2014 feel free to drop me a line… Keep running and I will keep thinking about it…te he…x

    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks Elaine, I hope that you have a lovely Christmas. We have had some cash and cheques for the fund and are up to £2000 now which is excellent. Everyone has been very generous. Sometimes people hand me a fiver in the clinic which makes me feel like a waitress getting a tip! But it’s great that people want to give and support us
      Wishing you a healthy happy new year too! Love juliex

      • elainewaine@hotmail.com says:

        That’s great going…..the £2000 has stacked up quite quickly! I have just raised over £5k again at my third annual ball for the hospice; I would like to allocate some of the funds raised at next years event to the breastcare kitty for the new equipment, I will hopefully speak to you about it nearer the time… The support you have received is a credit to you and the amazing work that you do! Keep the blogs coming, even though I don’t run I enjoy the read! Best wishes E x

      • mawil1 says:

        Wow! 5k is a lot of money to raise, especially 3yrs on the trot. Now that I’m trying to raise some money I know how difficult it is! Well done you! Wishing you a happy new year Elaine, I hope that it brings you health wealth and happiness! Lots of love, juliexx

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    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks Elaine, I hope that you have a lovely Christmas. We have had some cash and cheques for the fund and are up to £2000 now which is excellent. Everyone has been very generous. Sometimes people hand me a fiver in the clinic which makes me feel like a waitress getting a tip! But it’s great that people want to give and support us
      Wishing you a healthy happy new year too! Love juliex

  4. pwhent says:

    I can so relate to the idea of being better to get along with when I am exercising regulalry. I also feel more motivated and have more energy……apart from the 3 or 4 days before a race when I am a pain in the arse!!! I have really enjoyed followed your journey this year Julie. Well done on your achievements. I look forward to watching your adventures next year : )

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