Something’s getting faster!


No, not me! Sadly no PB to report. I’m referring to time itself!

Driving back from town we came down a road that I often run down when it’s dark and raining as the streetlights and pavements make it safe. Last year I really enjoyed the Christmas lights people had put on their houses and gardens and now they’re all back again. Surely it’s only a few weeks since I was last appreciating them? It’s like summer never happened!

It’s getting to that time of year where people generally review last year and set goals for next year. Being a conforming kind of person I’m sticking with that tradition.

last years goals for me were minimal, to run 10 miles per week, to do dry January, and to be vegan for a month. I did well with the alcohol free, vegan month but despite losing 7lb didn’t keep it up as I felt quite tired. The running didn’t go quite so well. After I went back to an omnivorous diet it picked up a bit in the spring, but I had a major setback in July when I injured my back. Overall I have tracked 250 miles in the last year, so only half of what I wanted to do but hey, better than nothing. I’m still running 2 years in.πŸ˜‡

This year I have started early with the goals.

One of my resolutions is not to work when I am on leave, so I have segregated my emails so that I’m not picking up work stuff on my phone. The last couple of holidays I have had have been spent fielding emails/ writing papers/going in for meetings when I’m supposed to be doing things with Joe, which isn’t fair. He already does a 10hr school day to accommodate our jobs, enough is enough. I don’t mind being phoned if there’s a clinical emergency, but there’s a team there at work for everything else. It isn’t that anyone forces me to do work, I just have a nasty habit of volunteering. I’m trying to give it up.

Re fitness I will try to adopt a more holistic approach, and make allowances for the fact that I am not in my 20’s and have a lifetime of inactivity behind me! This week I did yoga on Sunday, 2 miles run on Wednesday, 500m swim on Thursday and 2miles run on Saturday. There should have been another run on Monday, but I didn’t find the time, what with Christmas shopping and all. Interestingly I also had ‘DOMS’ in my thighs and bum after yoga! I know yoga is supposed to be gentle, but you do do a lot of planks and lunges in all those asanas! Anyway I’m hoping that adding the yoga/swimming/ rowing will increase my general strength, tone and fitness and so reduce the risk of injuries when running. Only 2 mile runs, partly because I’m getting back into it, partly because I have been able to persuade Joe to run with meπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„. Gently, I’m trying to persuade him that this is a good pastime and that he can do it too!

I have signed up again for dry January. My dad was an alcoholic and died of liver failure. Although a few drinks can be fun, out of control alcohol spreads misery. I support dry January because I would like it to be popular and to get more people to think about their alcohol consumption.

Otherwise my plans for the year are to focus on the things that are important. Family, friends, love, peace and community. Research shows that making a contribution is the most consistent way to be happy.Β I want to spend some time thinking about my personal strengths (and limitations), and how to use my time to best effect. (Maybe I’m having a mid life crisis?) Something to ponder whilst I’m out for a run!

So it’s time now to sign off and to wish you all a happy winter solstice (yay, 6 months on the way up), merry Christmas, and joyous new year!



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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12 Responses to Something’s getting faster!

  1. We have Dry July here in Australia and Octsober both of which I’ve done. I agree with your thoughts that alcohol can spread misery and it’s such a great example to set to the children to have a break. All the best with your goals for 2015, loving that you are focusing on the things that really are the most important of all.

  2. pwhent says:

    What a great blog post to end the year on. Don’t obsess on the numbers!! The fact that you are still running two years after starting is what matters. Congratulations. I have really enjoyed our blog chat this year and I am especially grateful to you for all the support you gave me in the summer in the lead up to my race. Thank you. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope it brings you everything you wish for πŸ™‚

    • mawil1 says:

      Thank you Peter, I’ve enjoyed our blog chat too, and really appreciate your support and advice! I’ve enjoyed following your inspirational journey. I was so proud of you when you got to represent team GB! A hard act to follow though, what’s next for you? Whatever it is I know that it will be done with 100% enthusiasm and consistency! Good wishes to you and your family too. Julie

  3. oscardiamond says:

    Despite your misgivings about insufficient runs, you’ve clearly had a very good year and achieved a great deal. I think your varied fitness activities are the way to go. Fixing on an arbitrary running distance and then not being able to make because of a load of important commitments is unnecessarily deflating. Focus on your strengths not your limitations, which, in the main, are limitations because you don’t have the time to work on them.
    PS : these thoughts came directly out of my head and not a motivational Christmas cracker!

    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks! Maybe there’s an alternative career waiting for you writing mottos for Christmas crackers ( or fortune cookies, less seasonal!) I appreciate your positive attitude it’s always a better way of looking at things. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and new year and good luck with your allotment project, I hope that you can get it set up and planted for the spring!

  4. CeeJayKay says:

    merry merry and happy happy hunny xxx have a fab festive season and see you in 2015 πŸ™‚ xxx

  5. fit4365 says:

    Nice one Julie. Why not sign up for Jantastic and join my team fit4365? Have a good christmas, and just say no πŸ™‚

    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks, and yes I might just sign up for jantastic, tho I note from your blog that it’s not that easy! However, being ‘answerable’ does sometimes give you the motivation you need to keep going! No harm in giving it a go!

  6. txa1265 says:

    I love all of this post – being present when not at work is a choice most of the time, and it is too easy to fall into the ‘just checking my email’ and have it drift into 2 hours or more! My personal combat for that has been (1) to only bring my work laptop home when I *need* to (less than once per week generally, and very seldom on weekends!) and (2) not letting a ‘work phone’ get pushed on me … I had a Blackberry in the 90s and early 2000s, and since switching jobs (has it really been almost 7 years!) haven’t let them give me a work smartphone. Everyone on the project, and my engineering department, has my smartphone # so they can call and text … but no emails means no 24/7 expectation. πŸ™‚

    “Family, friends, love, peace and community”

    I especially love that. And this is what we are trying to do this Christmas – fewer material gifts and more service and charity. Less obligation and more time with the kids sitting chatting in front of the tree. And so on.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your crew! πŸ™‚

    • mawil1 says:

      Thank you for your comments, you are very kind! It’s hard to duck out of the commercialism of Christmas, but yes it would be good to do something more for the community, maybe not at Christmas when everyone thinks so, but through the year. I’m looking into it, but I need to get my husbands support too!
      Have a lovely Christmas, wishing you happy times with your family and friends.

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