Week 1 USA

After an impromptu stay over in Atlanta, (see previous post) we finally made it to Kansas City where we were reunited with our luggage and my running kit- hurrah! Or as they say in these parts, hot diggety!

I liked Kansas City, it was quite green with areas of grass and trees and there were sidewalks. Despite the conference centre being less than a mile from the hotel, there were shuttle busses laid on and you could identify the Europeans as the ones ‘ enjoying a walk in the sunshine’ or as the locals might say ‘the crazy ones’.

Everything is bigger in the US.

This was the conference hall, 14,000 delegates;


This is the cheesecake, 1400 calories!


The hotel we were staying in had a gym so I was able to do a couple of treadmill runs but only managing 7 miles for the week what with the days of flying, delays and the busy full on nature of work and socialising away from home. Walking to and from the conference centre added on a few miles but I think calories in exceeded calories out considerably for the week!

After a 24hr turnaround I’m now back at the airport! en route to Orlando for a holiday. Although there will be more flying and jet lag to contend with, I’m hoping to get a few runs in and pick up on some of my fitness, I did feel that it had declined over the last month having missed a few sessions and not made it to the 8.5 mile long run that was scheduled.

At least being on holiday I have more flexibility with my time so much more opportunity to get back on track. I need to build back up to that 8 mile long run, I suspect,  rather than going in at the deep end and picking up where I left off.

In view of the setbacks  I’ve adjusted my running plan to re set it back to where I was about 4 weeks ago and allowing for the later marathon date of May 2016. Strange though it might seem I’m looking forwards to a winter of training!


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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15 Responses to Week 1 USA

  1. So... says:

    I was inspired by your marathon training and it gave me the needed boost to give it a shot.

  2. bitzy-ku says:

    1400!? What’s in it? Mind you, a lot of nice cheesecakes are heavy on the calories, enjoy and sort when you’re back or when you’re ready 🙂 otherwise, why call it a holiday 😉 x

  3. 50in50marathonquest says:

    Guessing that is the Cerner conference, we had people there too. I attended the Epic equivalent in Wisconsin back in August which was quite amazing, and yes very difficult to maintain diet and training schedule!

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes it was Cerner- we can’t afford an epic system in my hospital!do you work with an EPR? We are hoping to convert from our current best of breed to something a bit more seamless and efficient.

      • 50in50marathonquest says:

        Yes, we have a very complex setup that uses both cerner and epic supporting multiple hospitals and clinics. I work on the epic side managing major system upgrades and application releases and integrations…keeps us pretty busy!!

  4. oscardiamond says:

    That cheesecake looks delicious. Just the kind of dessert I would have wolfed down before my heart attack. I still enjoy pictures of food, though.
    Winter training is lovely as long as you wear the right kit to suit the weather.

    • mawil1 says:

      Oh dear that sounds like a warning!(re wolfing down the cheesecake). But I have come back from the USA completely sick of sugary food – it’s in everything- and determined to reduce the family intake of refined sugars! Mind you I’m desperate for some real cheese, presumably that’s OK in small amounts?

  5. May 2016, that sounds really good. Without your gear and all that travel and conferencing 7 miles is pretty awesome!

    • mawil1 says:

      Aaw, thanks! It looks good from where I am now! Only 1 run on my 10 day holiday. However I’m chilled about it and ready to go now I’m back home!

  6. CeeJayKay says:

    Ha! How did I miss this? Sounds fab! Omg how is that conference… I doubt I could concentrate with that many people around me… I’m a prolific people watcher LOLOL!!!!
    I’m lying in bed reading this and you have NO IDEA what the pic of that cheese cake cake has done to me… It might just be Costa for breakfast I think!
    Best of luck with the training… Holidays are the best for catching up! I’m on hold at the moment too… Just at home, but oh so loving the ‘down’ time!!!

    • mawil1 says:

      Nooooo! Resist the cheesecake!!! Im off until Monday so loving lying in bed with a nice cup of tea listening to the rain but hoping to get out for a little jog later. Just written a massive post about my stay in the US – mainly about the food so I’m very anti sugar at the moment! But a little bit of what you fancy does you good so if you do have something sweet at costa -enjoy!😄 The conference was amazing and I really enjoyed our visit to an American hospital. It’s good to see that despite the differences, doctors and nurses seem to be very similar the world over, and even where the money talks people care about giving good care and get frustrated about the limitations imposed on them about what they can offer, in the Us it’s the insurers who call the shots. I know what you mean about winter, but I’m hopin that my vitamin D is going to help me through it this year! Enjoy your time at home😊 jxx

      • CeeJayKay says:

        Ooh sounds very I interesting! Medical profession fascinates me…
        I have more of a savoury tooth nowadays but omigosh mention cheesecake or LMPie and I’m putty!!! Lol!
        I had to re follow your blog… WP gremlins… Not the first time this has happened! Off to read your next blog!

      • mawil1 says:

        Yes doctors can be a bit weird can’t they? I think it’s the fact that we spend all day dealing with stuff that’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ major issue for each individual but you have to be able to ‘keep it fresh’. But rest assured, 99% are in it because they care about people and want to help them to get better. Sometime that can get lost in the day to day stresses and strains, just like any job and that’s when people complain. To be honest I think you could make clinical mistakes and people would forgive you, but if they thought that you didn’t care no matter how much of a great job you had done they would find something to complain about!!! Maybe they wouldn’t make a complaint but you hear people all the time talking about what happened at the doctors!
        Imagine being a detective – oh just 2 murders a burglary and a missing person today – keeping that fresh must be pretty tough!
        I’ve had that too with my follows – you think someone hasn’t posted for a while ( though I actually hadn’t, my other half would kill me if I told the world that we were on holiday for 2 weeks and the house got robbed!) you miss them and then when you actively seek them out you find loads of posts you missed. I don’t know why it does that?

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