Christmas is over! Phew!

Christmas is great but the run up to it is hard work! Preparations, shopping, socialising it’s a busy time. If you too work full time and have school age children you will know what I mean.

At one point though it did lead me to reflect, what if I managed my time like I managed my money?

When it comes to money, I don’t spend more than I have. I try to have something put away for emergencies. I think about the on going commitments when I purchase something. Many years ago ( before marriage and children) my husband and I were discussing cars. He suggested that I buy a soft top sports car. At the time I lived in hospital accommodation in a city centre and I commented that I wouldn’t buy a car like that unless I always had enough money in the bank to be able to have the top replaced if it got slashed. Similarly, I would never buy an item of clothing that was so expensive that it would cause me grief if someone spilt red wine on it. I don’t spend my money on rubbish or things that I don’t want.

With my time I’m profligate. I live day to day and spend every bit I have – there is hardly any reserve. When something comes up like Christmas Β I haven’t budgeted for it, haven’t planned ahead and done my cards a few at a time over November. I am the person buying Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and just hoping that we have something in the cupboard/freezer to eat on Boxing Day. I got caught twice speeding in the week before Christmas – I was unaware that I was driving too fast and have had a clean license for years, I was just rushing around too much. Something had to go to make way for all the Christmas stuff and it was my running.

Today I went out for the first time for 3 weeks. It was great and I loved it despite the rain. I also loved the soak in the bath afterwards. Christmas has left me sated with food, alcohol and fun. I’m ready to go back to my slightly ascetic lifestyle and enjoying the simple pleasures!

If I am going to be fit for the marathon in May I need to make time for the running though. Something to think about.

This is the river at the bottom of our hill. It’s normally half this size with the trees being on the bank. We have had so much rain this month! Luckily here most people live on the hilly bits. Only 10 miles away people have needed to be rescued from their homes.

I hope that you have had a safe, dry, warm and happy Christmas!


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 Christmas is over! Phew!

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    xxx Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016 J xxx

  2. mawil1 says:

    Merry Christmas to you too – and a happy and healthy new year. I hope your Achilles settles down this year and you get some good runs in! 😊😊

  3. 50in50marathonquest says:

    Merry Christmas…at least you made it out in the crunch of the holiday craziness!

  4. So... says:

    Such a happy post! Wish you a wonderful season and may you find your running rhythm again. Our running story really runs parallel! Actually, a longish break helped me run better. Perhaps there is something to the whole taper bit..

    • mawil1 says:

      Some trainers use ‘periodicity’ in their training plans, every few weeks the plan steps back a little. Not quite so far back as my sofa I suspect, but as an older lady I need to give my body lots of recovery time…..!

      • So... says:

        Actually I have incorporated a light week every 3 weeks to coincide with that time of the month but this time life just got all chaotic! Out of town holidays and festive feasting don’t go with too much running. πŸ™‚ Hopefully will be back in track this week onwards.

  5. Really like the idea of treating my time like my money – I’m very similar to you in how I “mismanage” my time (try to use it 3 times over or think that will only take 10 mins…) but also never make that mistake with the $.

  6. bitzy-ku says:

    Really hope you stayed dry, there’s been so many places affected with the floods xxxx

    • mawil1 says:

      We have been lucky. On Sunday our garden was ankle deep in water but it all drained away by the pm. My friend in Lancaster where they were flooded last month wasn’t flooded in the house, but the whole town was without power, wi fi and so on. Local digital transmitters were knocked out, so they only knew what was going on if they had an old transistor radio!

  7. shazruns says:

    Think us marathon trainers need to lobby government for reduced working hours that way we would have time to run!

    • mawil1 says:

      In our dreams! All the government has got in mind for me next year is a pay cut and going back on that promise of a nice pension they made when I was in my 20’s. (NHS consultant contract negotiations)Never mind, so long as theres enough for food and the occasional pair of trainers we will survive!

  8. Happy Christmas and New Year Julie. Spending time like money or saving time, investing time even – these are thoughts to ponder and have true merit – loved reading your post x

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