New schedule


Some years ago I read a book called ‘run fat bitch run’. I didn’t like it. I lent it to a friend at work, she didn’t like it either. It went to the charity shop.

I didn’t like it because it endorsed having ‘realistic’ and ‘stern’ talks with yourself. Basically talking to yourself in a way you would never talk to someone you cared about,  being unkind and critical. However there was something good that I took away from that book. The recognition that not everyone is fit enough to start a C25k programme with the 2 minute jog etc.

Her strategy was to find a route, preferably about 5k in length and walk it every day. When you can walk it, walk faster, then when you can, add some jogging. I think that this is a very realistic strategy if you are unfit, and especially if you are over weight.

So this is my strategy for when we move house. We went up there today and I walked my circular route to measure it. It was 3.6 miles and it took me 63 minutes at a brisk walk.


I’m pleased to report that the village we are moving to will have footpaths along the main road, and the country lanes don’t go anywhere much so are unlikely to be busy.  There are lots of footpaths across country to look forwards to for the summer too and hills that aren’t actually mountains. People refer to the area as ‘Tolkien country’ as it is thought to be on a visit here that he was inspired to write lord of the rings.

Otherwise the year has started off well. I have stuck 100% to dry January- although I missed having a glass of wine on Friday night. I’m managing my fruit and veg with every meal at about 95% success. Steps wise I averaged 8,000 steps per day last week, somthat needs a bit more work!

Only a week until we move house. Will I be able to resist an alcoholic celebration? – I hadn’t thought of that when I decided to do dry January!


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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20 Responses to New schedule

  1. LOL about needing a few drinks for the move! It’s always stressful. Can’t wait to see the house, though.

    Sounds like you’re doing a great job all around. You’ve got this!

  2. Paula says:

    Well done on the mileage! Enjoy first and foremost! As for the alcohol, it’s been my discovery that once you resolve not to, it’s not such a big deal to go without. Mind over matter. Best wishes on your house move!!

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes, it’s easy enough not to drink, but there are sometimes when you just don’t want to look like a killjoy? I think for a lifelong teetotal it’s no big thing, your friends expect it, but when there’s a ‘special occasion’ it can look a bit odd. I’m thinking about it!

  3. CJ says:

    Happy house move… omigosh me next…
    Get yourself some sparkling grape juice, in a champagne glass its just as celebratory 🙂

  4. oscardiamond says:

    Excellent plans and intentions all round! Positive lifesyle changes rather than tough resolutions are much more likely to succeed. Moving house is a very big deal but not having a celebratory alcoholic drink will leave you with a sense of achievement and determination. Walking/running terrain looks beautiful. Plenty of scope to meet and befriend all kinds of mythical creatures.

    • mawil1 says:

      Interesting viewpoint on not having a celebratory drink. I will reflect upon it! I’m very much looking forwards to getting to know the new terrain over the summer. On yesterday’s walk there were public footpath signs all over the place! I’m looking forwards to getting the maps out and seeing where they go! I’m feeling very positive about it!

  5. Enjoy your new home ☺ the area sounds perfect!

  6. I too am doing Dry January and trying to get running again. Best of luck in your health and fitness goals for 2018 and also for your move.

  7. Darlene says:

    Good luck with the move. And counting the days until you can celebrate …with a glass of wine.

    I will continue to have nightly one of your behalf LOL.

    • mawil1 says:

      A little bit is good for you! But I think having a break from it does you good too- presses the re set button so that just a small glass feels good again!

      • Darlene says:

        I quit coffee and alcohol for 18 mos to see if I would sleep better. I didn’t so I gradually added them back. I am much happier now.

  8. Gareth says:

    Thats pretty good going! Exercise, healthy eating and no booze simultaneously … Your body is going to thank you!

  9. Happy moving Julie, I hope it goes smoothly. The walking 5km thing is so close to the strategy that The Lazy Runner uses. She encourages beginner runners to run as far as they can, when they feel like stopping to push on until they really can’t keep going then to try for a few more steps and then to walk to rest of the 5kms. Whatever works! I read Lazy Runner after I had conquered 5kms but I do remember thinking I’d never be able to get to 1km and used different spots on our 1.2km drive way as challenges. Keep going, moving is moving. Walking or running – anything beats stopping (in fact I ran today and had about four stops to take in the country side and it was lovely!) x

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