A nice run.

As a schoolchildren we were discouraged from using the word ‘nice’. Apparently it is bland unimaginative and meaningless. But sometimes ‘nice’ is just what you mean, pleasant, free from trauma, not in the least bit wicked and not outstanding in any way:  just nice. Sometimes nice is good enough. I’m happy to settle with nice.

Last night hubs and I had an impromptu date night. It was lovely. Fortunately we were very chilled so we weren’t too stressed when our food took a long time to arrive – had they forgotten us ?(yes) and so we reminisced about the last time that had happened to us – it was after my half marathon! I was starving and in the market for a huge number of calories and I waited and waited…. and I drank a glass of wine and nearly passed out because it went straight to my head! Happy memories. I want to be a runner again.

So after an unhurried waking up I dressed in my running kit. I do remember that I once wrote a blog complaining that Lycra always fits and how there’s no excuse to buy any more running kit. Now I know that isn’t true😬 It only stretches so far ….

Anyhow went for a 2 mile pootle along my current favourite route. It actually felt like I was running at times and it felt good. It was actually cooler than it has been for a couple of weeks, maybe that helped.


I  love all the different types of grasses and wildflowers in the grass verges. It’s just nice to remember how much I love the countryside.

So plans for the rest of the day/weekend?

1. Buy a new sports bra- it’s the one piece of running kit (apart from shoes) that I can’t do without.

2 I’m thinking of joining a slimming club. I’ve got 20lb to shift and it isn’t going by itself. There is evidence to suggest that joining a slimming club is the most effective way to successful weight loss.

3 sort out my bathroom scales. Since we move house they won’t link to my phone/iPad. A bit of internet research tells me that Fitbit use the band 2 wavelength instead of band 5 or something like that so you have to go into your wif router and set up a band 2 account or something. Sounds like a pigs arse of a job (I already feel that this is doomed to failure) but I did like having all those stats automatically uploading to my phone.

4 go for another run tomorrow.



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 A nice run.

  1. shazruns says:

    Date night and a nice run-can’t get much better than that! X

  2. Paula C says:

    I love your running routes. Those pictures alone would encourage me to get my butt out there for a run.

  3. oscardiamond says:

    One of my teachers was very critical of the use of nice and I still feel slightly guilty using it. But as you say, it can fit in very nicely. It’s not an over the top word.
    Slimming club is a good idea. They are very motivational and combined with regular exercise will lead to wait loss. I know the received wisdom is that you have to do a lot of running to lose a relatively small number of pounds but I haven’t found this. I do know that not running puts the pounds on. Since I’ve been injured I’ve put on hal a stone.
    Your runs are an exercise in mindfulness.

    • mawil1 says:

      I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone in the not running weight gain! I lost a bit when I started running then in plateau ed. I think running helped to re set my body’s idea of what it’s normal weight should be – about 7-10lb less that it’s not running weight. Not slim but better than obese!

  4. CJ says:

    YASS! 🙂 ~*~blows a kiss~*~

  5. myquietroar says:

    Love the wildflowers and agree that ‘nice’ is an underrated word!

  6. Cool always helps! Although today it’s a bit too cool for my liking (after all the heat last week!).

    I do not own a scale. And that’s why I weigh in once a week at Weight Watchers. It’s my accountability. And yes, a group does help!

  7. I hear you about the word nice. It was vilified here too.

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