Getting busy

After last weeks blog I was spurred into action.

Did I buy a new sports bra? Yes! Thank you amazon!

Did I join a slimming club? Yes!  Weight watchers on line – instant gratification! I downloaded the app and I was off! By the time I got to weigh in on Wednesday I’d lost 2lb!

Did I download a new training plan from ASICS? Yes! I’ve printed off a plan to run a marathon in April 2019 for a complete beginner. The first couple of months call for running just a mile or 2 four times per week. So time and fitness are not going to be a problem- time management and determination are the key factors.

I asked hubs if I could stick it on the fridge door but he thought not ( it doesn’t really ‘go’ with the sophisticated open plan look) so I’m going to put it in the bathroom instead.

Did I do any running? No. Back to work after a week off was just too busy…. we had jobs to do for the house too (but they are now ticked off my ‘to do’ list).

Last night we went out to celebrate our anniversary.  I’d forgotten that alcohol +hot weather+menopause = hot sweats and no sleep so I was wide awake at 5:30. So I did the best possible thing and went for a long walk. There was a little bit of jogging but the intention was to get some miles in and burn some calories off. It was quite misty at 7am but by the time I got home 2 hours later, 7 miles under my belt the sun was up and it was beautifull


The first picture shows the mist – there’s normally a very impressive school building at the bottom of that road! The old bridge is the ‘Cromwell ‘ bridge, named after Oliver Cromwell who spent quite a bit of time, generally fighting, in Lancashire. He is said to have crossed over this bridge a couple of hundred years ago.

The bottom picture is the elevation profile- it looks like I fell off a cliff! Last time I did this route I did it anti-clockwise and I remember going UP that hill and made a mental not to do it in reverse! Even so I could feel my glutes after about 5 miles! I think this is a good route for me though, all those tree roots and rocks really get you picking your feet up!

Happy running!



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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14 Responses to Getting busy

  1. myquietroar says:

    Loving the positivity!

  2. Darlene says:

    What hill. Gonna run that route? Lol

    I’d say you have a plan. That’s a start. Can’t wait to hear how things turn out. What Marathon?

    Ready for a 20k by Oct 14? Paris!

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes I’m planning to that route – one day! It’s 7miles, it will be a gruelling 7 miles but with all those hills and tree roots it’s a pretty good strength building workout too! It’s only the 3rd time I’ve walked that circuit but it has road, trail, hills, trees, and a river. I just love the scenery and the feeling of being in the countryside. I like being there so it has good potential for a favourite route. My plan suggests a long run of 8.5miles on October 14, so I won’t be quite there. I’ve entered the ballot for the London marathon, but I’m thinking that if I’m trained by next spring any marathon will do! Or at least I can look for one I like😊

  3. Fantastic! What a positive post. Sounds like you have all the tools you need to smash your targets. I will enjoy reading all about your progress. x

  4. Gareth says:

    Good work on all fronts! Im enjoying the early morning exercise although it doesnt feel that great at 5.30 but its much cooler aint it! Excited about the marathon training too!

    • mawil1 says:

      Mmm still a bit reluctant to get out of bed. Woke up early, had breakfast, checked some social media stuff. Could have gone for a run…..

  5. Well planned out! Enjoy working on the new you 🤗

  6. CJ says:

    FAaaaaabUlous J!!!! xxx

  7. Sounds like you’re on a great path to achieving your marathon goal 💜

  8. I’m really impressed with your 7 mile walk! And that elevation chart! Sounds like you’re off to a really good start. And it’s easier in summer, right?

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