Author Archives: mawil1

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.

Thinking about recovery.

Recently I had a patient with breast cancer who was so determined to fight her disease and get better. She is young and dynamic. She was prepared to do anything to beat this. She had a large-ish tumour and so … Continue reading

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Currently I’m on study leave attending a conference. In Belfast, somewhere I haven’t been before. Although my running  kit made the journey across the sea I didn’t actually get a run in! However I have been wearing my garmin and … Continue reading

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This one is about books.

Hello everyone. Yes I’ve been a little bit quiet recently, sorry if you missed me. However this is primarily a running blog shared with fellow runners and as I haven’t been running much recently I haven’t had much to write … Continue reading

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Time on your own

Originally posted on We Run and Ride:
The idea of tracking a run or a ride by satellite on some days just seems intrusive. Who really, truly needs to know what you’re doing? Perhaps even you don’t need or want…

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Not doing MAF

About this time last year I started to experiment with the maffetone method. That is running to a heartrate of (180 – age) and eating a diet with low carbs and low refined foods. The diet also emphasises a low … Continue reading

Posted in balance, change, fitness, habits, healthy diet, heartrate, low intensity, maffetone methid, middle aged women, Motivation, Nutrition, running, slow run, Stress, time management, training plan, weight loss, work life balence, working mum | 16 Comments

21.4.17#spotted the bunny!

So, this is getting to be a habit! Yesterday I didn’t run, I made an active choice to have a rest day. Today, out again at 6:15. Events are conspiring to make me run, dry weather, waking up early (weight … Continue reading

Posted in balance, fitness, fun, habits, middle aged women, Motivation, positive mental attitude, running, slow run, time management, work life balence, working mum | 20 Comments


Did it again 6am run didnt take my phone so I didn’t get a picture of the bunnies on the road. Heres one from yesterday instead for the wildflower collection! Happy running peeps!

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New habits?

Habits are hard to change. I’ve been struggling to become a consistent runner for 4 years now. Sometimes I think that I’m getting there, sometimes I’m sure that I’m not! There are lots of books I’ve read, techniques that I’ve … Continue reading

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It wasn’t early when I got out this morning – it was a bank holiday after all- but it was first thing! It was almost a run, I had to keep stopping to take pictures of sheep! for all the … Continue reading

Posted in fitness, fun, habits, hills, middle aged women, Motivation, running, slow run, work life balence, working mum | 11 Comments

Wet weekend.

Bank holiday weekend means only one think in NW England  -rain. You can’t see the hills for the clouds/rain! The plan for today was to go to Manchester for dim sum in China town, drop the boys at Old Trafford … Continue reading

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