Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Week


My week in numbers:

6lb off

4 runs (including 1 parkrun and #onebigfatfun

1 body pump class

1 body conditioning class

1 zumba class

1aqua aerobics class


My week in words:

As you can imagine I am much happier this week than last.  As my consultant said “The scales owed you and they paid up”.  And that’s what it felt like.  I was as in control last week as I was last, I still love the exercise regime I am doing and even did conditioning followed by zumba for a 2 hour session!  I felt it was due to me.  It is so nice when this happens but as I alluded to last week when setbacks happen it can be hard to keep yourself on track.  So if it’s you, please take heart.  Good things come to those who try!

(And the best part of the weigh in?  Not me losing 6lbs, not me getting my 1 ½ stone sticker, but my friend losing 4lbs.  You go D! Chuffed for you!)


All the best,running spoon



London Marathon- I’m in!


Around this time of year a magazine drops through the door of runners that is either greeted with great joy or despair.  I am talking about The Virgin London Marathon acceptance or rejection magazine.


If you don’t know what I am talking about here is the gen:

Every year tens of thousands of people apply for a place at the London Marathon.  And there is an anxious wait to find out of you are one of the chosen few.  That news comes via a magazine.  You will either receive a magazine that effectively says “hard lines, better luck next year” (I have had that a couple of times) or “congratulations, you are in” (joyfully received!).

In October 2012 I received that wonderful “you’re in” magazine.  And I trained and trained.  But I never seemed to get any faster, long runs were not getting easier, my diet was not good and a half marathon broke me mentally and physically.  Fortunately my brother persuaded me to defer entry until 2014, so it wasn’t a surprise that I received my “you’re in” magazine.

So this time I am determined to start and finish it.  I have loved the London Marathon ever since I watched the first one in 1981.  I have been up to watch it several times including see my brother complete it.  I know how lucky I am to get a place and this year I am determined to make full use of it.

So I will be documenting my training, all my highs and lows and my journey towards what I hope will be a fantastic experience of completing a long held dream.

All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon

Motivational Quotes Part 2


As I recently found a quote so useful, I thought it was about time I shared a few more pearls of wisdom.  And so here is part 2 of my motivational quotes series.


Vince Lombardi: It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.

Lee lacocca: You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance.

Unknown author: Sweat is fat crying.

Earl of Derby: Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.

Unknown author: What you eat in private, you wear in public.

Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.


I hope you find one or more of them helpful.

All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon