Winter is for MOTIVATION!

18 Oct

Hello gritfiends,

A small FREE *gritty* offering is soon going to be available for you all to download on the 25th October, but you can pre-order it from Amazon now. It is called 26 Reasons to Run and is a compilation of the amazing stories from each of the women who took part in the Run Fat B!tch Run marathon relay. I found their stories incredibly inspiring – and funny. I hope you download a copy and use it on those dark days when running seems impossible; you’re guaranteed to find yourself lacing up your trainers after reading.

We all need constant injections of inspiration to keep us motivated, especially as the darker, colder days set in (very jealous of our Antipodean cousins who are kissing the cold days goodbye), when we need those endorphins more than ever, but often need a rocket up our arses to get us outdoors and running. That’s when 26 Reasons to Run will provide just the motivation rocket you need. And if that’s not enough, I am starting a new page on the blog – the Motivation Meltdown page which I would like YOU to help me create. I want to know how Run Fat B!tch Run inspired you. And what gets you out of the front door in the cold wind and rain (for grit aficionados)? What keeps you going? Email your stories to and I’ll post them on the Motivation page to inspire all the other Run Fat B!tch Runners to get back out there and keep running.

To start us off: One amazing woman, Angela Wilson (@Spangila) – a Goddess of the twittersphere – and a *grit fiend* to boot, has gone the whole hog,  from the arse-shaped dent in her sofa right the way through to completing her first marathon a few weeks ago. Her story is here to kick off the motivation page. I hope it will inspire you to run, and to share your motivational tricks and tales with us.

The Grit Doctor says:

May the GRIT be with you . . . and if you’ve temporarily misplaced it, pre-order 26 Reasons to Run to give you the kick up the backside you need. Did I mention that it’s free?

Angela Wilson (@Spangila)’s story:

I am 42 years old (though if anyone asks, say I’m 32) and an Operations Manager working in the energy industry.  I live alone and when I’m not running I am reading or tweeting.  I am also a huge fan/connoisseur of chocolate profiteroles, hence the need to run.
I’ve never been particularly sporty or fit, though I have been a member of a gym for several years. In 2010, the year I turned 40, I decided I was going to run a 10k for charity.  I distinctly recall my then boyfriend saying in all seriousness ‘10k? You’ll never be able to do that!’ Needless to say, he is now an ex and I did do it.
The training wasn’t easy, I struggled to do a 3-miler and would end up red-of-face and exhausted afterwards.  But I did the training and I ran the race in 65 minutes.  I felt great after but absolutely knackered!
I kept up the running ever since then, maybe running 4 or 5 times a month, though never more than 5 miles and never very fast. I always felt I could do more.

On the 1st of April this year I went out for my usual weekend run.  It was such a beautiful day and I ran and ran and ran.  I clocked up almost 9 miles.  The catalyst?  I had just taken delivery of my very own copy of Run Fat B!tch Run!  Now, I was obviously not following the programme laid out in the book, but it gave me the kick up the arse I needed to get out there and do it.  Here was a book telling me all the things I needed to hear, written by someone just like me. For that month I ran every weekend and finished the month on a 16-miler.
I weighed myself at that time and took measurements of my boobs, waist and hips. Since then, I have lost about 8 kilos and an amazing 7 inches from my waist!! When I started I was a buxom 36F and now I’m wearing a 34D. My skin looks amazing and I have much more energy.

Oh and the best bit . . .

I just ran my first marathon in 4 hours and 35 minutes with only 6 months training.  I won’t lie, the marathon training was hard going but certainly no more so than training for the 10k. It was a huge commitment, having to run 4 to 6 hours every weekend and regularly running 5 miles plus, 3 times a week.  For the last two months of training I clocked up 24 hours of running each month.  But I loved it! I was fresher after those 26.2 miles than after the 10k two years before. The RFBR Marathon Plan arrived just in time for my last push of training too.
My eating habits have improved as I see food more as fuel now.  I don’t drink very much and my nights out have been completely curtailed.  (I still love chocolate profiteroles though.)
I am now training for a 17.4k in two weeks’ time and then I have a half-marathon to do in six months.  I’m going to keep entering races as I need that focus.
The hardest part is always getting myself out the door.  I really haven’t harnessed my Inner Bitch yet.  My Inner Whiny Cow seems to win most of the fights. For example, this morning I lay in bed and thought of all the excuses why I couldn’t go for a run.  The top two, and inevitable winners were:

  1. My back is a bit sore
  2. My iPhone is on 20% battery

The annoying thing is that I know if I had gone out I would have felt amazing just two seconds after I was out the door, and I would have felt great all day too.  I need to start letting my Inner Bitch win.

Don’t forget to pre-order the new eBook


6 Responses to “Winter is for MOTIVATION!”

  1. Marie cos October 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Brilliant stuff! I am now also in my 40’s and this is exactly the kind of inspiration I have been looking for. I have had somewhat of a challenging few years with failed ivf cycles and now on the long wait to hopeful adoption. I have made way too many excuses through ongoing fatigue and stress in recent years while compensating with ridiculous amounts of chocolate.. Can’t bear the idea of living without the divine bars but hope to harness all this positivity I am reading to get my bum in gear! Had great run earlier, 6.5 km in 40 mins. Hated the 1st 10 mins but, yes, just as described in previous blogs, the internal grit doc took over and I felt amazing! Thanks so much for showing me that lil miss regular me, with lots of hard work and determination like you all, CAN RUN! Continued good luck and memorable runs to you all.

  2. Michelle October 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Ruth Field, I am beginning to wonder that you might be stalking me.

    Today is the 5th day that I will not have been running because I’ve had a traumatic week (no one has died I’ve just been a bit busy, it’s cold outside and I’m pathetic!)

    You keep popping up and telling why I have to slap myself around the face and put my trainers on tonight and run before I return back to my lardarse pre-running state.

    Thank you for my reminder!

    IN terms of the article I also had a boyfriend who told me that I wouldn’t be able to do the Great North Run. In 2006 I completed my first after this incident. I did it again in 2007 but had some hip problems. The fat me married him in 2009!

    I forgot to carry on (hence the fat me!) but he kindly left me a copy of your article from the Times (probably because I was ‘gonna start again’- 3 stone lighter I am now much happy and knocked 15 minutes off my GNR time this year. I can only be thankful for both of you as I have three ‘angels’ who keep popping up to remind me to run! One is my inner grit bitch!

    • gritdoctor October 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi Michelle, I love this, can I post it in my motivation blog section for other readers to get inspired please!

  3. October 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi Ruth, I just tried to pre order your book from amazon it’s not allowing me because I live in Ireland Regards C

    Sent from my iPad

    • gritdoctor October 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      thats odd did you use or whichever one you tried, try the other one!

  4. Michelle October 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi Ruth
    By all means 🙂 . Between the pair of you my ability to ignore that voice telling me I need to run is not an option!! Chalked up 7 miles yesterday through the glorious South Lakes in the sunshine with the sheep cheering me on. I only went for a run ’round the block’ but it felt amazing. I’m so lucky to live here, it would be rude not to enjoy it!

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