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.


2 Responses to “Angela Wilson @Spangila’s story”

  1. Juliet October 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Whiney Bitch is such a cow! Currently, mine needs to learn to love wind and rain as much as Inner Bitch does.

    You sound fierce and lovely at the same time, I’m trying to get a marathon plan going, to do it in 6 months is such an achievement!!..But I really don’t know where to start for that kind of distance, but your story makes me wanna shell up and get on it pronto, any tips would be greatly appreciated…

    Thank you!


    • gritdoctor October 19, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      check out the run fat bitch run marathon plan – that will see you through to the finishing line x

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