Marathon Training 26th January 2016

Today is a rest day!

This should be pleasing news but the reality is that I have go so used to running I don’t quite feel myself if I have not been for a run. I’m thinking this is something I will need to get used to.

I still went through my usual routine of oil pulling, reading and meditating in the morning. After a small amount of work I did my regular yoga practice and then a visit to the sauna and steam room. I had planned to go for a swim this morning but I had so much planned for the day and the pool was full I gave it a miss.

My body is receiving nicely now after runs although I am still not happy about the big toe on my left foot. It does actually look less painful now but I can still feel it a lot of the time and I still have a feeling it is rotting but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.​

There is a lot still to raise and I am working on a number of yoga workshops where all the proceeds will go to my campaign. I am raising money for the Samaritans who do wonderful work just bing there to listen to people who have a problem. A donation of £15 could provide ongoing email support to one person. To donate just head over to my Just Giving Page or text ‘MASP81 £15’ to 70070 to give £15.

So on to my diet for today:

Breakfast - Sugar-Free Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal​

I stuck to my usual breakfast today, despite not going for a run. I had planned a high protein, high fat smoothie but I was just feeling a bit cold. I reduced the normal quantities by about a half so I didn’t overfill myself. With the amount I needed to cram into today I definitely needed this to keep me going.

Lunch - Leftover Stew​

We had some stew left form last night so I had a small bowl, added some sesame seeds and some melting vegan cheese. I have to admit that just before lunch I did sneak a date in, only one as I transferred a new pack to a jar for storage. I thought I did well to only eat one, they are like a bit of vice for me.

Snack - Dark Chocolate Coated Rice Cake Thins with Nut Butter​

I was really naughty when I went shopping today and bought a pack of chocolate coated rice thins. They are impossible to resist and normal once I open a packet that is it all 8 will be gone in one day. Today I ate 2 as a snack and added a thin layer of almond nut butter and a pinch of sea salt.

Dinner - Chickpea Noodles & Veggies with Peanut Sauce​

This was a bit of a make it up as you go along sort of recipe but I wanted something quick, easy, healthy and great tasting. The best bit about this was that I kept a decent amount of the veggies raw and just lightly steamed the others over the noodles as they cooked. I use chickpea noodles for this due to the increased protein content but if you want to make something similar go for the noodle you like the best. For the veggies just use a selection of your favourite, good ones raw are carrots, courgette, pepper, tomatoes, avocado. Add in a few steamed greens like broccoli, asparagus and sugar snap peas and you are good to go. The ingredients for the sauce are:​

  • 4 tbs Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbs Tamari
  • 2 tbs Lime Juice
  • 1 tbs Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbs Brown Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tbs Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Just whisk all of the ingredients together with a tablespoon or 2 or warm water and pour over the other ingredients and mix well. To finish off the meal add some fresh herbs, coriander is a good one and I also put in a raw chilli but only do this if you like your food hot!

Evening Routine​

I was teaching this evening which meant I was a bit late getting to my routine but stuck to the restorative yoga and meditation just before bed. Doing this means there is much more chance of me going straight to sleep and staying asleep. As someone who has suffered from insomnia at different times in my life a good evening routine is essential.

Tomorrow I am due for a long 15km run so need to make sure my sleep is as restful as possible. So until then, sweet dreams.​

HELP ME SUPPORT THE SAMARITANS

I am running the London Marathon on 24th April 2016 and I'm doing this to raise money for the Samaritans which is something I really care about. My dad committed suicide when I was a lot younger and it has had a significant impact on my life and the rest of my family. The Samaritans can be there to listen to people and just that could stop someone committing suicide and save an entire family. Please help me support this amazing charity.

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

Leave a comment: