Marathon Training 27th January 2016

Ahhh, the London Marathon is feeling like it is coming round so quickly and I have no idea how I am going to get my training in and raise all the money I need to do.

Today has definitely been a hard day on my journey. After my evening I felt slightly tired this morning. It is silly really because I only got to bed about 30 minutes later than normal but it is the fact I was working and not relaxing that I have less energy today.

Then today I planned to run 15km and I hate to change my plans so decided to stick to it. Add to that there was some sort of crazy wind blowing this morning that at times made it feel like I was running in slow motion it was hard.

Having said that, my body seems to have adapted quite well to the running but mentally it was like torture today. The first 7km were just about ok but as I got to 10km and realised I still had another 5km to go I thought I was going to give up.

As a lot of running the marathon will be having the mental strength to carry on I forced myself to keep going and did actually complete the 15km and in my fastest time.​

I'm fundraising for the Samaritans in memory of my Dad who committed suicide. This wonderful charity ensures there is always someone on the end of the phone for people that need help. It is vital in the battle against suicide. Please help me to raise money to help keep this service going by visiting my Just Giving Page and donate as much as you can. x

I also did a bit of research about my smelly toe. As the nail is coming away there is a good chance I have an infection and so I’ve started bathing it in warm, salt water. If that doesn’t make it better in the next few days I suppose I will need to go to the doctor. I’m not sure it is worth losing a toe to run the marathon!

I stuck to doing my yoga today but moved very slowly focusing more on flexibility rather than strength and I somehow made it to the gym to get myself ready.

When I run that sort of distance food is really important to me and I tend to stuff my face, not sure if that is a good thing but there you go.

Pre-Breakfast Snack - 2 Chocolate Rice Thins & Peanut Butter​

Ok so today I broke one of the fundamentals of yoga and ate something just before my practice. In my defence I had just run 15km and I thought if I waited there was not way I could handle it,

Breakfast - Raw Oats​

When I got back from the gym I wanted something that was quick and easy and this is basically my go to breakfast when my brain is not working. It is a bit like overnight oats but I don’t leave them overnight. I just pour everything into a bowl, mix and eat. You can be creative with this but this is my general outline:​

  • 35g/1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 125g/1/2 Cup Vegan Yogurt (choose your favourite - I had Sojade Peach and Mango)
  • 60ml/1/4 Cup Vegan Milk of Choice3 tbs Seeds & Nuts (I used pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and slivered almonds)
  • 2 tbs Desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbs Goji Berries
  • 1 tbs Peanut Butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 tsp Baobab powder (this is optional and can be subbed for lucuma or maca)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Lunch - Salad, Bread & Dips

This was really simple, leftover dinner from last night, a slice of wholemeal sourdough bread and some organic hummus.

Snack - 2 Chocolate Rice Thins & Peanut Butter​

I did warn you that the chocolate rice thins would not last long. I think I have been more controlled than normal!

Dinner - Vegetables in Cheeze Sauce with Vegan Chick’n & Apple Sausages​

I am not going to give you a recipe for this but there were loads of great vegetables in it, oat cream, nutritional yeast, tofutti cream cheese and lemon juice. the sausages are Tofurky which we have only just been able to get in the UK and they are amazing!

Evening Routine​

There is nothing I needed to do this evening so I’m made sure I took time to completely relax to ensure I get my energy levels back. Early to bed after my restorative yoga and meditation for a good night’s sleep and a nice gentle recovery run in the morning.​

SUPPORT THE SAMARITANS

As my way to support the Samaritans I am running the London Marathon this is a massive 42km or 26.2 miles that I will be running. I'm doing all of this in memory of my dad who committed suicide in 2007. Suicide affect more than just the person who kills themselves but it infects a whole family. We need to do everything we can to stop anyone else from making the decision to end their lives. 

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.

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