Marathon Training 21st February 2016

So today was the long run day and I had a set back before it even began. When I went to bed last night I was so anxious about sleeping that it actually made it hard for me to get to sleep.

When I woke up this morning I did not feel that bad but found myself looking for an excuse not to run. I had to convince myself that if I did not run today then I would be too far behind with my training.

So I made sure I had a few dates before running, took some with me and took a bottle of water with me to keep me hydrated.

I tried a new route today as well, running around a few streets to take the long way to get to Finsbury Park and then running around the park a few times.

I enjoyed running in a different location and found my energy levels were fine during the race but I did a stupid thing, about halfway through the run I started to feel some discomfort in my left shin but I decided to keep going, now there is a lingering dull ache.

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On top of this I am also feeling some pain in my right knee on walking and generally feel like my body is not wanting to do this. I am starting to come to the realisation that I really don’t want to do this marathon but I have committed to the charity so I am going to get round one way or another.

Right now I am thinking of keeping the training light and then walking on the day, the distance in terms of my cardio ability does not feel difficult but it is the physical stress I am putting my body under. I actually think that I do not have the strength to cope with what a marathon demands. I do not really mind that but I am looking forward to when it is over!

So my first plan is to see a podiatrist as my toe is not getting any better and then I am going to see an osteopath to sort out the major problems I seems to be developing.

The other thing I need to consider is that if I am going to walk the marathon then I am going to look at endurance building exercises that will put less stress on my body and mean that my running/walking is actually easier.

My diet for this day was the following:

Pre-Run and During Run Snacks - Dates

I had 3 or 4 about 15 minutes before my run and then 10 during the run.

Post-Run Snack - Rice Cake & Nut Butter

When I started running my last couple of km all I could think about was food, and what I would eat when I got home. Rather than raiding my fridge I decided to have something small and then have a big breakfast after yoga.

Breakfast - Coffee Shop Trip

So I said I was hungry and for breakfast I had 2 pieces of toast, croissant & jam, carrot cake and a soya latte. I am fairly certain this is not the kid of breakfast I should be eating but I just couldn’t stop myself. My nutrition has got so poor since I have started this marathon training!

Lunch - Roast

When I say lunch this meal really comes in between lunch and dinner. I had a good does of vegan protein, loads of veg and a few roast potatoes. It left me so full up that I did not want to eat anything else for the rest of the day.

Snack - Chocolate

As with most evenings I had some dark chocolate.

I was so tired and achy when it came to going to be I could not be bothered to do my yoga and meditation and just got into bed and went to sleep.

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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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