Marathon Training 22nd February 2016

The day after my long run and I can tell you it is not a good feeling.

The more training I do the longer my recovery time seems to be and rather than feeling just a little bit tired I am feeling totally exhausted and a bit like I am living in a fog.

It is at points like this where not only do I feel extremely old but I also just don’t think I am going to be able to do this marathon. Not only am I mentally and physically tired but my body also hurts all over.

I walked up to the end of my road in the middle of the day to buy some vegetables and by the time I got back my right knee was hurting as a walked and my right shoulder pain meant I did not have the strength to carry anything

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Today is the day when I actually start to do something about what is going on in my body and booked appointments with a podiatrist and osteopath. I am seeing the osteopath on Thursday but had my podiatrist appointment in the afternoon.

When visiting the podiatrist they said I needed to have my toenail removed, as it was quite painful it was clear I needed to have a local anaesthetic and so needed to book an appointment for Wednesday to have this done. I was sent home with a dressing and told to keep it dry until I was next in.

All I can think of at the moment is sleep and making sure I get enough and at the same time wondering about whether I will manage to stay asleep for the whole night.

My diet today was the following:

Breakfast - Vegan Bubble

I am calling this Bubble but basically I just fried up all of the leftovers from roast and stuffed as much in as possible. Sometimes I just need some comfort food and this was definitely that.

Lunch - Salad

After my trip to the greengrocers I had lots of fresh vegetables in the fridge so is the perfect time to fill up with salad

Snack - Rice Cake & Nut Butter

Is there anything else to snack on!

Dinner - Vegetable & Noodle Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

This was a very tasty dish bulked up with a good dose of Seitan to make sure I was getting enough protein and was left feeling very full after eating this tasty meal.

Evening Snack - Dark Chocolate

As per usually I had a small amount of dark chocolate and half a dark Bounty.

I could not be bothered with my evening routine tonight and just got into bed and went straight to sleep.

Marathon Countdown

57
Days
19
Hours
49
Minutes
19
Seconds

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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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