Marathon Training 5th February 2016

I was not running in the rain today!

I did not realise it was raining when I left the house this morning but as soon as I felt the rain I thought “No Way”. I immediately went back inside and got my stuff for the gym.

It was actually a weird experience running in the gym. I forgot how warm it is and also how distracting. Even with my music on there is the time in futon of me and the TVs and the other people. I can definitely not have clear thinking time in the same way as running on the road.

My yoga was also a bit uncomfortable as well. It is just quite a horrible place to me with the strip lighting and artificial temperatures plus all the other people working out. This is not something I am going to make a habit of.

Added to that I don’t feel like I have slept all night. I don’t know why because I was asleep for a long time I just don’t think it was very restful for some reason.

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On the plus side I have finally got to see a doctor about my toe and now have antibiotics. I hate taking medication but if you saw the state of my toe then you would want to take something too.

I mentioned yesterday about the tendonitis in my arm and although I think I need more investigation at the moment I am working on strengthening my Serratus Anterior muscles to try and realign my shoulders and take the pressure off the bicep tendon. It is actually very difficult but adding some techniques to my yoga practice and then trying to sit with my upper back flat against a wall when I meditate is doing the trick.

The side effect I have noticed from this is that I always sit with my head forward and so when sitting and taking the back of my head to the wall feels like it is tipping back and I am feeling the muscles in the back of my neck having to work hard to maintain the position.

I’m sure if I stick to it I will see a significant impact on my posture. For now on to the food.

Breakfast - Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I fancied something a bit different this morning and this is one of my favourites but I don’t eat it that often because it is a bit rich.

  • 35g/1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 250ml/1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or vegan milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbs Xylitol
  • 1 Tbs Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Baobab Powder (optional)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Cacao Nibs, Chopped Nuts, Maple Syrup and additional almond milk to serve

Put all ingredients (other than those that say to serve) in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and add a small amount of cold almond milk, sprinkle with cacao nibs and chopped nuts and if you want a bit of extra sweetness drizzle with maple syrup.

Snack - Lemon & Chilli Hummus Chips

I had to go out to the doctors and when I was dropping my poster off at shops I couldn’t resist a little treat.

Lunch - Salad, Hummus & Bread

When I was up at the shops I picked up a knew loaf of sourdough bread for the freezer, not before having a slice with humus. My salad included Seitan fried in spices and a really simple dressing of olive oil and cider vinegar.

Dinner - Leftover Indian Takeaway

Whenever we order takeaway we only eat half and so there is always enough left for a second meal.

I am planning on getting up early tomorrow so I can start my run at 6am and get everything done before I go to "Meet The Experts" which is an event put on by Virgin Money London Marathon.

Marathon Countdown​

76
Days
17
Hours
37
Minutes
44
Seconds

I'M RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON

After my dad committed suicide in 2007 it felt a bit like my life was over too and it took several years for things to change. Not only did it have a dramatic effect on my life but also on the lives of my mum, my brother and the rest of my dad's family. It is for that reason I am raising money for the Samaritans. If my efforts can prevent just one family from going through what my family did then I have done a good thing!

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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