Marathon Training 15th February 2016


I was back to running today and decided to kick the week off with 11km at easy pace.

It seemed to go ok and I followed it up with my regular yoga session and I only had a slight discomfort in my shoulder so was feeling pretty good.

The problems came later in the day as I started to feel totally drained and like I just had no energy to do anything at all. The training is really beginning to get to me and make me feel that there is no point as I cannot do it.

Then there is the fundraising which seems to be never ending and I feel like I am constantly having to ask people to donate and bother everyone I know. I hate asking people for money but I guess it just has to be done.

So before I get on to what I ate for the day I need to let you know what I have decided about my training. With feeling so shitty I decided to do some research on what can cause this.

I think it is an element of overtraining combined with training fatigue and so I have decided to change what I have been doing. When I began my training I was running 6 days a week and trying to stick to that is absolutely killing me.

So I am now going to train only 3 days a week, saving my long run for the weekend when I can just spend the rest of the day with my feet up.

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Then there is my food, I’ve been getting edgy about what I am eating, feeling like I am taking on too many simple carbs but I have come to the conclusion that I need to.

I just need to get through this marathon and then I am going to go on a massive detox. I think I might do Dr Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox again. So for that it means only eating vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, tofu and tempeh.

In fact I cannot wait until that day and I can get my body back to feeling great!

Post Run Snack - Rice Cake & Nut Butter

After running 11km I need to eat something right away. If I am honest I should probably have taken something like dates out with me to keep me going while I was running.

Breakfast - Raw Oats

This is where I made my fatal mistake for the day. I have a small obsession about my weight and I think I might have put a couple of pounds on recently and it has been making me worry. So I thought I would try cutting back on my eating a bit too. So I reduced the oats, left out the nut butter and generally had a smaller breakfast.

Cutting back on eating after a longish run was not a good idea and probably only added to my feelings of exhaustion, so I will not be doing this again!

Lunch - Tofu Sausage, Hummus & Rice Cake

I was a bit all over the place today and so I just grabbed something quick that I could take out of the fridge and eat without any prep time. Again another mistake.

Dinner - Vegetable Stew

My mum did me a favour by cooking this evening and actually I had an early dinner at about 4:30pm because I was working in the evening. This was basically a mash up from yesterday’s roast with a few extra bits thrown in and trust me it was very yummy

Evening Snack - Chocolate

I was supposed to be working this evening and after driving 80 minutes to get there the directions were so bad I could not find where I was going and had no contact numbers so I sat in a car park for 20 mins and in the end gave up and went home.

So I spent a total of 2 hours 30 minutes in my car and did not even get to teach. I can only tell you what this did to my energy levels and I know for certain I will not be working somewhere I need to drive in the evening again!

Basically the reason I am telling you this is because when I got home I crammed some chocolate in really quickly.

I was really lazy in the evening as well and did not even bother doing my yoga and decided to read a bit of my book before going to bed and just prayed for a good night’s sleep.

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About the author, Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a transformation coach, helping people to transform their businesses, health, money mindset and more. With over 30 years experience in personal development and almost 20 in business she is uniquely positioned to support others in making the changes they need to live the life of their dreams.

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