Marathon Training 16th February 2016


After adjusting my training plan yesterday it meant that today was a rest day. Hurray!

I had planned to do some yoga, firstly in the morning and then in the afternoon but did not get round to it at all. The problem at the moment is that my energy levels are so low and I am feeling so fed up that I have no motivation for anything.

So the plan is to just take a step back. I need to stop putting pressure on myself and just do what I really want. I do want to do yoga but I need to rest more. I am going to try and squeeze in a few restorative sessions but I am cutting back on a more demanding practice.

At the moment I am just spoiling myself, making my training the main thing to do and then allowing myself to relax and only do the things I want the rest of the time and so today I did lots of reading. I got a new book last week, it is part of a series and I just could not put it down so I got that finished today.

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I am a bit behind with my blog posts too and I was going to get that up to date but I just could not be bothered.

I did however still make it to the gym today and did 6 very short lengths of gentle breaststroke in the pool and relaxed in the sauna and steam room before getting myself ready for the day.

I also did need to teach this morning and so that took the largest part of my effort. My diet was not bad for the day and was the following:

Breakfast - Raw Oats

I actually ate more than I did yesterday and wanted to make sure I was properly full up and keep myself feeling good.

Lunch - Salad + Hummus

I had a large salad today with hummus and had pita bread for the first time in ages. It was just what I needed and left me feeling very full.

Dinner - Roasted Cauliflower, Aubergine & Chickpeas

One of my favourite meals as it is so easy and I don’t need to be too careful with it. I literally stick everything in a roasting pan with onion, garlic, lemon, herbs and spices and roast for an hour. I only need to stir it once or twice so it takes virtually no effort.

Snack - Chocolate

My evening is not complete without a little bit of chocolate.

For some strange reason my shoulder is really start gin to hurt this evening, it is like going back a few days and making me really nervous about getting to sleep tonight and to make matters worse I just cannot be bothered to do my evening yoga!

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