Marathon Training 6th February 2016


I am in severe pain today!

I woke up at about 2am and the pain in my shoulder was so intense. I was lying on my left side and when I went to move my right are it had virtually seized up. As I tried to move to relieve the pain I had to go through an increase and force myself to move.

After a while of moving around and trying to get comfortable I eventually found out that the only way I could relieve the pain was to lie on my back with my right are outstretched along the bed at shoulder height.

On waking the pain was still bad so I thought the best thing to do was completely rest it today. It was a good excuse really as I am going to the Virgin Money London Marathon Meet The Experts day.

Having some extra time meant I could get some extra reading and meditation in and get to the marathon day nice and early.

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The event was informative, scary and fun all at the same time. When they were telling us about the event and what we would be doing I nearly just ran out, thinking I just cannot do this!I will be setting off at 10am and now I know all about the preparation, what I should be eating on the day, where the toilets are and how to find a pace maker.

Talking of which I am beginning to decide on the pace I want to run and I keep going from 5 hours to 4:45 to 4:30 and then back to 5 hours. I really have no idea right now.

The only bit of the event that I was not really impressed with was the nutrition, to me it seemed old fashioned and so focused on animal protein it was crazy. If you went by that advice you would be drinking so much milk you would surely end up feeling ill.

The other thing was advice on carbs loading. I know there is debate about it but I am fit, very lean and definitely have high energy levels. There is no way I could eat the amount of carbs that were recommended and if I did I think it would just slow me down. For example I would need to eat 24 x 25g porridge sachets (I can barely eat 40g of oats).

Anyway that is enough of me ranting about nutritional advice that feels like it came off the ark and on with the food that I am eating.

Breakfast - Sugar-free Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

It is a while since I've had this and it was so yummy, having just 25g of oats today as I did no physical activity.

Lunch - Hummus & Falafel Wrap with Kettle Chips

As I was out for the whole day today I bought lunch from Café Nero. The Kettle Chips were Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar plus I had a nice soya Latte to wash it all down.

Dinner - Vegan Pepper Steak Pie & Chips

I got back late in the afternoon and my mum offered to cook. When she suggested this meal along with some fried mushrooms I really could not say no.

Snack - 4 Squares of Dark Chocolate

I could still feel the pain in my shoulder for most of the day and when I did my evening yoga and meditation I was hurting quite badly. I'm concerned the pain could disrupt my sleep tonight as well.

Marathon Countdown​



I'm running the London Marathon on 24th April 2016 and raising money for the Samaritans in memory of my Dad, Bryan Aspland who committed suicide in 2007. Let's work together to bring an end to suicide.

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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