Marathon Training Week 3 – A BIG Wobble

Easy Run
Dist: 4mi
@13:07
Rest
/XT
Tempo Run
Dist: 5mi, inc
Warm; 3mi@11:28; Cool
Rest
/XT
Rest
/XT
Long Run
Dist: 14mi
@13:07

Well week 3. A week that was between me watching the Brighton Marathon and the London Marathon. My niggles seem to have sorted themselves out which may well be the new trainers and its obviously awesome news and I am thrilled. Last week I skipped my ‘easy’ run because I’d done a half on the Monday instead.

On the Wednesday I managed my tempo run and then Friday I had to do my long run as I couldn’t on the Saturday. I set out with a 14 mile route in my mind. I did it. I completed it. Well minus 0.10 but I think I can still claim blagging rights for that right? I spaced out my gels well, had an electrolyte drink half way round, sipping water the whole way, and yet the final two miles were HELL on earth. Literally felt like my legs would no longer function. By the time I got home up the stairs I collapsed on the bathroom floor feeling like I was about to throw up and pass out, not sure which was going to come first. After some head between legs action and a couple of glasses of water I managed to feel relatively ok again and the rest of the day was spent on the sofa.

Sunday I went into London to support the London Marathon runners. We had an amazing day and in some ways my favourite bit was cheering those who were doing over 7 hour times, having the sweeper busses coming past and the cleaners but still they plodded on knowing the finish was only a couple of miles away. But seeing the pain in their eyes also terrified me. It made me question my own fitness. Due to my varying niggles and injuries training hasn’t so far gone as I wanted it to. So I’m a bit scared now as to my own ability. I need to work at fuelling and hopefully that might help my long runs, maybe.

Any tips for fuelling? Especially the night before etc, vegetarian ideas ;-)

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Mutu System + Thinking Slimmer : Week 4

So week 4, this weeks been a mixed week for me emotionally. I’m stressing about an assignment and have been stressing about marathon training. Physically my niggles have somewhat settled down.

In terms of my thinking slimmer I’ve continued to listen to my slimpod at night as I drift off to sleep and I’m still seeing the differences. I’m leaving food on my plate and turning down the offering of snacks. I even managed a trip to costa without having something to eat. The snacks I am having are much healthier. Its also helped me accept my body a bit more, accept it for what it is and not focus on an ‘ideal’ weight so much.

Mutu core has as always been easy to fit in. A quick 10 minute round isn’t hard to do. I’ve cracked the exercises off by heart now so don’t have to turn on the video. I’ve been doing one set in the mornings, albeit with a 2 year old climbing all over me, and one set in the evenings once the kids are in bed. Marathon training has been a bit all over the place and I’ve decided the most sensible thing to do is going to be to not do intensive on run days. I need to be careful not to push myself too hard so days I’ve run its stupid to push harder so I’ve been fitting it in on my ‘rest’ days from running.

I’m noticing my core does feel stronger. I don’t know if theres any change in inches. I know there isn’t on the scales. But I feel happier in myself. So I’m happy about that.

Marathon Training Week 2

Easy Run
Dist: 5mi
@13:07
Rest
/XT
Speedwork
Dist: 5mi, inc
Warm; 2×1600@10:50
w/800 jogs; Cool
Rest
/XT
Rest
/XT
Long Run
Dist: 12mi
@13:07

So that (^) is what week 2 marathon training was supposed to look like.

Mondays run went really well with a good average pace and I felt pretty strong other than a twinge in my knee.

Tuesday I ended up doing intervals, my childcare was a bit all over the place so I needed to fit something quick in. I set my own interval session on endmondo for 25 minutes, it was hard bloomin work especially on a hot evening but was also fun in some respects.

Wednesday ended up being cross training as I had a boxing session in the morning. And physio in the evening. We discussed my various niggles which at that time included a knot in my left calf, pain in the lower part of my right knee and my old hip tear injury playing up on the left. We didn’t do anything about any of them as we agreed I was managing them and I know my limits.

Thursday I decided I’d attempt a 5km however my knee was hurting as I ran and knowing I am running a marathon in 49 days I can’t risk pushing myself too far to injury so I hobbled back after a mile and a half, my ego totally bruised and frustrated. But talking with one of my running buddies I knew I made the right decision and then we headed off to buy new trainers which are hopefully going to help many of the niggles. Turned out the trainers I was wearing were TOO supportive. Although I do overpronate I didn’t overpronate enough for the shoes that I was in so after trying on numerous pairs and running up and down the store a dozen odd times I eventually went with a pair of new balance. I was torn as the mizunos were so cute but they didn’t feel cushioned enough and knowing I’m running a marathon I think my joints need a bit of added help.

On Friday I had planned to run a 12 mile run but my knee was too painful so I decided the sensible option wasn’t to risk that distance. But I knew I needed to test out my new trainers obviously! So I asked my running buddy if she would pace me to a sub 30 minute 5km presuming my knee held up. And it did! And I beat my 5km PB and boy was I happy about it!

I then had two days rest whilst I was in Brighton, well I say rest, I did tons of walking! And then Monday I set out on my long 12 mile run. However being somewhere new, enjoying the scenery, the atmosphere (I LOVE BRIGHTON) I decided that sod it I’d do a half marathon distance! It was slow but I enjoyed it. In fact I loved every second of it. It was bloody awesome.

Being easter holidays my running routine is going to be a bit messed up over the next couple of weeks but I’m trying to get everything into place to complete as many of my session as I can!

Oh and I signed up for next years Brighton Marathon at the weekend….Banner-728x90

Mutu system + thinking slimmer : Week 3

Ok so week 3 is a bit delayed. Week 3 went really well. Until I got a few twingey injuries and was told to do a weeks rest by my physio. I completed week 3 though and I have to say it was a killer.

Week 3 of Mutu sees the introduction of the intensive workout for the first time. Intensive is a bit of an understatement. As a general rule of thumb I avoid squats like they are the plague. Intensive workout 1 features loads of squatting. I had muscles aching I didn’t know I had. The intensive workouts are 3 x over which I have to admit I’m not a big fan of because one thing I hate in life is repetition but I stuck it out. Week 3 is also continuing to do the core workout 1 which I’ve started to learn off by heart now and can sometimes use the cheat sheet rather than the video.

Thinking slimmer is continuing to help with my eating. I’m not missing sweet stuff at all. Was talking to my friend about what il do when lent is over and I’ve decided I’m going to go to a chocolate one day a week rule through until the marathon. I’m making sure my portions are smaller and I’m trying to increase my protein intake over carbs with the exception of the night before long runs.

So I’ve had some rest time and tonight il get back on it with starting week 4 and hopefully not screwing up my little niggles! Let you know how I get on next week!

Review: Kingsmill Mini Toasts

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As a Mum whos given up chocolate, sweets, biscuits and cake I’m looking for alternatives to fill me up when I have the munchies! I was intrigued when I was offered the Kingsmill Mini Toasts to try out. They are less than 100 calories per bag which is ideal for those mummies who are watching their calorie intake.

At the moment the mini toasts come in two flavours, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Mature Cheddar and Red Onion. I tried both flavours and would say neither was my favourite, they were both tasty and full of flavour! I did find that some of the toasts had more flavour than others but other than that they were luscious!

The toasts are available in multi packs 5 x 22g with an RRP of £1.59 which is roughly what I pay for similar products so I think thats pretty good value for money. Currently they are only available in Tescos which isn’t ideal for me as I shop in Sainsburys most of the time! Hopefully they will be available in other supermarkets soon!

Would I buy them for myself? Yes definitely they were super tasty and just the flavours I like! Defo worth trying if you see them next time your out shopping! Perfect post run snack or bite to eat after dinner!

Disclosure: Item sent free for review purposes. 

Marathon Training – Week 1

So this week I begun marathon training. Well at the start of the week it was a ‘Try the runs out see how the foot is and then decide if your going to do the marathon’ week. But as the week wore on I realised that I’m managing the foot well and its ok!

Monday I did a 5 mile ‘Easy run’. It was supposed to be 6 but I had a doctors appointment I needed to get to so I didn’t have time to do a 6. I went down a stretch of the river I’ve never been down, I avoided it during the winter knowing it was wet and muddy. But now its drier it was ok and manageable other than the trees that were down turning it into a bit of an obstacle run!

Tuesday was a cross training day and I had an hours boxing which was bloomin hard work, not that its ever easy and quite frankly if it was I wouldn’t pay to do it. I love that we are always trying something new and that I go home feeling like I’ve worked hard.

Wednesday I had another 5 mile run except this was a tempo run. First one I’ve ever done. Was a bit hard going ‘slower’ for the first mile (and I was supposed to for the last too), keeping the pace was comfortable as it was only 3 miles I needed to keep it at so that was manageable. Whats 5k when your gonna run a marathon?!

Thursday my body hurt. I decided that the sensible option was to skip my gentle 5k and to rest instead so I did.

Long runs are generally scheduled for Saturdays however because my normal childcare arrangements are awry this weekend and I wanted to spend tomorrow with them I decided to do the 10 mile run today. Mentally it was the toughest run I’ve done in a while. I was scared of even doing it in the first place. Getting out the door was hard. I knew I had everything I’d need, gels, water, phone, emergency cash, ipod. But my legs were aching from my Mutu System workout last night and I was feeling a bit off. At 3 miles I sent a snapchat to my friend saying I was gonna cut my loop short and do 8. At 5 miles I was listening to Marathon Talk and someone they were interviewing was talking about having a reason to run. And I remembered mine. And I decided to stop being a chicken and just run the blinkin 10 miles. And I did. It was only a few seconds off the pace it wanted me to do so I’m not too disappointed. And Ultimately I’m glad I got my arse into gear and actually did the full 10!

Of course I’m not just running this for no reason. I’m running this to help me raise money for the Matilda Mae Skydive. So PLEASE help me out even if it can only be a small donation every little helps! http://www.justgiving.com/HGMMSkydive2014

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