It’s amazing how your mind goes on a training to, as well as your body when you stretch for a new fitness goal. Right at the start of this training, I thought I wonder if if could do it? My weekly and daily motto was just keep showing up taking it week by week and it will all unfold in the perfect way its supposed to.
This week was no exception to that, and as the mornings got warmer as Victoria, Australia approached Spring, I welcomed getting back on the track, for my Tuesday sprint session. This week was 5 x 1200m with a 10min slow jog for a warm up. It felt great to be back on track.
Wednesday was a light weight session although in the afternoon, for some strange reason, I circled my left ankle around and felt a niggle in my achilles. “Oh no, please no” I thought not this again, not now, not with 6 weeks to go. So I rested it, praying that it wouldn’t flare up into the acute pain of achilles tendinitis I had 3 years ago.
Luckily the pain went and I was able to run 8km on Thursday without too much bother, doing my best to stick to the pace set in my program.
As Sunday was predicted to be a hotter one than the last week, 22c, happy dance as the Aussie Spring arrives, I knew that my body still needed to adapt to running long distance in hotter weather, so I decided to start earlier – 6.30am early!!!
All going well, until 6km, when I tripped crossing a road, and landed flat on my face, hands out in front to break my fall, as I skidded along, very unglamorously, with water bottles scattered in my wake. Luckily there was nothing broken, damaged pride maybe, but hey that’s the beauty of running early in the morning cos there’s no-one around to see your bloopers…..
Man it hurt though, as I landed heavily on the top of my left leg and right knee and hands. I scooped up my water bottles put them back in my fuel belt and crossed the road to assess the damage. Ripped gloves, totally replaceable and grateful it wasn’t a bitumen/gravel rash – ouch. My left leg was a concern though as I walked the next 1/2 km as the shock set in and the pain throbbed, it almost bought tears to my eyes. Now this might seem ‘woo-woo’ to some, however I placed my left hand on my sore leg and imagined a white healing light coming from my palm to heal my badly bruised leg.
Thankfully it soothed it enough for the pain to disappear after another 1km of running – yay success.
‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down”
Who would have thought back in 1997 when I was out partying and singing along to this drinking song by Chumbawamba that 17 years on I’d be using it to motivate myself to keep going on a 35km training run, certainly not I. The twists and turns of life eh.
Now people have asked me about nutrition and what I eat – before, during and after a run. Well that depends on the distance and where my body is at.
For example Saturday, day before my long run, I had the following :-
Riceflakes in milk, ground ginger, cranberries and pear
2 x Spirulina Nut Ball
Sardines on 2 slices of toast, tomato and spinach, mayonnaise on side
4 x toast, butter, honey and banana
Spirulina Nut Ball
Banana, Date, Ginger, Soy Milk Smoothie
Chilli Con Carne with rice
Day of a Long Run
Today I had 2 bananas, couple of glasses of water, and small apple, carrot, beetroot juice – 1 hour before I set off for my run. This was the 1st time I’ve had 2 bananas and it served me well., so sticking to that.
During the run, a fuel belt of 2 x water and 2 x apple/carrot/beetroot juice – for 1st 21km. I stopped at home to refuel, loo break and time for some suncream. Refuel – glass of water, small apple/carrot/beetroot juice, refilled my water bottles with water, before setting out for another 14km.
At 25km I took a VEGA Sport endurance gel, testing a new brand as last gel I took a fortnight ago upset my stomach for 2km running afterwards – not pretty. , so was looking for a more natural product. Thanks to Eileen, from Raw Ambition, she suggested the VEGA sport brand as its a plant based, dairy, gluten and soy free product containing no artificial flavours, colours or sweetners. Happy days, tasted delicious, didn’t upset my stomach and gave me a boost for the next 10km.
Post Run – Recover Food
Number one is fluid replacement – for me that’s water before I stretch., followed by a banana, date, ginger and soy milk smoothie. Today I didn’t feel overly hungry, probably because of the extra banana and gel today, so I waited a couple of hours before I had salmon, baby bok choy, spinach, rice in teriyaki sauce.
This was my 3rd long run over 30km, at 35.5km the furthest ever, and probably the best so far. Just like life you have good and bad days, you also have good and bad training runs, and just have to roll with the punches, remembering that if you get knocked down, you get up again and keep on going putting one foot in front of the other……