Rough Patch

Banana

Despite consuming a pre-workout banana this morning as recommended by the internet, I still developed a horrible stitch 20 minutes in to my run and in spite of my best efforts to ignore it, I was forced to stop and walk several times throughout the 45 minutes I was out. I definitely think I’m going through a running rough patch at the moment. Well, at least I hope it’s just a rough patch and not the beginning of the end of my short-lived running career…

It’s easy to get disheartened and very tempting to give up after a few unsuccessful runs, however the prospect of running 13 miles in 9 weeks is definitely keeping me going despite my general lack of enthusiasm. I fully recommend to anyone who is trying to get in to running to sign up for an event. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but it’ll really help keep you focused when the thought of yet another run leaves you cold. Anyway, I’m hoping that this rough patch in my occasionally rocky relationship with running will be short lived. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion this won’t be the end for us just yet!

Ps. Excuse the random banana image, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to get that one in despite the slightly tenuous link!

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Breakfast of the Week

Berrys, Yoghurt, Muesli and Oatbran

5) Oat Bran, Muesli & Natural Yogurt topped with Mixed Berries & Honey

So in case anyone was worried, no I haven’t just returned from my 11k run. Despite my previous concerns, I managed to successfully complete this distance in an hour and 5 minutes on Saturday morning, only losing the will to live a couple of times throughout! After a relatively painless first 50 minutes, my motivation quickly plummeted as it hit me that running for a full hour is long… I have a massive amount of respect for anyone that completes a full marathon as this must take major willpower and dedication as even running quarter of one feels like a huge achievement to me!

This week’s breakfast consisted of a few different elements. After hearing about the health benefits of oat bran I decided to invest in a packet. I can’t say it’s the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted (although I need to try using it to make porridge before coming to my final conclusion!), however when combined with a few other ingredients tastes pretty good. The main health benefit of oat bran is that it contains large amounts of fibre which is great for keeping you full throughout the morning.

I added a bit of muesli as well to mix it up then topped it off with some natural yogurt and mixed berries with honey to sweeten. I then proceeded to stir it all up in to the yogurty berry mush you can see below which may not look particularly appealing but looks can be deceiving! I actually think this has been my favourite breakfast of the week so far but then again I probably say that about all the breakfasts…

Healthy Breakfast

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Breakfast of the Week

Breakfast of the Week: Avocado & Scrambled Egg on Toast

4) Scrambled Egg & Avocado on Rye Toast

Continuing the rye bread theme, this week’s breakfast combines three of my favourite healthy ingredients; rye bread, avocado and eggs. Eggs are another great source of protein for vegetarians and avocados, despite being high in fat, are one of the most nutritious foods out there. They are a source of monounsaturated fat which is considered to be a healthy fat, and contain vitamin C which is great for boosting your immunity as well as your skin.

So far this week I have managed a grand total of one run… Not ideal but I am hoping to cram in several runs over the next few days, including an 11k run which I am just a teeny bit scared about. Although this fear is largely caused by the distance I’m going to have to run, it’s also a result of a slight concern that I am going to get lost on route and find myself unable to navigate my way home (you may laugh but this has genuinely happened to me before!)… I’m going to have to do some serious Google map inspection over the next couple of days in preparation. So, if you don’t hear from me again, it’s probably because I’m still out on a never-ending ’11k’ run, trying to work out why it’s taken me so long!

Healthy avocado

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Running Brighton

Brighton

Brighton

This morning I wound up the week’s running with the third unsuccessful run of the week. Reluctance to forfeit my first proper lie in since the previous weekend combined with the fact that I had been up late the night before scoffing garlic bread and houmous (blaming the boyfriend for that one) and had woken up with a severe food hangover, meant that I’d pretty much accepted that the run wasn’t going to be the greatest before I’d even left the house.

It’s a shame really that the run wasn’t more of a success considering the location was a whole lot prettier than the East London streets I’ve become accustomed to running along. Since my boyfriend moved to Brighton last year, I’ve become a regular visitor and have got to know the city reasonably well. I’ve always thought it’d be a great place to train for a half marathon. There is a whole variety of different parks and of course the seafront which provides the perfect setting for a morning jog.

As I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic this morning, I chose to run to the pier and back which is around 6.5k – not quite the 60 minute run that my training plan recommended however better than nothing I guess. I must confess, I did have a slight relapse in to my giving up ways and may have allowed myself to stop and walk a couple of times (obviously I just had to take a moment to soak up the view – nothing to do with it being too hard…) Oh well, with over two months to go until the half marathon, I’m not particularly concerned about one bad week. I’ll just have to work a bit harder next week to make up for it… Can’t wait!

Brighton

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Breakfast of the Week

Banana and peanut butter on rye bread

3) Peanut Butter & Banana on Rye Toast

Today’s breakfast was welcomed with open arms after an ‘easy run’ quickly spiralled in to a much less easy run! 35 minutes in I developed a severe stitch however, rather than give up (no way was I doing that after sacrificing an extra hour in bed for this run!) I decided the best idea would be to sprint home and get it over with as fast as possible… Cue extreme heavy breathing and an intense desire to get straight back in to my bed!

Luckily I had a delicious loaf of rye bread and pot of peanut butter waiting to soothe my pain! Rye bread is a great alternative to other less healthy forms of bread. It is 100% wheat free and high in fibre which helps you stay fuller longer. Bananas and peanut butter are also great for maintaining fullness whilst also keeping you healthy. Peanut butter contains high levels of protein which is great for vegetarians like me who often struggle to get enough of this in their diet and bananas contain potassium which apparently can prevent muscle cramp during exercise. Maybe if I’d had the banana before my run the stitch could have been avoided… next time!
 
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