There’s one week to go until Potter’s ‘Arf Marathon. Honestly, I’m beginning to run out of something new to tell you when it comes to training and I’ve noticed myself that I’m starting to spam my social media accounts with the annoying “I’m into exercise” posts.
Way back in January, I couldn’t run a mile without feeling like crying and having to have a walking break. This surprised me as I did yoga, walked and attended cardio classes at my gym now and again, and at school I was quite good at sprints, so I had consider myself quite active until then.
This week though, I ran my furthest run – topping 8 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes – my legs were numb at 6 miles but somehow it hurt more to walk than to keep running.
Following my first training session after I’d signed up to do the Potters ‘Arf, I was convinced I’d have to switch to being a walker during the race. However, each time I tried to push myself a little further, and it did get easier and you do get stronger.
After my last run, the feel was electric – whether it was the adrenalin or the pride, it kept me awake until 2am. This has restored my faith that with the added adrenalin and the crowd to cheer you on, the 13 miles doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
A couple of weeks ago I also ran the ‘Mow Cop Killer Mile’ – which luckily didn’t do what it said on the tin. The uphill, one mile run at 25% gradient is renowned for putting runners to the test – in fact, when I told people I was running it they were more shocked at the thought than running Potters ‘Arf. I finished it in 15 minutes.
Now with hill training and endurance training out of the way, it’s been time to focus on the other areas that will keep my strength up. Now, this is the part I like – the food.
Running really increases your appetite, and its true when they say you need to eat more carbs pre-run, and more protein post-run.
I’ve even taken to increasing my energy levels with a super smoothie, which I thought I’d share with you! (It’s good for you and delicious!)
Laura’s Super Smoothie
2-3 cups of almond milk (Add more for a thinner smoothie)
1 tbsp. of smooth peanut butter
1 tsp. of coconut oil
1 tsp. of flax and chia seeds
Blend well and drink around 30 minutes before your run!
After my run I have started to have a protein workout recovery shake with almond milk just to help my muscles out.
If you’re considering starting a new challenge, but aren’t quite sure how you’ll manage – I hope this inspires you to get started. You can do it!
Read more about why I’m running Potters ‘Arf Marathon: www.justgiving.com/lall1990