I just could not sleep last night! All I could think about was The Fifty Mile Challenge, how I was going to train for it, would I get injured etc etc (oh yes, while I’m on the topic – thank you everyone who commented! I really appreciate your support and input, it’s all useful and well received :)) – so much so that when 2am rolled round, I got up, went to the computer and emailed the organiser (who has done over 200 marathons and about 30 ultras!) to ask his advice!! I’ve actually made some changes, which I’ll get onto later…. While I was up, I ate a tiny bit of cottage cheese with a bit of muesli:
Sometimes when I can’t sleep, eating something helps. Alas, I don’t know if it did, but around 2.30am I finally found my way to the land of Nod. My alarm at 7.50 was not my friend though….Don’t you hate that!? What are your methods for trying to get to sleep when it just won’t happen?
When I did drag myself downstairs, I ate an apple, a square of chocolate and had a glass of smoothie before I went out on a fun 4miler – I started with 800m warm up regular pace, then alternated 200m fast with 2mins normal, with another 800m to cool down. It was fun!! I should do more speed training, it’s lovely to have something to think about 🙂 My mid-run stats were 7.50somethig miles, so that’s good 😀
Breakfast – a big GM again, with the usual mix inside (+ 2 tsp of wheatgerm – packed with useful nutrients for runners!) – topped with [the very last!!!] of my granola, toasted coconut, chocolate peanut butter, almonds, walnuts and blackberry jam:
SUPER bowl!! Definitely a contender (along with yesterdays) for Best Ever GMs 😀
After that, I did some work, was entertained by Kovac playing with a dead baby bunny, and did some baking – cereal bars, from this book:
I love that book, it has some fantastic stuff in it! It contains the recipe to the best cinnamon raisin bread evaahhh….anyways, here were said cereal bars:
They were GOOD! Banana-ry, date-y, YUMmy. I Had one with my lunch:
The rest of lunch was OATMEAL!! Except, I cooked it with a pear and some goat’s cheese:
And an egg!
I’ve heard great things about whole eggs in oatmeal (apparently it’s like custard) so I couldn’t wait to try 🙂 I used 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup water, a tiny bit of salt, and the pear/cheese/and egg. When it was done, I served it with roasted squash, aubergine, mushrooms and broccoli, and a blob of plum jam:
It sounds (and looks?) very odd, but it was LOVELY! The aubergine/oatmeal/jam combo was the best. And the whole egg without a doubt made it much creamier, and I suppose kinda custard like….either way, it was YUM! Though I think the goat’s cheese got a lil lost in it all 😦
After lunch, I did various things, worked, horses – oohh, look who it is!!
[if only I had a decent camera..I could get some beautiful shots!]
And washed my hair – there were PAW PRINTS in the shower today!!?? The cats have been exploring, blates….
My afternoon snack was some Splendips, which had been hanging around in the fridge for waaaay too long:
Not the most ‘real food’ option ever, but meh! I also had a hot chocolate 🙂
Dinner WAS exciting though – and not because I did a total repeat of last night’s meal (stuffed tortellini, ja! It looked so lonely, half open in the fridge…I had to rescue it!), but because I got to try THIS:
YES!! Onion squash!! Remember when I bought it a week or so ago? I finally finished the crown prince, so I got to start on it! Oh the excitement….
LOVED IT!! Without a doubt, a contender for Squash of the Year 😀
In a bit dessert will be full fat Greek, with 2 squares of chocolate/truffles, and a hot choc 🙂
SOOOO, I said my plans had changed slightly! (Sorry, this is gonna be long!)
As you know, I was deep in thought last night/this morning. I couldn’t stop thinking about my marathon in October, which is my ultimate priority this year, and how gutted I’d be if I got injured. Then I was thinking about how soon the Fifty Mile Challenge is (July 18th). I scared myself silly last night looking up UltraMarathon training programmes last night too, when they seemed to suggest I should be running 20miles about twice a week – er NO! Thankfully though, this challenge is NOT a race – it’s a CHALLENGE. You have 15hrs!! So the idea is that you walk the majority and only run bits, which is good.
After reading more about it, I discovered that you get a small(er) medal if you complete 30 miles (and 40miles – the beasty medal is for the 50 :P) – SO, I thought I’d go for it, but drop out at 30miles. That way, I would still have achieved something incredible and awesome, but with minimal risk of injury. ‘Eh?’ you say? Well, I’d probably be running maybe a 1/3 or so of it, which is 10miles. I could run 10miles tomorrow if I wanted to, as fitness stands! Therefore my reasoning is, that I’d be going further distance wise, but the extra distance would be minimal impact, so I’d preserve my joints, feet etc etc. What do you guys think? Do you think that’s a good idea? The Challenge people have it all over the site that you can drop out when you want, cos they want you to have FUN!
In the essence of preserving, that led me to think about my running between now and then. Now, the other night I was reading my marathon book (well, one of about 6!) and it was talking about the run/walk method. Apparently, people are quite capable of getting good sub-4hr times in marathons doing it that way! My actual marathon plan is to run the whole thing, but training doesn’t start til June. SO, I thought between now and then (and the challenge), I might start doing the run/walk method, so I can practice being on my feet for a long time with minimal dentage on my fitness and motivation. For example, I was thinking on Sunday, I’d ‘run’ 9 miles, but alternate each mile with walking, and aim to be out around 1hr40+ (normally, 9miles takes me 1hr15ish). Then, between now and July I can build on both, gradually, and get fit!
So, another big question – does anyone else use the walk/run method in training? Do you find it harder or easier? I’d love love LOVE some opinions! (So any blog lurkers out there…come forth!)
Ok, phew, long post – sorry!! I’d just love some opinions and stuff 🙂 Also, if anyone else DOES want to do the challenge with me, do get in touch! I already have one reader for company, so you wouldn’t have to deal with me all alone!!! Think of all the chatting we could do, dreaming up the most carby meal possible to eat that evening to replenish our glycogen stores…AMAZE!
Right, that’s me done 🙂 BUT before I dash – head over to Lily’s blog for an Earth Day giveaway 😀