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The moment that changed my outlook on diet and training.
This photo was taken last May, I was attending a music festival and @pritchardswyd was there cycling on an exercise bike all day to raise money for a little girl who needed treatment.
We ended up chatting as i was training for my first marathon at the time and this lunatic was training for a quint Ironman. We got talking about diet, and the fact that @pritchardswyd was a Vegan.
Of course I asked the typical meat eaters question of "where do you get your protein?" The conversation that led on from that planted the seed (excuse the pun) for the lifestyle I now lead, in terms of the plant based diet.
One day we'll have an updated conversation about plants and ultra running.
Thanks for planting the seed Pritch!
Just thinking about how grateful I am to be able to run and travel. On Wednesday morning I had a quick run before we headed to the airport to fly to Glasgow. Upon arrival I got stuck at passport control because they thought my passport was fake 😂. They didn’t know you can opt for a bigger passport with more pages instead of the standard one. The officer was really nice though. Then we had to pick up our rental car and by we I mean Tibor because I can’t drive stick but I do my part by always reminding him to stay on the left side of the road. That’s after I always accidentally get it on the driver’s side 😂. We made it to Inverness at 9pm and we were STARVING after not eating all day but thankfully I remembered that @naturallystefanie always talks about Zizzi‘s in her videos and I had the most delicious vegan pizza...plus bruschetta and garlic bread. Carb loading right? 😂. 2 days until the marathon!! 😬😊🦕😍
“Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient.” ❤️
This marathon training cycle has been one of the toughest I’ve done... not because the program itself is hard but my starting point was not where I wanted. I started prepping for this training cycle early in the summer because I had a lot of work to do before actual training even started. I was 15 lbs heavier than last year, I was suffering from what I thought was plantar fasciitis and I no longer felt strong. It felt like I was starting from scratch... I felt out of shape, I’ve lost my speed and my endurance. I knew that if I wanted to be successful in NYC, I had to lighten up a bit but also be stronger and stay healthy. It was a rude awakening BUT I knew that if I laid out a plan and stayed consistent things would fall into place... keep going to #OTF to build strength, watch my nutrition, figure out my foot issues to stay healthy and keep running. 🤨
Though there have been challenges along the way; a family member’s health crisis, my sudden weird knee and my most recent, a car incident... I’ve managed to stay consistent with the training. In fact this training has helped me stay sane... it’s the one thing within my control.💁🏻♀️ I’m a little behind on the miles and my weight has not dropped much, but I’ve lost some inches and things are starting to fit better again. 😝 I’ve also felt my strength, speed and endurance start to come back... best of all my mindset is getting strong too. So I will focus on those positives. 😌 I’ve still got a ways to go but I know that if I keep plugging along and keep showing up, I’m gonna get there. Sunday’s 10 miler and today’s double run showed me that I’ve got a lot more in me and I am tougher than I thought. 💪🏼
Thanks for reading along... here’s to 49 days til @nycmarathon 🗽🏃🏻♀️
6 miles before school drop-off and 4 miles before lunch for a total of 10 miles for @su2c with @charitymiles app 💜
#tbt 2016 NYC Marathon. Breakthrough race. 3:07 finish, 5+ min PR and negative splits.
Anyone want to guess what my average weekly mileage was (in the 11 weeks before race)?! Not 70, not 60. Nope. It was 49.5 miles. I had two “big” training weeks with just about 60 miles each but the rest of the weeks were in the upper 40s-50s. I had ONE run over 19 miles...the rest were marathon specific mid range long runs (15-18 miles) that helped put me in the best shape I had ever been in. I also went into the race feeling ready to fight rather than previous training blocks where I was exhausted from much higher mileage.
Social media is great for so many reasons - I’ve learned a ton about proper training, fueling, recovery and I’ve found so many inspiring women to chase. But it can also make you feel like you aren’t running enough mileage since high mileage seems to be the norm. Trust me: you can train hard and set awesome PRs without going overboard with mileage. There are other things you can tweak before upping the mileage: workouts, strength work, recovery, nutrition. Quality over quantity wins all the time. Plus, if you are like me, you just don’t have the luxury to run for 90+ min every day. Work, life, family are all competing priorities and I’d much rather have a balanced life than running drive every decision I make.
ETA: I’ve been asked about my training. @itsamarython was my coach and I wrote a detailed post two years ago about some of the key workouts and how my plan was generally structured. Check the link in my bio!