Wow we are into the Tapering Phase of our training programme... Feels like just yesterday that we started this 18 week journey. With only 3 weeks until we are all on that starting line the nerves are starting to set in. Not because we choccy chicks think we are aiming for an Olympic spot but probably what matters most to us three is that our friends, family feel proud and most of all our children can see what their mummy's can achieve. That is a huge driver!
Reached my milestone of a 30km run this week. Was so pleased to do it and complete it still walking and then follow it up with an easy 10km run feeling good! With a bowl of my divine goji, macca and cacao porridge in my belly I was out that door ready for the challenge. It was a beautiful day, cool, slightly overcast and sunny. I had my ipod on, listening to books of inspiration and then finished the last hour with some brilliant music that I found myself singing out loud to (trying to ignore the niggles in my legs and feet!) goodness only knows what people thought... but you don't care after running a few hours do you!! I love running around the Sunshine Coast. So beautiful when you see water everywhere, happy people and the sunshine! Very inspirational. But I must admit I especially loved that long straight towards my home!
The one thing about my demise in the last 4kms however, was a concern. Feeling weak and quite faint I realised my blood sugars had dropped dramatically. But I didnt feel like eating at all. I texted my dear husband who came to my rescue with more water, but still I found the last few kms a struggle. Finally on arriving home to my beautiful husband and children cheering me on (I must admit I nearly cried!!) I headed straight to the home made biscuit tin! And then loads of grapes and then more quinoa chocolate chip bikkies! You would have thought I hadn't eaten in days! Warning to self... I must eat during the marathon even though I hardly feel like it!
Tip of the week: My tip this week would be to make sure you eat during your half or full marathon, keep those electrolytes up!! And I would also say if you get a chance then read all about Sri Chinmoy, this guy is one of my icon's, hero's in fact. He is an absolute star and one incredibly tough minded character. Sadly he is no longer on this planet but his legacy lives on and I know he will be in my thoughts as I embark on that 42km journey in a few weeks time!
Yes all signed up and registered, we really are doing this! Would love to hear from any of you following the program who are walking the half marathon. We all commit and decide to do this marathon for different reasons, part of mine is to signify walking through the huge changes that have happened in my life this year within my family.
We all know the saying just take it one step at a time, and that has been my mantra over these last few months. Completion is my goal not achieving the fastest time. So with a few weeks to go, I am looking forward to being part of this amazing event, with so many people taking part for their own special reasons. I know the energy will be amazing and I know the sense of achievement for all no matter how that looks will be wonderful.
While in Perth we have had the pleasure of eating Ayurvedically - food that nourishes the body and soul and real delight and just what these two bodies need right now with the workload we have on. Again this has tuned me into how important diet is.
Tip of the week: Think about everything that goes into your mouth, is it nourishing and supporting you to achieve your goals?
Well team, a quiet week, busy but quiet! After my successful completion of the 20km run last week, I focused on downsizing my runs and have incorporated a few more upper body and abdominal workouts to my gym routine with light leg weights and short runs. It feels good to be doing some new exercises and new stretches.
The glorious Kim has registered us girls and booked the accommodation so it feels really near now – I am really excited about sharing such a huge milestone with like-minded women who constantly inspire and support me. Although we are all very different, varying strengths athletically, we all have the same passion for health and wellbeing so doing something like this feels empowering and satisfying.
Tip of the week: stretches galore for me this week. Lots of yoga, meditation and balancing my schedule have all helped me keep a clear mind. I find a few drops of Instant Calm in my vaporizer, a quiet still room and strong deep breathes has kept my in check this week.