Thank you soooo much darling boy of mine! I’m not feeling too good today. Throat is very very sore and I don’t have a lot of voice (hurray all around me say!) and I am starting to develop a cough. I also seem to have lost the ability to think properly and am having particular problems thinking of the right words for things so please forgive me if this entire blog is written in gobbledegook!
I’ve been to the chemist and bought myself some garlic tablets (tried taking the real thing but am now hating the constant garlicky taste in my mouth!), some echinacea and some of the new menthol lemsips. Am also eating lots of vitamin c rich food as well as taking my normal berocca. I WILL NOT BE ILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday I went to see the lovely Anne-Marie Samuel at Body In Motion for a bit of a legs MOT. It was down to her handiwork that I even made the marathon start line last year so I thought this year I would go for the preventative approach rather than waiting until something hurt!
I had forgotten what fun a sports physio session is… OWWWWWWW OW OWWWWWWWW… last time around my ITB tightness caused the most pain in my sessions (and I have lovely sore bits there today) but this time she also had to work quite hard on my glutes. That was WAY more painful than the ITB stuff. My rear still isn’t talking to me today. However, like she pointed out, at least it means that this year my glutes are doing some of the work. Good news!
As I’d had the session with Anne-Marie I planned a shorter club run than normal, just 4 miles, but we did do a killer hill and then a not quite so killer hill a bit later! It was a good run and I think we managed not to scare any unsuspecting pedestrians this week although one chap was trying to get from his car to his house just at the wrong time and thought he was being accosted when one lady tried to let him through. Very funny.
I’ve been reading ‘A total guide to Sports Nutrition’ by Anita Bean (my lovely mum bought it for me for Christmas) I’m only a couple of chapters in but I’m finding it very interesting. I’ve already decided that I must have start to have a carb/protein mix straight after my runs and although I know I could probably make my own I probably wouldn’t get round to it so I’ve ordered some For Goodness Shakes. I had read the blurb on these but I never know how much is hype and how much is true but now I’ve seen supporting evidence I’m most definitely sold. Hopefully if I start doing this then my recovery should be much faster after the really long runs.
I’ve also been reading up on how much carbohydrate I should be having and at the moment I can’t work out how I can eat as much as they advise without gaining a whole heap of weight. However, there is a chapter later on about training and trying to lose weight so I won’t do anything radical until I’ve read that.
I’m finding the book really interesting and I just wish I had more time so that I could get through it a bit faster. Shame there isn’t a ‘listening’ version then I could make good use of my long runs!
What is your favourite nugget of nutrition info? Do you have a ‘must have’ food for pre or post run fuelling?