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A week in Paris: reflecting on the 26.2 and letting chocolate back in my life

It’s been 8 days since I ran my second marathon. As much as it was such a tough run I’m amazed that I did not feel sore at all afterwards. Yesterday I went for a short 6.5km run and whereas the legs felt a little stiff to begin with, they loosened up after a few km and felt good.

In a way I still feel like I totally blew Paris. That I could have / should have run faster. But my rational brain tells me I cannot compare running a marathon in 10°C to running a marathon in 20°C. So I will not moan on and on about this and will move on :) …

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Categories: running, travel

Almonds for atheletes

This week I’m taking tapering very seriously – I exercise very little, I had The World’s Best Nap on my (Wednes)day off work and I eat a lot (of good quality food).

My main carbo loading foods are sweet potatoes and rice, but I also eat loads of veg and protein at the moment and I snack on almonds like there’s no tomorrow.

Almonds are high in calories but when marathon training one does not have to think about calories, other than Give-Me-All-the-Calories! And we all know by now that it’s not the amount of calories that really matters for your health, it’s the source of those calories and the nutrients in them that matter. …

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Categories: nutrition, reviews

Reflecting on the good

Thank you so much to everyone who read my emotional blog post yesterday and either commented or sent me emails and/or messages. It was actually amazingly instantly healing to realise yet again that a) life is not easy for anyone b) I am not alone in having these feelings and b) there might be other options for tackling this other than medication again.

Whereas I see that life as a parent and an adult is not just fun, fun, fun and “pure joy” for anyone (other than those parent bloggers whose lives do seem to be all about rainbows and unicorns), I do feel that I’m feeling ‘off’ right now and that it’s not just the case of being a stressed parent of two little kids. …

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Categories: daily life, mental health, who am I

Marathon training – Week 13: The legs are happy it’s taper time

Now let’s talk about something more fun than PND – my first marathon in 2014 is in 6 days! I’m cool, calm and collected. Kind of :)

My calves and shins have actually been really tight and almost painful all week so I’m running very little this week, just two 8km runs, and will be stretching every night.

It is not a nice feeling when your legs below knees are heavy as bricks and you cannot run fast at all. I know it’s all about stretching though, and I have a sports massage booked for Wednesday. Cool & calm. Cool & calm….

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Categories: marathon, running

The Aftermath of Mothers’ Day

It’s been long time coming. I exercise like a crazy woman, I eat well, I get more sleep than I did for years but I have to face the fact that this PND is not behind me. Or maybe the PND is, but what’s here to stay is the D.

It doesn’t manifest itself in not being able to get out of bed or crying or feeling lost and lonely. In fact in many situations I feel great, especially when I’m exercising (serotonin, hello!) BUT if I look at my life in general – a lot of things annoy me. Just annoy me so much I don’t recognize myself… Everything my mother does. Even some things my husband does (like breathing louder than silently at night). A lot of things my kids do. Even people on the street annoy me for wearing weird clothes or talking too loud on the phone.

This is not normal. I know that. …

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Categories: mental health, who am I

Marathon training – Week 12: It’s the final count-down!

My 37km/23mile run on Wednesday was nice and mostly uneventful. My stomach started to ache a little bit towards the end of it and that means I need to be super super clean about my eating from now until the Paris Marathon (that for me means no sugar and no gluten). I also ran out of water in my Camelback after 30km and as a result was crazy thirsty for the rest of the day. I didn’t want much food at all, just water and coconut water. …

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Categories: marathon, running

Focus on adding, not taking away

Happy hour at my favourite bar

I saw this image the other day and immediately thought “Yes! So true!” and “I could really go for some heavy dead lifts right now”, followed by “Interesting how I’ve changed, I can’t remember the last time I had more alcohol than a few sips…”

I don’t actually have anything against having a drink once in a while. Not long ago I would have a glass of wine most nights once the kids are in bed (if you are a mother, you are probably nodding at this point) but I realised now that I’ve stopped this habit without actively trying to stop it.

In fact I have noticed that all the positive and healthier changes in my life in the past 5 or so years have happened gradually. …

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Categories: nutrition, who am I

Marathon training – Week 11: A new 10k race PB!!!

The weather this week has been AMAZING. Everything in London is in full bloom and running in shorts and t-shirts is so freaking nice.

I started the week’s running with the long run on Wednesday as usual. After getting lost on Richmond Park a bit (that park is WAY bigger than I thought it was) I had to alter my route but I’ve crisscrossed the streets of SW London so many times before I know pretty much how many kms there are between any two points :)

It was a nice and uneventful run but I did regret afterwards that I was looking at my pace too much and didn’t just let myself plod slower. Next week is my last long run before Paris and …

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Categories: marathon, running

Maybe my mid-life crisis, maybe my one true love

We met almost 18 months ago and I’m still totally crazy in love. Scandal?!?! No, not really. I’m talking about Crossfit :)

I don’t really get why it suits me as I’m not a hyper competitive type-A personality but whatever the reason, it does suit me. A lot. It makes me smile at strangers on the street and want to high five all my colleagues when I return to the office from my lunch break sessions.

At first I thought it was just my midlife crisis. …

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Categories: crossfit, fitness, mental health

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