Silverstone Half-Marathon 2014 training : Week 13

Week 13, and I need to be careful as I taper…

In case you do not realise, I am running the Silverstone Half-Marathon in aid of charity, specifically Helen & Douglas House, who provide hospice care to children and young adults, so it is a very worthshile cause.  If you want to sponsor me then you can find my Just Giving page here.

Monday 24 February 2014

I did not feel a lot different from yesterday when I woke up so I did not get my morning exercises done.  This week I need to be careful not to either under or over-train, and I also need to make sure I eat properly and well.  I ate an apple during my drive into work, and ate some dates and walnuts while I drank a cup of water with a Redoxon vitamin C plus zinc tablet, and took a Wellman Sport tablet and a Seven Seas cod liver oil plus multivitamins tablet.  I drank more water through the morning before eating some apple cinnamon chia granola Debbie had baked from the Thrive Fitness book (oats, hemp, chia, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia leaf, sea salt, hemp oil, molasses and apple juice, baked on a low heat), to which I added my usual spirulina, flaxseed, hemp and chia – and if you want to know more about why I am eating what I am then you can read about it in my previous blog here.  Today was my VO2 max training, where I run for 5 minutes to warm up, then run three repetitions of 30 seconds hard, each time followed by 30 seconds recovery, then run two repetitions of 1 minute hard, again both times followed by 1 minute recovery, and finally run another three repetitions of 30 seconds hard, again each time followed by 30 seconds recovery, and it felt very good and I got past the road at the other side of C.Butt and to the lamppost in front of Eco, which is a nice confidence boost to start the week off with.  I got into the office and drank some milk, ate some dates and walnuts, and then made myself some Rude Health porridge with hemp, flaxseed, chia and maca.  I drank more water through the afternoon, ate some dates and walnuts and a banana.

I ate a tomato when I got home and a little bit of quinoa and red onion which had been left over from an earlier meal, and then two hard boiled eggs.

  1. Run (work) – VO2 Max

Tuesday 25 February 2014

I woke up tired and aching in my left tricep and side, and got the train into London for a morning meeting.  I ate some dates in the meeting and when I got home ate an apple and some cottage cheese.  Debbie had made me a pomegranate juice, pineapple, lemon and root ginger smoothie, which was delicious.

I ate a banana as I drove to Welwyn Garden City for a Regiment Fitness session taken by Tom and Richard.  The weather was dry and cold, and the ground was not too muddy.  We began with a running warm up, just moving about the area doing dynamic movements and enjoying a bit of fun with the numbers game, during which I managed to avoid all forfeits.  We finished off with a run to the car park and back.  I was feeling good as we continued with a triangle circuit, doing exercises at each pole and then running a lap of the small, medium or large triangle.  I ran the large triangle and did 30 burpees, 40 press ups and 40 tuck jumps at each pole, before we finished off with two laps of the triangle.  We split into two groups and I started with the boxing, with us in two circles to start with, the inner circle standing still with their gloves up and the outer circle moving from person to person clockwise doing a period of straight punching with each person.  We continued in pairs doing straight arm punches from the sit up position before holding it for 40 punches.  We swapped over groups to do shoulder presses with the log, doing 30, 40 and 50 repetitions with a run to the far goalposts inbetween.  I was in a group of two and not three, so I added in an extra 60 repetitions at the end as we waited for the others to finish.  There was some more to come, though, as we did two lots of 20 squats with the log.  The warm down brought a fun session to a close, and left me feeling good about where I have got to with my fitness.  The session also appeared to have taken away someof my aches.

I got home and Debbie had made some carrot soup (carrot, root ginger, garlic, onion and coconut milk) to which I added hemp, flaxseed, chia and maca.  There was more to come after that with a roast cauliflower, kalamata olive and couscous salad.

  1. Regiment Fitness – 1 hour

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Debbie had made me another smoothie, this time containing orange, mango, cinnamon, root ginger, gluten-free porridge oats and soya yoghurt.  It was delicious, although maybe not quite as delicious as yesterday’s smoothie.  I was very busy with work during the day and just snacked on walnuts and dates.  We had planned to go to yoga in the evening but in the end I just did not feel up to it.  I ate some cottage cheese with hemp, flaxseed and chia, and also a bean, lentil and barley soup with some buckwheat crackers.

Thursday 27 February 2014

I took a run at lunchtime, the last proper run before the half-marathon on Sunday, and it was one lap of my home route.  It went very well and I came in at faster than 10 minutes per mile pace without pushing it, which gives me confidence looking ahead to the race.  I got back and ate some walnuts, cashew nuts, dates and garlic, potato and red onion soup with hemp, flaxseed, chia and maca.  I ate a tomato, an apple and a banana in the early evening, which is all good stuff, I am sure you will agree.  In the evening we ate quinoa with mushrooms and spinach.

  1. Run (home) – 2.3 mile – 21 minutes 23 seconds

Friday 28 February 2014

I ate a banana, some cashew nuts, dates and an apple during the morning, and then some butternut squash soup made by Debbie, which included butternut squash, onions, garlic, celery, coconut milk and dill, to which I added my usual hemp, flaxseed, chia and maca.  We drove up to Derby in the early evening and went to see The Monument Men at the cinema.  It was all right, but nothing compared to Dallas Buyers Club.  The popcorn was nice, and not very salty.

Saturday 01 March 2014

I drove back from Derby in the morning then relaxed through the day.  I ate an apple and for lunch I had leek and potato soup with added hemp, flaxseed, chia, spirulina and maca, and two hard boiled eggs.  I watched A Bridge Too Far, which is such an epically brilliant film, and in the evening ate quinoa with broccoli, kale and spinach, again with some hemp, flaxseed and chia added.  Througout the day I had drunk water to keep myself hydrated.  I got everything ready for the morning and went to bed at a decent time.  I just had to make sure that my morning preparations went to plan.

Sunday 02 March 2014 – Race Day !

I had done my training and now it was just a matter of running the race.  You can read all about that here.

Yes, that is me running on the track at Silverstone

Yes, that is me running on the track at Silverstone

  1. Run (Silverstone Half-Marathon) – 13.1 miles – 2 hours 39 minutes 00 seconds

Positives from this week – I think I tapered well, especially with how I controlled my eating, and will take that forward to the next time.

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