Sunday, 17 May 2015

Official Marathon Training Week 15....marathon ready???

Hello Fudgey followers

How are we all?

This was my last hard week of training before the marathon which is 2 weeks today.

It's been an up and down week in general

Monday: a wee day off as Bug had her 27 to 30 month assessment. She is doing great and is demonstrating advanced communication skills LOL! After her assessment we took her to the soft play where she had a great time. 

Tuesday: I had a terrible day, one of those days where everything is a wrong move. Started with not feeling great so no pre work run and just snowballed from there. Thankfully it did end better than it started as I headed out for a run once Bug was in bed. It was pretty cold, and incredibly windy but I think my bad day pushed me to run a fast lung busting 2.65 miles

Thursday: a pyramid speed session 3.23 miles and feeling really good. Downside was that I was pretty pumped up and couldn't sleep, unfortunately just as I lay down at 12.30 Bug decided to wake up distressed....we were up till 4am. Mr Fudgey's alarm went off at 5.30 am for work :-( I managed a little more sleep as I start work later on a Friday.

Friday: functioning on around 2 hours sleep, made it through the day...and into bed by 9pm

Saturday: normal service resumed and we all lay in till 6.45am. Bug had her swimming lesson and then in the afternoon I ran 16.5 perfect non stop miles. Everything was just good...body, mind, hydration and nutrition. This was my last 'long' run before the marathon. Bug helped with my ice bath again.

Marathon nutrition: a few weeks ago I started trying Torq products, having previously used Science in Sport and have to say I am a convert. The gels are really easily digested and the flavours are awesome. I wasn't keen on the yoghurt ones but more as I am not a big yoghurt fan, the banoffee one I found very sickly but the flavour was spot on. My absolute favourite has to be the raspberry ripple, followed by rhubarb and custard and apple crumble. I have also been using the cookies and cream recovery mixes really well, tastes fabulous and definitely aids recovery. This week I also tried one of their bars after my long run...raspberry and white chocolate fizz....very dense and I didn't eat the whole bar....but absolutely delicious. I'll be getting another for after the marathon. Finally I tried the lemon and lime energy drink... I am not a great energy drink fan, it was nice but I think I will stick with Arbonne fizz sticks.

Here's a link to their site

Marathon ready?: so.....hell yeah....after that run on Saturday I know that I have done as much as I can. I would have really liked another 20 miler but unfortunately I didn't get a long run in week 14. It's hard to predict what will have on race day after all 26.2 miles is a long way and you can't pre order the weather etc, but I don't fear the distance, I respect it though. At this moment I am excited for race day and quietly confident of making it to the finish line.

So let the tapering commence

Take care all

Lots of love 
Fudgey xxxx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Official Marathon Training Week 14

Hello all

Just another short post, so much going on just now

I think this summed me up last week....

And I think a few of my family and friends felt much the same.

I only managed 2 very short runs because of this, partly due to needing a few days at the start of the week to recover from my 21 miler.

Fri 8th May 1.58 miles
Sat 9th May 1.68 miles

Both runs testing out the 2 new pairs of running shoes I treated myself to.

Apart from the non running time due to a sickness bug in March this has been my worst week of training, but I am actually fairly relaxed about it, my body really needed the rest and this week I feel better for it.

I still have a race report to write for The Great Edinburgh Run...which hopefully I will be able to do next week.

Will be back soon

Lots of love
Fudgey xxxxx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Official Marathon Training Week 13

Dear lovely fudgey followers, friends and family.

Hopefully a quick update from last week, it has been a challenging one.

Please bear with me if I ramble, make no sense or it's just simply boring...will try and keep it brief.

Monday 27th - a rest day after Sunday long run

Tuesday 28th - I was apprehensive about running after Sunday's tough 18 miles...but had a really good run 5.16 miles

Wednesday 29th - chasing 100 miles for the month of April and testing out new running shoes... A wee 2.55 miles

Thursday 30th - 1.58 miles done after the journey from Edinburgh to Inverness and hospital visiting. Needed to run to clear my head and as my therapy but also to crack 100 miles. 100.3 miles to be precise.
Friday 1st May - no running but more hospital visiting and journey back from Inverness but it is now...
Sat 2nd May - another rest day....incredibly tired.

Sunday 3rd May - shattered out of my skull but long run day and no space for excuses 4 weeks till the marathon now. 21 amazing miles done...including singing. The highlight though had to be coming home to Bug saying 'i help Mummy have a ice bath' and doing just that pouring in the ice and offering me her bath toys :-)

And that leads me to say the biggest most massive Thanks to so many people..... I wouldn't be here so close to the marathon without lots of help, love and support and especially this week for being there for me. I am truly blessed.

My Mum for inspiring me
Mum and Dad Smith - especially for Bug minding overnight while I went to Inverness
Fudgey Hubby 
Liz for also making the trip to Inverness
My Dad and Sis
Neil, Lyndsey, Di, Louisa and Eileen
Anne, Emma and Lynne 

And apologies to anyone I have forgotten to mention, Thank you all x

Last big training week this week but right now I need sleep.

Take Care everyone 
Lots of love
Fudgey xxxx

Friday, 1 May 2015

Official marathon training week 12

Hello all

This is just a quick post today, all the way from Inverness. Those who know me well will understand how much we have going on right now so please bear with me on the blog front.

Last week was a lighter running week post The Great Edinburgh run so only 2 runs.

Ran on Wednesday part of way to work 7.15miles

Then Sunday was my long run 18.02 miles. It was a tough one. Typical Scottish weather sun, wind and hail. Snot sweat and tears but job done.

Today is 1st May so this means it's marathon month.... 30 days to go.

Take care everyone 

Lots of love Fudgey xxxxx