Marathon Training – Week 2

I started off the week feeling really positive after a good weekend of eating well, resting and a run of course! Here is a breakdown of week 2:

Day 1 – 1hr Body Pump 

I felt a little niggle in my hip throughout the class – which I’m not overly worried about but I’m going to keep an eye on as I can’t afford any time off running for injuries!

Day 2 – Rest

I don’t often enjoy rest days, especially when I don’t necessarily feel like I needed them (even though I know I do!) However, my hip was still a little sore and it was Valentine’s Day so it was much preferable to spend a night at home cooking with Brandon. We made one of our favourite dishes from Lean in 15 – Seabass with Pak Choi and Cashews followed by some healthy treats from Sweet Deceits! I tried out their Chocolate Brownie baking kit and was not disappointed! I love that sweet treats don’t have to be unhealthy. These are made with no refined sugar and taste pretty good!


Day 3 – Rest

I was meant to run 3 miles but I woke up with a UTI and it couldn’t have come at a worse time – just as I was getting into the rhythm of my training. I took a Ciprofloxacin tablet in the morning – which I had excess of from a previous infection but then read some absolute horror stories about taking this as a runner. One of the possible side effects is tendon rupture which can even occur long after you stop taking the antibiotic. This freaked me out a lot and alongside my hip still giving me problems, I decided I was going to have to skip my run. This threw me a little mentally as I really want/need to stick to my training plan but I figured 3 miles wouldn’t make a HUGE difference and I vowed to make it up later in the week or next week.

Day 4 – 4 miles

I ran on the treadmill before work and despite a little discomfort in my belly, I had a pretty good run!

Day 5 – 3 miles

Another morning run in the bag! It was great to get it done before work so that I had my evening to myself. I had contemplated adding on a little bit to this run to make up for my miles lost on Tuesday but in the end I decided just to take the hit on that one.

Day 6 – Rest

I still had a nice active day spent at Vogrie Country Park with Brandon. We completed the Tyne Valley walk and ate our picnic with our legs dangling over a small river! Banana pancakes…mmm! I love being outdoors and getting fresh air so it was a really nice way to spend my day off work and my day off running.

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Day 7 – 9 miles

This is the furthest I’ve run so far! I had no idea if I was going to manage this and in what time! When I left the flat I gave myself an estimated time of 1 hour and 45 minutes but had told Brandon not to worry if I was still out around the 2 hour mark. I ended up finishing it in 1 hour and 22 minutes and was absolutely over the moon! I maintained a similar pace to my 5k pace and was happy to see that my mile splits were pretty even.


So that’s another week of training down and even if it didn’t get off to the best start with falling ill, I pushed through and I’m feeling much better going in to week 3.

Happy Running.

L x

Joe Wicks – Lean in 15

He’s pretty much been dubbed the health and fitness guru of 2016… so when Brandon bought me one of Joe Wicks’ books back in September for my birthday, I was excited to see what all the hype was about! At the time we were on a pretty strict cutting diet and as his recipes leave out calorie and macro counts, we decided not to put it to use straight away.

However, after a couple of months of more intuitive eating, enjoying the Festive season and recovering from illness it seemed rather fitting that we get started with Lean in 15 to get things back on track!

We picked out our meals for the week and did the food shop – which was not cheap! A lot of fresh ingredients means it can get pretty pricey but in my opinion, it’s definitely worth it. It’s much more satisfying to know exactly what ingredients are going into your meal and knowing that it’s all the good stuff! For us personally, another thing that adds cost (and previously put us off using recipe books) is the ingredients you have to buy just to use 1 tablespoon of it! Although the more we’re cooking, the more we’re building up our “store-cupboard staples.”

On Monday night, I was still feeling pretty rubbish so we decided to make the hearty-looking Chicken Pie first. I’d never made a pie until then- we actually had to buy a pie dish – so I was pretty excited for this right of passage in the kitchen! It was very simple to make, with ingredients that were easy to get hold of which is a bonus for a first-timer like me! It also only requires 20 minutes in the oven after all the prep is done – so it’s perfect for a mid-week dinner. As a pie-rookie, I don’t have anything else to compare it to, but if I do say so myself it was really tasty! Both Brandon and I wolfed it down and went back for seconds. This probably defeats the purpose of it being healthy but we’re both recovering from being pretty unwell the last few weeks and it was exactly what we were needing to feel a little better.


Next up was Tuesday night’s Asian Duck Salad! I love all things Asian when it comes to food so I was slightly underwhelmed when I didn’t have much of an appetite for it. Something beige and carby sounded far more like what I was wanting. Nevertheless, we’d spent the money on all the fresh stuff and there was no way that was going to waste, so we gave it a go! I was actually pleasantly surprised… We cooked the duck for slightly longer than the 1 and a half minutes recommended as it was still looking pretty pink at that point and other than that it turned out that it did in fact hit the spot and I was glad to be nourishing my body properly with ACTUAL GREEN VEGETABLES!

I was working late on Wednesday and was not feeling well at all so didn’t eat much. It was Thursday before we returned to Lean in 15. We were heading out to see Jack Whitehall performing at the Edinburgh Playhouse after work so we needed something that didn’t take long to prepare and cook. It was Lamb Koftas on the menu and they did not disappoint. I prepped them in just under 10 minutes and they didn’t take long under the grill at all. We’ve previously bought similar pre-made products from the supermarkets and I never will again! These were fresh, full of flavour and we got a lot more for our money by buying a big pack of lean lamb mince. I didn’t get a picture as they were not as aesthetically pleasing as the other dishes we’ve tried so far but don’t judge a book by its cover!

Friday night’s dinner was perfect and one the yummiest dishes of the week, Steak with Chorizo and Kale. Again, it was another really quick dish to make – especially if you like your steak rare like I do! I wouldn’t normally have paired steak and chorizo and I’d never actually tried kale before but I was committed to following the recipes by the book. As a result, I discovered I really like kale. I also felt fully satiated afterwards – which I was dubious as to whether I would with the lack of carbohydrates on the plate. 

I’m loving following Lean in 15 so far for 2 reasons; the meals are really tasty and I’m having a lot of fun in the kitchen! I highly recommend anyone looking to start following a healthy eating plan to get themselves a copy of one of Joe Wicks’ books. You won’t regret it! 

Has anyone else tried any of his recipes before? What did you think? 

L x 

Days Ninety Four To Ninety Six – Bedridden

I feel exceptionally guilty about abandoning my blog this week but I have a good excuse. I have been bedridden with either a sickness bug or food poisoning – I’m not sure which. It’s been total hell for me the last two days. I got home from my class and I was absolutely fine, had my dinner, watched some TV and went to bed. Then I woke up at ridiculous o’clock on Wednesday morning and that was me up the entire night being sick. Up and down, up and down. I got no sleep that night and I ended up having to take Wednesday off work. I spent the day in bed with no energy and no appetite. I could barely keep down water. In 2 days all I managed to eat was some toast and an ice lolly.

I also missed out on Brandon’s sister’s birthday lunch on Thursday, at a restaurant I’ve been desperate to go to so I was pretty gutted. I still couldn’t face any food and only began to feel hungry later on on Thursday evening. I ended up having an awful meal – a packet of Pasta N Sauce as it was all I fancied eating at the time. It was stodgy and sat in my stomach making me feel even worse! Bad idea.

Needless to say I haven’t been in the gym and it’s been driving me mad. I woke up this morning and I knew that evening going to work would be a struggle given how little energy I have had, so I didn’t even attempt to go work out. I’ll get back in the gym next week once I’m eating properly again, get my strength back and I’m feeling 100%.

My intake for this not-so-fabulous Friday was:

  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Graze BBQ Pistachios
  • Salad w/ Chicken
  • Salmon w/ Couscous and Asparagus

I’m glad to be feeling semi-normal and can’t wait to get back to my training. I’ll be taking it easy this weekend as I’m working tomorrow and have some plans with family on Sunday. It’s a great chance to give my body the opportunity to recover fully and I’ll bounce back pretty quickly from this I hope!

L x