A Zesty Refreshing Change

Marathon mileage is picking up, a fifth of the way through this month’s target, and if the weather is set to continue as it is….happy days!!
Of course, more mileage means I need to increase my hydration levels, so I opted for a refreshing change to just plain tap water.

Sliced fruits in water!

Arbonne have ‘designed’ a wonderful 1-litre water bottle where the second lid can be unscrewed to fit in those huge orange slices, and more besides.

By the second fill up, the juices have really seeped out, and it’s certainly zesty and delicious.
Some ice wouldn’t go amiss too.

Something that I did today was to skip on the music whilst running, and instead focus on my thoughts and strengthening my visualisations.

An hour and a half of talking to myself!!

Instead of just letting my mind wander and think up negativities, I intentionally focused on the positives, on my goals, on the future, on who I want to become, and I expressed thanks for everything that I have to date – the love, the lessons, the life.

At some points I was so happy I almost jumped in the air and kicked my heels with glee.

I’ve begun to visualise a ‘Happy Button’, meaning in case of emergency, hit the button! Like an anchor, I am instantly lifted in my thoughts, a smile spreads across face, and I feel wonderful.

Have you ever tried running whilst smiling? It’s physiologically impossible to feel negative when you’re running whilst smiling!

A weekend off running now, but core work still going ahead. Next week, mileage is up again, the long run session tipping the 14-mile mark will be my longest continued run this year! Each step will take me closer to my goal of endurance training, and that sub-4hr Snowdonia Marathon.
Actually, I’ve already visualised crossing the line at 3:44!

My nutrition for training?
80% rule:
Carbs = fruit, salad & veg
Protein = eggs and Arbonne Protein Shake (tastes too yummy, would drink it like juice if I could!)
Hydration = water, hot water with lemon & lime slices, water with fruit slices
Supplements = Digestion Plus (gut flora food), Antioxidant Immunity Booster (recovery)

20% rule:
Snacks – hors d’oeuvres, slice of chocolate cake