Let me start by saying hello😂 It feels like I haven’t blogged in absolutely ages..Ever since August of last year things have changed a lot and that’s all due to The Amazing journey getting to the Greatwallmarathon in China meeting and making inspirational new friends from all over the world. I believe that we all have a path to follow and although we follow that path, sometimes there are obstacles and instead of trying to climb over them we choose to avoid them in the hope that they won’t reappear. This is where the trouble lies because we didn’t face the obstacles head on from the start.
Nearly five years ago I became unemployed depressed and despondent not knowing from day to day what curve ball life was going to throw at me..then I got the chance to re-educate myself it was tough but with my rekindled love for running and a burning desire to do something worthy with my existence all of these factors have helped. It is never easy sucking in your pride but if you know what I’m talking about you will also know that it is all worth it. My motto at the moment is …I love what I do and do what I love if this is not the definition of passion I really and truly don’t know what is??
I am truly grateful for the friendship and friends that I have met on this arduous journey of discovery and look forward to making more along my exciting new one. I am evolving into a better more resilient person with all of the traits that I have picked up along the way and there’s always more room to improve.
The image at the top of the page is so true to my current situation and is so good to relate and hopefully to inspire others that through hardships comes learning and understanding and a better you.. I am sure that there will still be hardships to overcome and relish the opportunity at another challenge be it with life, running a marathon or possibly a personal challenge or should I call it an adventure of self discovery.
Please feel free to share this Text image of hardship. We all face these challenges differently but if you have the right supportive network of friends around you there is no limit to what can be achieved. I feel that I am the proof of what positive thinking and a change in mind set can achieve..So thank you for your support over the years and also my deepest gratitude to those that read my blogs and know me from where I was a couple of years ago, to where I am now👍
I’m always on the look out for foods that are easy to carry on long runs and I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to try these awesome wafer protein bars and go whey protein bars. I was sent a very generous selection of these bars with three different flavours , well actually four different flavours with the” SoGood!” whey protein bar, which is delicious and delivers 30% of your required protein intake, these bars are more specific for body building but in my opinion would be a good source of energy on a long run giving you the energy requirements when you need it most.
The protein wafer bars were also very tasty and came in three flavours namely Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla. From my experience with most whey protein powders …strawberry is never 100% “strawberry” flavour you know on the first bite that it is made from whey protein however it still doesn’t disappoint because it is covered with a light coating of chocolate on the outside and is deliciously sweet and of course I have a very sweet tooth:) .
The chocolate protein bar was really delicious and definitely ticked all of the boxes for flavour ,texture and if you didn’t know it was a protein bar you’d think it was just a normal chocolate bar that you’d buy in a shop.
The Vanilla protein bar was good but some of the Vanilla flavouring wasn’t coming through and a suggestion would bee to try a lemon based extract which would really give it a nice zing and enhance the Vanilla flavour.
Would I use these bars for my long runs? Most definitely, but my favourites would definitely be The ” SoGood!”bar because of its amazing flavour and the white chocolate covering with yummy coconut on top , my second favourite would definitely be the chocolate covered whey layered bar. Third and fourth would be the strawberry and vanilla bars.
These bars are laden with calories and protein and definitely not for anyone who only trains now and again. So if you are a weight lifter or in my case an ultra runner than these would be ideal as a snack between sessions or on a long run.
It has always been my experience that hard work, blood and tears, is the only way forward. Well that’s all changed in the past few years with all the media and science out there. When I ran my first Comrades Marathon in 1998 I was running seriously long mileage because then ..it was the in thing , to run 89km you needed to run at least 2-3000kms in 6 months even at that you weren’t guaranteed to finish especially as the Comrades route is really tough. Up to 6-8months ago I was doing exactly that and in the course of running so much mileage I was struck with way too many injuries. I was desperate to run injury free and as runner’s we get really irate and frustrated,so when a member from Team-Mpg approached me to trial their program I grabbed at the chance to try something that top triathletes, duathletes and swimmers are using. Not only is it for elite athletes it’s based on each individual athlete no matter your fitness level there is a program that’ll suit your needs.
If like myself you have been plagued with injuries for the last few months or maybe years this is definitely something to look into. It’s not a quick fix but if you’re a hard worker and you’re keen to up your anti with less, to gain more. This is where you can see the science and bios of people who are using this revolutionary new training program. I have PBd 3 times in the last 2 months and even though I do work really hard I definitely can’t take all the credit because the training methodology is totally different to what I would have been used to. You never really know what to expect from week to week, it reminds me a little bit about video that Arnie made where he says that in order to build muscle you need to shock it , I guess the same or similar scenario applies to running.
Apparently during a very important conference call with some crazy runners a few nights ago I vowed to shave the fluff off of my face if the lovely Lou would wear a lacy black number…😂😂 well we will see if she is as crazy as the rest of us…it’s so weird having no facial hair but I have to admit that my dashing good looks surpass Simon’s weird looking mug..as for Lewis, what can I say the man has an awesome way with words when he isn’t having a burger or 3 😂😂😂 A bit of banter,carboloading on xmas cake👍
Of course I had to carboload after my 6.5miler today… But I hadn’t eaten since 6pm yesterday evening wow!! I’m still standing…