26.2 THOUGHTS I HAD WHILST RUNNING THE ROCK N ROLL LISBOA MARATHON

So last weekend I endured 29’C heat and ran (/ walked) the Lisboa Rock n Roll marathon. Here are just some of the thoughts running through my head whilst I did:

1. Woo marathon number 5 – bring it on

2. Oh no I think I need a wee… it’s probably just nerves, I can hold it

3. Yay the first band, this is going to be great having loads of love bands along the route

4. Okay this is tough. I should not be finding it so hard so early

5. Yep, I really actually do need a pee. 

6. THANK GOD – a portaloo. 

7. Damn it’s locked. 

8. YES A FREE PORTALOO

9. KM13 – halfway there c’mon El

10. Oh wait halfway is 13 miles not 13KM… noooo

11. Okay nobody said anything about hills… or 29’C heat…

12. How does dad make this look so easy?! 

13. WOO okay halfway. Just 21KM to go. 

14. Ah no – vom stop.

15. Alright this is not going to be a PB run, just going to try and enjoy the scenery

16. I do not feel good

17. Moving house & lifting heavy things up and down stairs is not good leg prep… lesson learned 

18. Just going to keep messaging my sister and Dom – this is helping

19. On the plus side, my shin splints haven’t reared their ugly heads!

20. I really don’t feel good

21. Just realised I can use my legging pocket as a water bottle holder – win. 

22. This is really really hot. I’m definitely more of a winter runner. 

23. Okay, new tactic: run for 2 mins, walk for 2 mins 

24. WHERE ARE ALL THE BANDS?! I haven’t seen any for about 10KM – rock n roll my ass

25. LAST BIT. I can see the finish. Oh no that’s not the finish. This race is the worst

26. FINALLY the finish. Finished in 4:38hr (my second worst time). Never again. 

26.2 Okay I’m going to need to do another… to prove to myself I can do better (my PB is 3:30hr!) but first – a break from running!

So yeah, in summary – it was hot, I did not get a PB, I finished it and I’m ready for a break. I’ll be taking a year or so off marathon running, doing some 10KMs and half marathons instead – any suggestions?! 

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5 THINGS THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

… about my marathon training. 

  1. This is my fifth marathon in 4 years, in a fifth country: I got into running a couple of years ago, mainly as a way of burning calories. My dad is probably the reason I started marathon running though (I did my first marathon before my first half marathon) – he’s my running hero (I think he’s on Marathon 27 now…). I’ve done marathons in Switzerland (Geneva), Netherlands (Rotterdam), England (London), Scotland (Edinburgh) and this one will be in Portugal (Lisbon). 
  2. I get bored of running: about 4 weeks out from a marathon I get really bored of it. I’m at the point where I’ve done my longest run and it’s just keeping my legs ticking over. I find it difficult to motivate myself to run at this point, but once I go I do enjoy it!
  3. I don’t run with music: I run to silence, I like being alone with my thoughts! I can understand training with music, but I really don’t understand those who run races with music playing / headphones in – just enjoy the atmosphere!
  4. I don’t run the full distance in training: when I’m training for a run, I never go the full distance! I usually run up to 20 miles (32km) about 4-5 weeks out from the big day and then that’s me done! I’m not running for a fast time so all I want to do is get round and enjoy it! 
  5. I gain weight:  when you run a lot, you get reaaaaaal hungry. After long runs I tend to eat a lot that day / weekend / week – to reward myself for that hard slog! So yeah, I gain weight… I know everyone says cardio makes you lose weight / skinny, so this is contrary to that belief, but when I’m marathon training I usually put on weight because I eat so much!
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CHALLENGE UPDATE: SEPTEMBER

September’s challenge was to pack my lunch for every work day – in the hope that this would save us a bit of money!

Well I am happy to announce that both Dom and I completed the challenge with flying colours 🎉

Every single weekday in September (where lunch wasn’t already supplied), we prepared our lunch in advance. The meals ranged from fancy ideas such as burrito bowls to not so fancy cheese and pickle sandwiches. But don’t worry – there’ll be a whole new post full of lunchtime meal ideas for you to sink your teeth into!

Not only that, but we also both gave up Diet Coke for a month (if you’ve ever met Dom you’ll know that’s an impossible challenge) – we did have one slip up (does rum + Coke count?) But hey! Another challenge down!

The challenge did help us save money – luckily (as you know, we’re moving soon so every penny counts)! And it also helped me realise that you don’t need hours to prepare your food – sometimes all you need is 5 minutes to build a sandwich!

It has made me think a lot more about what I’m eating – I feel more conscious about what I’m putting in my body. So although both days in October so far I have bought my lunch (hey, I’m treating myself!), I’ve got myself food made simple. Things like fresh sushi or wraps where they make them in front of you – no hidden surprises!

October’s challenge was to watch a film a night – but were 3 days in and that had already failed. I think I overestimated how much time I have in the evenings! Instead, Dom and I decided to do another food-related challenge and track our macros using the myfitnesspal app. Our aims?

Elin: 2000 calories a day: 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein 

I’ve chosen these figures because I’ve found that I’m eating a lot recently, so I’m trying to focus on portion sizes. Also I’m finding it hard to keep my protein up being “flexitarian” so it’ll be a challenge to get it up to 20%! Although I imagine the first 2 weeks of this will be fairly carb-heavy – I do have a marathon coming up!

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QUORN + PRAWN THAI GREEN CURRY

The last recipe post went down so well… so here’s another!

My diet is what is sometimes known as “flexitarian” – I eat veggie / pescatarian (fish) most of the time, but I do occasionally eat meat. This meal is pescataran – but if you’re veggie you could easily just not add prawns, and if you like your meat you could easily swap out the quorn for chicken!

Ingredients

  • Quorn chicken
  • Prawns
  • Chickpeas
  • Garlic
  • Spring onion
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Thai green curry paste 
  • Coconut milk 
  • Thai jasmine rice 


Method

  1. Cook off the garlic and spring onion in a bit of oil
  2. Add the Thai green curry paste (1 teaspoon) and continue to fry off
  3. Add the can of coconut milk and bring to the boil 
  4. Add the quorn chicken, prawns, chickpeas (drained), two handfuls of chopped mushrooms and bring down to a simmer for 8-10 mins
  5. Add a bit of cornflour if it’s looking a bit thin liquid-wise
  6. Add the spinach, stir in until it’s all wilted
  7. Pop the rice in the microwave and plate up
  8. ENJOY
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WE’RE MOVING

I’m literally about to burst with excitement – we. are. moving! In just under two weeks, Dom and I will be embarking on a new adventure – in a new location!

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know that I’ve been brooding over interior design ideas for a while now. And this is why! 

Although we love the flat we’re in, and we think it’s great for two, we wanted somewhere with more space. Also, while we love living above a sainsburys and on the main road between Chiswick and Hammersmith (so many brunch options!), the unpacking noise early in the morning / late at night and the sirens do start to grate on you. 

We’re moving to Wandsworth – exploring the area south of the river! We’ve run through Wandsworth before, but have never properly taken the time to look around. The area is so much more residential than where we currently are and our commutes will be roughly the same. Although it’s not as modern as our current place, we’re excited to get somewhere we can make our own – I’m so excited to put pictures up on the wall! 

If you have any recommendations for the Wandsworth borough, let me know in the comments! As always, I’ll be sharing my favourite places on here!

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