My #h2Only Challenge: Day 10

In case you haven’t heard, I’m doing the H20nly challenge in aid of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution. (PLUG alert! Just Giving page). This means only drinking water for two whole weeks (no, mum, I’m allowed to eat as normal). To be honest, I mainly chose it for the personal challenge – and also because I was impressed by the creativity of their marketing team (geek) but as I could also raise money for a great hardworking charity that’s fantastic!

I threw myself into it without really thinking – I mean, I already don’t drink alcohol so it can’t be that hard, right? Wrong. I honestly had no idea how much I had come to depend on and look forward to… tea.

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This was my last cup on Monday 26th May!

The first couple of days were tough. I kept forgetting that I was only allowed to drink water but thankfully the RNLI had already thought of that, and had sent me a fundraising pack which included coasters with sayings like “water. straight up. ” and “make mine a water.”

In the first few days I did go a bit crazy. I even went through the motion of making a cup of tea in the morning – putting the kettle on, getting the milk out of the fridge, then… pouring myself a pint of water. Might sound weird but it worked! I’ve now gone nearly ten whole days without tea, coffee or soft drinks and I’m pretty sure I haven’t done that before.

I knew it would be good for me but I didn’t expect the affects to be so apparent or immediate. From day 1 I slept better, though I did feel tired during the day for the first few days. About a week in I realised I had way more energy – I’ve actually been sticking to my fitness plan (first time ever!) of running 4 miles every day, either to work or at lunch. Also my skin is clearer and smoother – much better than it feels even after the most luxurious spa treatment. Altogether I feel so, so much better for it!

So now I have to rethink my whole relationship with what I drink. Where before I didn’t really see it as a problem – food is usually the focus health wise anyway – I now know that what you drink has a profound effect on how you feel overall. I can only imagine (please comment if you are one of these people) what it must feel like if you had to give up booze, too.

I realise that this post is pretty self-centred when it should be about the RNLI and their fantastic work (and it really is fantastic. They actually save lives) so I apologise for that – but from the beginning I really just wanted to see if I could do it. It’s a bit like running a marathon – the challenge and achievement is the big thing that takes up most of your energy, and raising money for a charity is a great result on top of all that.

I guess the main point of this post was to say WOOOO ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO but actually now I think of it, I’m very happy as a water-only person, and I may just try to stretch this challenge out as long as I can…

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Yogurt Dip

AMAZING recipe by the look of things…

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Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Yogurt Dip

This Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Yogurt Dip is packed with protein, health fats, “good” bacteria or probiotics, calcium, and B-Vitamins. I usually devour mine while studying, so I’ve added in a good amount of Maca Powder for a natural energy boost.

I don’t really measure with this recipe, I usually just dump everything into a bowl and blend. It always comes out delicious! I’ll do my best to estimate my measurements.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt or Single Serve Container (I prefer vanilla)
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter or Favorite Nut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Agave or Honey
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Optional: 2 tbsp Maca Powder
  • Favorite Fruit for Dipping: Apples, bananas, melon, strawberries, etc. 

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients (minus the fruit!) using a mixer or blender
  • Transfer to a bowl and enjoy with fresh fruit
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator

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Fantastic and inspiring and funny blog from the Super Generis Girl! @supergenericgal on Twitter

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I didn’t have the absolutely perfect first marathon experience. Things went well and I finished it but not without an injury that has put me off running for most of the last 3 weeks (almost back, running shoes, I swear!). This means I probably shouldn’t be giving you advice on marathon training, right? Well, wrong. This is the internet. Anyone can have an opinion. Knowing what we’re talking about is irrelevant.

I’ve read approximately a bazillion words on the internet and in books about how to train for a marathon and how to go from wanting to run a marathon to actually doing it so, for lack of anything more interesting to say, here’s a bit of a compilation of stuff I figure is pretty important when trying to tick this item off the bucket list.

1. Choose a marathon

The first thing to do is pretty obvious: pick a…

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Love this blog – I have heard this so many times since signing up for the Paris Marathon!

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Every time I hear someone say that running is bad for my knees, I want to knee them where it hurts to prove that my knees are actually just fine, thankyouverymuch.

But then other days, weird stuff happens. Meteorites fall on earth, a new Die Hard movie comes out, it rains spiders somewhere, the pope resigns like being the pope is just another office job, and I… I wake up all understanding and nice and stuff. On those weird days, I try to make sense of where those ideas come from.

It’s really easy to assume running is bad for your knees. Look at those hot runners pounding the ground like nobody’s business. It looks like hard work and those knees are getting the impact. But guess what? That’s what they’re designed to do.

Here’s a quick list of things that are bad for your knees: endless hours of sitting…

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Paris Marathon Training: it’s getting serious

Happy New Year to all!

Smashing my fundraising target

I would first like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Kidscape on my justgiving page. I am blown away by the generosity I have seen from everyone. I have now smashed the 100% mark and gone beyond! Asking for donations instead of Christmas presents definitely helped, though predictably everyone donated AND gave me a present anyway!!

Marathon training begins…

So, it’s now 2013 and I am well into my training! I don’t know how but I did keep it up over Christmas, though I admit I didn’t run on Christmas Eve/ Day.

On Sunday I managed 10 miles, and on the Bupa Marathon Training Plan I was only expected to hit 8 miles – so that’s good! I also managed a personal best of 1 hr 34 mins, which may not sound great to you, but to me it’s a milestone 🙂 I didn’t stop for breaks, either, and did a simple route around Regent’s Park and the Grand Union Canal.

This week I have managed a rest day (big achievement…) on Monday and yesterday I ran 4.4miles in 40 mins. Got another easy 40 mins today, which I will run along Embankment. Treated myself to a trip to Sports Direct to buy a running backpack to make things easier! This January activity will count towards my Janathon training too 🙂

A new personal record

Another personal record I have beaten (thanks to Runkeeper for pointing this out) is that I am now apparently faster… which is always good, I think. I am very close to a 9 minute mile, which is a great improvement! I think that interval training will certainly help, but I’m finding that quite hard as it sets of my asthma a bit…

Anyway, I’m sure this is not that interesting for many of you, but thought I should give an update! Good luck to everyone running a marathon this year and a big shout out to everyone joining me at the PARIS MARATHON!!