The Proclaimers say they would walk 500 miles. Definite bullshit. They wouldn’t. More importantly I ran 15km last night. Yes, I know, in the grand scheme of things this isn’t very far (considering I have to run 42km on the day of the Ironman) – HOWEVER – I haven’t ran further than 10km in years. Put your eyebrows down. I hold my hands up and say my running isn’t my strongest so for me this felt like a proud moment and yes I KNOW I only have three weeks to get my distances up – It is fiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.
My legs are very very sore today. Like I can’t walk down the stairs normally sore. Oh well. Needs must.
Obviously I was only joking about The Proclaimers being lazy. Anyone walking or running or trying is worthy of a Scottish sing song. Why am I even talking about them? I think I am losing my mind. Oh no I remember. It is because I was humming the song in my head when I got to work this morning. It’s funny what goes through my head when I am training/alone. For example, my fabulous friend Abi taught me a trick to get through horrid moments running. In case I hadn’t mentioned already, I do not particularly like running. The reason being I am not very good at it. I am heavy and every step feels like an effort. URGH. Anyway, she told me to count to 100 in my head. Sounds stupid but it works. When I want to stop or walk or crawl and throw myself in front of the nearest car I start counting to 100. When I get to 100 I say to myself just count to 100 one more time and then you can stop. Every time I get to 100 I do this. In a weird way I find it comforting. It stops my mind focusing on the pain in my legs/hips/glutes/ankles (am I complaining too much…) and I have to focus on counting instead – very difficult for me – oooooooooone, twoooooooooooooooo, threeeeeeeeeeeee, um, foooouuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, um ummmmmmmmm…
Check this out – I burned over 1200 calories on my run last night. MENTAL. That’s probably what some of the girls in this office eat in an entire day. It is very satisfying to think that this time last year I couldn’t or didn’t want to run for more than 30 minutes – now I’m smashing out 90 minute runs and even feeling ok by the end.
My friend Jack is climbing some “hills” at the minute. He sent out a great email this morning about failing. I am sure he won’t mind me pinching his quote, technically it isn’t even his quote, it is Michael Jordan’s, you know? That massive guy that’s quite good at basketball?
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots, I’ve lost more than 300 games, 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed, I’ve failed over and over and over again. That is why I succeed.
This is awesome. On one hand I love his determination to keep going. On the other hand it puts the fear of god into me as I cannot think about failing come the 13th September.
Putting these kinds of quotes into real life though. I am going to be writing a blog soon dedicated to “keeping going”. Excellent use of the English language there Cat. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.
The blog post will focus on how we make training and nutrition a staple part of our day to day lives. Oh how bloody exciting. Yes yes I KNOW it doesn’t sound very appealing but trust me on this one. How many times have you or someone you know said the phrase “oh I must get back to the gym” or “I’m going to start again on Monday”. It’s so easy to be health health health and then have three weeks of “not feeling it” and the cycle repeats itself. It’s not good for anyone. It’s not good for your body and it’s not good for the people around you who have to listen to you moaning that you want to get in shape whilst you enter your card details into the Dominos website for the second time that week.
I am still trying to find the balance with this blog between “me me me” and “you you you”. It is good for me to know if you are more interested in my Ironman journey and general musings on fitness and food and life or if you would rather I shut up and just talk about recipes and the best protein bars on the market (In my opinion it has to be Quest or Powerbar Protein Plus – HOWEVER – be warned – these bars are not pre-packed abs. They are still nearly 200kcals. The only benefit is they have around 15g protein and therefore keep you fuller for longer. They also tend to contain less fat/carbs so they are useful to carry around if you are busy and need to eat between meals. DO NOT SIMPLY REPLACE MARS BARS WITH THESE THINGS.) Anyway, so you need to let me know what you find more interesting.
Oh I told you I got my spiralizer didn’t I?! Well I made some “spiralized” butternut squash for Erin and I last week… It didn’t work very well though. I had to seperate the strands with my fingers. DIY cooking? No thanks. More importantly though we need to do our carb free carbonara! So, would you believe it, one of the girls I know through Urban Energie’s Lean Body Coaching Course has beaten me to it! Look at this!
Now I didn’t (and still don’t to be honest) know what nutritional yeast is but I’ve googled it and I am reliably informed by Wikipedia that:
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavour that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese. It can be used in many recipes in place of cheese, such as in mashed and fried potatoes, and atop scrambled tofu. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn.
Well who knew?! I’m off to Holland & Barrett to get some! I will report back! In the meantime though if you want to copy Julie’s marvelous creation and you can’t get your hands on the yeast then I would suggest using a small chuck of Parmesan which you can grate over the finished dish. It has a strong flavour so you don’t need much. Very strong blue cheese would also work but it’s not exactly carbonara=esque.
LBC Magic low carb-onara
- 4 strips of bacon
- 1/2 Onion
- Two big handfuls of Spinach
- 1-2 Courgettes made into spaghetti (Spiralizerrrrrrrr)
- 1/4 Savoy Cabbage
- Nutritional yeast (quantities to be confirmed!)
- 1 inch squared piece of Parmesan if not using the yeast
- 1/2 clove of garlic
- Black pepper
I am going to try it with a splash of single cream as well because I’m fancy like that!
I have a two hour bike session tonight – I will channel Michael Jordan for the hills. JUST KEEP GOING JUST KEEP GOING.
Walking 500 hundred miles – NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT