I’m going through the photos on my laptop and I’m getting jealous of how my body used to look. I mean, I’m better at riding bikes really far and stuff now but I have lost a lot of strength from not doing weights. Once this marathon is out of the way I’m going to get myself back into a training regime and start building the vegan tank back up again.

This photo was taken a few years ago whilst I was making some beans and rice. Using myself to inspire myself!

The sunset looked pretty awesome last night. This was at the end of a day where I ran 6.5 miles and cycled 15 miles. I also got a puncture on both of my wheels 2 miles home so had to walk the rest. I was quite sleepy by the end of it.

My first marathon is less than 72 hours away now so I’m planning to just lie in bed and eat lots of carbs until then. I’m going to have to remember to take it very, very easy in the first miles. My body type won’t allow me to go hard because I’m just too heavy for what my lower legs are used to. I hope it either pours with rain or is really sunny. Because I liked staying cool in the rain but I also want to work on my chest tan.

WARNING: FREE STUFF!

Ha, so, exactly 7 months ago I self-published my first ever zine. This was a big step in my life because I spent a large amount of time and money on something which could quite possibly backfire on me. Fortunately, it turned out really well and it filled me with a strong sense of optimism for the future. It was super cool to have so many people be interested in what I had to say about life and I loved having the job of filling out orders and giving people something they wanted.

I’ve since sold over 300 copies out of the 400 I originally ambitiously printed and I’ve now set-up a downloadable version which is free (a donation would be very cute though). I’m hoping this will give those who couldn’t afford it or the international postage prices a chance to read it. I recommend giving it a read because it’s 40 pages of good vibes and even includes a positive wordsearch!

If you download and read it then please let me know what you thought of it. I’m currently working on another one based on my recent 1000 mile solo bike ride from one end of the UK to the other so any tips would be very helpful!

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I’m exactly a week out from my first ever marathon (attempt) so I did a quick 6-miler to condition my legs. I know my cardiovascular fitness is real good from all my cycling but it’s just getting my legs used to the impact which is my struggle. I ran almost a minute faster per mile than I did a few days ago, getting an average speed of 8:01 / mile. Maybe this is too fast for a marathon for someone like me though but it was warm and nice outside today.

Will the vegan make it to the end? Only time will tell. I’m just going to keep up my high carb eating, continue drinking plentiful water and probably take it quite easy this next week. Do you think I could possibly get a sub-4 hour time for my first ever marathon? Would that be an achievement for someone who has only run a total of 30 miles in their entire life?

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Today, I had 1.5 litres of date smoothie for breakfast and homemade vegetable curry with rice for lunch. Kinda gross but I discovered two tiny weeny maggots in/on my dates whilst I was taking the stones out. I just composted the rest of the box they were in (only 400g) because I wasn’t about to eat some bugs. They look weird but I guess that was the body they were born into and we can’t judge them. They’re only trying to live their lives with the cards they were dealt. Anyway, for dinner, I’m probably just going to have a small snack for dinner, like bread and jam, and some salad too.

I did a little session on my bike on the rollers to get some fresh blood and nutrients into my legs but apart from that I’ve just been lounging about the house all day helping my legs recover from running. I might try cutting gluten out of my diet again soon just as a trial. I’ve been looking at old pictures of me and I looked and possibly felt better back then. I don’t think I’m allergic to gluten and bread is such a versatile and cheap carbohydrate but it’s all about the gains.

The Most Posi Vlog of 2014: Day 204 - 238

I’ve been testing myself physically a lot in the last few weeks. I finished cycling the entire UK solo, I did a 100 mile ride on a fixed gear in torrential rain and I’ve started training for a marathon that I’m running next week.

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Breakfast was ~350g of fresh deglet nour dates with a 750ml of water, some mixed spices and a vitamin B12 tablet. Light, sweet and hydrating. Perfection in a drinkable form.

The important thing about training is replacing the glycogen you use up whilst exercising. You need the energy to heal and to continue living a vibrant life. I try my best not to be caught out by feeling like I don’t have enough energy to do things. Keep slamming in the carbohydrates and you’ll have more of an energy store to call upon when you need to.

I did a 10.5 mile run today. This is the furthest I have ever run in my life and it was pouring with rain too. Last week, I did a 4 mile run (my ‘proper’ first run in over 2 years) and it was terrible but today I felt like a machine. I averaged 8:57 / mile which I feel isn’t too bad but I really don’t have much of a clue about what speed I sure be aiming for. You tell me!
As I have no real running experience, I’m putting all this strength down to having a high carb, low fat vegan diet. I guess my cycling background helps too (having recently cycled 1100 miles in 10 days) but, believe me, running is a different ballgame for my feet and lower legs.
You might ask “Joe, why have you started running, you fricker?” Well, next Thursday marks exactly one year since my best friend was hit and run over by a car whilst he was out riding his bike. Me and him are taking on this challenge as a way of showing that he has overcome adversity and we are feeling very pumped about it. Pretty positive, eh?
Wish me luck because I’m probably going to need it…
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I did a 10.5 mile run today. This is the furthest I have ever run in my life and it was pouring with rain too. Last week, I did a 4 mile run (my ‘proper’ first run in over 2 years) and it was terrible but today I felt like a machine. I averaged 8:57 / mile which I feel isn’t too bad but I really don’t have much of a clue about what speed I sure be aiming for. You tell me!

As I have no real running experience, I’m putting all this strength down to having a high carb, low fat vegan diet. I guess my cycling background helps too (having recently cycled 1100 miles in 10 days) but, believe me, running is a different ballgame for my feet and lower legs.

You might ask “Joe, why have you started running, you fricker?” Well, next Thursday marks exactly one year since my best friend was hit and run over by a car whilst he was out riding his bike. Me and him are taking on this challenge as a way of showing that he has overcome adversity and we are feeling very pumped about it. Pretty positive, eh?

Wish me luck because I’m probably going to need it…

Follow my cycling & running on Strava: strava.com/athletes/josephxkendrick

Smashing out the high carb, low fat pizzas. So delish! #vegan #pizza #swag

Just a casual selfie at Loch Ness. Unfortunately, there was no water-based monster to be seen.

I’m home and currently bathing in apple cider vinegar with hot water to try to sooth my insect bites and so I’m clean(ish). #hippy #snakeoilsalesman #woowoohuckster