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’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
I get on my bus home in about an hour. What an incredible adventure. It will be nice to be home though. Two weeks of non-stop action. Reviewing the GoPro footage on the bus will be interesting!
I just cooked this bowl of rice but I’m not even hungry. I just need to force in as many calories as possible because tomorrow I have over 100 miles to ride - out of the remaining 425. I also have to save my batteries so won’t be using my iPhone. Goodbye, social media!
Today, I cycled further than I ever have done before. It was all on my own and for the majority of the time it was raining. I was basically riding one road the whole way and it felt like it would never end. It was gruelling but I pushed myself through mentally. Now, I’m in Glasgow and I’m having three nights to rest before I attempt the Highland section of my journey. 625 miles down, 450 to go!