Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend and survived Monday! I am still recovering from the Northface Endurance Challenge up in Blue Mountain!
Basically it was my very first trail race and I underestimated how challenging it would be. I could have done with a bit more hill training but in reality nothing would have helped on the day. The course was extremely muddy from the week as they had a bit more rain than expected. It was slippery and the terrain was a bit technical (I fell twice, probably should have been more!). It was uphill for a lot of the way, actually all of the way it seemed! The last 1-2 km you get a long downhill (it’s a snowboarding hill), which I was looking forward to because uphills kills me but it was just as challenging! It took a lot of concentration not to fall and engaged muscles I didn’t even know existed. All in all, it was an exciting race and a really great experience. I ended up coming second in my age group for the 10km, and minus the falls, I felt really strong throughout the race. More trail running is definitely to come in the future.
Ian on the other hand came in third overall in the 50 kilometre race (yes, 50km’s!). I need him to do a full race report on his experience, it’s bit more intense than my 10km! It was so exciting to watch and I was equally nervous watching him as I was for my own race. It was his first ultra race and he’s only competed in a handful of trail races so his result was amazing. I think he has a successful ultra career ahead of him.
The week leading up to the race I really focused on eating clean, and getting a lot of nutrients into every meal post master cleanse. After doing the cleanse I now know how I should be feeling (ie less mental fog, less bloating, more energetic) so this helps me to plan my meals according to what my body needs. I wasn’t appreciating the fact that I am definitely intolerant to cow’s dairy and now that I haven’t had it in over 3 weeks, I am so much less congested and much less bloated.
I had been making a few different salads for lunch and this one is by far my fav. It is packed full of fats, protein and a lot of colourful veg and the dressing is yum. I also included more carbs into my diet as I am starting to pick up my mileage preparing for the Chicago Marathon in October.
Steamed sweet potatoe with chilli powder
Quinoa with chopped red pepper
Lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic
As always, feel free to sub in anything and take out anything that you don’t like!