My First Full Marathon ~ The Review

Today it has been two weeks since I ran my first full marathon at the Melbourne Marathon 2014 event. So now I am ready to share my journey with you.

Can I just say, training for a full marathon is bloody time consuming. You can’t just duck out for a 3 hour run… It’s more like; “Honey, I am going for a run in the morning, so I am not going out tonight, and I won’t have a glass of wine and we need to have sweet potato for dinner and please don’t cough so I wake up cos I need as much sleep as possible, therefor I am going to bed at 9PM on a Friday. Where’s my SpiBelt? Where’s my watch? Have you seen my headphones? When I come home I need a protein shake, so don’t finish the milk please. I also will need to stretch for 20-30 minutes and then have a shower and then eat lots of food, and probably lie on the couch for an hour, maybe even have a nap and then I don’t know if I can be bothered going to the market, because that means I have to walk (hey, i just ran 30km!) and I am definitely not up for socialising today, maybe tomorrow?”. It’s nice to now only go for a lazy 10K run and say; See you in an hour, are we going out for breaky afterwards?!

That being said, I did do all my long runs, progressively longer up to 33K on the longest run, 2 weeks out from the big day. I didn’t always get my shorter runs in, but I did 2-3 yoga sessions every week in the lead up (I am pretty sure these were the life savers in recovery and no injuries along the way!) and always 2 weight training sessions every week too. You can’t just run, you have to supply with resistance training to help maintain your muscle and to have more powerful steps. I ran 2-3 runs every week, sprints, hills, LSD and short, fast runs, but if I missed any of them, I never missed the long run!

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On the big day, I woke up well rested and energised after my salmon, sweet potato and lots of sour cream dinner the night before. I lined up, waited for the bang and started moving. As I started moving I realised my headphones weren’t working. Great. 42.2K, no music. Oh well. I’ll just listen to footsteps. There’s plenty of them. It was a beautiful, fresh Melbourne morning. The first 21.1K felt easy. I am pretty sure I did a PB for the Half (self five!). Then I got a pinch in my left shoulder. Really weird and also really annoying. Here I am running the run of my life and my shoulder starts annoying me?! What the? It kept annoying me until the 28K mark.

As a keen runner I am, I have a watch telling me how fast I am going, how far I have gone and those cool things. At 31K this watch decided to lose satellite reception!! No more stats to look at to keep me motivated and keep me moving. And at that point I was also starting to get pretty warm. It was a hot spring day in Melbourne and the sun was now officially up! I kept moving forward, but at every drink station I walked for a little bit to drink a whole cup of water and to pour a whole cup of water on my head. I was hot!

Still doing pretty good at 36K, and there is a drink station coming up. At this one they don’t have water? Wot? I decided I am thirsty and I want something to drink so I have some of the awful energy drink they serve. Not a happy camper. I feel really sick and nauseas afterwards. Have to stop along the Tan (very popular running track in Melbourne) to drink some of their water instead. For future reference, always have water at the drink stations… At 40K I was getting excited, only 2K to go! Wohoo. Can’t say i was speeding up at this point, but I was still moving forward at a not too bad pace. I never saw the 41K marker (was there one?) and I was getting devastated thinking I hadn’t even ran a k yet when someone behind me is saying to his wife ‘only 250m to go now, you can do this’! I turned around and asked if that was accurate and he said yes, tops 300m to go, around the corner and up the hill.

Wohoo. On the home stretch, sprinting up the hill (probably at about 10k per hour :)), hearing my team mates shouting and screaming as they see me and finally (finally!!) crossing the finish line!!! Marathoner!

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Pretty happy after finishing my first full marathon in 4.5 hours. With no injuries. That was really to me the most important part of it all. I am pretty sure that has to do with all the yoga I was doing, but also all the good fats I was eating through the training leading up to the big day. I was of course stiff and sore through the knees and hips straight after, but I woke up the next morning almost fresh as a daisy. A little sore quads, and that was pretty much it. I was amazed at how good I felt afterwards and how quickly I recovered.

Marathon4The proof! Can I just say, for next year Melbourne Marathon, don’t hand out your 42.2km medals right next to the 5km ones… You can easily be a little confused after running for that long and it would be a total disaster to come home with a 5km medal, don’t you think!? Just for future reference…

Well, there you go. My first full marathon. Done and dusted. What’s next?

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

 

 

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Day Trippin’

Went for a drive today. Spring is in the air and I looooove it. People are coming back out of their shells and are smiling again. It’s great. Makes me happy. I though I’d show you I actually own other clothes than training clothes too. Oh, and the fact that I love chocolate (but it needs to be really good quality to be worth it). Stopped by the Chocolate Mill ~ handmade Belgian chocolate… nomnomnom… It’s all about balance, right?!

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Did hill sprints this morning (on the only hill we have in Elwood! LOL). Tomorrow I am doing 15km in the de Castella Run in Kew. They have far more hills there, so I am really curious to how that will go. But hey, gotta do some running to survive this marathon coming up. 7 weeks to go. Yikes!

What’s your plan tomorrow? Run? Walk? Swim? Dance? Something? #everydamnday Whatever it is, have fun, smile and be awesome :)

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Sunday Shop&Chop

Because most of us have a little extra time on our hands on Sundays (or some other day of the week you have off if you work weekends), Sunday is a perfect day to prepare for the week ahead. We have all heard the fact that “Failing to Plan Is Planning To Fail”. Therefore doing groceries, chopping up some vegies/meat and possibly even preparing a meal or two is a perfect way of being prepared. It takes a lot of the pressure off when making mid week dinners and lunches, when you have pre-chopped vegies in the fridge. Or even have a meal plan where you have planned out all the dinners and lunches coming up the next five days.

That’s exactly what I have done today (and still currently doing). Gone to the market for a big shop (just make sure that you have breaky before doing your shopping, if not you will come home with waaaaaaay more stuff than you had planned to), made granola for the next week (or maybe even two if I am lucky), my home made greek yoghurt is sitting on the bench making itself, I have chopped a few things and I am about to make a big enough dinner tonight to have leftovers tomorrow. And I bought ingredients for lunches too! Well prepared. Most likely won’t fail then.

Crunchy and delish celery

Crunchy and delish celery

Fresh granola for the week

Fresh granola for the week

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A full and tempting fridge

A full and tempting fridge

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Greek Yoghurt in the making

Greek Yoghurt in the making

A lot of people think eating healthy is really hard and complicated. It really isn’t. I don’t even think it takes more time than eating crap all the time. The secret is to keep it simple. You don’t need impressive recipes with complicated ingredients you’ve never heard of. There’s nothing wrong with meat and three veg. Throwing together a fresh salad and cooking a piece of salmon takes no time. Steamed vegetables may not sound that tempting to many, but if you stir a little butter or good quality olive oil through and put some fresh herbs or spices on them, they taste even better than plain. A stir-fry fitting all the ingredients in one pan is super easy. So is putting everything in a slow cooker that does the job for you while you are at work. Too easy.

So, get organised today. Then next week will be easier. Get into the habit of spending a few hours every Sunday for your Shop&Chop. Plan your meals from Monday to Friday (I tend to have a lot of social events on over the weekend, so I take that out of the equation). You will even end up saving both time and money, because you don’t end up going to the super market every day. And you’ll eat better and feel better. Win-win-win.

Your quote of the day should be Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail. Have fun Shopping&Chopping.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

 

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Lazy Beauty Tips From A Naturally Lazy Beauty

I am naturally lazy, especially when it comes to hair and make up (and clothes, as long as they are comfy, I am not really that fussed… I wear tights 80% of the time). In the morning I usually throw some cold water in my face and brush my teeth. I avoid as much as possible putting any make up on, because that means I have to spend time cleaning my face later (or ending up sleeping with make up, which I have heard isn’t really that good for your skin…). I just find it extremely boring having to remove mascara. And probably even more boring to remove nail polish (explains why I am happy to pay someone to do it for me). My main requirement when going to the hairdresser is that it takes less than 30 seconds to style. So there you go. Pretty lazy in the beauty department.

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Now you are probably wondering what beauty tips I can possibly have in stall for you?! Well, here we go, let’s see if I have some useful tips for you:

  1. Get enough sleep (haha, did I say lazy overall??). But seriously, getting enough sleep is crucial for your overall health, recovery, energy and everything else. What ‘enough’ sleep means, highly depends on who you are, what you do every day and how old you are. Good quality sleep is also important, so try to keep your social media not so social overnight.
  2. Drink heaps of water. Yes, I am sure you have heard that one before. But it’s true. You will feel better, look better and perform better when properly hydrated. You skin will be less wrinkly and you’ll have less cellulite. You will generally look younger, have more energy and will be less likely to have cravings. And; if you are trying to lose weight, drinking heaps of water will actually help you in this process.
  3. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be weight lifting or 4×4 interval running, it just needs to be something that gets your heart rate up (like dancing or playing soccer in the backyard). You will feel better and look better. Exercise aids the blood circulation and that again means more oxygen transported to all parts of your body, and if you work up a sweat you will even sweat out some toxins. It will give you a natural glow, you will feel happier from endorphins and you will generally feel better about how you look – and that’s natural beauty. Voss Water
  4. Eat well. Eat because you love your body. If your food is full of artificial additives, sweeteners, sugars, trans fats and other nasties, how do you think your body responds to it. You are what you eat. Remember that every cell in your body is getting rebuild and replaced by what you put in your mouth. If you put ugly food in your tummy, chances are you will feel less than average beautiful after a while. Eat beautiful, crunchy, fresh and tasty food and you will become exactly that (maybe not crunchy?).
  5. Look after your teeth. Seriously. How much does a beautiful smile do for a beautiful face. Lots of research shows that a beautiful smile can get you miles ahead of people with less attractive teeth in job interviews and similar situations (speed dating??). If you follow step 4 (eat well), you will already be better off than if you eat a lot of crap. Brush and floss (flossing used to be one of those chores I only did the night after I had been to my yearly dentist visit and then never again that year. Now I have found my new love -Eezifloss! Love it!) every day. Actually, you only need to floss 3 times per week for it to be effective (according to my dentist). And don’t drink lots of orange juice or coke. It kills your teeth.Floss
  6. Be happy, confident and believe in yourself. Nothing is more attractive and beautiful than self confidence and laughter. Surround yourself with people who build you up rather than break you down. Tell yourself you are good enough. Do more of what makes you happy. And if you find yourself doing an awful a lot of things that aren’t making you happy, then I suggest it’s time for a change. Cos a change is as good as a holiday.
  7. Eat lots of fats. It will moisturise you from the inside out (imagine all the time you will save moisturising from the outside in?!). It’s great for your skin, hair and nails. It will make you satisfied and you will avoid having cravings. It will make your skin feel amazing, and your overall health will benefit from having lots of fat in your diet. If you don’t believe me, you should try it for yourself. Some of the fats you eat you can even rub on your skin on days you feel a little dry. Try some coconut oil on your elbows next time they are a little rough. It’s.The.Best.

    And on a bad hair day where everything goes against you, wear some red lipstick and put a hat on. Preferably one that takes ALL the attention!

    And on a bad hair day where everything goes against you, wear some red lipstick and put a hat on. Preferably one that takes ALL the attention!

There you go. 7 lazy beauty tips from a naturally lazy beauty. Which one is your favourite? Have you got another good one? I have heard 7 is the magic number in marketing of beauty products, so figured i should stick with that. Enjoy. I hope they will make you more beautiful every day, inside and out. Be happy. Be beautiful. Always.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Giveaway Monday: Pole Dancing Workout DVDs

Happy Monday peeps. How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous. But I’m actually not here to catch up and chat. I’m here to give away 2 awesome workout DVDs to someone who likes to have a bit of fun while getting toned, losing inches and getting stronger.

Do you find it easier to work out in your own living room than going to the gym? Don’t like going to crowded gyms? Finding it hard to find time to exercise? How about you just do it at home, whenever you have time for how ever long you have? Cos something is better than nothing, right?

Well, today I am giving away 2 workout DVDs to one lucky person. The workouts are based around Pole Dancing (sounds a little daunting doesn’t it? It’s not, it’s just a lot of fun), but you actually don’t need a pole for one of the DVDs. If you do happen to have a pole, the second DVD will come in handy too.  You can have a sneak peak at the workouts here and here. 

Australia’s 2012 Pole Dance Champion and international Pole Fitness Instructor Cleo ‘The Hurricane’ is revolutionising fitness & flexibility with a soundtrack that rocks and an attitude and skill to eclipse your existing fitness regime.

Rockin’ Legs n’ Abs is a unique and challenging 1 hour program designed to help improve your flexibility whilst strengthening and toning your legs, abdominals and glutes, creating a strong, powerful and lean body. Cleo’s Rock N’ Pole is a fun and high energy workout combining strength, flexibility and cardio training designed for you to do at home.

http://www.cleothehurricane.com/

All you need to do to win both DVDs is to share your favourite blog post from awesomeashild.com on your Facebook page, like my Facebook page and leave a comment below that it’s done. If you win, I will contact you for your postal address. Too easy. 

This is actually a fun workout. And it gets you off the couch and you may even feel sexy afterwards. It’s a win-win. And can I just say; you don’t need to wear whatever they are wearing for your workout… I sure didn’t!

Good luck! Winner will be drawn Monday 25th August 2014.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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