Week 8 was a bit of a strange week in that there was loads, and I mean loads, going on. We had bedrooms to decorate, estate agents coming round, a night away for me and Mr C, and my Mum coming to stay – hurrah! It was also the week that tiredness really hit. I mean it has been tough going. There have been times when I have felt like quitting. This week I really struggled with energy levels. I had been planning to throw in some extra exercise this week but for once I was sensible. I listened to my body and as such I adjusted my planning slightly.
I was rubbish with my food this week. I had days where I barely ate anything until dinner time. Then come dinner I found that I was so hungry that I was eating rubbish. We also ate out this week, a lot. So not the best week for my food. Big fat failure.
Walking and running
I mixed it up a bit. I started the week with my long walk/run on Sunday that I did on a treadmill. I distracted myself with music and then a film on the TV. It was 14 miles but afterwards I felt fine. My legs ached a little but not overly. However, the tiredness kicked in the next day and I felt it for the rest of the week. My second run of the week was a short 6 miler. However, I was really feeling the fatigue now and struggled to keep going. Therefore, for the second walk of the week I decided to drag my Mum with me and we walked 6 miles together. Then I was supposed to finish the week with a 16 miler. There was no way that I was going to be able to do this as come Saturday I was wiped out. I took the weekend off and decided to repeat part of this week next week. Luckily, I have plenty of time to play with so I can adjust and tweak the plan to suit my needs.
Fixing the tiredness
I haven’t looked after myself this week. I haven’t been sleeping well and I have been eating poorly. I have no doubt that this is what is causing my tiredness and next week I need to try and eat better. After I have been doing so well the last couple of weeks it was frustrating to hit a brick wall but it is all down to me. I need to listen to my body better and I need to make sure that I am fuelling it correctly. Can anyone recommend any good recipe books for healthy eating with walkers/runners in mind?
Week 8 Moonwalk marathon training plan
Sunday: 14 miles – distance and speed
Monday: Relax and Stretch
Tuesday: 6 miles – speed (I wasn’t very speedy 🙁 )
Wednesday: Relax and Stretch
Thursday: 6 miles – intervals
Friday: Relax and Stretch
Saturday: 16 miles – distance and speed
Listening to my body
I repeated the above week. After feeling disheartened that I hadn’t been able to do the 16 miles I gave myself another week to do it. I repeated the week and I overcame my fear of the 16 miler and I managed to walk the 16 miles. You can watch the vlog below in which I admit that I failed and I share my tips for tackling long walks.
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