August Update

That month flew by- and it actually feels like we have had a proper summer for the first time in years, I can only remember it raining maybe once all month- amazing, although not so much when it’s 32 degrees and you have to commute on the tube. Ugh.


Time for a little training, food and life update from the last 4 weeks. I’m really enjoying training at the moment, I am training 6 days a week, with 5 weight sessions push, pull, legs, and 3-4 short runs also. My runs are pretty hard right now, I can’t remember the last time I had fresh legs, I feel like when you weight train so frequently your legs pretty much never feel good on a run. I wanted to start doing some more speed work, but honestly my legs just feel like death on every run, and it’s more than enough work to lace up and get out there right now. So I’m just taking things nice and steadily, doing 2-4 mile runs with the other half, I’ve signed up for the NDW50 next year, so I have all winter for longer stuff. Bizarrely I realised that I haven’t run a marathon in well over 2 years now- it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, I’ve done 2 ultras since then, but it’s been a long long time since I’ve run 26.2- in a race situation that is, I’ve done plenty of them in training. I’m excited to get back into longer stuff, and put the hard work in over the winter, but right now, getting strong is my aim.


I’ve really noticed a good improvement in my strength over the last 4 weeks, I try to up my weights each week if I can, to continue to challenge and stimulate my muscles. It’s slow progress, but I think I’m a pretty hard gainer, so not matter how hard I work in the gym, how much I eat, how much protein I eat, my body just finds it difficult to build muscle- but it’s challenging and it’s encouraging to see small progress week on week, and keeps me motivated to keep going on this journey.

My goal for the rest of the year, as well as getting my body as strong as possible for winter endurance running, is to get my first unassisted chin-up, I’m regularly practicing negatives and using the assisted pull-up machine, I’m using the lightest possible assist weight now, so hopefully heading in the right direction. All my workouts focus on rep ranges of 10-12 at the moment, though I will change this up to keep challenging myself and keep things fresh over the next few months. I am so in love with lifting right now, running has taken a backseat for a while and I’m totally cool with that.


August was definitely a step in the right direction food wise, although we still had loads of visitors across the month, and did eat out quite a lot, I feel like the last couple of weeks things have settled down and we have been able to cook a lot simpler, fresher and healthier meals, it’s been fun getting back into the kitchen, and I’m kind of excited to cook again after having a bit of a break all summer.


We’ve just booked a holiday to Fuerteventura in very late October/November, and I can’t wait for some winter sun, we went to New York in April for a few days, but other than that we haven’t had a break, so it will nice to just have a chilled week in the sunshine, and also there seems to loads of Vegan/Veg-friendly restaurants there which will be amazing.


I feel like we’ve spent loads of time outdoors this month, and really made the most of the weather with loads of picnics, BBQ’s, and outdoorsy stuff, which has been lovely. We’ve also done lots of cool stuff in London, which we don’t always get the chance to do, sometimes it’s nice to be a bit of a tourist in your own city.  Although we did pretty much spend 2 entire weeks watching the Olympics non-stop so that kind of balanced it out. Nick was in San Fran last week with work and he brought me back an epic Whole Foods haul, the ginger coconut chips are utterly amazing!


I have just over a week left to hand in my final case studies, and portfolio for my nutrition course, I completely underestimated how much work I had to do for it over the last few months and it’s been pretty draining, but everything is on track to get finished on time, and once I get my diploma through I can finally start setting up my own business and practicing. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years of studying, and I am really excited to see what lies ahead.


For September, it’s just going to be more of the same on the nutrition and exercise front, hopefully I might be a little closer to that unassisted chin-up, and trying to keep the good balance between home cooked foods and eating out/Vegan treats!

6 Responses to August Update

  1. Booking a holiday is always so exciting- something to look forward to as the days get shorter too.

  2. I kno what you mean about your legs never feeling fresh. For this marathon cycle I stopped doing legs more than once a week (well, before I was doing glutes one day and legs another). It just killed my runs. But once a week is manageable! I want to do an unassisted pull-up too. I can do chin ups but not pull-ups. I found the assisted pull-up machine didn’t really help. A personal trainer I know also said it wasn’t the best way to learn because with a real pull-up you’re using your core and entire body really but with the machine because of your leg positioning it isn’t the same. He suggested using bands which is what I’m currently doing. It is hard work though but it does feel like the movement is more “real”.

    • Yeah I don’t think you can do it any more than once during running training, I am going to drop back down to one and not heavy weights as maintenance when I start training over winter. Yeah I have looked at a lot of stuff online which suggested the assisted machine wasn’t ideal, that’s why I am doing negatives as well. I will look into bands too though- thanks.

  3. Sounds like you had a great summer! I hope the final case studies & portfolio submission went smoothly for you. Have you received your diploma yet? So exciting that you’re going to set up your own practice!

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