LVB Marathon Training Diary – Week 9

Distance clocked this week: 43 miles. 6 runs. A bit of a mixed bag this week. Some good runs including some speedy recovery runs but also some not so great runs (thanks Storm Doris).

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Long run: 20 miles. I know! A little early on the plan for a 20 miler but I managed it. Another route error for me. Course took me round some back roads and main roads which meant a little less picturesque route than usual. The last 4 miles were tough but I listened to some tunes and got it done. img_6658

Nutrition: I took a High5 Zero tablet and added to water after about 10 miles.  Washing my Lucozade gel down with it probably wasn’t the best decision but not sure if it was the gel or the combination that made me feel less than sprightly. Meals this week have been the usual veg and been snacking on nuts and raisins mainly. Also, highly recommend corn cakes with almond butter.

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What am I listening to?  This week’s podcast discoveries were the Ali on the Run show and the wonderful Run Selfie Repeat.

Cross Training: I added in an extra strength training session and also had a Spin class, something that I incorporated a lot of last year when I was training for my first marathon and seemed to really help my hamstring so let’s hope it has the same affect.

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Lessons Learnt : See above re. gel/electrolyte sports drink combination. Think I’ll stick to water for now.

You can find my previous week’s training diary here.

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5 Vegan Supermarket Yoghurts

Yoghurts are underrated in my book. A great healthy pudding, the perfect breakfast accompaniment to granola or muesli and makes a wonderful creamy smoothie. Here are 5 of my favourites.

Koko

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Probably my favourite vegan yoghurt right now, these are super creamy and satisfying. Available in Coconut & Lemon and Strawberry varieties and I love them both. Stockists include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado.

Alpro Go On 

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Alpro’s latest offering are these thicker and more substantial yoghurt pots that are high in protein and high in taste. Available in Mango (my fave), Blackcurrant or Passionfruit. Just delicious. Find them in Tesco and Waitrose.

Provamel Soya-Coconut

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For a lower sugar alternative, this Soya-Coconut yoghurt from Provamel is great, A lovely natural taste and wonderful for desserts or to use in baking. Available in Holland and Barrett, Planet Organic and Whole Foods.

The Coconut Collaborative

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If soya is not your thing, try these coconut yoghurts that come in Blueberry, Mango & Passionfruit, Limited Edition Strawberry and Natural. Available in Sainsbury’s, Planet Organic and Ocado.

Tesco Free From Natural Soya Yoghurt 

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Great over granola and berries for a delicious breakfast or try it in a smoothie for a more filling and creamy option.

If you want to check out 5 Vegan Falafels, you can find my post here.

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LVB’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 8

img_6532Distance clocked this week: 35 miles. 5 runs. Let me tell you, even when you think you’re strong and you’re smashing out the long runs every week, short runs can be tough. 2 days after my epic almost 18 miler, I was just not feeling it. Freezing winds, muddy trails and my hat blowing off. But I did it and that’s the most important thing. Keep pushing on guys.

Long run: 17.7 miles. I had actually planned on a 15 mile run but the route that I followed was a little further than I realised so ended up at 17.7. I opened my door to snow so felt very pleased with myself for braving not my favourite conditions. I did 3 or 4 miles along a very muddy canal and then veered onto the road passing through country villages and fairly busy country lanes. Half way in, it got a bit quieter and by the 10 mile mark, my legs were starting to feel a bit tired from all the hills I’d already tackled. I plodded on, took in  a gel and that gave me a little lift to push on. I finished tired but happy to have ran for longer than planned with no hamstring niggles.

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Nutrition: I purchased the vegan SIS nutrition pack, which includes gels, pre and post recovery powders and bars. On this run, I had an electrolyte pack in my water and a gel. When I got home, I had the chocolate recovery powder. I seemed to have a speedier than usual recovery so fingers crossed this routine is working.

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What am I listening to?  Mostly old episodes of The Ginger Runner with some Little Big Town for some added motivation for the last few miles (they’re an American country pop band).

Cross Training: The now usual strength training. Would love to fit a bit more strength work in too so that’s something I’m going to work on next week.

Lessons Learnt : Switching from podcasts to music for the 3 miles or so really did give me an extra push when it got tough.

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You can find my previous week’s training diary here.

I am raising money for Kidsaid. If you would kindly like to sponsor me, you can find my Virgin Money Giving page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/londonveganbird.

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5 Supermarket Falafel (vegan)

Vegans and Falafel go together like peas and carrots or Sunny and Cher or indeed, Kylie and Jason, so here’s my pick of some of the best readily available in our British supermarkets.

Tesco Sweet Potato Falafel £1.50

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Great Food Mediterranean Falafel £2.40

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Stockists include Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Costco.

Biona Organic Falafel Balls £3.49

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Stockists include Ocado, Planet Organic and Amazon.

Fry’s Quinoa and Cilantro Falafel Burgers £2.77

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Stockists include Holland and Barrett, Ocado, Morrisons and Whole Foods.

Sainsbury’s Falafel £2.30

img-thingI would love to know your favourite falafel choices. Have you tried any or all of these? Check out my top 5 supermarket veggie burgers post here

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LVB’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 7

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Distance clocked this week: 33 miles. 4 runs. Due to next week’s long run being on a Saturday, this week is shorter so I’m happy with the amount of miles.

Long run: 14 miles. After last week’s 15.5 miles, I had on my plan to do (just the) 13 but again ended up doing a little more just due to the route that I took.  I decided to focus on my pace a little more than usual instead of my normal plod that I tend to adopt on long runs. This went well for the most part and was turning out some good times, especially to the end of my run. My route followed some main roads and then cut back onto more country lanes. But country lanes mean hills, however this time, I decided to attack them with aplomb.  I felt strong and was proud to not have to stop at all. Countryside runs also have the benefit of the locals and I saw my first lambs of the year which gave me a lift when I needed it.

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Nutrition: On my long run, I tried out a new gel (High 5 – Raspberry flavour) which was actually rather tasty and consequently gave me my fasted mile straight after I had consumed it so it must have worked. Will definitely be picking up more of these ones.

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As I have a super sweet tooth, it is fruitless to say that I will cut out all sweet treats so I made these refined sugar free flapjacks (pic above).

What am I listening to?  UltraRunner Podcast , as well as Marathon Talk. Inspiring stuff.

Cross Training: I had a great strength training session  with kettle bells and dumbbells and incorporated planks, squats and lunges. My Body Balance class was a nice opportunity to work on flexibility , core and stretching.  Loving it.

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Lessons Learnt : Hills are not the enemy. Hopefully these are helping to make me stronger and make the lovely flat course of the London marathon seem easy peasy. Cough!

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You can find my previous week’s training diary here.

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Where to get a Vegan Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza and right now, it’s never been easier to get your carb fix.  Here’s a few places to go in the UK if you fancy a vegan pizza. Let me know your favourite vegan pizza place.

Zizzi

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With 140 restaurants across the UK and a recently added vegan menu, this is definitely one to check out. They have 3 vegan pizzas to choose from as well as a ton of toppings. The vegan ‘mozzarella’ is made with coconut oil. If you’re not completely full, they even have a vegan dessert calzone on offer.

Pizza Express

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An oldie but a goodie, the Pianta vegan pizza from Pizza Express has artichoke , spinach, mushroom and rocket and it’s delicious. Additionally, all of their pizzas are made by hand so can be ordered without cheese.

Ask

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Ask is another chain of restaurants that have recently added a vegan menu. Top your vegan pizza base with grilled aubergines, caramelised onions and roasted peppers amongst other great options. I’m also happy to see a vegan kids menu.

Pizza Hut

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The Pan Dough, All American Thin Dough and Flatbread Dough are all vegan friendly as well as the tomato or bbq sauce.  They, of course, have an abundance of toppings to choose from and don’t forget to go mad at the salad bar too – where even the bacon bits are vegan (I know)!

Papa John’s

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If you’re feeling a little more lazy and want to order in, all of Papa John’s pizza bases are vegan so just ask them to remove the cheese (I promise, you won’t miss it). The garlic dip is also suitable for vegans. Yum!

Vbites Frozen Pizza

Looking for a quick and convenient option? Choose from Meatless Feast which is topped with Cheezly, vegan ‘ham’, spicy ‘beef’ ; and ‘pepperoni’ pieces or the Cheezly and Tomato. You can find these on Ocado and in Holland and Barrett amongst other stockists.

So here are just a few easy to find options on your high street or to be delivered to your door. More vegan friendly options seem to be popping up all the time so keep your eyes peeled.

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LVB’s London Marathon Training – Week 6

Distance clocked this week: 34 miles. 5 runs. Some great runs this week as I’ve been trying to up my speed a little and have been enjoying the challenge.  I’m also happy to report that even after a long day in London on Saturday at Meet the Experts (see below), I managed to squeeze in a little 3 miler in the dark when I got home.

Long run: 15.5 miles. This was one of those great runs when mentally and physically I was in a great place and everything came together. I followed a route from a  few weeks ago that I had previously really enjoyed but unfortunately, the road was closed to I ended up turning round half way instead. I was planing on doing 14 miles, but was enjoying it so much and felt really strong, so I decided to add on another mile and in the end actually finished at 15.5.

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Nutrition: Post long run I decided to try my own version of a protein shake – oat milk, peanut butter and cocoa powder. It went down very well indeed. For the rest of the week, I concentrated on greens and beans making sure I had one form or another every day.

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Wholemeal pasta with greens, beans and Violife cheese

What am I listening to? Another rediscovery of mine is the No Meat Athlete podcast. A great mix of interviews, motivation and tips for vegan athletes.

Cross Training: Strength training focusing on core and arms. Body Balance class was also great for stretching and focusing on balance and flexibility.

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Lessons Learnt : I attended the Meet the Experts event in London for those running the London marathon which included speakers talking about nutrition, pacing and other top tips for training and to use on the day.  This week, I’ve focused more on my pace and it’s something I want to do more of going forward.

You can find my previous week’s training diary here.

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Vegan Valentine’s Chocolate Gifts

Valentine’s day is near and what better way to celebrate than to buy chocolate for a loved one (or indeed yourself). Here’s some of my favourite gifts.

The Goodness Project Love Chocolate and Snack Hamper £24.95

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Who doesn’t love a hamper full of goodies? This gift box from The Goodness Project includes snack bars, chocolate and sweets with a delightful Valentines theme.

Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Buttons £22.99

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What could be better than vegan chocolate buttons? A whole jar of them! After being lucky enough to have a Montezuma advent calendar, I am in love with their chocolate. You can shop their Vegan Gift selection here

Vego Gift Box £14.95

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The vegan’s favourite chocolate bar in a cute little gift box. Nothing can go wrong.

Hotel Chocolat £7.50 and £2.50

For a more traditional, heart shaped gift, look no further than these options from Hotel Chocolat. Chilli Chocolate Sweethearts and Dark Chocolate Heart Lolly 

Vegan Town Treat Box £20

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Vegan Treat Boxes usually include 10-14 sweets and treats which contain a mixture of chocolate bars, fudge, toffee and cookies.

Booja Booja Hazelnut Truffles £21

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For something a little more decadent, how about a box of Booja Booaja truffles? The hazelnut flavour is one of my favourites.

Let me know your favourite vegan chocolates (for Valentines or otherwise).

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