6. Food glorious food

I love food. I would be quite happy munching on bread, cheese, and jaffa cakes for the rest of my life. But sadly that’s not a) a balanced diet or b) anywhere near practical. Whenever I start something new, I love to really understand it, get to grips with it and know what I should be doing to make the most of it. I don’t like doing things half hearted. Why bother? In thinking ahead to the marathon, I very quickly realised I’m going to have to assess my food consumption. More to the point, think about what food I eat at what time of day and how much of it. These are big questions for someone who has honestly never really been bothered about watching what I eat and certainly never been on a diet. Hmmm this might take a bit more effort than I first thought. I like to do things properly, and have spent a long time scouring online for marathon diet plans and trying to work out what and when to eat before and after a run (I don’t even want to contemplate ‘during’ the run yet – from seeing the sugar gels mum takes, I’ll be holding off as long as possible). This is also made a little more tricky with the added dimension of me being a veggie. Now I know all you meat-lovers would just say ‘start eating meat then’ – don’t worry, I’ve heard it all before over the past 11 years. And it won’t happen.  So lets move on from the fact that I don’t eat meat (or fish!) and get back to the point. Making sure I take on the right amount of calories, and balanced types of food for slow and quick release energy is important. I haven’t quite sussed it yet, mainly because I can currently sort of get away with eating roughly what I was eating already. I’m still looking in to it, so when I decide I can fully commit to eating particular meals then I’ll let you know (a timetable of weekly meals will no doubt appear). Any other of you vegetables (or non-vegetables but can face a meal without meat) out there who have suggestions of quick healthy meals, preferably that can be prepped in advance? Please pass on your pearls of wisdom. Much appreciated.

But as those longer runs loom in the distance, this could get tough. The only thing keeping me going at the moment is the joy (yes, it will be a joy I revel in) of carb-loading 3 days before the big day (just clarifying in case you fell asleep for a few lines – I’m still talking about the marathon, I’m not getting married). Some of my friends would say I’ve already started practicing to carb-load in preparation. Apparently that isn’t quite the idea. But when it comes to those vital few days, I’ll be on a family holiday. This sounds a bit of a disaster the week before the biggest challenge of my life (I hate that cliche, can’t believe I just used it), but fear not. Where in the world would I rather be for a few days of eating bread and pasta than Italy?! Bingo!