The Magic of Porridge

I’ve been reading up about nutrition for runners a lot in my free time recently. Knowing that energy levels can often be a problem for brain injury survivors, it’s occurred to me that I need to make sure I’m giving my body the right fuel if I’m ever going to succeed at getting over the finish line in April. It turns out that the solution to having lots of energy during a run is porridge.

Lots, and lots, of porridge.

Most articles I’ve read say to stock up on a carb filled meal a few hours before a run. So, I got up this morning and made myself a rather large bowl of porridge. I then crammed in a few hours of studying (3 weeks until exam day. Help.) before heading out for a run along my favourite route; the Thames tow path near my flat. 

After a rough ride through October, I was really worried that all of the effort I put in to training in August and September would have gone to waste and I would have to start from scratch.

Thankfully, that was not the case. For the first time since starting my marathon journey, running today felt really good! I stuck to the distance set for me by my personal trainer in my training plan, but I wasn’t struggling by the end and it’s made me look forward to getting in to the longer runs! I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come since January. 

I’m also really proud of the charity I’m running for; Headway Oxfordshire. At the Action Against Breast Cancer Awards a couple of weeks ago they won Charity of the Year. The award really couldn’t be more deserved and I’m so thankful that they’re getting recognition for all of their hard work. The only reason I’d even consider running the marathon is because I truly believe that Headway Oxfordshire deserve every penny that I’m raising for them. I’m also hoping that I can use every platform available to me to raise awareness of the incredible work they’re doing to support brain injury survivors

At the moment, while I’m not running, or eating porridge, I’m revising (hence the shorter blog post this week), but once my exam is out of the way I’ve got some exciting plans underway to boost my fundraising. Keep reading my blog to find out more in a few weeks time! In the mean time, like, share and donate! I’d love to know what fellow runners do to boost their energy prior to a run. Let me know in the comments!

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