The Running Man……September Update

So where did September go????

It’s been a pretty good month of training and it’s looking good for November. Following a bit of a tweak in the calf muscle a couple of weeks ago, I had to spend a week off the feet, so managed to clock up a few long rides on the bike.

Last week it was back on with the trainers and I clocked in about 85 miles, with a 3 hour run on the cliffs this Sunday. It hurt like hell, but I got the job done. A couple more of those and I’ll be ready for whatever the Big Apple can throw at me.

With all the miles, I’m getting much stricter with my diet and nutrition. As a trained nutritional advisor, as well as personal trainer, I’m well aware of the fact that it’s pointless training for endless hours if you’re not training smart and feeding the engine!!!

This applies to everyday healthy living as well as training to run a stupidly long way, so over the next few weeks I’ll be handing out a few snippets of nutritional and fitness advice that can be included in everyone’s lifestyle to increase their wellbeing.

So, first of all let’s talk hydration.

Everyone should be aiming to get at least 2-3 litres (that’s 8-12 glasses!!!)  down their guzzler every day. I’m on about 4-5 litres these days!!!

Water can help in reducing a number of common annoyances that can spoil your day…it’s not just athletes that need the H2O!!!!

You should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

Water…

-aids digestion
– improves concentration
-reduces headaches
-improves complexion
-stops cramps
-prevents tiredness and lethargy

The list goes on, but you get the idea.

If you dehydrate by only a small amount, the body and mind will function at a fraction of its potential, whether it’s work, play or a race.

There are a number of things that’ll bring your fluid levels down as well. Fizzy drinks, sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol are all diuretics and make you lose more than you consume, so next time you’re feeling tired, is it a coffee, or a pint of water you’re in need of?

Before any run or race, I’ll make sure I’m getting litres of water in me, and this goes for post exercise as well. If you’ve eaten at the restaurant lately, you’ll probably have noticed my water bottle is never far away!!!

I hope this advice will help in some way….until next time!

Oli



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