Episode 11: 5 x Iron-distance Champion & 4 x Amateur World Champion, professional athlete, Laura Siddall, came to the sport late but has achieved a huge amount since. As someone who wants to win the iconic Ironman races, I wanted to explore with Laura which events really are the best in the world.
Episode 12: Coming into running as a busy mum, Kerry Sutton went from walking in a 5km run to completing Marathon De Sables, leading the jungle ultra in Peru and even leading the Spine race...until near disaster happened in the darkness.
There is so much we can learn from Kerry's rise on the ultra scene, whether you are just starting to take up running, or you want to take your running to the next level.
App I’ve Found Useful
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a firm believer that there is a difference between fitness and health and therefore I tend to take Wheatgrass and certain supplements in order to be in the best shape possible. What I choose to supplement my diet with has always been based on a gut feeling of what’s important to me as well as cutting out the noise from an industry that is clearly keen to sell you anything they think they can.
However, over the last week I have been logging everything I eat into the Cronometer app (it was a bit of a chore, but I only plan to do this occasionally for a week or 2 at a time) and what it highlighted to me was that, despite my healthy diet and taking Vitamin D supplements, I was still low in that area, whereas I was overdoing Vitamin B. Among other things, it also told me I was too low on proteins and fats and a little too high on carbs, and it told me how much energy I was using and consuming as it’s linked to my Garmin.
This app has given me far greater awareness of how I can supplement my diet effectively without wasting money on unnecessary supplements - and it’s free, so I highly recommend you give it a try.
What I’ve Been Reading
26.2 Miles to Happiness: A Comedian’s Tale of Running, Red Wine and Redemption by Paul Tonkinson is the funniest running book I’ve listened to. Narrated by the author, listening to his stories whilst running will certainly make the time pass, even if it does make you look like a lunatic running through the park laughing out loud! You won’t get many tips or techniques from it, but whilst you listen to his determined efforts to run a sub-3 marathon, I’m pretty confident it will make you chuckle on the trails.
What I’ve Been Watching
As I don’t read much fiction, I wasn’t aware of a book called ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ by Matthew Quick, so when Caryl mentioned watching a film with the same name, I was somewhat reluctant. I shouldn’t have been, as it was wonderfully funny and heart-warming watch.
Featuring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, it tells the story of Pat Solatano, who, after losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, winds up living with his parents and tries to rebuild his life. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany, who offers to help him reconnect with his wife if he will do something very important for her in exchange. A lovely feel good film that explores a lot about psychology too.
Quote of the Week
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
Talking about death and money is never much fun, but sometimes it’s important. Making sure that the people we care most about are ok if something unexpected were to happen to us and that the financial plans we have in place are not derailed, is an important aspect of your finances. As such, last night I recorded a webinar on what you can do to protect you and your family’s finances. If you’d like to watch a recording of it, you can here. Better to prepare, than repair!