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Sarah's half marathon training blog

It's too hot for working out

Is anyone else finding it hard to muster the energy for exercise in this hot weather?

I certainly am.

To be honest I feel like I've been a bit lazy for a couple of weeks now.

Tonight I've been out for my first jog in what seems like ages.

I haven't been slacking off completely, you understand.

I've been quite good... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 29, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day seven

They think it's all over. It is now.

Well, okay, technically not for another two and a half hours or so but keeping gluten out of my evening snack shouldn't prove a problem.

Today provided an issue I hadn't even considered (and nearly didn't until the last minute).

Sunday means going to church and at my church that usually... [more] (1 comment)

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 20, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day six

I'm nearly there now.

Only one day left of the gluten-free challenge.

In fact, I'm contemplating whether to stick the breadmaker on overnight tomorrow so I can have some lovely fresh bread for breakfast on Monday.

I must remember, though, that coeliacs don't get the option of returning to a diet of wheat-filled foods after seven... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 19, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day five

Today I decided to take my gluten-free challenge to a new level.

That's right, I decided to venture out of the house to source some food.

As long as you know where to find suitable alternatives to wheaty foods like pasta and bread (or get handed them in cardboard boxes like me), catering gluten-free in your home is relatively easy.... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 18, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day four

Not long to go until the end of hump day - that middle day when you really break the back of the week (or, in this case, the gluten-free challenge).

It all seems to be going well on the eating front.

The house brick/car sponge loaf is getting smaller by the day, thanks to me having a slice toasted (and covered in jam to mask the... [more] (1 comment)

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 17, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day three

No exercise to report in the training blog today, I'm afraid, but the gluten-free challenge is going well.

This evening I decided to test some crackers from my box of gluten-free samples.

I discovered, when I knocked the packed on the floor, that they were quite brittle.

Luckily the pieces were still big enough to taste properly,... [more] (1 comment)

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 16, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day two

Well I've just got back from the gym and had a post-workout shower and now I'm treating myself to a couple of gluten-free digestives alongside my usual bedtime almonds.

Well, I burned off well over the 96 calories the biscuits contain during my cardio workout so I don't think it'll do me any harm.

It's not like I have biscuits every... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 15, 2012

Gluten-free challenge - day one

Perhaps I underestimated this a bit.

I thought going gluten-free for a week would be easy.

Who needs wheat anyway?

Me, apparently.

Last night, as Coeliac Awareness Week drew nigh, I got out my gluten-free brown bread mix and set the breadmaker.

The result looked slightly like a housebrick on the outside and a pale car... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 14, 2012

Challenges all round

It's challenge time.

Today my challenge to myself involved a treadmill at the gym.

I set it for a 60-minute workout and set off to see how many of the 60 minutes I could jog for.

I might have managed more had my water bottle not become dislodged from its stand, launched itself down the running belt and ended up about two feet... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 13, 2012

I've only gone and joined the gym

My boss has a lot to answer for.

“Why don’t you have a go at this boot camp?” she said.

“Ooh, that looks good,” I replied.

Little did I know where it would lead.

This weekend I did the unthinkable; I signed up for membership of Workington Leisure Centre.

I nipped up there on Saturday, filled... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 7, 2012

Up for a foodie challenge

People who know me might have noticed I like food.

Since doing the bride-to-be boot camp I've also developed a (perhaps worrying) love of a challenge.

And, with my new healthier lifestyle, I'm taking a keener interest in what goes into my meals.

So, when Jean Foster of the local Coeliac UK support group go in touch and... [more]

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: May 4, 2012
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