5 important lessons I learned from a running injury

Hello!

It’s taken me a while to get here, but I’ve finally written a new post for the blog – on my 28th birthday!

I will be honest…I have had a few challenges over the past few months, and I think it made me feel a bit down. However, I feel like I have come out the other side, and things are starting to improve again!

If at first you don't succeed...

If at first you don’t succeed…

I was training at full throttle for the Gold Coast Airport marathon (which is this weekend in fact!) and unfortunately right at the start of May I got injured. I couldn’t run for a few weeks and subsequently fell too far behind on my training and had to pull out.

I enjoyed taking a few weeks off from training properly, and it gave me a chance to reflect on what I should have done differently. I did find that I felt worse about myself and life in general when I did less exercise though, which is a big motivator for me to get back into it.

A few things I learned from my injury:

  1. If you try and compensate for missing periods of training, you will likely overtrain and get injured!
  2. One session of cross training per week is not enough.
  3. If you get injured mid-run, STOP immediately.
  4. Swimming is your friend during knee/foot injury – low impact, relaxing and a great way to start the day.
  5. If you stop training, don’t continue eating the same as you were before (I have gained about 3kg/6-7lbs).

I have started running a few times a week, just short distances of 5-6km to let my body get used to it again. And we’ve moved to Manly, living right by the beach so it’s quite nice getting outdoors and seeing the sunrise while I run.

Tomorrow I have an assessment with a new personal trainer who I will be working with for the next 6 months to prepare for the wedding! It’s only 5 months and 3 weeks until the big day now so I have to get cracking. And I think the added strength training will help me become a better runner. I will do a marathon, eventually. But I’m going to take it slow and train properly.

We’re still going up to the Gold Coast this weekend…we had already booked our flights and hotel so we’re off to visit some theme parks and have fun.

Despite a few setbacks over the past few months, I am genuinely feeling a lot more positive and happy – I didn’t think I would but it just took some patience and reflection…

I’ll try not to leave it so long next time and post an update on my training!

Coco xoxo

An unusual dessert…

Aloha!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

I’m pleased to say I managed my longest ever run yesterday of 12.2km. I took it at a 6 minute per km pace so I was able to manage the added distance. Roll on next Sunday for the 14km City2Surf! I think I may just about be ready…

Yesterday we also visited Manly, and went on a nice walk up to North Head, Ben was practicing with his new camera and the sun was shining brightly so he got some great shots.

I highly recommend this walk if you do visit. I will write about Manly another day, it’s a place close to my heart and an absolute must-see if you visit Sydney.

Seagulls hanging out with us on Manly beach.

Seagulls hanging out with us on Manly beach.

In the evening, I created the unusual concoction below, and it was delicious!

Known as one of the world’s “healthiest foods“, avocados were on my mind this week and I knew I had to write about them for The Happy List.

Why are avocados so great?

Avocados weren’t a common food item in the UK, this may have changed now, but they’re popular in Australia and for good reason.

The only downside is they can be quite expensive, sometimes $4 each. I do think it’s worth the splurge though as they are a great source of healthy fat.

If you’re not already eating them, there are many ways to enjoy the benefits of their nutritional offering.

I usually eat about five avocados a week, I add them to salads, in sushi, have them on toast, in a smoothie, with eggs for breakfast – with almost anything! You can make the delicious fresh guacamole for your fajitas, and even make a healthy chocolate mousse for dessert.

They’re more versatile than you’d think. (Here’s a great article on Buzzfeed with 27 “Next Level” ways to use an avocado.)

Avocados aren’t called a superfood for nothing! Did you know…

  • Avocados are actually a fruit, not a vegetable!
  • They are baby and child-friendly due to their smooth consistency.
  • Avocados are cholesterol and sodium-free. (Unless, like my fiancé, you load them up with salt – not highly recommended!)
  • One recent study found that active compounds found in avocados inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • Throw your Nurofen away! The magical avocado can help prevent unwanted inflammation.
  • Avocados have the highest fibre content of any fruit and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
  • Thousands of years ago the avocado was called ” The fruit of Gods” by Central American Indians because of its ability to increase the vitality and general health of humans!
  • The Brazilians like to eat avocado mixed with Ice cream as a dessert…
  • And speaking of dessert, here’s that unusual dessert recipe I was talking about…

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

What do you get when you cross an avocado, chocolate and a banana?

What do you get when you cross an avocado, chocolate and a banana?

 

Enjoying the city lights from our balcony, whilst devouring delicious chocolate mousse.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados (I used three small)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 150 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), melted
  • Extra grated dark chocolate, to serve

Method

  • Cut the avocados in half and remove stones, scoop flesh into bowl.
  • Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut cream.
  • Process in food processor or with your hand blender for 10 seconds. Scrape sides and blend for another 10 seconds.
  • Heat your chocolate in the microwave (chop into even pieces to ensure it melts consistently) for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted evenly.
  • Add melted chocolate once it has cooled.
  • Blend again for 10-15 seconds or until creamy and smooth.
  • Spoon into serving glasses or dishes. Add grated chocolate, fruit optional but blueberries go amazingly with this! 🙂

TIP: Add a banana into the mix for extra sweetness.

We had this for dessert last night, and I can’t wait to get home and enjoy the rest tonight!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Coco xx