Marathon training and magnesium

Me running my first marathon! (London 2015, backwards)

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Spring training and marathon training and racing is upon us.

Steph raced in Boston last week and picked up her six star medal, what an incredible achievement! Stay tuned for the full lowdown on the race, I can’t wait to hear all about those hills, that unpredictable storm and the electric atmosphere!

Soon we’ll be in Madeira and another challenge awaits us there. A marathon in the mountains, deep within the island’s National Park. I can’t wait! My training has been based on feel, because I’m really not taking it too seriously. I run because I enjoy it. I race because it takes me to new places. My longest run was at Kielder a few weeks back and it was a test of my endurance and current mind set. I am able so I’ll get to that start line feeling as ready as I want to be.

The only differences to my training in the run up to this race and others has been yoga and baths. Yes. Yoga three times a week, usually one yin style class and two involving more flowing sequences, at my local studio. I love it there. They’ve built a community and I go there not only for the practice but for the people, both teachers and students. I don’t know if this has benefited my race preparation, but mentally it feels like it has done wonders. I still find it hard to practice solo so classes are perfect for me.

Bath time has also been a regular occurrence and the only way I can keep track of the numbers of baths I’ve been having is the rate at which my Jo Malone bath oil is being used up! Magnesium bath salts have also been key to my recovery and it’s this new addition which also made me think about supplementing this mineral into my diet.

I already use a daily vegan supplement oral spray so I was intrigued to find out about magnesium mineralized water. It seemed like a simple way to boost my magnesium levels, which are essential for normal muscle function and help to reduce the risk of cramps. BWT, Europe’s #1 water technology company, have produced a water filter jug that not only enriches the water with essential magnesium (up to 40mg/l) to maintain a balance of mineral content and a practical neutral pH value, but also removes heavy metals, the substances that produce limescale and the elements that impair the taste and smell of the water.

In addition to foods high in magnesium – nuts, pumpkin seeds, avocados, spinach and chocolate! – magnesium mineralized water (2l) can provide 26-30% of your RDA. Our bodies unfortunately don’t produce magnesium so we rely on external sources and as this essential mineral is required for optimum physical and mental health it’s important we’re getting enough every day.

Yoga, baths, good magnesium levels. They’ve played as much a part of this marathon training as the running.

Have you ever thought about magnesium supplementation as part of your active lifestyle?

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