Work has seriously been crazy busy this week. I must admit that fitting in the time to train everyday has been hard. Which is why it’s even more important to make the most of the time I do have with quality workouts. I know a lot of you have been asking about my diet and how I’ve been training in the lead up to the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. So before I sign off for a session of yoga, here it is.
In order to amp up my endurance levels for the 9km Bridge Run, I have been combining a series of cardio and HIIT yoga and running. If you’ve never heard of cardio and HIIT yoga, it’s basically what it says. I do three sessions per week of one hour session of high-intensity interval training yoga, which cycles between waves of intense vinyasa flow coupled with strong holding yoga postures and opening poses. I can tell you now that this workout gets a serious sweat on! On the weekend, I’ll go for a jog around the city and through the Sydney Botanical Gardens. However, everyone is different and if you’re not into yoga, then Blackmores offer some great programmes here for you to choose from in the lead up to the event. And what’s even better, they also have a free naturopathic advisory service on offer.
I’ve been consuming a lot of fresh fruit and low-GI foods. In essence, this is a great way to give my body a sustained energy release throughout the day. Since I’ve added a fair amount of cardio into my workouts, I need to fuel my body with the right foods, otherwise I won’t have the energy to train and build up the endurance that I need for the Bridge Run. So what have I been eating? Along with doubling my intake of fluids that includes water and natural coconut water, my weekly diet consists of the below.
- Gluten-free porridge mixed with almond milk, goji berries, sliced bananas and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
- Bircher muesli mixed with berries, fruit, sunflower seeds and chia seeds.
- Green juice of spinach, apple, lemon, cucumber and celery.
- One Blackmores magnesium tablet every day! Magnesium is great for muscle cramps and is a must whilst I’m training. There’s nothing worse than cramping up mid-run, ouch!
Snacks morning and afternoon
- Chia Pods
- Almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts
- Almond milk latte
- Cocoa balls
- Quinoa salad mixed with protein and egg.
- Grilled tamari and honey chicken breast with broccolini, cherry tomatoes and cauliflower mashed with sweet potato.
- Home-cooked bolognaise sauce with steamed pumpkin, broccolini and green beans.
- A lean piece of grilled steak served with broccolini, brussel sprouts and my fave napoli sauce that my mum taught me to make.
So if you have any questions or need a spot of advice, head to my Instagram account www.instagram.com/biancamaycheah and just ask a question via a comment. Or, I’ll just see you at the start line Sunday 21st September for the Bridge Run!