Liz and Martin Yelling very kindly invited me to do a presentation at their training weekend for the Bristol 10k last Sunday to promote my book Go Faster Food. Liz Yelling has read the book from cover to cover, loves it and has written a fantastic foreword for it, so I am chuffed to bits, as she really was my first choice for a foreword...not only is she just a phenomenal endurance athlete, but she is not elitist in any shape or form and devotes a lot of time to helping and encouraging us mere mortal runners to achieve our potential, whether you are planning to run your first 10k in 90 minutes or whether you're trying to better your time on your fifteenth marathon.
This training weekend was run in partnership with Run Bristol and the training company, full potential. What a great bunch of people! Everyone seemed to enjoy the talk and after I left they apparently tucked into the Go Faster Carrot Cake I had brought along with great relish!
A few interesting foodie snippets into people's interesting dietary habits cropped up - Liz Yelling likes to recover from her training runs with scrambled eggs on toast but will often crave chips after a competition. That's great, but another chap on the course said he ate an OXO cube when he returned from hot runs to replenish his salt levels! How disgusting is that! Even more bizarre, the daughter of one of the participants likes to stir peanut butter into her porridge. No thanks, but each to their own...
There's another training camp on 18th and 19th July and if it is going to be anything like the one last weekend in Ashton Court, I would highly recommend it - really professionally run, fantastic advice and very reasonably priced - I think this weekend was £10 a day plus £6 for an excellent lunch.