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* What’s the best way to plank? Depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.
* As if a traditional foam roller wasn’t torture enough, I give you: The cold roller (Actually, this might feel really great this summer).
* While I’m not big on “rules,” (you can the rebel girl out of Jr. High, but..you can’t take the Jr. High rebel out of the girl), I am doing pretty well on these New Rules of Fitness as I pretty much follow all of these now. How about you?
* If you Run Slow, Who Cares? (“There’s always someone faster: Unless you’re Kenenisa Bekele, Mo Farah or Galen Rupp, chances are there is always going to be someone faster than you. Fast is relative.”)
* No, Eating Fruits and Vegetables aren’t bad for you. You know that the only good “diet” is one with protein and lots of veggies and some fruits. Avoid processed foods and chemical-filled “diet” foods.
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* 17 things you should know before you date a runner. (“If you ever consider going on vacation together, chances are they will look into running a race while they’re out there.” LOL…true dat).
* 11 charts that show everything that’s wrong with our modern American diet (No. 1 is shocking..and, yet, not. And, no. 11 is eye-opening; I’m still angry about it…we were duped my friends.)
* There is such a thing as too “healthy”: The end of hyperbole as we know it.
“You don’t have to study physiology for very long before you discover that Goldilocks was right; there’s always a sweet spot between the extremes. Laboratory research and personal experience tell us that things that are beneficial in small amounts often become toxic in larger doses.”
* Need some new tunes? Check out Another Mother Runner’s list of 50 perfect running songs.
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* Don’t be fooled by the claims on the front of the package. Check the nutrition facts. Here are 16 supposedly healthy foods with more sugar than a Snickers bar
* Tight shoulders are common among runners, particularly among runners who have desk jobs. Here are some tips to help you loosen up.
* Completely unrelated to running, but Outside online wrote a fascinating piece on Iditerod racer Lance Mackey: The world’s toughest athlete.
* Again, not running related, but…cycling is good cross-training and I stumbled upon this offer for a free e-book from Vello Mom — Road Biking for Beginners. You have to join their mailing list to get a link to the book (a 22-page PDF). I haven’t read it all the way through, yet, but it looks worth reading.
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By heather.cass | December 31, 2013 1:43 am | Comments Off
One of the most surprising things I learned when I experimented with a paleo-like diet a year ago was how my cravings for carbohydrates and sweets completely went away after abstaining for them for a few weeks. I could sit in front of a plate of cookies or a basket of bread and have zero desire to eat them. I just didn’t want them anymore.
I was amazed at how long I stayed full when I ate meat and veggies (yep, with oil and butter). And… I didn’t have any trouble keeping weight off even when I reduced my mileage substantially.
I felt like I won the lottery. I could eat steak and broccoli with butter (and stay satiated for hours…no need or craving to snack), run half the miles I used to, and fit into the smallest size I’d worn since my 20s.
Then I got talked into a marathon (still not sure how that happened). The increased mileage (and the resulting cramps and fatigue) forced me to add some recovery carbs back into my diet. It started with “good carbs” like sweet potatoes, but soon veered off into the land of sweets, crackers, chocolate and diet soda again.
Sugar is a slippery slope, my friends. It’s insidious — it’s in nearly everything we eat. If not the real thing, then some form of it — honey, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, aspartame, sucrose, etc. (By the way, your body metabolizes bread/pasta and alcohol much like sugar).
So here I am at the end of the holiday season, having scarfed down more than my share of Christmas cookies, candies and hot drinks full of delish (but sugar-filled) creamers, and I feel like hell. I’ve gained 12 lbs. since my pre-marathon-training “eating clean” days and my runs suck. Whether that’s due to the extra weight or the “poison” I keep putting in my body, I don’t know. But, I know it’s over now.
Time to detox.
And you can join me — us, actually — a bunch of the Team Adrenaline gang are jumping on Doc’s Detox wagon and committing to give up sugar (in all forms), alcohol and caffeine for 6 weeks in an effort to “reset” our systems.
Yeah…caffeine. I’m giving up my beloved 6+ cups a day. Consider yourself warned, my friends. It won’t be pretty.
“Detoxes are not designed to be sustained over long periods of time. This particular detox is designed to eliminate cravings, increase energy, increase focus, and create an awareness of how your body reacts to certain chemicals.
This detox will not require you to purchase any pills, drinks, or gadgets. It doesn’t require you to deprive yourself of food or cause you to starve. This detox will cleanse your system from the holiday excesses. It will help your nervous system, digestive system, and immune system hit the Ctrl-Alt-Delete button as you start the new year.
Detoxes are not diets (see the recurring theme, here?). As a result, detoxes are not something you “dabble” in. Detoxes are all or nothing. Why? If you are trying to rid your body of certain chemicals, it means it has to be out of your system 100% to get the full desired effect. The degree of challenge is determined by your degree of dependency on the particular chemical you are detoxing.
The New Year Detox is not about weight loss. It’s about cleansing your body of the holiday excesses, eliminating chemical dependency, and improving the function of your nervous system. You will lose weight, but that’s not the purpose of this detox.
The New Year Detox starts January 1, 2014 and ends February 12, 2014.
You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel come mid-February…and maybe you will have broken a few bad habits that you never need to pick up again (unless you get talked into a marathon or something).
* So the last 40 years of federal research into nutrition has been fatally flawed? I’m not surprised. I figured out I’d been hoodwinked a couple years ago. Truth: I think the food pyramid and it’s emphasis on grains & corn is what made America fat …well, that and highly-processed and genetically modified foods and the fact that food manufacturers have inserted sugar (in some form) into nearly everything.
* Speaking of processed foods: Why you can’t resist Doritos (Confession: Doritos are the only “chip” I can’t resist…so yeah, they got me with the nacho cheese).
* One marathon is refusing to publish complete results, citing privacy issues.
* I sure hope some runner went and adopted Boogie, the 1/2 marathoning dog.
True for me:
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* Herald Sun: The truth about modelling: What I wish I’d said to my fans . While this isn’t running related, it’s quite interesting.
* The Reebooted Body: The Health and Fitness Industry is Dead (And That Includes You, Paleo). A must-read for anyone concerned about their own health, diet and fitness, you know…like you.
* How to balance running and strength training (and, yes, you should be strength training!)
* Downhill running tips (If you’re unaware there’s a technique to running downhill, it’s possible you’re doing it wrong. These tips are really helpful.)
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NPR: ‘Why this Compulsion to Run long distances?’ A Runners’ Beautiful Confession (“…but when I run the world goes quiet.” Me, too, Oatmeal)
“Widespread” doping in Track & Field? *gasp* But, seriously, does this news really shock anyone? I hate to be jaded, but it’s seriously a matter of time before they bust Bolt or one of the other running superheros.
4 easy post-workout snacks that aid recovery.
Make your own marathon brag board (below). Step by step instructions here.
I don’t think that “Sunny Orange Creamsicle” would fit on a race bib though.
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* Ironman Andy Potts shares his best training advice. (I think we should all start eating like little kids. I truly think we all eat too often…that eat small meals all day thing is bunk, provided the meals you do eat have protein and fat in them..yes, FAT…don’t be afraid. Trust me on this.).
* Next time someone tells you that running is bad for your knees, hit them with these 9 Ways Running is Good For Your Body.
* Planning to celebrate your latest running achievement with some new ink? Check out these 41 Running-Inspired Tattoos.
* If you’ve taken some time off from running, whether by choice or by doctor’s orders, here are 16 comeback songs to inspire you when you’re ready to lace up again.
* Thinking of moving to more minimalist shoe? Here’s advice on how to do it without getting injured.
* Planning to try a triathlon? A complete how-to with great tips & info here.
* Check out these Night Runner LED lights that clip onto your running shoes. I think I might just find them terribly distracting when running in the dark, but some of you might find them really useful. If so…you may want to get in on the ground floor (pun intended) and support the Night Runner’s Kickstarter campaign.
* Runner’s World’s new greeting card line: Sympathy cards for runners
Of course….eCards is not to be outdone in the humor department:
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* Planning to run your first 6.2? Here are 10 Tips for Running a 10K.
* Runners, Yeah, we’re different. (I think I’ve done every one of these…you?)
* 4 ways to stop side stitches (from Shape.com)
* Tsk, tsk, NY Times, I think we all know the answer to this question: Is it Better to Walk or Run?
* Headed out of town? Tips for traveling runners
Your new cross-training routine? (I thought this was a joke, but…um….no, this is for real. And, if I see you doing it, I will absolutely laugh at you) “We’re going to really cut the noose, and let it loose with the Prancercise Gallop!”
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