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The best athletes don’t stress about missing a workout. Well, that’s what Eat to Perform says in this blog post: 10 Things the Best Athletes Do (That you don’t). I sort of object to that parenthetical statement because A.) We’re all athletes, B.) Eat to Perform doesn’t really know if you do these things…it’s possible you do, right? ANYWAY…still worth reading…some interesting info.
I see new marathoners make this mistake all the time — running their long runs too fast. Runners World explains why you should do long runs at a slower pace.
4 common running mistakes to avoid in 2015.
Remy’s World: 9 Great New Year’s Resolutions from Stock Photo Runners
If you didn’t see “Frozen,” you won’t really get this, but….
The 20 Most Realistic Running Resolutions Ever (“1. Do not sign up for races when you have had more than two cocktails.” That’s some serious advice, right there).
Runner’s World has 6 ways you can slim down without starving.
Plantar Fasciitis plagues 10% of the running community. It’s painful, debilitating, and disheartening. Competitor.com runs down some of the newest techniques in fighting it here. (P.S. I battled it briefly…and switched to wearing a low heel at work, which I think helped me tremendously).
Looking for a challenge for 2015? How about running 2,015 miles? Join Run the Edge in this year-long challenge: You can “fly solo, partner up, or team up.” Details here.
And now I have this song stuck in my head:
Everyone wants to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more, but…chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already mastered those.
Here, then, are 6 resolution suggestions for runners:
3. Take rest days/listen to your body. Stop ignoring the minor aches, pains, and twinges that tell you that something is “off” with your body. Keep “pushing through,” and your body will force a layoff (trust me…I know of what I speak).
5. Add weight training to your workout. Running isn’t enough. Yes, it will melt off pounds and burn calories, but if you aren’t preserving muscle with resistance training and eating enough protein, you’ll never really get the fit and firm shape you really want.
6. Cut the sugar. It’s not easy to eliminate sugar from your diet. In fact, it’s nearly impossible since food manufacturers have added it to nearly everything we eat, even things you may not suspect like spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and salad dressings. Why is it in everything? Because it’s as addictive as cocaine and heroin. It’s in the food manufacturers best interest to keep us all hooked. I can tell you from experience that if you can get “off” the sugar, you will no longer crave it (after about a week) and you’ll shed weight pretty easily and keep it off effortlessly.
Need incentive & maybe some support? Join Doc Steve Krauza’s New Year’s Detox group (I’m in…though not for caffeine…a girls’ gotta have something!)
Want more? Here are 20 more humorous (though primarily true) New Year’s Resolutions for runners.
When I first started running, I faithfully kept running logs. Eight or so years into it, I realized that I never once reviewed or referred to the logs or looked at them ever again after adding up the yearly mileage total and comparing it to the previous year.
So I stopped. And for several years I ran without a plan or any record of the miles I’d put in. It was freeing and kinda fun to take such a laissez faire approach to running. But when I decided to do another marathon in 2012, I started keeping a scaled back log of sorts — writing my daily mileage on a cardstock calendar.
This morning, I added up my 2014 mileage after doing what I thought was my last run of the year. I came up with 1,171.6 miles, which is a number that is sticking in my craw.
You know why.
For the same reason you have to run around the parking lot three times to get exactly 5 miles or jog back and forth in front of your house to get 3.5 miles.
Runners don’t like odd numbers.
A short 3.4 miles will move that odd 1,171.6 to 1,175 — a much better number.
That’s the problem with keeping track, you can become a slave to the digits.
Here’s hoping that 2014 ends in a nice even number for you. If not, there’s still time to get it done before the ball drops.
Happy New Year, my friends.
One of the most surprising things I learned when I experimented with a paleo-like diet two years ago was how my cravings for carbohydrates and sweets completely went away after abstaining for them for a couple 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 running 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…again. 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, too, though I’ll be honest, I’m not committed to the caffeine part.
He’s adamant that detoxes are not diets:
“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, 2015 and ends February 19, 2015.
You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel in 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).
Watch the video from last year for inspiration & all the details. Email Doc (or me) for a PDF handout with a list of which foods to avoid & tips for success and request to join the Facebook group to stay connected and get inspiration and sugar-free recipes.
It’s free…no charge…just support and encouragement to help you kick a few bad habits & get a clean start in 2015.
P.S. A word about artificial sweeteners from Doc:
A reminder: artificial sweeteners, alternative sweeteners (even if considered healthy) are off limits for the detox. Why? You want to eliminate your craving or your need for sweet. It seems daunting, but yes, it is possible. Get through the hell fire days of day 1 – 10 and you’ll be very proud and empowered. You’ve got this!! Why? It is your health. It is for quality of life. It is for longevity. It is to slow down the aging process! What ISN’T IT for? To lose weight! Don’t make this about weight loss. Make it about quality of life. Get the crap out of your diet and your quality of life will greatly improve!
Adults are just outdated children. — Dr. Seuss
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. — Dr. Seuss
Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. —Dr. Seuss
Seuss was the theme this year and we had fun with it — dressing as various Whos and characters from the Grinch.
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. — Dr. Seuss
Mother Nature cooperated, providing ideal winter running conditions—cool weather, overcast skies and clear streets. It was good fun for a good reason and a good cause.
If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good! — Dr. Seuss
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
About Just Write “What ends up revealing itself when free writing is that everything has meaning. That is a magnificent gift of writing. If we write from a free heart-gut place, our souls start speaking.”<em
Out of ideas for that blasted Elf on the Shelf? Want to find a way to brag about your accomplishments to holiday visitors without looking like a jerk?
Runner’s World has got you covered. Check out these awesome holiday running decorations, submitted by RW readers.
I’m sooooo doing that wreath one next year. Or, maybe this year…I’ve got a couple of unused wreaths in the basement and Christmas Eve off.
In poor form? Don’t know? Here 5 of the most common running form mistakes.
Useful and timeless: Runner’s World’s 25 Golden Rules of Running
Think it’s too cold to ride your bike in Erie in winter? Tell that to this guy.
The film Unbroken, which is based on the book about the life of Olympic athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini and his struggles as a WWII prisoner of War, opens in theaters on Christmas Day, December 25. (P.S. If you’ve not read the book, you should — it’s just…amazing).
Just 10 days till Christmas! Need some more items for your wish list…or ideas for the runner in your life? Here are few cool things I found while Googling around:
1. FlipBelt. This tubular waistband sits sung on your waist and has four pockets that allow you to carry your phone, keys, gel packs, credit cards, etc. Put your stuff in the pockets, flip the belt inward, and your gear is secure. Made of a moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial spandex-lycra blend, the belt is machine-washable, and made in the USA. $29 at FlipBelt.com or Amazon.
Not into belts? Try this:
2. RooSport. The RooSport is a magnetic, attachable running pocket. The pocket has a magnetic flap that attaches over your waistband and “locks” into place. Runners say it works well and doesn’t move or chafe. It’s not waterproof, but you they do sell “snack bags” you put your electronics in (or you could just….you know…use an actual snack bag). $25 Available at Roosport.com or Amazon.
3. Arm sleeves. Arm sleeves are a great idea for Erie-area runners because, as you know, the temperatures here range wildly — sometimes even in one day. Sleeves are great because you can easily take them off or put them back on as needed. I love mine. About $20. Available at running shops or online.
4. Runner glasses. Sold in various styles — Pilsner, beer mug, wine glass, stemless wineglass (above) and coffee mugs — these glasses also come in a variety of saying. This one is my favorite. $15 to $30 at WulfCreekDesigns Etsy shop.
5. Running sunglasses. You can get away with cheap sunglasses, but actual running glasses are worth the investment because they will protect your eyes (UV), cut glare, and good ones won’t fog. Running Times has a pretty comprenhensive rundown here. I’ve never paid more than $40 for mine — I usually pick them up at a marathon/race expo.
6. Inspirational art. There’s no end to the inspiration, wit, and/or fun running-related art you’ll find on Etsy. I love this Etsy shop by Stephanie Lawson.
7. Shoe jewelry. Because, as Race Kred says “medals won’t fit on your laces.” These little “medals” are available to signify achievement in various running distances, including tris, duathlons, ultras, and trail running. You can even make a custom bead. Most are less than $10 each.
8.Race Weekend bag. I’ve been traveling to races for years and I’ve determined that 22″ is the perfect size for weekend race travel. This Samsonite duffle with wheels is on my wish list. And, at $30, it won’t bust the holiday budget.
9. RunPhones. Do you know a runner who complains about their earbuds always falling out? Forget the buds and get him or her a pair of RunPhones. These are headphones embedded into a moisture-wicking headband. Available in a variety of styles, the classic is $40. I recently tried these out & will post a full review soon. The short version: For those who have earbud issues…these are really great! BTW — these are assembled right here in Erie.
10. Compression socks. It’s hard for a runner to spend $50 on socks (or maybe it’s just hard for cheap-a#@ runners like me to spend $50 on socks), so that’s why it’s nice to get them as a gift. Compression socks help aid recovery and Pro Compression is having a sale right now — 42% off everything AND free shipping.
11. LED slap bracelet. I saw these cool LED slap bracelets recently at Home Depot for about $8 and am now kicking myself for not picking up a couple of them for stocking stuffers. You can, of course, get them online though.
12. Running journal. I’m a sucker for race journals and race logs. Most runners are. It makes our accomplishments seem more concrete and it helps us remember our P.R.s and keep track of mileage. You can pick one up for less than $10 and they make a nice stocking stuffer.
13. Tote bag. For the tree-hugging runner – this whimsical tote is a little over $20.
14. Pedicure. Any woman — and even some men — who puts hundreds of miles on their feet each year could use a pedicure gift certificate or a pedicure kit.
15. Transition seat wrap. Check out this product which is a changing towel and seat cover in one. Sure, you could get away with doing this with your own beach towel, but this one has some nice features — a “hood” to keep it over your headrest and a “clip” to keep it in place while you’re changing. $40.
16. Tough Girl tutus. Tough Girl Tutus are cute, but functional. Designed by running women, these tutus have a built-in race belt, material that won’t interfere with your pace, a wide waistband that keeps the skirt in place, and they can be worn with shorts or tights. $30.