17 Mar

#16WeeksToGlory: Week 11 recap

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Daylight savings time hit, the weather got hot (not warm…HOT…79 today alone!), and running should be getting a little more difficult with the change in the weather!  I hate running in the heat.  Give me cold any day of the week.  However, I hate biking in the cold!  If I could keep the temperatures at a nice 40° for the run, then 60° for the bike, I’d be a happy camper.  Oh, and I want 85° for the swim.  But I’m afraid that’s too much to ask for so I’ll just have to deal.

Let’s see how our runners are doing with the changes…

Chad Hetrick

ChadAge: 32
How many miles a week are you running now? I was back up to 40 last week. I won’t do a whole lot more than that between now and the race.
Your body is probably aching a little. How are injuries coming along? I do have the normal aches and pains but no new or recurring injuries. Trying to be proactive on prevention has really helped.
Our temps have gotten considerably warmer over the last couple of weeks. Have you had any problems adjusting to the heat? I did feel drained after 3 miles on Thursday when it was in the 70s. Not sure if I was still hungover from the Beacon or if it was the heat.
Would you rather run in cold or heat? Cold all day every day. {I’m with Chad here!  I’ll take a cold run every time!}
What is your goal time? Has it changed from when you began this adventure? My goal time is still 3:10 but everything will have to go perfect and I’m not sure that ever happens in your first marathon. The Beacon 25K was a good test for me. I was happy with my time but it was still a little slower than I hoped. It probably would have translated to around a 3:15 marathon. I still have work to do and time is getting short!

Christy Taylor

ChristyAge: 42 (will be 43 in January)
How many miles a week are you running now? I completed 27 miles last week. I’ve been able to run 3x per week for the past three weeks. I’m closing in on the 30 miles/week mark. Slightly behind where I want to be. I’m a measly 4 miles off for my weekly total but catching up!
Your body is probably aching a little. How are injuries coming along? I’ve been taking naps after my long runs on the weekend which seem to help. My knee is doing much better. I attempted a boot camp last week, modifying the exercises, and experienced a bit of swelling afterwards. I skipped the 2nd boot camp for the week and was able to complete the 14 mile run last weekend without any issues.
Our temps have gotten considerably warmer over the last couple of weeks. Have you had any problems adjusting to the heat? It’s not been too bad. The Panera Beacon Run was crazy. It was winter temperatures at the start and felt like summertime at the finish. I had to walk back to through the course to pick up a layer I shed.
Would you rather run in cold or heat? I would rather run in the cold – hands down. I prefer 40’s/50’s.
What is your goal time? Has it changed from when you began this adventure? My goal time is 3:45 (Boston Qualifying)…it’s a STRETCH goal. I set this before I injured my knee and continue to chase it. Maybe I should change it, but I don’t want to. I also realized that if I were ONE year older, the BQ time would be 3:55…damn.

 

Zella Classen

ZellaAge: 22
How many miles a week are you running now? I’m running about 30 miles a week.
Your body is probably aching a little. How are injuries coming along? I don’t have any consistent injuries. However during my long run this week my hip flexors were killing me by mile 10 and had to stop at mile 16. and I got a new blister… I’m working to stetch and strengthen my hips so hopefully they won’t bother me too much in the future!
Our temps have gotten considerably warmer over the last couple of weeks. Have you had any problems adjusting to the heat? I’ve really been enjoying the warmer weather! I run in the morning though so I still enjoy the cooler temps!
Would you rather run in cold or heat? Ahh tough. I definitely don’t miss the snow. Or the extra gear to wear… so I guess heat if I have to decide. That might change if I have to run in 100 degree weather!
What is your goal time? Has it changed from when you began this adventure? My goal time is 4.5 hours. (Or anything under 5) It has changed bc I didn’t really have a goal! But now I know I can do it and what my average pace is!

 

John Doddy

JohnAge: 50
How many miles a week are you running now? My total weekly mileage is between 35 to 44 miles. I usually run this amount with four runs each week.
Your body is probably aching a little. How are injuries coming along? Fortunately, I’m only experiencing minor aches and pains.
Our temps have gotten considerably warmer over the last couple of weeks. Have you had any problems adjusting to the heat? I haven’t had too much trouble with the higher temperatures. I have noticed that by not wearing a hat or head band for warmth, I have the minor problem of keeping the sweat out of my eyes.
Would you rather run in cold or heat? Despite all the planning for the extra clothes and gear associated with running in the cold, I preferred running in the cold.
What is your goal time? Has it changed from when you began this adventure? When I started training my goal was to finish in under 4 hours and my stretch goal was 3:45. These goals still stand but I have been actually wondering if I am capable of running the marathon in 3:30. However, a bigger focus than the completion time goal is determining my strategy (eg. even pace, negative split, conservative start, etc.) for the race.

 

Lexi Garrison

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Age: 32
I’m up to at least 30 miles per week and should put in close to 40 miles this week.  I was definitely sore after the Panera run as that week was my first week of running back outside since my injury.  It’s crazy how different it is running on the treadmill and running outside is when it comes to the long milage.  Luckily the toe is good to go, I’m having no issues, and the weather has been nice!  This last week was definitely a change for me and I didn’t adjust to the temperatures as well as I would have liked.  In fact, I was about 45 seconds slower per mile this last Saturday versus the Panera run.  I’m confident that this week will be better though!  I have definitely learned that I would rather run in 45 degree temps versus the 65+ weather.  It’s beautiful for just being outside but not so much for my running.  My goal time for the marathon is still 4:45 but this weekend’s long run will help me know how close to that I will be!

17 Mar

Petition to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – #RepealTheSeal

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This country does a lot of stupid stuff.  The sad part is that it’s almost always driven by money or misguided religious beliefs.

We can now add another entry to the Stupid List with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ (AND) decision to succumb to the almighty dollar and partner with @Kraft to place a Kid’s Eat Right symbol on Kraft Singles© cheese packaging.  I shouldn’t have to tell you that those cheese slices are nothing but processed shit with very little nutritional value.  The problem is, I have to tell you that those cheese slices are nothing but processed shit with very little nutritional value!

The seal that will go on that packaging is deceptive and reckless.  I say this because @Kraft doesn’t make one single product that has any nutritional value.  I repeat, not ONE SINGLE PRODUCT.  Every product they make is processed and nutritionally void.  Their packaging is deliberately designed to make you think you’re getting a large nutritional value from their foods.  What you’re really getting is chemical sludge, stripped down vitamins, and food that has no nutritional value whatsoever.  I don’t have to list individual products on here because if I did, I would have to list every food they make.  You can add Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestle, and a whole host of other mega-producers into this group too.

So you have to ask yourself, why in the hell would AND partner with @Kraft to make people think the products are nutritionally valid?  Greed and money!

I’m telling you all this because I want you to read a blog post from a blogger I follow who is an RD and someone I truly trust to provide healthy, good advice.  Her name is Anne Mauney.  She lives in Washington, DC and runs a blog called FannetasticFood.com.

She wrote a lengthy piece on this topic and attached a letter that we all should sign to let AND know that this decision was incredibly poor and reeks of deception and greed.

You can go to Anne’s blog to read this or I have reprinted the post in it’s entirety below.


Reprinted from Anne’s blog

I am participating in the #RepealTheSeal campaign to show my disagreement with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ recent decision to allow the Kids Eat Right logo on food packaging. I invite my fellow colleagues and bloggers who share this opinion, or who support this campaign, to also post this Open Letter on their own blog, to sign the petition at change.org, and/or to use #RepealTheSeal hashtag via social media.

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Morning guys! This isn’t the type of thing I normally get involved with/post about, but I decided this was important enough to be addressed.

For those who haven’t seen the New York Times article from last week yet, check this out: “A Cheese ‘Product” Gains Kids’ Nutrition Seal.” Ridiculous, right?

If you’re confused about what’s going on, here’s a quick synopsis without all the technical jargon. First, background:

  • The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) is the main membership/ governing organization for nutrition professionals. It has over 75,000 members (registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students).
  • AND has come under fire before for the corporate sponsors it accepts. Many of the companies that AND allows to sponsor it/the annual meetings aren’t those that I would choose to support, and my fellow dietitians haven’t been pumped about some of AND’s corporate sponsor alliances, either.

What all this current fuss is about:

  • The Kids Eat Right program, run by AND, was launched to support public education projects and programs that address the national health concern of obesity among our children.
  • Recently, a “Kids Eat Right” logo appeared on Kraft Singles (yes, that super processed, more like plastic than real cheese product).
  • Everyone was like: “What the hell, AND? Does this mean you’re supporting Kraft Singles as a healthy choice?” Dietitians (like me) were especially upset, because this reflects directly on us and our credibility as we are members of their organization. (Y’all know I’m down with dairy, but only of the whole, real variety, and I certainly don’t think it’s a vital part of diets/the only way people can get calcium.)
  • AND replied: “Guys, relax. The logo doesn’t mean we’re endorsing the product, just that Kraft contributes a lot of money to our Kids Eat Right program.” Umm….
  • A lot of people think that their answer was pretty ridiculous. I mean, if you are a consumer at the store and you see a “Kids Eat Right” logo on a product, you would assume that that product has been designated a healthy choice for kids, right?

As you can imagine, this logo is an issue for a lot of dietitians for a number of reasons, but especially:

  1. It’s ridiculous that a plastic cheese product is being seen as having our stamp of approval, since what AND does reflects on us. This waters down the trust in dietitians everywhere. And who knows on what less than stellar products the logo will appear next?!
  2. People are upset that AND is being shady about what’s going on with their sponsorship/the meaning of the logo.

Thanks to a few of my amazing colleagues, Regan Jones, Rachel Begun and Kate Geagan, an open letter to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been written and a petition has been started to repeal this decision to allow the Kids Eat Right logo on products.

As dietitians/nutritionists, we work hard to provide full transparency in all of our own business relationships, and we expect the same from our Academy. In the business world, a logo on a product label conveys an endorsement, an alignment, and recognition of a paid relationship.

We are making known to the public and the Academy through the OPEN LETTER printed below that (1) we do not support this type of logo placement (2) we request that the on-package logo be repealed and (3) we request full transparency by AND & KER about this partnership to ensure this does not happen in the future.

If you agree our #RepealTheSeal campaign, we’d love for you to join us in signing the petition. You don’t have to be a Registered Dietitian to sign or to get involved in spreading this message!

Find the #RepealTheSeal petition here and read the open letter to the Academy below. Thanks for helping us make an impact!

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March 16, 2015

To Mary Beth Whalen, President Sonja Connor, leadership at the Academy and the Kids Eat Right (KER) Foundation:

As long-time members and proud supporters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), we are dismayed, shocked, and saddened by the blog post in last week’s New York Times.  The piece (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/a-cheese-product-wins-kids-nutrition-seal/?_r=0 – ) reports on the KER Foundation’s Nutrition seal— a seal that the Academy states was not an endorsement of the product, but is an indicator of the brands that support Kids Eat Right.

As dedicated Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and food and nutrition experts, we are protesting the Academy’s position to allow the Kids Eat Right logo on Kraft Singles, as well as the possibility to allow any future implied endorsement of any product by AND for the following reasons:

Flawed Understanding of the Marketplace

We wholly reject the rationale that the Academy used in their formal press release to defend the nature of the relationship between Kraft and the Academy. A logo on a product label is an endorsement, an alignment, and recognition of a paid relationship. Simply stating otherwise in a press release, no matter how emphatically, doesn’t change this fact. Rather, AND’s actions illustrate how profoundly out of touch AND is with business principles, which has put our professional integrity and credibility at risk. It is also a decision that is out of touch with members’ values.

Failure to Provide Transparency to AND Members and Consumers 

We work hard to provide full transparency in all of our own business relationships, and we expect the same from the Academy. Failure to be transparent about ANDs actions violates the Academy’s own Ethics Policy, which calls for the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and for members to not engage in false or misleading practices of communications.

Actions Requested of the Academy: #RepealtheSeal

We ask that the Academy make available to its members, the media and the public the following:

  • We ask for full transparency regarding the process of approval to allow the KER logo on the Kraft product— including the names of those involved, the meeting minutes of the discussion, and Board’s vote on this issue.
  • We ask for full disclosure of the terms of the financial agreement between KER Foundation and Kraft. We also request full transparency regarding the status of future agreements under consideration for use of our Logo.
  • We ask the Academy to provide their plan for the discontinuation of this specific relationship with Kraft and removal of the KER logo off Kraft Singles product packaging.

Academy members deserve strong leaders who will protect the integrity of the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist credential. This latest action is an embarrassing misstep that must be corrected swiftly in order to prevent further damage to the RD/RDN brand and to the Academy.

Sincerely,

Rachel Begun MS, RDN
Kate Geagan MS, RDN
Regan Jones, RDN
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists colleagues listed at change.org

06 Mar

Five Links Friday

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Here are five blog posts/articles/etc I came across this week that I want to share with you!  Who knows, you might find a new blog to follow.

  1. Top 5 Marathon Hacks
    This is a great list with some really helpful hints.  I would add a couple more too: save the foil wraps you get at the end of a race to use at the starting line of the next race.  Also, bring extra nutrition you’re willing to throw away just in case there’s a delay.  This happened at the OKC Memorial Marathon in 2014.  There was a two hour delay that screwed everyone.  There was a record number of DNF’s, including yours truly!
  2. Why “Best in Show” actually means “Worst for Dogs”
    I can’t scream this enough: adopt, adopt, ADOPT!  Stop shopping and start ADOPTING!  Mutts and shelter dogs are the best dogs.  Trust me, I have three of them!
  3. 16 Creepy College Mascots
    As an OU fan, I love to hate on Oklahoma State.  It’s actually a state past-time here in bible hell.  So you can imagine how pleased I was to see Pistol Pete on this list!
  4. Why I Ran: The 2015 Ultra Maraton de Caballo Blanco
    Three words: Born to Run!  Pick up the book and read it!
  5. Scientists have discovered another Earth with probably life
    Is this where E.T. lives?
03 Mar

#16WeeksToGlory: Week 9 recap

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With all the bad weather we had in Okc last weekend, I totally slacked again and blew off my long run.  I did get out on the mountain bike though.  I had a blast riding the trails with my friend Steve (@SchlegelBikes).

We’re now in week 9 of our 16 week training program; we’re over the hump.

So let’s see how our runners are doing…

Chad Hetrick

ChadAge: 32
Okc had really bad weather this week. How was your run through the snow and ice? Or, did you opt for the dreadmill? I ran on the treadmill a couple times this week but ran at the Arcadia trails on Sunday. It was a little sloppy in the afternoon. I should have ran earlier when everything was still frozen.
If you ran outside, how many times did you fall? Luckily, I didn’t fall but it doesn’t take snow for me to fall on the trails. I can do that in perfect conditions.
Do you have any good pictures of ice covered facial hair? Can’t say that I do.
Since we were scheduled for about 16-18 miles last weekend, how much did you get done in this bad weather? This week was not a good running week for me. After getting in 54 miles the previous week with a 20 mile long run, I was a little fatigued. I did have a good treadmill workout Tuesday but it was all downhill from there. I had a few long days/late nights working, limited sleep and came down with some sort of sickness. I somehow still managed to get 32 miles in. The way I feel right now, I’m thinking this week won’t be great either. I’m doing the Panera Beacon 25K Saturday so hopefully I’m better by then.

Christy Taylor

ChristyAge: 42 (will be 43 in January)
Okc had really bad weather this week. How was your run through the snow and ice? Or, did you opt for the dreadmill? The run was TOUGH. This was the first time I’ve ever ran in these type of conditions. The last few miles I could really feel pain in my hip and noticed I was leaning forward (nearly laying down) while running. I stopped and walked a bit, collected myself and ran the last two miles at a faster pace than any of the previous miles and with little to no pain. It was a good reminder to be more aware of my running form. I was so tired that I was just trying to get through it. Still a better option than running indoors, in my opinion.
If you ran outside, how many times did you fall? I didn’t fall! I swung by a sporting goods store the night before and picked up a pair of Yaktrax. I was skeptical, however they worked really well. Of course, my strides were much shorter, which also helped. Outside of trying to avoid slipping, it was a challenge to keep from twisting an ankle. The ice made the running surface extremely uneven. The snow covered the trail throughout Hefner and it was easy to land on the edge of the path and lose your footing. I prevailed!…only because I was watching everyone else and learning from their missteps.
Do you have any good pictures of ice covered facial hair?
Ha…no pictures – I feel like not taking my picture was in keeping the public safe. I do have a picture of the ground. Unreal. It wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. The night before I really felt as if I was preparing for a battle. I also used the hot hands packets in my gloves which helped tremendously. I also had a change of dry tops in my car to prevent from freezing on the drive home.
Since we were scheduled for about 16-18 miles last weekend, how much did you get done in this bad weather?  I’m still not up to where I should be mileage wise, but I did get a solid 14 miles. This was my goal prior to running on Sunday. It felt like 114. The uneven running surface and snow made it feel like I was running in sand…FOREVER. This is the first time since ramping up my mileage that I noticed swelling in my knee. I feel like all of the extra work keeping upright lent to additional stress. I ran a 6 mile training run this morning without issue. As a side note, I’m ready for this weather to pass…now.

 

Zella Classen

ZellaAge: 22
Okc had really bad weather this week. How was your run through the snow and ice? Or, did you opt for the dreadmill? Well I was pretty determined to run outside this weekend. I really dread that dreadmill. So I braved the snow on Saturday and ran at Lake Hefner. The first 3 miles were nice….. then my eyelashes began to freeze and my cheeks were soooo cold. So I stopped when I got back to my car at 6 miles and called it a day.  Soooo I tried Sunday. I ended up doing 3 miles on the treadmill then I went to lake Hefner to finish my run. I was aiming for 15. But I just did 10 at the lake. So a total of a 13 mile long run!
If you ran outside, how many times did you fall? I actually didn’t fall at all! But it was very close a couple of times. I had to look around to make sure no one saw. My hips are very very sore. Not sure if that’s do to balance control or just the long run!
Do you have any good pictures of ice covered facial hair? LOL No pics! Trust me. It would have scared you.
Since we were scheduled for about 16-18 miles last weekend, how much did you get done in this bad weather? Saturaday:6 Sunday:13 Total for the week: 27.5

 

John Doddy

JohnAge: 50
Okc had really bad weather this week. How was your run through the snow and ice? Or, did you opt for the dreadmill? I didn’t run when there was a large amount of snow and/or ice on the roads out of concern of possible injury. Instead I waited for most of the snow and ice to melt before running. I try to avoid the dreadmill.
If you ran outside, how many times did you fall? Zero because I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to slippery roads.
Do you have any good pictures of ice covered facial hair? LOL No unless the paparazzi snapped a picture.
Since we were scheduled for about 16-18 miles last weekend, how much did you get done in this bad weather? I ran 18 miles Sunday afternoon after the snow and ice started melting. This distance was my longest run ever.

 

Lexi Garrison

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Age: 31 (32 in February)
Okc had really bad weather this week. How was your run through the snow and ice? Or, did you opt for the dreadmill? Considering it was my first full week back to running after being hurt, I was really happy with how it went. I was not so happy with the weather though and I ended up spending every bit of my 30 total miles this week on a tread mill. Living so far from the city can make it difficult to get out for those early runs on the weekends when the weather is as bad as it was. So I opted yesterday for the gym, treadmill, and an iPad with Netflix. I took an extension cord and everything to the gym to ensure I wouldn’t lose power during my entertainment. Luckily it was a good treadmill and House of Cards kept me well entertained for the entire time so it went really well! After missing a 16 and a 14 mile run over the past two weekends I had only planned on doing 14 this weekend but I ended up doing 16 and it felt good! Which means I’m only 2 miles off from everyone else! This next weekend is the 25k race and I’m am hoping to get in an easy 2.5 miles before the race starts so I’ll have a total of 18 in this coming weekend and that should get me caught back up with everyone.

01 Mar

Bicycle! Bicycle! I want to ride my bicycle!

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Welcome to a beautiful winter morning from @ElementalCoffee in mid-town Okc.  Actually, our winter has been non-existent until this last week of February.  While we watched Boston get pounded and pounded by many feet of snow, Okc was living a beautiful Spring Weather winter!

Well, we finally got nailed by old man winter this week, although, it’s more like slapped, not nailed.  We got a few inches of snow and some sleet/ice, but other than that, the streets are passable and the city is moving along smoothly.

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I hate running in this crap so I bailed on my long run this weekend.  There’s a possibility I’ll head to the dreadmill later on today but don’t count on it.

So, while the skies were dumping on us yesterday, Steve Schlegel, from @SchlegelBikes, called me to see if I wanted to ride some snow packed trails at Lake Draper.  Hesitant at first, I accepted his offer when he said he would pick me up in the mobile man-cave.  (see pics below)

The man-cave is definitely the way to travel to any race or sporting event.  It has a full shower, bed, kitchen, TV, and a sound systems with outdoor speakers.

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That’s my $500 Trek FX 7.1 on the back.  That’s also Schlegel’s $6,000 Cannondale next to it!  My poor Trek is like the Cannondale’s white-trash cousin who came to town over the holidays and completely stopped up the toilet!

This being my first ever time on the trails with my bike (I know!  I waited until it snowed….idiotic!), I needed to go with Steve, who’s extremely experienced on the trails.  I was supposed to go with Schlegel’s general manager, Steve Swanson, last week but in typical Sean fashion, I went to a party the night before and drank way too much @COOPAleworks F5 and I was too hungover to ride.

To make a long story short (too late), we did 10 miles in the snow and sleet.  Our clothes ended up looking like an ice sculpture, which was kind of cool, and we were pretty frozen.  But I had a blast and will definitely do it again.  I a handful of times.  The first two were completely my fault.  I couldn’t get out of the clips in time and I was heading into a corner too fast.  The third time knocked the wind out of me.  The fourth was because I wasn’t going fast enough to make it up a hill.  Falling off your bike and sliding back down the hill wasn’t fun, especially since I couldn’t get back up the hill to get my bike.  I had to head into the woods to circle around the hill.  But it’s all a part of cycling off-road and I had a blast doing it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pics of us on the trail because my phone was tucked away in my frozen jacket and it was taking all I had to maintain a decent distance behind Steve.

But here’s what we did get….

 

27 Feb

Five Links Friday

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Here are five blog posts/articles/etc I came across this week that I want to share with you!  Who knows, you might find a new blog to follow.

  1. How I back up, edit, & organize my blog photos
    I always forget to rename my photos I use for the four blogs I manage.  This is a great post on how to manage those photos.  And even better is her use of Picasa instead of purchasing an expensive photo editing application.
  2. Weedkiller detected in Sun Chips
    I try to stay away from chips for the most part.  Every once in a while I’ll eat the chips at one of my favorite vegan cafes in Okc or munch on a few at our work cafeteria if I don’t have another choice.  But this is disgusting and I will now stay away from Sun Chips!
  3. Motorcycles
    Some days I really miss my Harley!  But most days I don’t.  I just lost too much confidence to ride a bike on the street so I’m content with not owning a motorcycle.  I would like a trail bike though.  However, it’s not high on my priority list….so I live vicariously through Amy!
  4. Vegan Quinoa Breakfast Bake
    This looks disgusting….but I read the ingredient list and I KNOW it tastes amazing!  Anne would never let me down. LOL
  5. Beware of this head fake: healthy cereal that isn’t
    First of all, there is NO healthy cereal.  It’s either made of sugar, grains, or processed shit. On top of it all, if you put milk or yogurt on cereal, it’s even worse!  Just stay away and choose something else for breakfast….as long as it isn’t a PopTart!
20 Feb

Five Links Friday

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Welcome to the second installment of Five Links Friday.  While I started this to be lazy, I’m actually finding some fun stuff to share with you guys!  Read on…

Here are five blog posts/articles/etc I came across this week that I want to share with you!  Who knows, you might find a new blog to follow.

  1. Cascade 100
    This girl is an ultra-runner and this race is insane!  Take a look at the elevation chart.  The race starts with 4500 feet of climb in the first 10 miles!
  2. Why you should start eating more walnuts
    Ann is one of my favorite bloggers.  She does eat meat but she has great advice, as well as the science behind it, on current and relevant nutritional methods.
  3. The one thing you shouldn’t be eating
    This is a good post about an ingredient that is doing much more harm than good!
  4. Bikes vs. Cars: The Deadly War Nobody’s Winning
    This is a major issue in Oklahoma City and our surrounding suburbs.  It’s mostly due to urban sprawl and non-cyclists difficulty in adjusting to an every growing cycling community.  I don’t think there’s an easy solution here.  Both sides are right and both sides are wrong.  In the words of this countries most famous crack-head, “Can’t we all just get along?”
  5. Couples who choose not to have children are ‘selfish,’ Pope says
    I used to like this pope.  As an atheist, I don’t agree with his beliefs, but I liked the fact that he was pretty inclusive of everyone and a very humble man.  That was, until he made this asinine statement; a generalization that made him look ignorant and uneducated.  I guess we’re getting more of the same old shit when it comes to the Catholic church!
17 Feb

#16WeeksToGlory: Week 7 recap

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Call me a slacker.  Call me lazy.  I totally blew off my long run this week.  I know I should have sucked it up and slogged out the door to run with my running group, but I was just so damn tired.  All I wanted to do was sleep!  And so I did.

I did get up an ride 18 miles with the Schlegel Bicycles group though.  That was a lot of fun….mostly because it wasn’t a fast pace.

We’re now in week 7 of our 16 week training program.  Our runners have experienced some injuries and should be starting to think about nutrition for those really long miles.  Mile 17 seems to be the magic point where lots of marathon runners hit the wall.  Hitting the wall in a marathon is a horrible feeling, especially knowing you still have 9 miles to go.  But training hard and understanding your bodies nutritional needs can help prevent the wall from appearing.

It’s really interesting to watch other runners go through the same issues I had when I started running marathons.  Non-runners seem to think we just go out and keep practicing running long distances.  There’s just so much more to it than just running!  And most of it is all in our heads!!!

So let’s see how our runners are doing…

Chad Hetrick

ChadAge: 32
Are you noticing any differences with your body, specifically strength or endurance capability, with the mileage increasing this high? Running long on the weekends definitely makes the midweek runs seem a lot easier.
How are your injuries? Healing or new ones? After my 18 mile run last week my right hip was a little sore. Since I’ve had a previous injury there I took it easy and cut off a few miles this week. It seems to be back to normal after my run today. I have another high mileage week next week so I’ll see how that goes.
Have you started to think about nutrition during the race? I constantly think about it. Probably too much yet I still haven’t nailed down a plan. It will likely be some combination of Humma chia energy gels, shot blocks, electrolyte pills and water. I’m loving the chia energy gels.

Christy Taylor

ChristyAge: 42 (will be 43 in January)
Are you noticing any differences with your body, specifically strength or endurance capability, with the mileage increasing this high?
I was able to run 10 miles this week without issue. I did incorporate spin classes to help strengthen my knee. While I am still behind in mileage, I have been able to gradually increase mileage without swelling. My knee feels a bit tinder and I’m handling the workouts well. If all goes well this week, I will add strength training. I was able to maintain an average pace of around 8:30 – much better than I thought I would be able to maintain. The biggest challenge for me is patience. I want to RUN, however, I have had to admit to myself that I just do not heal like I used to and have accepted the importance of taking understanding my limits.
Have you started to think about nutrition during the race? Nutrition has been on my radar. I came across an article discussing an aggressive fuel plan (I believe it was about every 15-30 min) that alternates between Gatorade and goo. It will be something I will need to begin practicing. I’ve never had anything during a race outside of liquid. My other challenge regarding fueling is Crohn’s disease. Finding the right combination now will be very important. I have repeatedly read about “the wall” and I don’t want to be the race participant who ends up losing control of my body. (I often think of Iron Man races where the people are crawling, running sideways, refusing help and collapse). My *other* goal is to finish while mostly vertical.

 

Zella Classen

ZellaAge: 22
You should be around 14-18 miles for your long run this week. Since the magic number seems to be 17 miles where a lot of marathon runners hit the wall, how did you feel after your long run this week? Well my long run this week was 12 miles. I will be running 15 miles next week (as I am a week behind) But the 12 miles was pretty good! I haven’t ran that far before so all of this is just one big journey. The last 3 miles really sucked. But I still enjoyed it! I averaged a pace of 9:45.
Are you noticing any differences with your body, specifically strength or endurance capability, with the mileage increasing this high? Yes I do feel that endurance is getting better. And my mental strength for running these distances. My hip flexors are definitely getting stronger they didn’t seem to bother me so much during my run this week!
How are you injuries? Healing or new ones? I haven’t had any issues lately!
Have you started to think about nutrition during the race? I have, sort of. So far experimenting with different energy has been good, I’ve liked them all. I need to look to see what energy sources they will be providing and possibly try them to see if they work for me… Maybe I’ll do that soon lol

 

John Doddy

JohnAge: 50
You should be around 14-18 miles for your long run this week. Since the magic number seems to be 17 miles where a lot of marathon runners hit the wall, how did you feel after your long run this week? My long runs were 15 and 17 miles over the last two weeks. During the last few miles my thighs felt REALLY fatigued. Afterwards my body was sore but I recovered quickly.
Are you noticing any differences with your body, specifically strength or endurance capability, with the mileage increasing this high? One thing that surprises me is my endurance. Now I can run 8 plus miles without even thinking about it. A year ago I would have needed a lot more preparation before running that distance.
How are you injuries? Healing or new ones? I’m still monitoring my IT Band situation and it seems to be under control. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced any new injuries.
Have you started to think about nutrition during the race? I’m thinking about my nutrition and taxes but I haven’t finished either task.

 

Lexi Garrison

Lexi
Age: 31 (32 in February)
You should be around 14-18 miles for your long run this week. Since the magic number seems to be 17 miles where a lot of marathon runners hit the wall, how did you feel after your long run this week?  Well, my 14 miler last week felt great! Unfortunately due to an injuring from my gracefulness (not running) I had to miss this week’s 16 miler.
Are you noticing any differences with your body, specifically strength or endurance capability, with the mileage increasing this high?  I have noticed that my strength is getting to where it surprises me. Last week I even beat my previous half PR by over 3 minutes.
How are you injuries? Healing or new ones?  While walking through the kitchen Saturday afternoon. I stubbed my pinky toe on a stool and ripped the nail plus some wide open. After a trip to the minor emergency clinic it’s bandaged and I have to go see a pediatrist this week sometime. I’m walking fine but the issue is going to be putting a shoe on my foot. Hoping to get a lot of time in on the bike and elliptical at the gym this week.
Have you started to think about nutrition during the race?Not much more than what I’m already doing with nutrition every 4 miles or so.

13 Feb

Five Links Friday

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Ahhh, laziness!  Most of the time I’m the epitome of lazy.  All you have to do is look at my house to understand that.  When I should be cleaning, I’m watching TV!  When I should be doing the laundry, I’m sitting in a coffee shop.  When I should be writing a substantive blog piece about health, exercise, or running, I’m looking for the cheap way out.

Hence, Five Link Friday!

I know, this is the cheap way out.  But, I own this little blogging slice of heaven so I can publish what I want!  Don’t judge.  You know you want to be as lazy as I am.

Here are five blog posts/articles/etc I came across this week that I want to share with you!  Who knows, you might find a new blog to follow.

  1. 10 workouts you can do in a hotel room

    PumpsAndIron.com.  This is a new blog I just found but it looks pretty helpful.

  2. Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

    I love Cookie + Kate’s recipes.  Loads of her stuff has made its way to my Evernote recipe account.  I highly recommend her stuff.

  3. Creative ways to display race medals

    We’re all looking for a way to re-purpose those race bibs!  This post has some fun ideas.

  4. My top 5 blogging tips

    I’m not sure how many hits Mary gets each month, but she usually has some fun content.  It’s not real informative, but it’s short and worth a scan.

  5. Vanilla Bean Almond Butter

    Holy crap this looks amazing!!!

09 Feb

My Monday Mantra: #IBlameStacy

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20150208_204437127_iOSThere are lots of activities in life that hurt.  Running a marathon, competing in a half ironman, listening to Kanye West’s music are just a few I can think of at the moment.

Yesterday I rode 50 miles on gravel with a bike that was made for Saturday afternoon strolls to the beach.  Guess what?  That freakin’ hurt!

Honestly, I wanted to back out of the ride but my friend Stacy basically told me she’d drive to my house, kick my ass, kill me, kick my ass again, then duct tape me to her handlebars to make me participate in the ride.

I opted for the easier activity: I rode it myself!

I have three bikes.  One is a Cannondale road bike.  One is a Cannondale TT bike.  And one is a Trek FX 7.1 rigid fork bike that is made for tooling around the city and stopping at coffee shops and bars.  So in my complete stupidity, I decided to ride 50 miles on gravel roads using this bike.  I wasn’t about to do it on my two Cannondales!

By mile 25 we were tired.  At mile 35 we were cursing.  When we hit the turn at mile 40, I could hear Stacy screaming behind me, “There’s ANOTHER F*CKING HILL!”

In all honesty, a 35-40 mile trek would have been perfect.  We slogged out those last 10-15 miles in pure torture and finished dead last.

When we got back to the start, I dumped the bike, grabbed my cooler, and popped open a beer….something I had sworn off for the month of February.  Stacy didn’t even care what kind of beer I brought for her.  She was so tired she just opened it up and started drinking.

While I had a good time, as I sit here in a coffee shop on this beautiful Monday morning in Oklahoma City, I can feel the soreness in my back and quads.  And here’s the bad part….the real soreness won’t set in until Tuesday morning.

My hashtag mantra today is #IBlameStacy!

Stacy and I have decided that next year we will sit in a bar and take pictures of our food an beer while the rest of the group tortures themselves on this ride again!  We will hashtag that day with #Suckers!

I can tell you that I saw some pretty cool sights while riding through BFE Oklahoma though.  One of the best was the house with the dozen or so goats hanging out on top of the cars parked in the driveway.  Kurt would be proud.

20150208_180623858_iOSI can’t imagine the beating those cars have taken.

20150208_155807310_iOSMostly I just loved the solace of it all.  I love the horses and livestock you see on these back roads.  I love being alone with my thoughts, no headphones, no music, no distractions other than the random redneck driving too fast in his truck.

20150208_180610811_iOS 20150208_175456524_iOS 20150208_155825307_iOS 1My friend Neil has been giving me shit about m y pink bottle!  Personally, I like it.  I had to steal it from my wife because I couldn’t find my other bottles.  Other than the lipstick on the spout, it worked just fine!

I’ll leave you with one final thought: Chamois Butter!

 

 

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