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San Francisco Half Marathon Recap

July 31, 2012

10 years later, I completed my 2nd half marathon!

I definitely won’t let another 10 years go by. As I’ve said often, I think halfs are the sweet spot for training because your long runs never take more than about 2 hours and you aren’t wiped out for the rest of the day (vs. training for a marathon). I’m going to do a 10k as soon as I can (I can bust out 6 miles pretty easily) and perhaps another half marathon this fall.

This time, I’m positive I wouldn’t have finished as fast as I did if it hadn’t been for my two best friends pacing and encouraging me. Following my setback, I wasn’t able to get in enough long runs (or short runs, for that matter) to really feel prepared for the event. Last time I trained, I also did more track work (including speed work) and trails (for hills) which I think showed vs. my mainly treadmill + some outside longer runs.

The results? Read more…

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Setback

July 5, 2012

A week ago, I was struck down with some gastro-intestinal…something. After 3 days of not being able to eat / breathe well / sleep, I ended up in urgent care for some relief (say what you will, but having access to Italy’s healthcare system is one of the reasons I love living in Italy). On day 6, I finally was able to spend the entire day out of bed, even if I still was eating only rice, crackers, and water.

I’ll be honest one of the first things I thought about when I started feeling bad was the 1/2 marathon I’m training for at the end of the month. The past week I haven’t left my bed nor my apartment much, much less exercised. A few days of eating only 300-500 calories has left me seriously weak and wondering what that means for July 29th which is quickly approaching. On Day 4 sitting at a computer made me break out in a sweat.

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Why the 4-Hour Body diet is only a 4-Hour Lifestyle Change

June 25, 2012

Last year when I started looking at making some changes to how I eat, several of my colleagues were doing the 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Now while I haven’t read the book in full, I’ve learned a lot about the diet portion of the book, and I’m not really a fan. The principles are great for a short-term change, but not for anything sustainable, and seem like they are aimed mainly at single men (like the author).

Let’s take a look at his rules for the 4HB diet:

Rule #1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains. If you have to ask, don’t eat it.
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. You already do this; you’re just picking new default meals.
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose –> glycerol phosphate –> more bodyfat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are excepted.
Rule #5: Take one day off per week and go nuts. I choose and recommend Saturday.

Let’s take a further look at each rule. Read more…

Progress time

June 13, 2012

More than a year later after starting this site, I’ve published a Progress page. You know, the one with before & after pictures. I’ll link to it, but I just wanted to discuss my hesitancy and finally my decision to post it.

I think progress pages – pages where people who have gotten back to healthy show you their before & after pictures are part narcissistic, and part philanthropic.

What? (you’re probably saying) Read more…

It’s half time…marathon, that is

June 7, 2012

Yep. It’s happening.

I got it in my crazy head to do another half marathon, 10 years later! I kept looking at my calendar to figure out when it might happen sometime in 2012, but the courses in Italy often fall on dates I’m not free or can’t train and in the summer it’s much too hot. I wanted to do a “destination race” but also dealing with jetlag and having to plan so far ahead for a trip I haven’t confirmed is a bit nerve-wracking.

So when I booked my summer trip back to the States, and realized not only would the SF Marathon fall during those dates and so jet lag would be moot, and my best friend is already running the full marathon, I thought…why not? 2 clicks and 1 credit card payment later – I’m registered.  Read more…

Food Documentaries: Storytelling to combat our Obesity and Nutrition Wars

May 29, 2012

I have some favorite movies about celebrating food & eating which I’ll post on my food & travel site, Ms. Adventures in Italy. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? Those movies which make you think twice before putting that food into your mouth? Over the past few years I’ve been very interested in learning more about where food comes from, how processing affects it, and what it means to trust big brands to supply us with nutritious food (a misnomer?) and the correct information regarding it. Read more…

Non-scale victory: Tracking where I exercise (globally)

May 9, 2012

Here’s a new non-scale victory for me, and one I’m going to start tracking pretty heavily. I’ve always traveled, I’ve often exercised, and now I’m lucky enough to do both pretty often.

The food blogger in me makes sure I get to sample the local delicacies (in Miami, Cuban food; in Dijon, the mustard and wine; in New York…everything) but the Food Blogger on a Diet in me is making sure I’m working out (and going for a run outside when possible) in every city I visit, too.

Last year I talked about packing food while traveling, and also exercising while traveling, but since I’m a big statistics geek, and I post a big recap of my personal stats every year on my food blog (check out my 2011 Year in Review for what I track), after I started exercising on these trips, I decided that I should start tracking how many cities & countries I exercise in. I’ll be adding these to my Year in Review moving forward, too.

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