My Washington DC Adventure

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I went to Washington DC to run a marathon…

But sadly, my knee had other plans.

Sunday marked my first DNF (did not finish) of my running career. Even though I have only been running for three years, I still call it a career. Trust me, I am not finished; far from it actually. This is only the beginning.

It was probably one of the hardest decisions I have made in quite a long time. In the back of my mind, I knew that I could probably finish the race, but I kept weighing the risks.

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10 Rules For Healthy Eating (My Eating Philosophy)

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I would be lying if I said that I have never had a rocky relationship with “healthy eating”.

In the past, I’ve tried:

  1. “Diet Foods”: Splenda, egg whites, sugar free everything, and so much more. I think you know what I am talking about. This “healthy eating” experience was absolutely terrible. I was tired, cranky, and just run down.
  2. “Low fat”: This was terrible as well. Not only was this eating plan completely devoid of heart healthy nutrients, it also tasted like my butt.
  3. Low carb, no meat, ect… I think I have tried everything, but I never felt my best.

If you want to know more about my journey through “healthy eating”, let me know and I will do a post on it.

To me, the term “healthy eating” is not a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. I choose to eat “healthy” everyday because it makes me feel my best. It’s that simple.

My philosophy on food and “healthy eating” is about enjoying everything in a balanced manner.

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Apparently I Am Sexy

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Am I right or am I right?

Apparently people find my blog by searching for “sexy runners”.

Google doesn’t lie right?

Yes, no, maybe?

My best friend said he loves this picture 

I REALLY hope someone Google’s “sexy runner” and my picture comes up. That would be awesome!

While I may not be running as much right now as I would like to be, I still consider myself a runner.

My knee is getting better, but it still isn’t perfect. I actually like to think that is good news 

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Five Ingredients I Will Not Eat

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After writing about my food philosophy a few weeks ago, I have a feeling that most of you guys think that I am completely nuts. After this post, you are probably going to think I am even more nuts, but if I cared, I would not be writing this post 

I eat the way I do because I like the way it makes me feel both physically and mentally. After eating a meal with whole grains, vegetables, and grass fed meat, wild seafood, or organic poultry, I feel so much better than if I had eaten a greasy burger at McDonalds.

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You Know Your A Runner When…

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You trip over multiple pairs of shoes trying to get into your apartment. I then fall on my face and see this:

And I wear every single pair!

  • A pair of () for walking.
  • A pair of () for running.
  • A pair of shoes for running.
  • A pair of shoes for cross training.
  • My racing flats for speed work, which don’t get much use because I am afraid to try running fast again.
  • MY NEW Brooks ! I haven’t worn them yet, but I want to try a new pair of shoes. I’ve been running in the for two years, but the guy working at the running store suggested that my Adrenalines could be causing my knee pain (apparently he has seen this before). I’ll give it a shot!
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Commuting via Bicycle

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I think I mentioned this before, but one of the reasons that I purchased my bike was because I want to start using it ride to class and work.

I will look like that tomorrow when I am riding to work 

I am looking at it this way…

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Why Trainers Say “Slow Down”

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My dad emailed me this article and I thought it was really interesting, so I thought I would share it. It’s a little long, but it’s a great read.

When his running coach implored him to take rest days, Bill Carr didn’t listen. Slated to run a 100-mile ultramarathon this month, the 36-year-old cranked up his workouts over the summer, running more and harder miles than his coach recommended.

Running coach Julie Fingar guides Bill Carr, who ran too much and injured his ankle, in drills at a Twin Rocks trail near Folsom Lake in Granite Bay, Calif.

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So It Begins

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First of all, I am so glad that so many of you enjoyed the article I posted this morning.

While I was reading the comments today, I think was spot on:

First of all, the nutrition facts on a label DO NOT define it’s nutritional value. Some of the healthiest foods in the world are in fact the highest in fat and calories.

  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • NUT BUTTER (and nuts)

Does that make them unhealthy?

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2011 Goals

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Now that we are on the eve of 2011 (literally), it is time to start planning out what I want to accomplish next year.

I remember my first “real” New Years resolution. It was for the year 2007 and I vowed to give up soda for the rest of my life. This might not sound like a big deal, but for me at that time, it was a massive accomplishment!

When I was in junior high and high school, my normal breakfast was a bag of Doritos, a pack of pop tarts, and a Sunkist. Sometimes the pop tarts were exchanged for a cookie, but the Sunkist was essential. Back in the day, I probably had at least 3-4 a day MINIMUM. My addiction to soda started in around 7th grade, but lasted until I started eating healthier at some point during senior year of high school.

Since that day, I have not had a single drop of soda (regular and diet). The first few weeks were tough, but once February rolled around, I did not even think about it. Actually, right now I think soda is pretty disgusting and you could not pay me to drink it. Actually, it depends on how much you are paying me…

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