My life belongs to Ironman…

Do you ever feel like Ironman and triathlon training is taking over your life? This morning when I woke up, my husband asked me what was on tap for this weekend.  “A 5k race tonight, a long run on Saturday and then a long ride on Sunday” was my reply.  Crestfallen, he said “No, I mean what’s on tap for us this weekend?”

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There’s a first time for everything…

I was chased by a lawn mower yesterday.  Now, it’s not all that uncommon for me to be chased by something while running.  I’ve been pursued by dogs, deer, opossum, Canadian geese, and, of course, the ever-present highschool kids who think it’s hilarious to drive along side a runner yelling “Run, Forrest! Run!”

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What America Eats

Surveys concerning our nation’s nutritional shortfalls abound but I don’t need some randomized, controlled-trial survey to tell me what America eats.  I already know because I run.  I run in the afternoons, I run in the evenings, and, because my schedule comands it, I run in the mornings on garbage day.  Now this kind of run is not for the faint of heart (or stomach), especially as the temperature heats up!  But by running before waste management makes it to my neighborhood, I get an up-close-and-personal view (and 7 day food recall) of what my fellow citizens are consuming.

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Oooww, that hurts (but it was totally worth it)

This morning when I woke up I could hardly move.  Every muscle, tendon, and cell was screaming at me, competing for attention along with every inch of chaffed skin (and let me tell you, I’m chaffed from my neck to my toes).  But despite all this pain, I woke up with a smile on my face.  Why?  I remembered that somehow, I survived another marathon.    Read the rest of this entry »

Time to move on (that thought)

The wise Tom Petty keeps reminding us that, “it’s time to move on, it’s time to get going” and now that Spring is here, I’m convinced that he’s right.  I’ve been cooped up inside the gym on the treadmill and the elliptical and now that the view from my window is no longer one of brown patches and fog, that means it’s time to get out in the sunshine and run and bike alongside the flowering trees. If you’re like me, Spring means it’s time to clean out the closest, the playlist, and update my training plan and my equipment.  Spring means it’s time for some new tunes on the ipod, new shoes on my feet, and maybe a new outfit or two.  Read the rest of this entry »

Need some inspiration?

You think you’ve got it easy and then, when you’re near the end of a 20 mile run, or a 15 mile run (or even a 6 mile run) you feel terrible.  You feel like giving up and walking home.  You take on a “woe is me” attitude and the run ends up being much less spectacular than anticipated. Somedays runs and workouts are hard because you may not have eaten well the day before, or you’re too stressed out with work or bosses, or because of something a friend said, or the fact that you forgot to order new shoes (and now the knees hurt), or whatever.  The possibilities of “things that can ruin a run’ seem endless.   Read the rest of this entry »

Why Tri?

Sometimes, when we get stressed out and bogged down in life and in training, we wonder why we are even out there and why we even bother pushing ourselves from day to day (while the rest of the world seems to sit by and watch).   Sometimes it helps to pause, step back, and reflect on why you make the sacrifices you do for your sport.  What’s the reason behind all of your hard work?  What are the rewards?  What is your inspiration?

And sometimes it helps to consider what keeps other people moving forward.  Take a moment to check out Jenna’s blog on Chicago Now for some new inspiration, some entertainiment, and to remind yourself that you as an athlete (and all athletes) should be proud of how far you’ve come and never underestimate how far you can go.

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/eat-right-around-chicago/2010/04/10-reasons-to-do-triathlon.html

Or click here to cruise the reasons, along with photos!

On the road again… soon?

This morning I watched my dog chasing deer and I was jealous.  No, I don’t have a burning desire to hunt or run after wild animals, I was jealous that she could actually run.  I’m injured and I’m grumpy and irritable because of it (just ask my family and friends).  I’ve been afflicted by my nemesis, patellar tendinitis, and it’s caused me to be sedentary for weeks.  I can’t tolerate biking, don’t even dream of jogging, and to be honest, I don’t swim because I find it intimidating and a chore.  The pain has gotten so bad that I’ve put my goal of running 2009 miles off until 2010 (when I will run 2010 miles) and have even sought out medical advice.  The doctor told me what I already suspected - it’s an  overuse injury- but I needed to make sure it wasn’t more serious.    Read the rest of this entry »

Da Bears!

Last evening I found myself at an NFL game, decked-out in my team’s colors, bravely cheering for the visiting team (as they suffered an embarrasing defeat) and surrounded by die-hard hometown fans.  To distract myself from the gentle harassment of these fans, I found my mind wandering to food (a common diversion for a dietitian).  Already looking for an excuse to retreat from the sea of thunderous cheers, I decided that one can’t fully experience an NFL game without visiting the concession stand and left my seat to explore the food offerings of the stadium.  Read the rest of this entry »

On the Road Again

The RDs from Swim, Bike, Run, Eat just returned from Denver, CO where the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference was taking place.  What a beautiful place- who wouldn’t want to live surrounded by plenty of fun things to see and do and run on mountain trails?  But there’s one drawback to the Mile-High city… the Mile-High status.

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