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Running Forum / Re: Deer Run Race Report
« Last post by Ed on April 28, 2013, 02:59:11 PM »
Thanks Charlene and thank you Andrew.
Running Forum / Re: Deer Run Race Report
« Last post by Andrew A. on April 28, 2013, 02:21:50 PM »
Way to go, Ed; superb start to the racing season.
Running Forum / Re: Deer Run Race Report
« Last post by Charlene on April 27, 2013, 03:27:04 PM »
Good job Ed.  Nice way to start the year.
Running Forum / Deer Run Race Report
« Last post by Ed on April 27, 2013, 02:18:09 PM »
My reports are not nearly as good as Ryan's are but here goes.

I made sure to get to the race early - I like being very early so I can be relaxed.  After getting my race packet I went back to my car and ditched my warmer clothing.  The weather was very nice and the winds very light - I was happy with the weather conditions.  I pinned my bib on (glad I brought my own pins as they only provided two) and the turned on my Garmin to go for a 2 mile warm-up run. 
I ran at about an 8-8:15 minute per mile pace for the warm up and was sure to run the final half mile of the race to end my warm-up.  I noticed they were setting up timing pads at the start/ finish line and I checked my bib.  There was no chip!  I went to the check-in area and they directed me to a spot behind day-of registration where they were handing out the timing chips. (I wish he told me that when he gave me my packet at check-in.)
I strapped the chip to my ankel and did some light stretching.  As race tiome drew near I did a few strides at about 10 MPH - just a bit faster than I planned on racing.  I lined up near the front and had the usual flashy dressed folks that looked like big time runners but I knew they were not - but that didn't stop them from lining up at the front.  They started counting down to the start from 10 but said go on what would have been five.  Not cute buddy!
I jockeyed around the wanna bes and the "I led for 2 seconds" people and found a nice place to lock in my pace.  I kept checking my Garmin (bad habit and bad to do) but I would catch the pace dropping a bit and I would push it a bit to stay in the 9.5 MPH range or better.  I held well through the first two miles passing a couple people here and there.
Right around the two mile mark some guy pulled up right next to me and was very close - I mean close!  Like in my personal space close.  I shaded right a bit and he followed - I slowed a tiny bit and he did as well.  I turned my head slightly towards him and then kicked about a block before a turn.  I gave it a pretty good kick thinking I would leave this guy with a hint of stay away from me.  As I went into the turn I looked and saw the guy had fallen WAY behind.  Mission accomplished but at what price?
I had planned on trying to pass as many people as possible in this last mile and then give it my all for the last quarter mile.  There were not to many people ahead of me but I worked my way up on one guy but he was fading becuase the guy ahead of him was pulling away from him (but not me.)  I passed him with very little race course remaining and was about 10-15 seconds behind the next guy.  I started pushing it very hard trying like mad to catch the guy in front of me but needed another 30 feet to do it.
He got me by 4 seconds - dang it!  I might have been able to gain those seconds earlier in the course but I don't know.  I worked very hard for this one.  11th overall and 3rd in my age group at a 6:15 pace.  Not too bad for an April race!
Running Forum / Re: Different Shoes needed
« Last post by Ed on April 26, 2013, 06:28:18 AM »
Thanks Andrew, after posting this I was doing some research and found that they make a 3, 4 and a 5.  I think I will try the 4s - if they do not have enough cushion then they will be my short distance shoes and I'll get the 5s.
Running Forum / Re: Different Shoes needed
« Last post by Andrew A. on April 25, 2013, 09:06:57 PM »
I wonder if you are aware that there are about three different versions of the Free, with varying levels of cushioning?  If you got one that has more or less (soft foam) cushioning than the first one you had, it might result in the issue you describe.
Running Forum / Different Shoes needed
« Last post by Ed on April 25, 2013, 11:21:28 AM »
I like the original pair of Nike Free that I have but they have clearly over 1k miles on them.  The newer pair of Nike Free that I have are the Nike Free 3 (about 700 miles) and I cannot go over 8 miles in them without getting a fair amount of pain in the balls of both feet.  I can pull out the older pair and go 14 miles with no pain.
What is smimlar to the Nike Free and has a bit extra room in the toe box?
Any help will be appreciated.
Running Forum / Re: Roger Robinson: Drugs in Running
« Last post by Double on April 13, 2013, 05:02:08 PM »
Looks younger than I do.
Running Forum / Re: Roger Robinson: Drugs in Running
« Last post by Andrew A. on April 13, 2013, 11:28:12 AM »
For Double:
W/'76 #BostonMarathon winner Jack Fultz at the finish line. on Twitpic
Non-Running Forum / Re: Time to eat better
« Last post by ksrunner on April 11, 2013, 04:24:15 PM »
I just re-read this this blog post that Andrew had posted earlier:
Our family recently made diet changes based upon the same idea that Ed wrote: "If a natural-foods diet could help make a sick person well, wouldn't it also make a well person more well?"
In our case, we were already eating "natural-foods" (buying organic, grinding our own grain to make whole grain foods, etc), but, Pamela was having an increasingly harder time digesting grain. After months of research and finding things like Dr. Wahls and the specific carbohydrate diet and talking to friends about their diets, she had reduced her grain consumption, but was not yet ready to make the change to a grain-free diet. If a natural-foods diet could help make a sick person well, wouldn't it also make a well person more well?
Eventually, she found Lierre Keith's book The Vegetarian Myth. Though the book targets practicing vegans and vegetarians to convince them that the lifestyle they are leading is good neither for their own health nor for that of the planet or the animals that they strive to protect, it is a good read for non-vegetarians as well.
Lierre Keith's book does not pull any punches and answered the question of "Why should we change our diet?" That was in December. At that time, I knew that the change was in the works, but she acted on it suddenly and decisively which is how she usually does things. I bought into the change on two fronts. First, the diet will prevent diabetes which is problematic in my family. Second, the facts that archeological evidence and observations of hunter-gatherer peoples in the 1800's and early 1900's revealed that many of our modern diseases did not exist before agriculture and the cultivation of grains convinced me that they are not really necessary and I am probably better off without them. She also showed that agriculture is an annual natural disaster for the environment.
Since around mid-December, I have not eaten any grains (wheat, corn, oatmeal, etc), legumes, or potatoes. We also nearly eliminated sugar. We still have some sugar in the form of chocolate. We have chocolate chips in our trail mix and often have 1/3 of a chocolate bar each after dinner. Other than that, our only sweetener is honey which we use in moderation.
Physically, the only changes that I've noticed is that I lost a bit of weight around my middle (~8 lbs) and I also lost a bulge or tightness in my lower abdomen that did not seem to be fat, but protruded a bit more than I thought was right. Our Rolfer theorized that it was inflammation in my gut that was alleviated by the new diet and that seems as good a theory as any. One other change that I've noticed is that my appreciation of the foods that we eat has grown. My wife is an excellent cook and I have always enjoyed what we eat, but it seems to me that my enjoyment has deepened. For instance, I usually have a smoothie with breakfast. I especially notice the new appreciation with my morning smoothie at work. When I take my first sip of smoothie, I feel like giving vent to a deep sigh of contentment. I take it as my body's approval of the food that I am giving it. Interestingly, I only noticed this feeling regarding the smoothie after our milking doe had her baby and we had fresh, raw goat milk to add to our smoothies again. Over the winter when we were making smoothies with grape juice, I did not have such a strong reaction. I have not noticed any adverse reactions.
My smoothie (I have feel good just thinking about it.):
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup raw goat milk
  • 2 oz each of: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
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