I like to tell you about my friends because I surround myself with good people who inspire me, and I am proud of them as well.
I would like to introduce you to Ryan. Ryan and I met in high school when he moved to Ohio from Tennessee. He has lived all over the place, but mainly in the south.
Ryan was in the Navy and stationed in Pearl Harbor. He went through some tough training, but I always knew he would be alright. When we were in high school, he would work multiple jobs and he would always still be willing to pick up shifts and put in more hours. I’m sure the Navy loved him. He doesn’t have the ability to do less than he’s capable. We’ve talked a lot about the running he used to do and all the other physical training that was part of his life during that time. He would always run harder to beat the person in front of him. He would always push the limits of himself to do the best he could. I don’t suggest this to anyone, but he even went through PT with appendicitis because he didn’t know what else to do but to work through the pain. Obviously he shouldn’t have, but I can’t say I was surprised when he told me he did. He has overcome both mental and physical barriers on many occasions throughout his experience in the Navy, and that is commendable.
Ryan used to surf a lot when he lived in Hawaii. That is a very difficult sport as well. He would get knocked down by a wave and get right back out there. I’m sure that isn’t easy to handle, getting pushed down by a wave and getting the wind knocked out of you- and then facing it again the next time around. You’ve got to be someone who likes a challenge in order to do that. You’ve got to be someone who isn’t afraid to fall. You’ve got to be someone who knows that it’s all worth it in the end. I suppose that is how he saw his time in the Navy as well.
Ryan inspires me to push the limits and to constantly challenge myself. I am lucky to have people like him in my life that motivate me everyday.
“Over 250,000 years ago, our Paleolithic ancestors roamed the earth. Unlike today's athletes, who live to perform, these Paleo-athletes performed to LIVE! Their daily life was a game of survival that hinged on having the strength, speed, agility, and endurance to hunt and forage for food. They were the ultimate super-athletes!”
My Brother-in-Law told me about the Paleo Diet awhile back, as he likes to eat natural and organic foods to stay healthy. I have never really looked into it but today in my Runners World daily email, I received information on how athletes can “Power Up without carb-loading” by use of the Paleo Diet. This is of particular interest to me, as carb loading makes my blood sugar levels sky rocket.
I’ve summarized a section of the article below, which outlines the reasons why the Paleo Diet is a great option for athletes:
§ BUILDS MUSCLE LIKE CRAZY
§ PREVENTS POST-EXERCISE MUSCLE BREAKDOWN
§ OPTIMIZES YOUR IMMUNITY
§ HELPS YOU TO USE TIME MUSCLE FUEL FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
§ HELPS YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT
Essentially, the diet includes lean meats, fish, shellfish, fruits & veggies, and nuts & seeds. There are tons of paleo cookbooks that give you information on food you can enjoy and food you should avoid. The link I provided below, however, is specific to athletes who are looking to improve performance.
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I only have a few weeks left before my race. I am getting increasingly nervous. Before I ran my second race I figured I wouldn't be nervous because I already knew what to expect. Every race is different though and in this race in particular, it will be the first one while I am dealing with diabetes. I am still confident that I will complete this race and do it well, but I can't help but look at this 26.2 miles and think about how long it truly is. I just need to breathe and concentrate on one mile at a time!
I was talking to one of my friends over the weekend about how running keeps us sane. I am not exactly sure why, but “running it out” seems to be a very effective way to decrease stress or to get your mind in the right place. When I am overwhelmed with grad school and work or any of the curve balls that life occasionally throws at me - running centers me. When you run your heart out and you finish, you have a great sense of calm (maybe from being too tired to be anxious). If you are feeling stressed out, hit the pavement. It can make a big difference.
Life is precious. Really live your life,everyday. Choose to be around people who treat you right. Get up and do something different, adventurous. Don't waste time.
Yummy! Who says we have to give up delicious foods when we decide to get healthy?
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 pound 96% lean ground beef
1 slice (3/4 ounce) fat-free American cheese (optional)
1 whole-grain or whole-wheat hamburger bun
1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce leaves
1 thin slice red onion
3 dill pickle rounds
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. Stir to mix. Set aside. Shape the beef into a patty that is about 1/2" wider than the bun.
Preheat a medium nonstick skillet or grill rack on high heat. Place the patty on the pan or grill. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. (Do not smash the burger with the spatula.) About 30 seconds before the burger is cooked, top with the cheese, if desired. Place the bun halves, cut sides down, on the pan or grill. Cook for about 45 seconds, or until toasted.
Place the bun bottom on a serving plate. Top with the patty, lettuce, onion, and pickles. Spread the reserved sauce evenly over the inside of the bun top. Flip onto the burger. Serve immediately.
Nutrition at a Glance
Per serving: 281 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 60 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 736 mg sodium
Over the weekend I talked quite a bit with my friends about training. A lot of my friends are runners as well and do various races throughout the year (whether it be a 5K, 15K or half marathon). We talked about the differences in training for these races but ended up finding a lot of similarities. Regardless of the distance; it is still a test of metal strength, a discipline for pacing yourself and an awareness of your body and what you are capable of achieving. Yes, the distance might vary between all of us, but we all go through the same ups and downs as runners and we all understand each other. Someone asked me if I get bored on my long runs. Truth is- yes, very bored. Sometimes I feel like the running part isn’t even the challenge, it is keeping myself entertained after the first hour. Music helps a lot. I try to always keep new music on my IPod so that when I start my run it isn’t something I have listened to a million times before (although the classic favorites aren’t so bad if you really love them). What I don’t tell people quite often is that this is my time to think. I don’t mean to analyze my diet from the day before or think about the homework I have waiting for me (although this usually creeps into my thoughts quite easily). I mean to really think about the important stuff. I think about the places I want to visit in the world and how I am going to make it happen. I think of business plans for starting my own business one day. I think of how I can help support the causes that mean the most to me. I don’t know if it is just me, but I don’t think I would ever find time in the day to think about the overall purpose of what I do everyday if I did not have this open time to reflect. I don’t like running around in circles, I like to know where I am going and to run with a purpose. I suppose, it is the same for me in life. What’s it worth if we spin our wheels day in and day out, never really focusing on the greater things we want to achieve? These thoughts of mine on long runs have occasionally turned into realized dreams. One day, while running outside in Denver, CO and realizing that I never wanted to stop I thought to myself, “…why not run a marathon?”
It is much more than the race itself. Running is simply an action that changes me from within.