Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Position - Marathon Training Program Coach

My local running club, Boca Raton Road Runners, is starting its inaugural marathon (and half marathon) training program this fall, which I will be coaching.  There are plenty of programs around, but they mostly start in July targeting popular fall marathons such as New York, Chicago, Marine Corps (and here in Florida, Palm Beach and Jacksonville in early December and Disney in early January).  So, we have chosen to offer a program beginning a bit later, which allows for less training in South Florida's unbearable summer heat and humidity.

Our program is targeting marathons and halfs beginning next year, such as Miami on 1/30/11, a bunch in February--Tallahassee, Melbourne, another one in Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Ft Lauderdale--and extending the program through spring to encompass Boston in April, depending on interest.

For more info, go to the club website:

That's me--second from the right...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Getting Better

I am now in Wisconsin after almost three weeks in southern California--sunny L.A. where it never rains--with my daughter, her husband, and my newborn grandson.  Our days revolved around the baby's feeding and sleeping schedules.

My daughter wanted to try a healing Ayurveda diet that a friend of hers had done postpartum to help with recovery and breastfeeding.  Emphasis was on easily digestible foods, cooked well, soft, bland, vegetarian, lots of ghee (clarified butter), and the use of spices such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, to mention just a few.  Some of the foods we cooked:  zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, garlic, white rice, quinoa, oatmeal, amaranth, adzuki beans, lentils, apples, dates, raisins.  Food preparation was fairly time-consuming, everything was organic and fresh.  My younger daughter was able to come spend a few days with us the first week, as she was in San Diego for a conference, and the three of us were totally into this diet (my son-in-law continued with his regular fare).  I have to say that I did feel good on the diet, and my younger daughter and I both felt like we were losing weight.  But after the second week, we kinda got tired of it, and couldn't just eat only that.  But, it did help me think about how important what you put into your body is, and I am eating healthfully for the most part.

I got a short run in most days, and though it was pretty hot (around 90 most days), my runs were wonderful, compared to sultry SoFL.  I hope to get out to do some trail running the next time I'm in L.A.

I did my stretching, yoga, and piriformis exercises for the first couple days I was out there, but then slacked off, as I was so engrossed in food buying and preparation, taking care of my daughter and the baby, and getting a short run if I was able to.  And the funny thing is...     I think my whole hip/leg stuff is better.  Weird.

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