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RUNNING Away From Injury: Injured & Cranky

A good habit is hard to break.

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We become dependent on our daily regimens. Especially runners. When the body screams “STOP!” and you refuse to listen, silent sirens of pain are triggered forcing you to limp to the side of the road. Like speed limit signs, ignore them long enough and the cops will eventually get you.

You can mask pain with ibuprofen, Kinesio tape, or even steroids, but the band-aids don’t cure the inflammation underneath.

Time heals. Rest rejuvenates. All words an injured runner doesn’t want to hear.  Read more

RUNNING Away From Injury: Strength Part II

Runners often have tunnel vision.

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The only thing we turn is our heads.

Runners train in one direction- forward. Even triathletes who train in 3 sports still move straight ahead to swim, bike and run.

We can’t always run on perfectly groomed dirt paths. Most of us spend our time on roads, treadmills, tracks and unfortunately, sidewalks. Our feet may hit the road but the force reverberates up through our entire body. Not only can this cause injury, it adds to our fatigue.

If we want to improve our endurance and lessen our risk of injury, we must recruit supporting muscles and ligaments and strengthen them. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Neal Barnard

A low fat, plant based diet is proven to to improve and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Who is Dr. Neil Barnard?

Dr. Neil Barnard is the President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine which began in 1985. An adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, he has authored 15 books and numerous scientific articles. His book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, was a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Barnard is sympathetic to those who struggle with their dietary choices. He comes from generations of cattle ranchers in North Dakota. He has vivid memories of bringing cattle to slaughter. His father abandoned the ranching business to become a physician who treated diabetes.

As President of The Cancer Project, Dr. Barnard developed a team of instructors around the country to teach people about food and its effects on cancer.

Awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, he conducted a study of the effects of a low fat, vegan diet on diabetes. With the results published in peer reviewed journals, the diet proved to improve glycemic and lipid control better than the diet promoted by the American Diabetes Association.

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RUNNING Away From Injury: Strength Part I

For runners, strength training should target certain areas of the body.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Running pounds your body. The repetitive impact that strengthens your bones can wreak havoc on your joints. When you run, you simply run. There are no moves or strategic plays like most sports. Fast or slow, you put one foot in front of the other and propel yourself forward. That is, until something hurts.

Don’t ignore strength training if you want to run injury free. The previous post in this series focused on stretching those areas that tighten up when you run. Now I’m sharing exercises that strengthen those parts of your body most susceptible to injury.

Prevention is key. Cross training is highly recommended. Any sport or movement that has you move laterally (side to side). Not only will you be stronger in general but you’ll prevent burnout.

Today I’ll be focusing on your hips, hip flexors, glutes, and outer thigh. Next week I’ll hone in on lateral movement exercises with a couple running simulation strength moves.

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Burgers & Beer: TCU Purple Paradise Veggie Dog

It may not be a burger but it's a heck of a hot dog!

TCU Frankfurters with Veggie Confetti

To all the Horned Frogs out there, this one’s for you!

TCU (Texas Christian University) joins the Big 12 this year! In honor of our Horned Frogs (my daughter included), I created a ballgame hot dog suitable for serving in the Founder’s suite of the new stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leave the mustard and ketchup in the fridge. This dog has class:) and may be better served on a silver platter.

 

Purple confetti made of cabbage!

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RUNNING Away From Injury: Stretched Out

It takes a lot longer to heal from injury than it does to prevent it.

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A dedicated runner who gets injured is not in a good mood. Cranky, impatient, and feeling low, many injured runners ignore their pain and lace up anyway. It’s too painful NOT to.

Running pounds the body relentlessly. It can take years for the joints, muscles and soft tissues to accept the beating. When your body adapts, your bones become more dense and your muscles grow stronger. Running is a healthy activity, burns mega calories, and will help you stay fit.

Devoting a little time to your body off the streets can help your body adapt to the stresses of repetitive foot strikes on hard surfaces. Read more

RUNNING Away From Injury: The 5 Commandments

One of the best ways to stay fit is also one of the quickest ways to get injured.

My foot was in a cast for 2 weeks after my first Boston Marathon. Don’t let the smile fool you. 26.2 miles of excruciating pain.

Welcome to my new 5 part series on running injuries. For the next 5 weeks, I’ll devote a weekly post to tips and strategies to keeping yourself running healthy.

I don’t know of any sport more laden with injuries than running. Pick up any running or fitness magazine and you’ll find plenty of reasons to conclude it’s a risky sport.  You probably know someone who’s been laid up due to a running related injury.

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Burgers & Beer: Not Just Veggies Veggie Burger

A non-meat burger doesn't have to be a dice fest.

Veggie Burgers for Dummies:-)

Noooooo, not really for dummies! Those that make their own veggie burgers are chefs who cook with passion and flavor. And they want to know exactly what’s IN the burger they’re eating. (Sorry beef lovers, but you don’t know what’s in that all beef patty really).

The title was actually inspired by the chef who is the inspiration behind the recipe, Beverly Lynn Bennett, and her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living.  (We all have to start somewhere, right?). I first saw the recipe in Veg News magazine in the July/August issue. (I highly recommend you subscribe to Veg News– a perfect way to gain exposure to the ways of the meatless population).

I wanted to feature a veggie burger recipe with fewer ingredients that didn’t have you chopping and dicing as much. Yet all the recipes I am featuring in my Burgers & Beer series must be hearty. A “manly burger” without all the greasy fat and cholesterol.

Let this diva sing with only simple toppings like roasted red pepper and greens.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! The Hungry Brain

Diabetes, dieting, attention deficit disorders are better understood when we look at how our brains and gut work together.

Food For Thought

In the conference I attended lead by Dr. Merrily Kuhn, I learned the powerful relationship between our brain and our gut health.

In order to repair or minimize damage to our bodies, whether brought on by ourselves, our environment, or our genetics, we must understand what’s broken or missing.

Ever eat too much, get stressed, or have trouble sleeping? Your brain chemicals are having a party. These words from Dr. Kuhn may help you to be a better chaperone.

Plus I’ll let you in on a little secret to boost the benefit from that cup of coffee for your next race or exam!

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Burgers & Beer: Ultramarathon Burger & Wasabi Potatoes

If this burger is good fuel for Ultramarathoner, Scott Jurek, then think what it might do for the rest of us.

Scott Jurek’s Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

In Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run, reviewed in my Under the Covers book series this week, this famous ultramarathoner shares many of his favorite recipes. Unlike a few other vegan athletes, Scott’s recipes are doable for the average Joe. Not “over the top” with weird ingredients that you identify with another species:).

I hope to share many of his good eats with you. Jurek emphasizes that protein is not synonymous with meat. Not only will you improve your health, reduce your likelihood of disease, but you may actually improve your athletic performance on a plant based diet. Scott Jurek did. This is one recipe that is as “meaty” as you can get for a vegan entree.

Chow down brothers and sisters! After your run, of course!

Served here open faced on a slice of crusty garlic bread

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