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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why we are over-weight

Well, generally speaking and specific conditions excluded, we eat too damn much. I got a bit lazy with my eating and quickly gained 10 lbs. I'm usually about 160 lbs. at 6 ft. and I quickly gained 10 lbs. just eating too much and quickly found out it was too much added weight for my running regime.

In the past, I had a simple rule. Only eat 50-75% of what's on my plate especially since here in America the restaurants give us ungodly servings anyway. Well, I started to eat it all and there you go. This week and went back to eating 50% of what's on my plate and I almost immediately lost 5 lbs. and I still feel great. Of course, it's also about what you eat as much as how much you eat.

I generally follow 2 simple rules. Don't eat fast food which I haven't done in 5+ years and eat 50-75% of what you are given . . . try it.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Technology Killed the Runner just like Video Killed the Radio Star . . .

It seems like every runner I pass has more and more crap (or I guess you call it technology) on their bodies. Everything from iPods to GPS watches to Heart Rate Monitors to belt clips and the list goes on and on. One would believe that we never were able to just run without help from one or more of these gadgets.

While I don't run with any of that crap (sorry, technology) as I believe in learning to run naturally which is all about "running by feel," which includes mental, spiritual and physical awareness, I found myself using a compression sock a few days ago and after a few days I ripped that bad boy off and let me body naturally do its thing and a few days later, everything is fine again. We just refuse to acknowledge or believe in the ability of the human body. The human body is one of the most amazing devices in the galaxy but we like to (try to) be smarter than we actually are . . . we are commonly to smart for our own good.

When is the last time you went running with nothing more than clothes and a pair of shoes (or barefoot for my barefoot friends)? No watch, no HRM, etc. . . . nothing but yourself while would require you to listen to your body and try to interrupt the messages it is sending you. Do you have any idea how many messages the body sends the brain while running in just 30 minutes . . . thousands of messages but it does no good if we block all those messages.


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