Monthly Archives: March 2010
Now that I’m back on my feet more, I hit the track for a run today. Pace was decent. Endurance pace was roughly 8:45. Put in 2x 1 mile intervals at 7:45. I found that if I shorten my stride even more than I thought and if I increased my cadence, it was much easier to go faster. Five miles total. Im still hoping to make it into the six minute mile mark this year, so this is a step in the right direction. Right now, I can hold a 6:30 for a while, but not long enough.
Another point of learning today is that I do not tolerate carbonated beverages before running. There used to be a time when I could eat anything and go for a run. Coffee, bagel, pizza, even beer. Of course, that was a time when I was running slow as a snail. Okay, as a slower snail. Now that I’m starting to ramp my speed up, I find that I am much more sensitive to what I eat in the 2 hours prior to running. I had intended to put in a good 8-10 miles today, but at mile 5, I started cramping worse than I have ever before.
I also think I need to work on my core muscles a bit. So Ive decided to add in some good old push ups and sit ups into my daily regimen. Right now, I will start at 100 of each a day. This should be a fun experience.
Weight is doing well. I don’t feel like I’m starving, and I seem to be getting back to my race weight (145 lbs). I’m happy to say that today, I fit back into my “Ironman” size pants, aka the smallest size Ive worn since high school.
Finally, on the racing side of things, Ive moved to spot 48 on the waiting list for the Grizzly Triathlon on April 10. The race director swears it still a possibility, so I will keep my fingers crossed. If not, there’s next year, and I can focus on Onionman. I just love saying that.
As a wellness physician, I was recently asked about the benefits, if any, of the HCG diet. If you haven’t heard, its the newest rage. And for obvious reasons: You give yourself a shot of a pregnancy hormone, you don’t have to work out, and you lose weight. Or so they say.
Turns out, this “new diet” has been around since the early 20th century. Even better, it was largely discredited by the 1970’s!! The reason its so popular now is that our friendly info commercial men realize they can make a bunch of money from selling it. Another fascinating point about this diet is it only allows you to eat 500 calories a day. With or without HCG, this is something us medical folk call starvation. And yes, in defense of this diet, starvation has been linked to weight loss. Unfortunately, its also been linked to death.
As soon as I figure out how to post a PDF, I can provide a great article from the mid 90’s on the diet.
Whats the best diet? Easy. Portion controlled meals and regular exercise. Now, if you want to give me 200 hundred dollars a month for that advice, so be it.