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Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Clichés get a bad reputation.
No one likes hearing them, and they are usually cringe-inducing. But I’m here to tell you to embrace them. Well, actually, I’m just here to tell you to embrace one of them.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
The organic local food, or locavore, movement has become a hot topic. The premise–eat a farm-fresh diet grown close to home–is simple, and it appeals to runners who want to maintain a healthy, well-rounded diet full of fresh fruits and veggies.
Beyond the taste, local eating advocates say one of the best reasons to eat locally is to reduce “food miles,” therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Studies back their green rationale: According to Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, most conventional produce travels approximately 1,500 miles before it ends up on our cutting boards–nearly 25 percent farther than it did a few decades ago.
As researchers take a closer look at the environmental impact of eating locally, however, more nuanced positions emerge. Some challenge the premise that more food miles automatically means greater fossil fuel consumption, arguing that other production factors–water use, harvesting techniques, means of transportation and the kinds of fuel used in transport–must be taken into account.
Admittedly, eating locally is a complex issue and, ultimately, a personal choice. But there is one point not up for debate: Fresh tastes best. Because community farmers don’t have to worry about long-haul transport and want your repeat business, they’ll often wait until produce is lip-smackin’ ripe before they harvest it.
For a woman on the move who strives as hard for a healthy diet as a PR, there are plenty of reasons and ways to seek out local food.
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Carrie Tollefson, 31, a 2004 Olympic runner and spokeswoman for Minnesota Grown, an organization that promotes homegrown agriculture, advocates eating locally to boost health: “I’m aware of the source of the food I’m fueling my body with,” Tollefson says.
Considering the frequency of events like the 2008 salmonella scare and Chinese melamine scandals, knowing where your food comes from may be one of the best reasons to seek out local fare.
“Eating local also means you can meet the people who grow your food, so you can ask them about farming methods,” explains J.B. MacKinnon, co-author of Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally. “To me, it is especially important to know how the animals live that provide me with my eggs, dairy or meat,” he adds.
In turn, picking up dinner straight from a farmer gives you the opportunity to learn about how different foods are produced and gain an appreciation for the care farmers put into them. “Taking your children to the market and letting them interact with the farmers or growing a home garden with them is a great way to teach them about proper nutrition,” says Tara Gidus, R.D., a marathon veteran and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
While studies comparing the health benefits of a diet focused on locally grown foods versus well-traveled fare are lacking, there are convincing arguments for why eating locally improves nutrition.
See the full article on active.com: http://www.active.com/women/Articles/Eat_Local__Eat_Well.htm
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 10:41 am
Let me start with a disclaimer that I’m by no means a trail running expert … but I run 4-5 days a week on moderately hilly (and urban) trails and have completed 4 trail races to date. (10K, 15K, 10K, and a half marathon) My most recent race was a trail half marathon (my first one!), and after the race I had several email discussions about trail running that lead me to put together a list of my own tips for surviving a trial run.
Tip #1 – Review the Course
Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Let’s go for a Chi-Run today.
Chronic knee pain is frequently the cause of runners deciding to quit doing what they do. A pain-free alternative to running, and a way to continue to exercise without enduring discomfort, is Chi-Running.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Wow! What a race! We had about 1,300 runners start the new year at the San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K at beautiful Mission Bay Park on Jan. 9. Everyone we talked to at the race was positive and a good mood prevailed as we took in the De Anza Cove scenery.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 11:11 am
Believe it or not, the most common problem I see in my office is under-eating. Don’t get me wrong, there is a whole lot of over-eating going in our country!
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am
This time of year the word Resolution is so overused that it begins to lose its meaning. Many think of it as a lofty idea that will be pursued for a few weeks and then discarded when things get back to normal. However, a resolution is really a promise – a promise to yourself and a promise to your loved ones to make a positive change. However, this promise does not come without challenges. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for those challenges and keep your promise once and for all.
Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 11:10 am
When starting any workout, the first step is always to warm up. This helps your heart rate rise, as well as your body temperature, while simultaneously preparing the muscles to endure the exercise. Warming up is vital to a successful workout.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 12:11 am
Trails.com provides a map that shows all of the greatest running trails in San Diego. It can be found at http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13762. On the right side of the map, a list of trails is given in alphabetical order, along with the name and length of the trail. Click on each to find out more. Below, a few have been pre-highlighted just for you.
Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 9:19 pm
As seen on Active.com, Chrissie Wellington is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to achieving peak performance on race days. She has won the Ironman World Championship race in Kona for the past three consecutive years.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 10:38 am
If you Google “pre-workout meal,” you are bound to get a slew of answers that are varied and, in some cases, conflicting. The reason for this is your pre-workout meal is the most individualized meal of the day. Some people can eat a steak and run a marathon, while others can’t even think about food for hours before they workout. So the most honest answer to the pre-workout meal question is: “Whatever works best for you!” However, if I answered all my clients’ questions like that I would be out of a job! So here are some guidelines to get you going in the right direction. (click view details to read more)
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Busiest Race Day of the Year: Thanksgiving, especially in San Diego!
Did you know Thanksgiving competes with the Fourth of July for the title, ‘busiest race day’ of the year? It is a fact, and while most people may view Thanksgiving as a day of indulgence, runners know it as a day that always begins with a morning Turkey Trot 5K. Click below to keep reading…
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 4:22 pm
What is a better perk to signing up for Sandy Feet Events’ San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K than to prevent holiday weight from creeping on? There isn’t one!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then Christmas festivities will soon fill your calendar. We all know that these holidays mean one thing: food– lots of sinfully delicious and not-so-nutritious food. To prevent the seemingly inevitable, unwanted weight gain, simply give yourself the nudge to sign up for the San Diego Resolution Run 5k & 15k (before December 15th for early bird special). Committing to this event will require you to commit to getting and staying fit. Read on…
Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 10:40 am
Did you know that the 5K run is currently the most popular distance to race in America? There are 5K races in San Diego almost every weekend of the year. 5K road races are everywhere right now, and there could not be a better time to start training for one. But how, you ask. Where does one start in the quest to condition and prepare for a 5K race? Read on…
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 8:51 pm
As you may have seen or been notified elsewhere, the Sandy Feet Training Team Info Meeting is tomorrow, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at Road Runner Sports San Diego.
Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
My apologies to my fellow runners. The Beach to Bay 5K Run will have to be postponed until spring.
I know. I know. You already had your costume planned.
It only took three tries for me to learn this valuable lesson in organizing running events in San Diego: If you need an event permit or approval, take care of it yourself.
I’ve been trying to get this Beach to Bay 5K run going for awhile now. Last summer I was boarding an airplane bound for Africa when I got a phone call from the City of San Diego informing me no permit had been filed for a listed event – the Beach to Bay 5K. And so the main event it accompanies continued without the 5K.
The second try was not interesting enough to talk about.
This year, assured that the permit was secured (in hindsight I should have double checked), I proceeded to plan a Beach to Bay 5K. However, my fellow organizers and I also learned last year that hosting a 5K running event in San Diego, in the Mission Beach area, requires approval from the Mission Bay Park Committee. As I was about to print out 5K run flyers, I received the following e-mail:
“A new component of any event needs approval by the MBPC. The next meeting is October 5. Are you planning on changing the date? You indicated that you had wanted the run on October 2. That won’t be possible.”
And so, no Beach to Bay 5K run will be held this year on the previously scheduled date. But here is the new plan: The Beach to Bay 5K Run is postponed until spring and getting a face lift. Stay tuned for details, because my sources say that there might be beach obstacles involved! Those who are already registered are welcome to stay registered for spring, or take advantage of free entry into the San Diego Resolution 5K Run & 15K Run.
Fourth time’s the charm, right?
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Finally, after the longest process I have ever been through, I HAVE A WEBSITE (which you probably already know if you are reading this post)!
Getting www.sandyfeetevents.com as close to perfect as possible was definitely more of an endurance race than a sprint, but the Sandy Feet Site is finally live, and I love it. Now I just have to learn how to use the thing. We have detailed instructions from David over @Ninthlink, who I have been driving crazy for the past three months. (Let’s be honest, I’ll probably keep that up.) First on the agenda – postpone the Beach to Bay 5K Fun Run. Then – write more blog posts, take a good picture of myself for the “About Us” page, go through Heidi’s content editing notes and actually make the changes, and create a new page for the Resolution Challenge.
Having a great website for Sandy Feet Events is exciting – and work. In the events industry, a professional online presence is important to make it easy for runners and attendees to register, learn about new events and connect with each other. And of course, a great website will help me spread the word about Sandy Feet’s wonderful sponsors and causes.
OK, now I have to figure out how to publish this post.
Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
So there is this thing called social media and it’s really important. These days everyone is using it, and if you want to keep up with the world, you should, too.
Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 10:39 am
Today was the official start of my half marathon training — so far, so good.
Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 10:28 am
I have always been a runner. On the playground, when I was five, I was the fastest kid out there. In high school, I ran track. In college, I ran for exercise.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Whoa… Starting a new business is really easy to daydream about, but somehow the work of getting it off the ground is glazed over in my daydreams.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 3:54 pm
There is a cute little family heading to Africa in a few weeks to volunteer. The plan is to send the cash for the Tumaini Biogas Project with them. They are staying in the volunteer hostel that we set up last summer. The woman who I have been coordinating this money transfer with is Wehtahnah Tucker of Kids for Peace
. She’s bringing four children and a videographer with her on an African adventure. Hopefully, we can get the project finished and put videos on the new website this July!
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Last week, I developed an eye twitch.
The past few weeks have been nuts for me because I’ve been coordinating the Spring Gala with Green Drinks. Luckily, I had help from some really awesome volunteers! I also had an intern from High Tech High working with me during a three-week mentoring program run by her school. She has been helping me set up all of the silent auction displays, cleaning up proposals, developing my event sponsorship database – and she is so cute!
Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
I balance sorting out logistics for San Diego events with my “second job,” booking reservations for a hostel in Tanzania.
It’s great fun. Volunteers and travelers constantly contact me asking about the area. It’s cool to hear their excitement and about what different people are up to. [This hostel serves as a base for people working on volunteer projects around Arusha, a town near some major destinations in Africa including Mount Kilimanjaro.