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Weight loss tricks for attaining that skinny runner's body

I forging ahead with my post-Christmas-holiday weight loss plan.  It's not that bad once you find consistency and the parameters for food choices.  I'm down about 14 pounds and am looking for 5 more.

To that end, try some of my get-that-skinny-runner's-body food choices:

1) Orville Redenbachers (or Jolly Time) 100 calorie Kettle Korn.  Nice amount of fluffy food and you're locked at 100 calories.  Not many snacks come in that low.  For example, I grabbed a bag of trail mix the other day and cleaned it off...then looked later and noted I had ingested almost 1200 calories!

2) Fruit.  No secret here but once you clean up your diet, you'll learn to appreciate the natural sweet taste of oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, etc.  Good food with low calories.

3) Steamed brown rice and vegetables.  I have a two-stage Sunbeam steamer...brown rice on the bottom, load vegetables on top and steam.  A couple of big plates is low cal and also great fiber.

4) Hot cereals.  I'm i…

Trail Runner Nation: A portal for your sport

If you haven't yet done so, check out the new Trail Runner Nation web site:

The site states that it is an opportunity to listen to podcasts, join a group, have a discussion and explore the community. This is a great portal for all things related to trail running; it's also an effort to create a place for social networking to occur.

I was attracted to the podcasts that are offered. Here's a link to the latest offering, "Ultrafuel for Ultrarunners" by top nutritionist Sunny Blende:

Some folks enjoy a long list of their favorite tunes when training and racing; I like to feed my mind with motivational content about our sport.  Good info in, good attitude comes out...try it sometime.

The Set Point Theory: Can you break the fat barrier?

I was reading some interesting content from the MIT Medical Promotion & Wellness site. It was pertinent because I'm working on carving off those last few pesky pounds and had remembered some info back when I lost 15 pounds in the mid 1990's...Set Point dieting.

The theory states that our bodies have a control system that dictates how much fat each of our human shells should carry.  When God pushed the button and you came out, He opted for either a high or low fat setting - it wasn't up to you. No one knows how to change the set point and the set point keeps your weight fairly constant.   Weight loss efforts many times deliver a quick initial loss of poundage, but then the effort plateaus...and we remain as hungry as during the pound-loss phase. The theory states that your weight/fat set point is also the optimum for efficient activity and a "stable, optimistic mood." Push the set point down, depression and lethargy can follow.

So where do we go from here?  Th…

Calories burned per mile: What's the truth?

I'm confused.  This may be data overload, but there are some big discrepancies in readings for calories burned during my training runs.

An example:  I jogged 10.61 miles this morning at around a 10/min mile pace.  My Garmin watch is telling me that's 1,382 calories burned; when I enter the elapsed time (1:43) into My Plate with an associated 10/min mile pace, it registers 1712.

So where do we go from here?  I Googled the topic and came up with a great link from Runner's World at,7120,s6-242-304-311-8402-0,00.html.  The article cites an academic study entitled  "Energy Expenditure of Walking and Running" in the journal Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise.

Here's the bottom line:

Total calorie burn per mile = .75 times your weight
Net calorie burn per mile = .63 times your weight

Net calorie burned is considered a "true" reading as it takes into account your base metabolism burn. In my case, my net burn…

I hate crashing on the trail

Here's the remnants of this morning's trail run, courtesy of a stubbed toe and consequent crash to the ground.

It's fortunate that we've experienced a mild winter here in the North Carolina mountains, but lack of snow doesn't mean the frozen and rough ground is forgiving.

I was headed up a trail section I've traversed dozens of times before. I caught my foot on something and before there was time to react, I was slammed on the ground.  Ouch, that hurts.

Good news in winter is that our bodies are covered with running apparel, so my Brooks tights took part of the  impact, as did fabric covering my elbows, forearms and hands...all points of impact.

Has this happened to you? I must admit that as the years roll by, kissing the dirt is becoming a bit too common. It seems to go in spurts; sometimes I'm good for a season, then during another period I'm face-planting on a weekly basis.

So there's really nothing more to say or do than to shake it off, lather …

Charlotte 50K ultra run: Simple, fast and friendly

Here's a twist you won't often see in the ultra world:  A new event comes onto the schedule, promoted by...the Knights of Columbus?

Yes indeed, and it was a friendly group of cronies who organized and hosted this event.  It was actually fun and refreshing.  The race was organized to raise funds for KOC charities and few can argue with that.  Coming into race registration felt more like being at a brat fry than an ultra, but aren't most of us looking for a new twist to our experiences?

The race was held on a section of the Charlotte greenway system.  Course started on dirt, transitioned to asphalt in 1.2 miles.  We went about 2.5 miles out, headed back, then took a short spur out and back each lap. 10K in all, five times. The course is flat and fast and didn't provide much excuse for walking.

First time event, drew a bit over 50 runners for the 50K and something less than that for an associated 10K.

It rained most of the day but temps were in the 50's, so we were we…

Run like a rocket with Ginger Chews

Here's a new, top secret training edge for all master competitors.  I'm almost afraid to give this info away, as it's the key to all future PR's and effort-free running and cycling.

I'm talking about the rocket-like additives in my new favorite treat:  The original Ginger Chews.

Check out this product overview from

America's #1 selling ginger candy and winner of Fiery Food Association's Scovie Award for "Best Candy," our Original Ginger Chews are natural, stimulating and delicious. Given ginger's queasy-quelling properties, Ginger Chews are great to fight off nausea while flying boating or going on a bumpy road trip. Surprisingly and satisfyingly spicy. The only candy that bites you back!

cane sugar, ginger, tapioca starch.

Two chews contain 40 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate and 10g sugars.

Ginger chews are spicy and seem to fight off hunger cravings.  It's also reported that ginger is an ant…