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New Approach to Long-Distance events

As a reminder...2010 Ironman World Championships is on TV today at 4pm EST on NBC. My DVR is set for NBC HD(with extended recording time, in the case of starting late) and I am sure to watch this broadcast at least 5 times in the next 2 weeks. Karel and I always watch it together so as soon as he gets home from work at 5pm, my best friend Jennifer and I are sure to have a motivating, and likely tearful, viewing of the Ironman World Championships while enjoying some yummy food.

I wanted to post an article by John Bingham, from Competitor magazine, Nov 2010 - Mid Atlantic. I couldn't find it on the internet so I will post it for you from my magazine. Enjoy!

A Novel Approach

The fall used to be marathon season. The big fall marathons were Chicago and New York, and about the only spring marathon in the US was Boston.
Those days are long gone-and the marathon season now lasts year-round.
I've run 45 marathons. Well, OK, I haven't run 45 marathons. I've started 45 marathons and…

A Novel Approach

Sunday is the big day. 13.1 miles as fast as my 5-foot frame and short little legs can go. I've trained hard and smart. I feel great and I'm excited to put my Galloway-training to good use. I plan on racing with my experimented version of the Galloway method and I can't wait to continue training with the Galloway method throughout the upcoming year.
Karel and I have talked about the upcoming triathlon year and as of now I am excited to announce that I have decided on two Half Ironman's for the beginning of the year.
1) New Orleans 70.3 - April 17th
2) Rock N' Roll Halfman - June 4th

Looking forward to training and racing in two exciting races before a well-earned 2-week unstructured exercise break after Rock N' Roll. In late June, after I rest my mind and body and create new goals, it will be time to start building a base for the Ironman World Championships (Oct). I don't believe in specifically training for an IM for more than 3-4 months. For IMWI, I only di…

Iron Girl Clearwater discount!!!

Just got this email...thought I'd pass it along!

Happy Holidays from the Iron Girl Team

As our gift to you, Iron Girl is offering $35 race entries ($85 value) for the Inaugural Iron Girl Clearwater Half-Marathon. Offer is valid for 72-hours and begins tomorrow* with a limited number of entries.


*Offer Valid December 16, 2010 at 8 A.M. EST- December 19, 2010 at 8 A.M. EST.

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida at Pier 60
Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Time: 7:30 A.M.


Judy asked me if I would like to contribute a few tips/suggestions for the New Year in anticipation for registration for the 2011 Iron Girl Events. Not sure if you subscribe to Iron Girl but I strongly suggest signing up in order to receive lots of fabulous emails...that you will actually enjoy reading in your already-full inbox.

Here are two of my last two posts. Enjoy!

Say Good Bye to dieting and Hello to a Healthy Iron Girl lifestyle
When it comes to changing dietary habits, the aesthetic desire for a tone, lean body often outw…

Fair Trade Certification

Yippee! The January 2010 issue of Environmental Nutrition arrived in my mailbox the other day. I took a study break from Cardiovascular disease and Hypertension (quiz on FRI!) to read through one of my favorite newsletters.
This issue was filled with info so I wanted to share something new with you...it was also new to me! I summed up the article for you.


What does Fair Trade Certified mean?

When you consider Fair Trade food products, your first thought is probably coffee. In the last decade, awareness has grown, along with the number of products bearing the Fair Trade Certified seal. More than 6000 products are now available in the U.S. including rice, bananas, tea, wine and cotton.
The Fair Trade program moves beyond fair wages for farmers; it also promotes fair labor standards and pricing, sustainable agriculture and social responsibility. Farmers who agree to abide by Fair Trade standards are guaranteed a minimum fair trade price, plus a social price premium for community developme…

Sweet Treats From Czech

I don't have a sweet tooth like my hubby. But I just can't pass up a few of these delicious chocolates from the Czech Republic!!



I am so happy to have a wonderful father-in-law in the Czech Republic.....Karel and I always look forward to December.
Now I'm just waiting on a box of homemade Czech Cookies from the Mother-in-Law. And when it comes to the cookies, I am sure to keep balance in mind. I get really creative when it comes to incorporating homemade cookies into my breakfast, lunch and dinner meals :) I just love a recovery smoothie with homemade ginger bread cookies.

Remember my motto "If you eat well most of the time, you don't have to worry 'bout the rest of the time"

Off - Season Exercise

Wheew. Just finished my next Iron Girl article. What a long day! Thank goodness this is a bit of a taper week for me. Gotta get my legs rested for the Jax 1/2 marathon on Sunday!

It is about 20 something-degrees here in Jacksonville and for Florida....we are cold! So, on behalf of all of you that have snow....it is officially the off-season!
And by the way....if you are already sick of the snow, send some this way. I'd love to play in it right about now!


I've written lots of articles. But there are a few that tend to stick out depending on the time of the year. Even if you are training for a winter road race or early-season triathlon, I think we'd all agree that the off-season is happily welcomed.

I have several new blog readers so I thought I would post this article for either a new read or a re-fresher. This was an article I wrote in the Jan 2008 Hammer Endurance News newsletter. It is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, comments or c…

Spaghetti with Kale - Creations

I received a beautiful batch of fresh produce from my community nutrition preceptor. She sure does know me well. I don't know many people that get SO excited about fresh fruits and vegetables. Well, I guess you (my blog reader) and I should feel lucky that we have learned to develop a love for fresh and wholesome food.
Karel and I both had pretty intense workouts last Thurs. I did a 5 mile interval/tempo workout on the treadmill (after a 30 min warm-up on the elliptical) which included 5 x 2 min @ 1% incline @ 8.8 mph, with 3 min @ 7.5mph. My run workouts have been so enjoyable over this winter partly because I am cross training (using the elliptical and water jogging) and mixing in swimming, biking and weight training. I'm really excited for the Jax 1/2 marathon next Sun. It will be my first half marathon in 2 years! Wow, I've done 3 half ironman's and 2 Ironman's since 2008 but yet to do a solo half marathon. I'd love a PR but more than anything, I plan to cr…