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Training Tuesday: Preventing Cramping on Race Day

By |April 24th, 2018|

Muscle cramps can be a debilitating ailment for any athlete.  For obstacle racing competitors it can be race-ending because around every corner is another obstacle that requires your full muscular strength to complete.

Carb Cycling 101

By |March 2nd, 2018|

If are you at all interested in nutrition and exercise, you have come across the term "carb cycling".  Essentially, carb cycling incorporates low carb days with carb loading days throughout the week.  With the popularity of low to no carb diets,  carb cycling is a healthy alternative that still supplies your muscles with the glycogen they need to perform and helps you to stay away from the side effects of no or low carb diets.

Nutrition 101: Macronutrients

By |February 5th, 2018|

Macronutrients consist of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  These three nutrients are essential and play vital roles in our body's ability to perform.  You may have heard of the "macro diet" or "flexible eating".  Both of these plans are based on the foundation of tracking your nutrition and hitting your individualized macronutrient goals each day.

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Over-Hydrating Can Kill You

By |December 12th, 2017|

That title, despite sounding so dramatic, is absolutely not click-bait. People have been hospitalized as a result of over-hydrating, sometimes with life-threatening issues such as cerebral edema (your brain swelling) and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) both of which are fatal if untreated.

Review: Q Energy – Drink Healthy

By |November 30th, 2017|

After testing Q Energy for the past month during sports, activities, intense training runs, and as a mid-afternoon energy boost, I've learned the positive and negative benefits of these convenient self-serving packs

Country Archer Jerky Review

By |February 17th, 2017|

I recently met with Country Archer at Outdoor Retailers this winter and got to try out a bunch of their products. After trying their products I sat down with members of their team to talk about the company, which has been around since 1977, and the products they offer.

SmashPlan: Plan… SMASHED!

By |February 9th, 2017|

My 30-day goal kicked off on January 10 and ran through February 8. Starting weight was 168 lbs, and my target weight was 158 lbs. I was not concerned with BMI, BMR, lean muscle mass, or the size of my waist – my goal was simply to drop 10 pounds with a balanced diet including (2) SmashPacks a day and 30 minutes/day of bodyweight exercises, daily walks or bike rides, and a few short runs per week - How'd I do?

SmashPlan – Streaking History and Mystery Bonus!

By |February 2nd, 2017|

I've been talking about running streaks a lot lately, and for me, it has been an eye-opening experience for the past couple weeks to have one singular and simple goal that needs to be completed each day; running one mile. For a week or a month it may not be a big deal, but when stretched to a year - or the longest streak ever at 52 years set by Ron Hill, it can become daunting.

SmashPan #10 – Epic Cheat Meal, Birthday Edition

By |January 30th, 2017|

I knew one day I would wake up and be closer to 50 than I was 40, and even as my 46th anniversary of getting my newborn butt slapped like Cher playing tambourine passed today, it really didn't bother me that much at all. While age *is* just a number, an aging body knows what it's like for Father Time to beat your butt - well, like that whole Cher analogy in the first sentence. Circle of life baby, Hakuna Matata.

SmashPlan – Sweet 16 & Coming Home

By |January 27th, 2017|

Each day has become a little easier and the resulting change in my physique has me pretty psyched - belly is flatter, man-boobs are way less perky, my jeans fit better (it's pretty damn cold in AZ right now), and I can wear a SMedium t-shirt without looking like I'm in a sausage casing.

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