Don’t Freak Out

One of my not-so-favorite parts about this time of year is all the diet talk. It’s EVERYWHERE.

Twitter, Facebook, blogs, magazines, discount websites, and in every single conversation I overhear at the nail salon.

Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

A “Nine Day Wonder Diet”?!?! Do you know what you could do in 9 days that would do wonders? Get some sleep, drink some water, run some miles, and smile more often.

But NOOOOOOOOOOO. Harper’s Bazaar and every other magazine out there wants you to think they have a “Wonder Diet” that will miraculously make you look like Heidi Klum. Seriously, Heidi. Your body is sick. I know you work for it, so I don’t begrudge you, but my GOD you look fantastic!

Heidi runs on the river! Me, too! See you out there, girlfriend. (Image courtesy of Zimbio.com)

Heidi runs on the river! Me, too! See you out there, girlfriend.           (Image courtesy of Zimbio.com)

Here’s the thing. Holidays are festive. There are parties, finals, parties after finals, big dinners, late-night festivities, and COOKIES GALORE!!!! this time of year. It’s ok to enjoy the merriment of the season.

It is NOT, however, ok to…

  1. Stuff yourself and then complain you’re fat.
  2. Eat nothing and passive aggressively criticize everyone else who is.
  3. Get wasted every night, miss your morning run, and then whine about your slower 10K time.
  4. Run 100 miles this week because you had some delicious white chocolate fudge.
  5. Stress eat, abandon your workouts, pull all-nighters, and then starve yourself for a week.

Get a grip.

C is for Cookie and that's good enough for me. A life mantra, if you will.

C is for Cookie and that’s good enough for me. A life mantra, if you will.

This is not a healthy eating blog because, well, no one should model their eating off of me and my J-pouch diet (I’m still in need of a clever name for my pouch, by the way…). But runners are no less susceptible to the holiday food backlash than anyone else. We’re human after all.

Except Oscar. He is superhuman. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

Except Oscar. He is superhuman.                             (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

So, keep running. Keep training. Have a merry, happy, wonderful holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends and that weird co-worker whose much more fun that you originally thought. Don’t go bananas but don’t also be that Judgemental Judy in the corner with your carrot sticks, scowling at everyone eating a cupcake off the dessert tray. No one likes that party guest.

Ignore the magazines and do what you do. Just don’t overdo.

Maybe get involved with the Runner’s World Streak (albeit a few weeks late) or try the Refine Method Challenge or check out Cooking Light‘s delicious holiday cookies. I’m a raspberry stripper fan, myself.

Mmmmm...can't get enough of these! Good thing they're kind of a pain in the butt to make.

Mmmmm…can’t get enough of these! Good thing they’re kind of a pain in the butt to make.

And if eggnog is what gets you through dinner with your family, then so be it. My personal preference is prosecco or sauvignon blanc, but desperate times call for desperate measures and if there’s alcohol in it, I’m drinking it. Enjoy the holidays, friends.

And don’t forget to go out and run!

P.S. Today is the last day of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. I want to thank you all for your kind words and for spreading awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. In case you ever want to know where you can learn more or donate to the cause, there is a great non-profit called The Great Bowel Movement whose founders are some very lovely ladies I have the pleasure to know.

And if you ever want to raise money for the CCFA, Team Challenge is national and they do seriously fun half-marathons in places like Napa and Vegas. Helllllllloooo, Vegas 2013 anyone?

Thank you again for your continuing support of my super-sexy journey with this disease. Now go out and run!

BOOM! Ask me!!

BOOM! Ask me!!

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Good Gossip

Congratulations to all of my runner friends and Team Challenge family who completed the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon on the Vegas strip last night! I hear it was a great race (unlike the Hot Chocolate 15K and 5k in D.C.–wow, what a disaster!) and Team Challenge raised over 4 million dollars for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

You do remember that it’s still Crohn’s and Colitis Awarenss Week, right? Get informed, write to your congressperson, and hug a C & C patient today!

Onward.

Two weeks ago, I ran a marathon. Since then, I’ve been running FAST and entirely pain-free. No tightness. Just me and the cool morning road in Central Park. I gotta tell you, I recovered super-fast from the Philly Marathon. I think there were a few reasons for this:

#1. I cross-trained like a crazy person and stuck to my running schedule. No more, no less.

#2. It was my 9th marathon.

#3. I basically did nothing the week of the marathon.

#4. I walked back to my hotel after the race, which was at least a mile.

#5. Dr. Shure.

First, let me say this: I try a new fitness class/health-related something almost once a week here in New York City. I read about new classes, instructors, businesses and am sometimes invited to partake in free trials and I love that about my job. I don’t write about all of it because it’s not all good. You read about the stuff I love here on the blog but there is plenty that doesn’t land in the “things I recommend” pile and I don’t like to write about those less-than-positive experiences because that’s not what I’m about.

Now, given that disclaimer, #5 needs an explanation.

I was contacted by the folks at Madison Square Chiropractic and Wellness about my blog and my work as a trainer. Dr. Shure invited me to come to his office post-marathon so he could treat whatever aches and pains I had acquired during those 26.2 miles in Philly. It was such a great experience that I want to tell you all about it. Yes, it was complimentary but I would never ever promote something I didn’t find to be beneficial. It’s not how I roll.

Dr. Shure spent about 10 minutes getting to know my history and exercise habits before he evaluated my posture and alignment. He had me plop down on a traction table that moved my body so as to mimic warming up my muscles while he poked around at my tight right-side QL, left-side gluteus medius attachment and both adductors (the places he felt needed releasing, given my verbal and physical evaluation). I felt very safe as he manually released my muscles and stretched them back into alignment. No pain at all.

Unlike so many other chiropractors who push and force your joints and limbs into proper alignment without addressing the muscles that are restricting them, Dr. Shure and I both agreed that the most beneficial way to realign anything is to start with the tight muscles and let the adjustments happen naturally. I have been of this mind regarding alignment for many years now and love that I found a chiropractor who works this way because they are so RARE!

After about 45 minutes, I left his office feeling like a million bucks and had minimal soreness the next day where he had released some muscular adhesions. Best part? I was immediately and completely pain-free, unlike some of my running friends and colleagues who suffered from painful IT bands and lower backs in the week or so following their respective marathons. Sweet!

Seriously, Dr. Shure rocks. I am going back. You should go, too. His involvement with Team In Training and his regular volunteer work at the ING NYC Marathon finish line is just another added bonus to those of you endurance athletes out there. It’s refreshing to speak with a chiropractor who is as passionate about getting and keeping people moving as I am. I’m all about the Good Gossip and this is definitely someone you should ALL be talking about!

If you are going to be an endurance athlete, it is imperative that you find a team of experts you can rely on to keep your body healthy. It’s virtually impossible to do on your own and seeking out these experts: sports medicine doctors, running coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, chiropractors, nutritionists can mean the difference between running for the rest of your life and being sidelined by a stress fracture you just can’t shake. Do a little research and ask around for experts people love. Take good care of your body and it will take good care of you!

Thanks to Dr. Shure and his staff for reaching out and getting me back on my running feet pain-free. You guys rock!

Now go out and run!