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Just a quick link tonight - A heart surgeons perspective

Friday, March 09, 2012

I found this link in a thread on one of my spark teams, can't remember now where, if it was you, thank you.
It is fairly short and to the point.


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ONUTHIN125 3/13/2012 6:56PM

    emoticon for the info! Spark On! emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 3/10/2012 10:35AM

    I agree with the good doctor and to have an honest medical opinion is so refreshing. Thanks for posting. emoticon

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  this is so good to know. What a relief to have all this great knowledge from a doctor to set us right. Thank you

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    Wow! Bravo, thank you for posting this - it's short, clear, and pulls no punches.

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RSTAR13 3/9/2012 9:28AM

    Great read! Thanks for the info.

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WOUBBIE 3/9/2012 9:24AM

    Thanks! This is a very good explanation. I think I'll be forwarding this to a couple of co-workers.

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HEALTHY4ME 3/9/2012 9:12AM

    Awesome will send this to my son, he will be glad that again paleo type diets are approved. lol he has been doing paleo for long while. thanks

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LMB-ESQ 3/9/2012 8:31AM

    Thank you

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REJ7777 3/9/2012 3:05AM

    Thank you for the link. Great article! It does go against the grain of current beliefs about heart health. It takes a long time to change a paradigm!

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Running technique - Getting ready for some barefoot running

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It all depends on the weather later in the week. I've never done much barefoot running, anything longer than half a mile was in minimalist shoes, but I think it's a good time right now to give my technique a little tune-up. There is no better way to do that than to actually have my feet make contact with the ground. I just don't have very good cold tolerance so want to wait until the temperatures are in the 50's. I'm going to run on asphalt for my first run, which is a relatively easy surface to run on and it is easy to see anything that I don't want to step on. I ran my last half-marathon in minimalist shoes, water shoes to be specific, that are very comfortable but still have a little cushioning from a 1/4 inch insole. Together with wool socks this kept my feet warm in the winter. The few times when I ran in my Vibram Five Fingers without socks I noticed that I could definitely feel gravel under my feet more than I did in the fall. Now it's time to gradually toughen up the soles of my feet again. emoticon
I will probably run about a mile barefoot and then put my shoes on.

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KKINNEA 3/7/2012 12:22PM

    Nice, I hope the temps go up soon for your re-toughening.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/7/2012 10:25AM

    The 50s is really warm enough? Birgit, you have ice in your veins. I'm Southern and hate shoes....can do asphalt when it's 100 degrees but 50????!!!!

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KRISZTA11 3/7/2012 10:17AM

    I'm interested inbarefoot running, maybe not real barefoot but in minimalist shoes. But I'm not sure, because my favorite paths are packed dirt with quite a few stones and small rocks sticking out...
What water shoes did you use for the half marathon?

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CENTHIAW 3/7/2012 12:08AM

  I have thought about minimalist running shoes, but it's hard to find an outdoor running area that's free of rocks, broken glass,etc that could really injure your foot if you don't have sufficient protection.

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Getting back in the rhythm of low-carb eating and exercise

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I don't know if I'll find the time to actually track my food but at least I can record it here and then count the carbs later.
Breakfast: 6 oz. full-fatgreek yogurt, 1 oz. macadamia nuts, 1/2 oz. gound flax seed, 6 oz. blueberries, large cup green tea
Lunch: 4-duck egg omelett with 1 green pepper, 1 oz. grated asiago cheese
Snack: 1 small banana with 4 oz. full-fat greek yogurt, 12 oz. coffee with lots of cream
Dinner: 10 oz. roasted chicken skin on, half dark, half white meat
large dark green lettuce salad with cider vinegar and 3 tbsp. olive oil
dessert: Fuji apple with 2 tbsp. almond butter, 2 pieces dark chocolate
I pretty much ate what I was hungry for and I was pretty hungry today. My body may still be repairing itself after the half-marathon so I did not try to restrict the carbs too much.
My one hamstring was still a little sore so I decided to wait with running until tomorrow and walked for about 2 hours instead. It was cold but sunny.

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CALI_POPPY 3/8/2012 1:49PM

    You have the mind of an athlete! One whom knows what one needs.

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GLC2009 3/8/2012 1:46AM

    you pig, seriously a 4 duck egg omolette??? i'm sorry, i'm kidding. but, seriously, when my dh wants an omelet with me, i do 6 chicken eggs and we never eat it all. so, we are 2 chicken eggers.
hats off to you my friend.
and at this point in time, i want you to know, you are somebody who's info i look at with great respect.
luv ya,

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FREELADY 3/7/2012 12:17AM

    Sounds like great nutrition! Really appealing too. Excellent fuel for the rebuilding process!

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Back to low-carb

Monday, March 05, 2012

This past week I increased my carb intake significantly, in part because eating raw honey always helps me to get over viral infections faster, but it is fairly high in carbs.
This week I'm getting back to low-carb, meaning no grains, beans, refined sugar or high-starch veggies like potatoes and only one piece of fruit per day.
I hope to resume my running tomorrow since today we had pouring rain for most of the day.
From now until late October I hope to spend a lot of time outside, running, horseback riding, swimming, hiking and gardening. I'm also hoping to fit in a little bit of strength training again.
And then there are also a couple of home/barn improvement projects.
Yesterday we had temperatures in the 60's and got a taste of spring.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/6/2012 10:27PM

    Glad you're feeling better and back to living the best life for you!

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SPARKLYEYES71 3/6/2012 9:14PM

    Glad you are feeling better and getting back at it.

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SUPERMOUSE35 3/6/2012 8:30AM

    Best of luck getting back on track!

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KANOE10 3/6/2012 7:46AM

    Glad you are feeling better and can get back to running. We had a day in the 60s yesterday and it was wonderful.
I am only eating one piece of fruit a day also!

Enjoy your low carb life today. You are doing great.


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FREELADY 3/6/2012 12:22AM

    Do you need one more day to fully clear the virus? Running does tax your system. But you are managing so sensibly. I enjoy hearing your strategies and wisdom.

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Snake River Canyon Half Marathon - 2 new pictures in my gallery

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I finished the race. It was slower than what I had hoped, 2 hrs. 51min. 54 seconds inofficial time, average speed 4.6 mph. Official time is not posted yet.
I knew during my warm-up that I was not fully recovered yet because my heartbeat was about 15 beats higher than I expected. I felt good overall so decided to just see how things are going to develop.
The first mile took 12 min.10 seconds and at that point I thought I might be able to keep up that speed and even increase a little at the end. My pulse was around 140. The first half of the run went smoothly and I increased my speed a little after the first third, letting my pulse come up to 146. My half-time split at the turnaround was 1 hour 23 min. which gave me hope because I thought I would be able to increase my speed quite a bit.
On the way back the wind picked up significantly in the canyon slowing all the slower runners down a lot who had not made it back yet. I ended up walking several times because I was just as fast that way but at a lower heart rate.
On the last mile I had enough energy to pass several people and finish strong with my pulse going up to about 160 but I was pretty wiped out when I was done. My average pulse during the race was 145 and took about half an hour to get back under 90, another sign that I was not quite back to normal. I got pretty cold and was too tired to eat much. When we got home an hour later I took a nap before I felt ready to move around.
The good news is that I have only minor muscle soreness and should be ready to run again in 2 days.
It really helped that I was wearing my heart rate monitor. I have never tested my maximum heart rate and have no desire to do so but I knew roughly what heart rate I can maintain for several miles.
Overall this may have been my hardest run so far. emoticon
Did I mention before that I don't like to exhaust myself? emoticon
I'm hoping my next run, probably a 5 K will not only be faster but also easier. emoticon
Tonight we are celebrating with steak and sweet potatoes with lots of butter and cream.

Thank you to all who were sending me good thoughts for today.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/5/2012 3:22AM

    Good for you. I think you handled the race just fine, giving that you are still recuperating. Well done! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 3/4/2012 4:56PM

    I'm into finishing! You did it! Outstanding!
And just think, you can do it again. Celebrate! All the best...

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    You did well Birgit!!! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 3/4/2012 9:39AM

    Congratulations on your run! It may not have been the time you wanted, but that is still a wonderful accomplishment.

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KANOE10 3/4/2012 9:36AM

    That is great that you finished a half marathon!!!!!


Is that the Snake River Canyon in Oregon?

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LOSER05 3/4/2012 9:01AM

    Good for you!

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CONRADBURK 3/4/2012 8:26AM

    Good job! I am proud of your accomplishment. Keep sparking!
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KRISZTA11 3/4/2012 7:10AM

    Congrats to finishing the race, I find your time impressive!
And you look great on the pictures.
Wish you a relaxing rest of the week end!

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MARTHASPARKS 3/3/2012 11:43PM

    Bravo. It may have been slower but you're not up to par and I suspect it was force of will that got you over the finish line! Celebrate and feel better.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 3/3/2012 11:26PM

    Congratulations on such a great success!

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