Pine Bark Extract: Help for Runner’s Ischemia?

Streak Day:1027
YTD Mileage: 1919
(2222 mile goal / 2017)
(2112 miles / 2016)

I’ve neglected this blog for a few months, and one reason for the neglect is

Austin Marathon 2017
Eldest son, daughter-in-law, me, and Hubby, at the ATX Marathon start line (Feb, 19, 2017)

that I’ve been discouraged since I finished the 2017 Austin Marathon (February 19) in the St David ER instead of at the race finish line. The day was unusually warm and muggy, which led to many runners having troubled runs. For me, it meant that my usual distance running issues were more pronounced and at mile 23.8 my race ended (I KNOW! SO CLOSE! UGH!). One bag of fluid administered by a race medic at curb-side was not enough to satisfactorily improve my vitals, so off to the hospital I went in an ambulance – which made this race the MOST expensive race I’ve ever run. The ER was full of runners in bibs, waiting to be seen. As the EMTs wheeled me through them to a room, I thought that the waiting room was much like scene from a war movie in which wounded waiting for medical attention in a medical facility are seated or laying in every available empty spot. Continue reading “Pine Bark Extract: Help for Runner’s Ischemia?”

A Run A Day Keeps the Lazies Away???

I notice that the date of my last blog post is February 7th, some – uummm – three months ago. The space

1st Place AG @ Cocoa Women's Half Marathon, January 2015
1st Place AG @ Cocoa Women’s Half Marathon, January 2015

between that post and the previous is even greater! At that time, I only brought my blog up to date concerning my goal of finishing my first 50k. I’ve set some running goals and run some races between my successful Cloudsplitter 50k completion and now. I’ll recap swiftly! I set and met a goal to run a sub-two Decker Challenge Half-Marathon in December (chip time 1:56:57, 4 / 22 AG). I set and met a goal to run a sub-two Cocoa Women’s Half in January (Chip time 1:53:10, 1 / 44 in AG). I set and failed at the goal of a 4:15 – 4:30 full Austin Marathon (see Wild Hare 50k, same song, second verse as they say). I turned off at the half, and finished with probably the slowest half time since the first half I ever ran. I saved face some with the next race after that one – which happened to be the very next Saturday: the Street to Feet 5k (chip time 25:09, 1 / 32 AG). My business (ATX Ultra Eats) sponsored the inaugural Mission for Life 5k / Half-Marathon on March 21st. I ran the 5k; the half-marathon was turned into a 20 miler at the last minute, due to flooding of the course along the San Antonio River. Continue reading “A Run A Day Keeps the Lazies Away???”

The Bare Truth About Barefoot Running

Austin Marathon 2104 Cropped
Austin Marathon / Half-Marathon February 2014

Vibram, maker of FiveFingers minimalist shoes, recently settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused the company of false advertising. As a result of the lawsuit, Vibram has to pay out $3.75 million dollars in refunds to people who purchased Vibrams from March 2009 until the date of the first summary settlement notice. Leaving aside the issue of frivolous lawsuits and personal responsibility in the use of any purchased product, I want to discuss the way news of this lawsuit relates to barefoot running in general. Reading the various articles about the lawsuit in various sources, I became annoyed at the general, blanket statements against barefoot running that appear in numerous articles, but especially at the negative statements that appear in the comment sections following the articles. I don’t have the time to comment on every article I read, although I have a deep desire to respond to the incorrect and uninformed statements that have appeared in relation to news stories about the Vibram lawsuit. Too often those people who support barefoot running as a viable alternative to wearing footwear fail to fully address the criticism in the their responses to the criticism. I decided that a writing a blanket response in one place, my blog, would be the best way to address all the offending statements and information regarding barefoot running. Continue reading “The Bare Truth About Barefoot Running”