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March 31, 2012

Playing With Canadians

Playing with Canadians

Ok, I was working with them too.

I have sort of been off the map for a couple of days in beautiful Lake Louise Alberta speaking at and attending the International School for Obesity Research and Management (ISORAM). This amazing course brings together a group of researchers and clinicians – mostly from Canada and Germany – to educate each other on very complex topics related to the disease of obesity. I felt truly honored that course director Dr Arya Sharma asked me to be part of the faculty.

So you might ask, in addition to talking to a remarkable and very smart group of international experts, what about the running?

We have been very active here this week – a foot and a half of snow fell in the first 24 hours – but that has meant once again that things like skiing have take the place of a run. And I am not complaining. Since I started running 9 months ago, I have had a lot of people tell me that I simply have to intersperse it with other things.

One thing I can tell you for sure, my body tolerates sports like skiing much better after all the conditioning I have put it through in the past year. It’s really a lot more enjoyable to ski or hike in the snow when my body enjoys it as much as my spirit does. It’s not that my thighs don’t hurt today – because they do! – but it’s really just that it takes a certain amount of physical fitness to even get to the place where my thighs hurt, and I sort of have a new appreciation of that.

Anyway, it’s 6 AM here in Canada and I am sitting by the shuttle door at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and my ride will be here in just a moment to take me back to Calgary to catch a plane.

So I thought I might leave you with a couple of images of the non-academic activities of the past few days.

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Have a wonderful Saturday, wherever you are.

Jacqueline

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