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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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February 23, 2012

Not Too Cold

Not Too Cold

Greetings to you all from the 2012 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This will be a super short post today just to say that I took a lovely little 3 mile run around Temple Square and did not freeze.

I am also having a super fun time playing with my brand new Nike Fuel Band – which right now qualifies as the Best Gear Ever because I am in a hotel full of surgeons who all want to ogle it (surgeons are naturally attracted to cool technology).

Running in the cold was:

  1. Very hard on my lungs
  2. Not as hard as I thought it might be
  3. Not as cold as I anticipated because Utah just isn’t that cold right now

I had not, however, factored in altitude. At just over 4000 feet above sea level, that definitely creates an additional workout. I live at the beach – so that really is 4000 feet higher up than normal for me.

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Tomorrow, hitting the slopes at Snowbird, so no run for me!

Jacqueline

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January 13, 2012

Summer Feet

Summer Feet

Today I am writing from the beautiful island of Barbados in the West Indies. I am – really  – here for work, attending and speaking a the Inaugural Caribbean Obesity Forum. This beautiful island nation, sitting near the equator, lives in what most of us would consider to be perpetual summer. It makes my home in Southern California appear to have “real” seasons.

For those of you who are runners, you have probably recognized in the name of this blog the title of the now-famous running book by Christopher Macdougall, Born To Run. If you are unfamiliar, the very well-written book tells the history and the story of the rise of the barefoot running movement – with a focus on the tie in to the Tarahumara people of Mexico. Even if you have no interest in running, it’s a great read.

I am not the right person to comment on the pros and cons of running with or without shoes – many experts are weighing in on this these days. But having just completed a second reading of the book, and having walked on the sand of a beautiful tropical island today, I am thinking about feet.

Growing up as a kid in Southern California, we always talked about our “summer feet.” Continue reading…

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January 6, 2012

Off to Phoenix

Off to Phoenix

One thing that is part of my life is travel. My work demands a certain amount of time on the road, in hotels, airports, etc.

Travel is an interesting challenge when it comes to sticking to my running. This morning, I woke late and didn’t have time to run – so if I want to get in a few miles it’s going to be the hotel treadmill or finding a route near the hotel that I am comfortable with. Usually, I chose the hotel gym, but I am getting a bit more brave these days. On this particular trip, I have an advance invite to run with a couple of the other meeting attendees…so we will see how that goes!

The meeting today is with one of my favorite non-profits in the world – The Obesity Action Coalition – of which I am a board member. I hope that you will take some time to read a little more about our work.

Happy Friday to All!

Jacqueline

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December 22, 2011

Are you really writing about that?

Are you really writing about that?

In my professional career, I am known as an obesity and nutrition expert. Over the years, I have been very lucky to make friends with brilliant and talented people like Dr Arya Sharma, the Chair of Obesity Research at University of Edmonton, Alberta. If you want to know what is important in obesity, you not only know who Dr Sharma is, you definitely follow his blog (drsharma.ca). So when I was starting this blog, I wanted to let him preview it.

We had an email exchange that went like this:

Me – You know I am writing a running blog, not a nutrition blog, right?

Dr Sharma – The world needs another running blog?!?! Just kidding – simply don’t want you to get too sucked up into this running stuff – those folks tend to get fanatical and are hard to be around – all I see them do is talk about their last marathon and their plans for the next one – BOOOOOOOORING!

Continue reading…

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