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May 1, 2012



One can never have enough socks, said Dumbledore. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a pair. People will insist on giving me books.

~ JK Rowling, Philosopher’s Stone

Who would have know that I would develop a sock fetish when I took up running?

To read about where it all started, you can take a peek here at this entry wherein I write about my wonderful discovery of Balega socks. I love Balega socks.

So some number of months ago I had started to notice that after travel, running was harder for a few days. Sometimes, especially after long flights, mt legs would feel sore, heavy and they would ache when I would run. I asked a few runner about this and one – also a business traveler – dubbed this “jet lag legs”.

Great, a new symptom of jet lag. Some people really don’t suffer much from jet lag. I, on the other had can suffer for days – a week sometimes – which occasionally means I am never sure what time zone I am in and I feel like I am constantly adjusting. Now I learn my legs have to go through the same thing.

I Googled jet lag legs.

And low and behold, I found socks. Continue reading…

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March 30, 2012

Fun With Food

Fun With Food

It’s a well known secret of the inner circle of nutrition professionals, that most of us who are into nutrition, also love food. So when I heard that this very smart woman named Lindsay had started a program to get people to exchange food care packages, I could not wait to sign up. You can read about this very fun project (and learn how you can do it too) on her blog The Lean Green Bean. She has a lot of other great information there too, so look around.

For those of you who follow along with this blog, you know I am on the road a bit for work. At the beginning of the month, I had let my first “food penpal,” – Katy Beth (who blogs over at Curly Runner Bug Moves In) – know that I was off to Europe and not back until the 15th, so she nicely timed her delivery to meet my schedule (thank you Katy Beth!)

She may not know this, but as a business traveler, I empty my house of most food before each trip of more than a few days. So on the 15th of March, knowing I was arriving to a house empty of most food, a cool box of treats waiting on my front porch felt like Christmas.

Here is what I got in the box:

How fun!

A truth about food is that by the time most of us are adults we are pretty fixed in our ways and we don’t tend to try new stuff. I could already see that there was one thing I really wanted to open:

Continue reading…

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March 26, 2012

What’s in the Box?

What’s in the Box?

I never win anything. So when Kelly Reeme of Flex-n-Go told me I had won a Heel Cord Box I didn’t really know exactly what it was, but I was pretty excited.

Actually, I had read briefly about Kelly’s product a number of months ago.  She saw that I posted about foot pain and suggested that I might look at her product as a solution. I looked – but seeing that it targeted that Achilles Tendon and lower leg flexibility, it didn’t seem like it would help the pain in my arch so much.

Then I won one. That was cool.

The box arrived right right as I was preparing to take off for business in Europe. I opened it – the boards are handcrafted and they are very simple and – in a way – pretty.








I took the board out of the shipping box and set it on the floor in my living room.

At this point the exact words of of my 10-year-old were:

Cool mom! Can I use it as a skateboard ramp?

Uh…No. Continue reading…

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January 31, 2012

Socks…I Had No Idea (for James)

Socks…I Had No Idea

New socks.
Two socks.
Whose socks?
Sue’s socks.

~ Dr Seuss, Fox in Socks

So shortly after I start writing this blog I got a very enthusiastic note from my friend James Zervios. James is the Director of Communications for the Obesity Action Coalition, of which I am a board member. In the time I have known James, he has completely transformed his health and his body, losing over 50 pounds, lowering his blood pressure and more. One thing James has been doing is running.

So anyway, he send me the following note:

I thought of you the other day with your running blog. I finally ran in my new shoes and it made an incredible difference. But, there was something else that I thought was interesting. I bought “running socks” at Fit2Run in Tampa. Let me tell you that they made a big difference. I ran once with them and once with my usual cotton ankle socks. With the cotton socks, I developed blisters on my toes after a 9 mile run. With these, my feet were much more comfortable and no blisters. Anyway, just thought you might find the “sock” debate interesting.

He also sent me a link to the socks – if you are really curious, you can look at them here: Balega Hidden Comfort Sock

When I first started running part of the appeal was the (fantasy?) of the lack of stuff I would need. All you really need to run are the shoes right (and some would even argue against that…)? But here’s what I learned very quickly: You buy the shoes and then you need socks.

This actually happened when I went to buy my second pair of running shoes at the running store:

Guy at store: So what kind of socks do you wear?

Me (in my head): I am supposed to have an answer to that? Do I tell him that mostly I borrow from my 10-year-old’s sock drawer?

Continue reading…

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January 27, 2012

Of Picture-Perfect Sunsets

Of Picture-Perfect Sunsets

Sometimes it is simply important to stop and reflect and think about what you are grateful for.

Yesterday I left my office at 4:30 after a long day of meetings and headed for home to run. I was tired and I was going to squeeze the run in before my 6pm conference call – so I didn’t have a whole lot of time.

I walk in my door, rush up the stairs and quickly change and tie back my hair. Maybe I’ll just run on the treadmill I think – but then I glance outside.

It’s the kind of winter day that people in the rest of the world don’t think of as winter – the kind we can only have in Southern California (don’t hate us). It is cooling from being in the high 70s and there is a breeze picking up on the ocean and the sun is moving on down towards the horizon.

I head straight out the front door.

In less than two minutes I am running along the Pacific Coast Highway. And 10 minutes later, I cross the road and am running right along the edge of the sand. I look out at the water which is very still and the sun as it approaches sunset and I realize that even though I live here and I see this all the time it never ceases to take my breath away.

I live in what other people only think of as postcards. Continue reading…

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December 23, 2011

Things I Like #1 – An App That Matches Music to My Pace

(This post represents the first of what I intend to be an ongoing series of Things I Like. Along with learning to run, I am discovering all sorts of new things that make my experience better. Hopefully some of them will be fun for you too.)

I have been trying to find things that make my running more fun. Ok, in truth it might be more accurate to say that I have been looking for things that appropriately distract me. Two things, music and audiobooks, are definitely good and make the run seem to go faster if I can get engaged enough.

Without music life would be a mistake – Nietzsche

As I have been running with music, I have definitely noticed (I am sure this must be something that all experienced runners just know, but no one told me), that my pace is impacted by the music I listen to. As I looked into this more, I found several pre-set play lists online that were “paced” – 9-minute mile, 10-minute mile, etc. I tried a few, but found that most still lost my interest since they were not the kind of music I like.

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