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January 19, 2012

The Things That We Learn, The Stories We Tell

The Things That We Learn, The Stories We Tell

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
~ Brandi Carlile

I am a doctor by training. Like most of my colleagues, I graduated from medical school thinking I had already learned about the body and now I was just going to get to go about fixing it. It only takes one day practicing medicine to learn you are wrong about that. Even if you are not a physician, you only have to follow medical headlines for a week to see that even the top level thinkers in medicine often don’t agree about what’s going on in the body.

We have a lot to learn.

When it comes to bodies, you would think you would know your own best – but mine still manages to surprise me.

When I started running, I never assumed it would come naturally. Past experience had already taught me that to some degree. A thing I had not anticipated, however, was that in learning a new physical skill, I might be called upon to reassess some of my previously held notions of what this particular body is (or is not) capable of.

Here are a few: Continue reading…

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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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Where I Run

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.
― Hafez

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December 29, 2011


inspiration (ĭn’spə-rā’shən)

  1. stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
  2. the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
  3. someone or something that causes this state
  4. an idea or action resulting from such a state
  5. the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

From Collins Dictionary

I got a note today from my friend Pam Davis. She has been reading my blog (thank you, Pam!) and, while not suddenly enthusiastic about lacing up her running shoes, has decided that she should start writing as well. In here very first post on BariBelle, Pam writes:

A dear friend and one of the busiest women on the planet has recently found the time to start running (gasp) and to begin a personal blog. I rationalized if this super busy lady can find the time to share her perceptions and realizations with us, I need to stop procrastinating and do the same.

We never quite know what might inspire us.

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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!

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