few decades ago and a marathon was added about ten years ago in hopes of
attracting tourists as well as perhaps improving the community’s
health. National Geographic has been filming there for the past few months, probably in response to the success of the History Channel's series on the two feuding families.
Sadly, my friend and I witnessed widespread obesity – from old to very young. Maybe the overweight children working at the many water stops will take motivation from the runners and change their lifestyle. If they don’t, they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps down the
path of disease and frequent medical visits. I noticed in the obituary section of the local paper that most of the residents died well before 75.
Anyway, my friend and I enjoyed the weekend; finished the hot and hilly marathon; and had the chance to give a presentation on LifeNuts. Hopefully some runners will take it back to their community. Now for Mike Fremont’s training blog and some words of wisdom from this 91-year-old LifeNut.
My Training Schedule for week of June 10, 2013:
Sun. run 10 miles
Mon. race canoe 3 mi.
Tues. run 5, walk 5 or run 10
Wed. race canoe 3
Thur. run 10
Fri. race canoe 3
Sat. race canoe 7 in Dayton Classic on Gt. Miami and Stillwater rivers
What happened during the week of June 3 training, or really “ maintaining”, events:
Sun., Tue. ran 10 miles each, Thurs. ran 5, walked 5
Mon. raced canoe 3, Wed. ditto, fastest speed this season 36:54, Fri. raced 3
Sat. canoe cleanup of Little Miami River (debris, trash, plastics) approx 250 lbs.
ADDRESSING MIDDLE AGE ... whatever that is!
Many of my friends, 60 and up, male, female or other, are healthy and athletic, but in my not so humble opinion they eat the wrong stuff.
So I tell them they’re entering that stage of life when nasty things are increasingly likely to happen to their bodies. I’m disturbing their peace of mind by telling them that arthritis, strokes, heart attacks, cancer and diabetes are not random, chance visitations but are mostly diet- caused. (Bill Cosby: I am what I ate, and I’m frightened!). You are not innocent victims. You eat wrong and bring it on yourselves. I said so!
Don’t wait for it to happen. To get back the body you had as a kid, consult your weight, joints, girth, stamina and do something about it. Emulate Scott Jurek, the world’s greatest ultramarathon runner. He wrote the book Eat and Run and included some tasty recipes. He’s a vegan.
With change you may live happily ever after. Your spouse may react with pleasure – or envy. There will be countless doctors you won’t get to know and many hospitals you won’t visit - except to see friends. And organ recitals you won’t be able to participate in with your afflicted compatriots.
A few compelling information sources: Eating (a DVD); Forks Over Knives (a DVD); books - The China Study; The Rave Diet; Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; look up Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, John Robbins.
By the way, if you have a teenager with zits, take all milk products out of its diet for a week or two and see what happens!