My first ultra pt. 2: Logistics, equipment and stuff

Good Luck…….

Fit and Feminist

The finish line of the Keys 100 in 2012. With hard work, luck and preparation, I’ll be running under that in seven weeks!

I’ve finally started getting myself back together after spending much of the last couple of months immersed in projects, which hopefully means I will be back to blogging on a more regular (i.e. more than once a week) basis.   I’ve got a few things I’m working on right now, but one of the things I wanted to write about as soon as possible were the logistics of running my first ultra earlier this month.

Now, I’m kind of already acclimated to endurance sports that require a bit of logistical planning as I’ve gone through two seasons of triathlons and duathlons at this point, and both of those are sports that require you basically drag a steamer trunk full of equipment to the race site, just to be…

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Healthy Life with Dietary supplements

Supplement Edge

Consuming Dietary supplements is now quite normal and vital in the present time. Supplements use for supplying nutrients including vitamins, amino acids, minerals or fatty acids, which are not consumed in sufficient quantity in the diet of a person. Supplements play an important role in compensating body weakness. Consuming supplements have endless benefits for the human. It is important to maintain a healthy body with the right proportion of supplements.

Dietary Supplements Benefits:

Regular use of these kinds of supplements provides the best nutrients that the human body needs. Many of us remain busy in our busy schedule and do not have time to take care of our health. Now a days we mostly prefer junk food and as a result, our health and wellness problem deteriorates. Therefore vitamins manufacturing companies come up with unique dietary nutritional supplements that help in nourishing as well as preventing from various ailments.

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Yoga For Cardiovascular Health

My doctor told me I need to get into Yoga because I have Fibromyalgia. What is the best time to go and is there a beginners class in Yoga or is everyone going at their own pace. I’m turning 60 this year and I’m wanting to get into shape before another birthday comes around. How often should a person go each week?


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By Faye Martins

When it comes to exercising for a healthy heart, most people envision running, kickboxing or cycling. While these cardio activities certainly do give the heart some good exercise, new research suggests that activities such as yoga training may actually yield even greater benefits overall.

The study measured how far participants could stretch on a standard sit-and-reach test. This test was performed with the individual sitting on the floor, back pressed against the wall. With legs straight, the participants stretched their arms out and bent at the waist, stretching the arms towards the feet as far as possible. With the results of this simple test in hand, the group was then measured on more standard things like endurance, muscular strength, blood pressure, cardio respiratory fitness, aortic pressure, the speed of a pulse of blood flow and how long the pulse took to travel…

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Off Season Training (Guest Post)

This almost sounds like me. I’ll be 60 in July. I have Fibromyalgia now for over 15 years. I had to quit my job and have all but turned into a hermit. Well I just got so sick of feel like this I started going to the gym and using the heated pool for exercise. I was told not to use weights by my Doctor because of the Fibromyalgia. I was always active before this knocked me down, gardening, yard work, building, painting ( murals) and paining in my home, too. This year because of my granddaughter, we’ve decided to go to the gym and work out on the weights. She’s going to be 15 this year and she developed some medical problems and had to go on a medication that caused her to gain a lot of weight. She’s been so down on herself about the weight that I am determined to get her to feeling good about herself not matter what. I ordered the Total Gym for my husband and I’ve been working on it and it’s made me feel a lot better even thought I shake for about 30 minutes after I get off it. But I think most of that is because I really haven’t exercised in so many years. I know I lost my butt some where years back and I’m hoping this will plump it back out. Maybe I’ll get in shape enough to wear a Bikini and pose on stage at a body building show. Who knows. Yea, that would be fun and maybe meet “The Rock” and he could give me some training tips and show off those muscles… Oh I’m sorry, when you get my age…your mind sort of wonders.

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

by Sandi Conrad

The throwing season ends in the September/October time frame, and starts again in the spring.  The heavy events are so much about technique, but it’s tough practicing in the off-season.  The weights tend to dig up the ground, and we need a lot of space for throwing, so indoor practicing is not much of an option.  With the cold weather we’ve been having, only the diehards will go out in the minus degrees and practice.  This means we need a different focus for the off-season.

Lifting is the answer to the off-season training. Although the only real variable for weight is the caber, and the heaviest we throw is 28lbs, getting stronger will help to throw further and help with sustaining energy through a full day of competition.  We never know the size of the caber going in and I’ve picked up a few very heavy sticks. …

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Blame It On Jamie Lee Curtis

Silver in the Barn

Why I would imagine that the color of my hair would hold an iota of interest to you, dear reader, cannot be explained other than to say I learned the hard way that it’s a subject that can ignite opinion, solicited or not.


I was serving as parliamentarian for a civic organization a few years ago and during a meeting, one of the members, henna-tressed, suddenly blurted out “What are you doing to your hair?”

“Nothing, really. I’ve just decided to stop coloring it.”

Stunned silence. Or as the hipsters say, “Crickets.” Just like that I was able to stop the proceedings of our monthly meeting. What power.

The president of the group, a woman in her mid-70s with expensively highlighted blonde hair, then offered this little gem: “But Barbara! You’re much too young to go gray!”

Tell that to the melanin levels in my hair follicles, please.

And as I looked out at the women around…

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