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NHBPM WEGO Prompt: My Health Library

I fully credit the movie Food Inc. with changing my entire food, and health, philosophy. There were small changes being made up to the minute before I watched it in full, but it was undoubtedly my tipping point. Coincidentally, that film led to an interest in picking up more books on subjects of interest (see: nutrition, food, health, mindset, etc.).

Today’s NHBPM prompt asked for a book report – what’s your favorite book and how does it tie into your health/life? Given the way I’ve added to our “library” over the past two years, that’s a loaded question! I can’t pick one, as these have all added a flavor to life that I didn’t know was missing.

If you took a glance at our bookshelf buffet, your eyes would have a hard time resisting these…



All the Money in the World   Books


Food rules    In Defense of Food


Animal vegetable Miracle   Skinny Dish Cooking with trader Joe's


Click on any of the above if you’re intrigued. They’re all worth your time, dollars and brain-chewing energy! Most of them are still stacked near my nightstand (except for the cookbook, which clearly belongs right near the food!), dog-eared pages n’ all ready to be picked up and indulged when I’m craving their words.

I’m actually glad I’m only about half-way through In Defense of Food; it’s like fully tasting, and savoring, those last few bites of a decadent dessert.


What’s in your health library?

Any one favorite book that I should be adding to this group?



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Life on Island Time, In Action (II)!

Good morning! Ready to head back to the beach? Yes, me too.

The day after we spent hours touring the island of Oahu, we spent 10 minutes driving to a beach for a little lesson.

Tuesday: Surf the waves!

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I happen to have a slightly intense fear of the ocean; when the original surfing lesson plans were made, I was a very obvious no way.

The morning of, my running-brain (i.e. endorphins hard at work) thought “Why  not?”, and I was ALL for it. Do it now! Don’t think twice!

Well, when reservations are made, it’s not exactly prime time for last minute decisions. So, I didn’t get my surf on this time – but believe you me, I WILL.

{I will surf. I will surf. I will surf. Ok. Got it.}

The rest of the crew took their lesson, and got their surf on! I got to play with the parents’ DSLR telephoto lens, and spectate in the sun – not a bad trade off.

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Oahu Hawaii Surf Crew

Tuesday night: We learned two things – drinks taste better with 1) umbrellas, and 2) the Hawaiian sunset.

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View from the beach-side Honolulu hotel bar.

Wednesday: Our bathing suits were put away for the day, and the hiking shoes were laced up instead! We had new views to check out.

We tackled two must-do hikes, with a lunch break in between. Both of these trails fall into the ‘beginner-friendly’ category. The trail-heads were a mere 10-15 minutes apart, but as you’ll see, the landscape could not have been more different.

First up, Diamond Head! Hello, desert island?

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Aloha, Honolulu! You are an urban beauty.

Next up: Manoa Falls. No paved trails, and no desert landscape here. This time the island gave us a dose of tropical.

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Thursday: Relax, put the bathing suit back on and be a beach baby. There’s nothing wrong with going down that water slide five or six times; it’s all good if you want to lay on the beach for an hour after that, and float on the lazy river after that.

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All showered and ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, we did things a little different than most of you. Rather than a turkey, they had the traditional pig. Rather than pie, we had coconut cake.

Paradise Cove, Thanksgiving Luau:

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Dine, drink, laugh, watch the story-telling dance and soak it all in. This was our last night on the island – an appropriate celebration!


And just like that, our week living life on island time was over.

Mahalo, Hawaii. {Thank you}

Til next time…

Paradise Cove Sunset


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Life on Island Time, In Action (I)!

After having been to Maui twice (totally worth your adventure money!), the Vacation Planners (aka parents) decided we would take our island hopping travels to Oahu this time. As members of the DVC, we knew almost a year in advance that the Aulani resort would be open and in business by Fall 2011. Perfect timing!

This trip has been in the works for almost a year; the countdown was finally over, we landed on the island and had a lot of exploring on the agenda.

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Saturday: D & I arrived much earlier than the rest of the crew (thanks, Red Eye!). We were lucky to get into the room hours before “check in”, take showers and try to stay awake to avoid the inevitable jet-lag from 14 hours of travel, very little sleep & a six hour time change.

His treat: massages & an afternoon at the spa! Spoiled? Yes. I’ll take it.

The rest of the Fam finally landed on the island and we got our night started.

Sunday: Relax! Soak in the beach, grab groceries for the condo, tackle the slides at the pool, float on the lazy river & go back to the beach. Grab a drink, relax some more.

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When in Hawaii, 85* feels warm – 75* feels slightly chilly (see: pull-overs).
So jaded.

Monday: Put on the comfy shoes! We’re circling this entire island (the Hawaiian equivalent of a ROAD TRIP – one in which just  a few hours of driving will take you around an island loop, seeing it all).

We had a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call, a 6:30 a.m. pick-up, and didn’t hit the pause button once. We were on the road, the beach, the tour guide bus or a show-watching seat until 10 p.m.. The stops: Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Dole Plantation (pineapples for all), a live-shrimp farm (Eat up!), a famous rock that saw the likes of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall crew, and the Polynesian culture center.

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The USS Arizona is still in the water. A memorial has been built over the boat; a shrine and a tomb to the thousands of lives that changed that day.

Oil still leaks from the ship (and is expected to for at least another 100 years), parts of the Arizona still peak out, and the feeling of life is still in the air.

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Next, we saw pineapples, island mountains & the famous beach on the North side:

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The whole crew! Seven people I’d be totally fine being stuck on an island with.

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When in Hawaii, eat shrimp from a farm on the side of the road (literally).

It’s safe (we’re all still alive); this is as fresh as it gets!

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When in Hawaii, trust the local (aka tour-guide) when that will take you up a random neighborhood street that dead ends. That end can only mean there’s a view:

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And from here, we’ll surf, hike, eat, drink & be merry. It’s a good life, on the island. Part II (only so many photos can squeeze on this page) to come…


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Marine Corps Marathon : Goal Glory

It’s DONE. The Marine Corps Marathon weekend has come & gone, but that high is sticking around.

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The legs & I teamed up to grab that goal, run strong & see what was really possible. Limits were undoubtedly tested, and my pacer (ahem – run-buddy, friend & motivation) worked her usual magic.

The last 6.2 miles were some of the hardest I’ve run to date, but more on that when I have the capacity to write the recap.  For now, I’m letting my mind & legs rest. They worked hard; they accomplished a big goal – they took almost 20 minutes off of the existing PR – and they’re basking in the glory.

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Marine Corps Marathon – October 30, 2011

Chip time: 3:37:32*

A huge shout-out goes to all the Thanks & Congrats from yesterday – you guys never cease to support & amaze. Race recap to come…


*G’s timer started/stopped twice while I was walking through the Finisher’s corral – after which it occurred to me to lock the bezel + buttons.

The time above is the official result.


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100 Strong: Challenge & Giveaway!

Over the weekend, something happened that had nothing to do with Boulder, barefoot running or eating tons of berries…

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Apparently the world kept turning outside of our mountain-town bliss.

…DOTR got notified of its 100th friend!


Apparently I talk about my blog’s facebook page in the third person.

Since I’ve missed every “100 post” mark on this site – which is totally arbitrary, but fun to ‘celebrate’, anyway (currently at 335) – this other arbitrary moment called for a celebration!

DOTR’s Facebook page, my rules.

The rules being that I’ll be having a giveaway for every 100 new Friends, and that in this particular game, “celebration” means challenge!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I like it when my friends stay active with me – sweat once a day, do things that scare you, all that good stuff.

That means to be part of this challenge-giveaway, you’ve got to participate! This won’t even involve going outside, or putting your shoes on if you prefer to be barefoot. All you have to do is one movement, from Today’s Movement, which you’ll find here –> CLICK*.

*View the Tuesday, June 28 video – if this requires you to “sign-up”, don’t worry, you won’t get any spam e-mails! It just allows you to view exercises from previous days.


Report back with the # you and those strong quads + hamstrings reached (we don’t judge here at DOTR – all numbers welcomed!), and Tweet about the challenge if you’re a tweeter-type.

You have until Thursday  (6/30) evening to enter your number, at which point I’ll pick a random winner!

The WINNER gets:

GOJI cookies* + Quaker Oatmeal Squares* cereal box
+ an extra surprise (one of my favorite things!)

*Full disclosure: These products were given to me by their respective companies to taste-test. I was not paid to do so. Both products pleasantly surprised me with taste & texture, so I’m spreading the love!


GO! Squat!


On another note, there is a great list of comments here discussing the Barefoot/Minimalist running idea + drills + calf-muscle craziness! Thanks for all the input!

P.S. If you’re really not into squatting, you’re not banned from entering. Just say Hi! – that works, too.


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Fourth Time is the Charm

I took this run to be a dress rehearsal of sorts, trying everything as if were the race day. Except we weren’t in Denver, and I just hopped on my usual trail.

And I was only going to run 20 miles. But you get the drift!


The Plan: 7 miles solo, out & back initially heading East. I put the tunes on random to enjoy some Lady G, The Temptations, Michael Franti, Britney, etc. I had Go-Fast Juice in my handheld (aka Accelerade), water & Shot BLOKS stuffed in my Camelbak and sunglasses for the eventual light.

D met me at mile 7 (hi!); time to remove the earbuds & zone out with my bike-amigo.

The Fuel: Lemon-lime Shot BLOKS, you  never fail me. I will be forever loyal to you.

Mile 7: 1/2 pack of LL blocks. Mile 11: 1 bag of Plain Baked Lays. Yup, they’re back! Salty, crunchy and easy to swallow. Perfect snack. Mile 16: 1/2 pack of LL bloks.

Liquids: Water around every mile after the first few +Go-Fast Juice every other mile for the first half, and as-needed during the second.

The Mentality: Honestly, I had varied expectations. I really wanted another 20, one that went well; I questioned whether it was smart to do another 20; I wondered whether my legs would backfire against this high mileage for the third time in one month.

I started out easy.  I allowed myself to play through race goals, soak in what my legs have done for me over the three months, dance to Lady Gaga (how can you not, really), and know if I reallly needed to stop, I would.

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…things went better than expected.

The first 7 miles flew by, the next 13 just came easily. D & I talked, laughed and zoomed right along. No nausea, no pains, no fatigue. Another mile down, and I’d wave my hands with the remaining tally.

Mile 18 beeped and I knew I had energy left. 8:59
Mile 19  beeped and I wanted at least one more. 8:52
Mile 20 beeped and we just kept moving.  8:48
Mile 21….8:36
Knowing I had to go into work for a few hours put a time deadline in here, otherwise 22 would’ve had a date with me.

21 miles, 3:11:50, avg 9:08

Add 5.2 onto that – I’m ready for it! 🙂


Post-Run Recovery Smoothie (you knew this was coming, it’s  a staple!)

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1 container Peach Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 banana, sliced
Apple Pie Spice, to taste

Blend blend blend – and top it with some crunch!

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Marathon Countdown: 16 days!

Happy weekending, Long Running, Racing and/or Relaxing!


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Small Victories, Fueled by a Big Burrito

I feel Good!

Just to get that out.

For the first time since The Move, I feel like my normal speed and fitness are coming back to me. I set out this morning without any expectations – my last run was 16 miles (hard), my  last bike ride ended in a little mishap (ouch), and I took yesterday and Sunday off because I could barely move my left arm and I’m not sure that bodes well for any exercise attempts.

Well, all that being said, this run was just what the {nonexistent} doctor ordered!


I woke up around 7:15, still feeling the aftermath of this life-sized burrito:

No, I couldn’t finish that stomach overload, otherwise known as a “Garden Fresco Burrito” from 3 Margaritas. I did get through half before officiallysitting back and staring at it, defeated.

On a side note, the fact that I can order “Green Chile Sauce” with my dish makes me so ridiculously excited. We are officially back in the Southwest!

Then, a reader-friend Rebekah came to meet up with us. Fun! It was so great to meet her, and in the middle of our chat-fest, D ordered triple-scooped ice cream. Oh, man.

“Stuffed” is an understatement. Fueled for a good morning-run? YES.


While I intended to keep things around an easy 9:30 pace (monitoring the HR to maintain the “easy” part), my first mile beeped in at “9:00” exactly, to me and my HR’s surprise. Okay, roll with it…

To avoid exhausting the trail I found last Friday, I skipped it and finally tackled the hilly road ahead. It was a good half-mile climb, and I was surprised at how well my muscles reacted. Victory #1!

As miles quickly ticked by, I explored a new little area and finally found myself back on the trail to head in the direction of home. 9:00, 8:53, 8:43…

My wrist/elbow are definitely still aching, and I told myself if it became annoying and/or worrisome, I’d take it easy. As it turned out, I got used to it, and it actually kept my arm at that 90* position you’re supposed to keep anyway. 😉

Rather than taking the route well-known, I stayed on the trail to continue in the opposite direction and see where it led me. Adventurous running is always a welcomed distraction when you’re trying to add up the miles, Victory #2! I had Dierks Bentley going on and on in my earbuds and was thoroughly entertained by my music, scenery, low HR maintenance (finally!), and negative splits that weren’t breaking my oxygen tank. 8:30, 8:30, 8:30 – I can’t make this stuff up.

At mile 6 I decided to tack on one more, running halfway out before turning back to the ‘hood. Also, for old times’ sake (i.e. the days when I could still breathe at the end of a run), why not pick it up? Mile 7: 8:12, with a 6:50 m/m pace finish – Victory #3!

7 miles, 1:00:30, avg 8:38
avg HR – 170 (improvement!)


Maybe I’ll use the second half of that burrito to fuel for tomorrow’s run? Clearly the carbs are loaded in there.

Mountains, I hope you’ve enjoyed holding onto that ego of mine. I’m slowly stealing it back!


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