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{Friday Favourites} The best reads around the web this week in health and fitness

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend?

I have the Finlayson Arm 25K (but really 28K) trail race this Saturday, and I must admit I’m a little bit nervous about it, despite running the majority of the course two weeks ago. Debbie pointed out to me that there was a cut-off time for the 25K of 5.5 hours, which seemed strange as the 50K runners will be coming across the finish line well into the afternoon. It took us 5 hours (well, 4.5 hours if you don’t count us getting lost) just to run 22 km, let alone 28 km. And the part we missed during our training run is the fairly challenging. What are they going to do… prevent us from crossing the finish line that will be open for another 5 hours or so if we don’t finish by the cut-off time? I reached out to the race director to voice my concerns, and he said since the 50kers had a cut-off time it was only fair we did, too. Also, he said last year the average finish time for the 25k race was 4:15, and the last person came through at 5:18. Hrrm. Fingers crossed I can actually run faster on race day… even though I’m a BQ’er, I’m a fairly slow trail runner.

Although training for this race could have been better, I did okay despite lots of missed runs due to vacations and illnesses. I was pretty good about sticking to my strength training plan and shorter training runs, but didn’t get out on the trail as much as I should have this past month. Oh well — this is a just-for-fun race, anyway. Plus, there will be free post-race beer!

Since I’ve missed doing a Friday favourites link round-up these past few weeks due to freelance article deadlines, here are the best reads around the web this week in health and fitness, plus some of my favourite reads from last week you may have missed. (more…)

Fueling for running (and strength training): What I eat pretty much every day

photo 2(3)I’m not an expert in nutrition. I’m not an expert in running, either. And it’ll be a lonnnnnng time before I can call myself a “specialist” in anything. (I’m taking my certified strength and conditioning specialist exam in May, but in my opinion, that designation won’t mean much until I have years of experience behind me.)

That said, I generally know what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my endurance and strength training, and what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my body so it can function on a day-to-day basis. Of course, this all fits under the umbrella of preference–I’m not going to eat anything I don’t like. Luckily, there are a lot of healthy and nutrient-dense foods I DO like (and that other people probably think taste like grass clippings).

Rather than me going on about the best foods and meal plans for runners (or for people who just generally want to eat healthy), here’s a peek inside my pantry and a look at what I eat pretty much every day (because that’s way more fun, right?) (more…)

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