Thu, 27 August 2015
Carey Pinkowski, Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, shares with us how the race has grown over the 26 years he has been race director and discusses the course. This year 45,000 runners from over 130 countries, including all 50 U.S. states, will help celebrate the marathon's 38th anniversary. The field is comprised of 55% male runners and 45% female runners. Since 2002, $135 million has been raised for charities, including $17.7 million from last year.
Pulling off a marathon that goes through 29 neighborhoods of Chicago requires a near-Herculean effort, utilizing more than 12,000 volunteers, a stellar corp of medical professionals led by Dr. George Chiampas at 22 aide stations, coordination with local police, the Chicago Transit Authority, Mayor Rahm Emmanual’s office, the park district, sponsors such as Bank of America, Abbott Labs and Nike, and of course the residents of Chicago. The city of Chicago and its residents open their arms wide to support and welcome the runners to their city.
Carey discusses the course which starts at Grant Park, goes through the loop, also known as the central business district (be on the lookout and for the smell of Garret’s popcorn, a Chicago tradition), and then heads up through River North, an up-and-coming area with many restaurants.
Up next is the Lincoln Park Zoo area which is a great area for spectators, then on to Lake View. The course then takes you back through Lincoln Park with DePaul being at the heart of Lincoln Park. Next you head back to River North, through the Merchandise Mart, cross the river and start down to Adams which is a big spectator area nearing the halfway point. Runners cross the Chicago River five times during the marathon.
The latter part of the marathon takes runners past the United Center (where the Blackhawks and Bulls play), Malcom X College, Greek Town (that’s where our friend Dean Karnazes likes to hang out), Little Italy, Pilsen (Chicago’s largest Hispanic neighborhood), Chinatown at the 20 mile point, then on to the area where the Chicago White Sox (also known as “Carey’s team”) play, the UIC Campus (where A LOT of students cheer on the runners), back up Michigan Avenue and the south loop area.
The course ends with a hill up Roosevelt Road (the only hill and they save it for the end, but runners are fortunate as previously there were TWO hills at the end) to the finish line at Grant Park.
The Chicago Marathon is a great course for first time marathoners as it’s very walkable to and from the finish lines from many downtown hotels. Friends and family can easily get to 8-9 cheers zones through riding the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). Over 1.6 million fans are on the course cheering on the runners.
Carey asks that runners read the participant guide, listen to announcements and look for the flags on the course, and check out the www.chicagomarthon.com website. He recommends that first time marathoners be conservative with their pace, trust their training, and stay within their pace. Aspects of the race are currently being finalized but it sounds like there will be even more entertainment on the course in 2015.
Our Runner of the Week, Dr. Kate Weymouth, MD, a psychiatrist, shares how she has had an "on again/off again" relationship with running, and it's currently ON! (Yay!) Kate discusses studies from the University of Texas (UT) and others proving how exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants for many people or in concert with medication for others. In fact, at UT, they’re doing work with PTSD patients and exercise and seeing great results.
There are numerous studies showing that people are more focused after they run. For students, a great way to “study” on the run is to run the same course as usual and create memory maps.
If you’re looking for new ideas or ways to solve challenges, set the intention at the beginning of the run, go a different course, and at the end of the run, see if any insights have come to you. Studies such as the Eureka Factor show the power of exercise.
Kate was our Runner of the Week after donating the most in a month to Team Kari and Serena Run NYC and Chicago for Action for Healthy Kids. You too can have the chance to be Runner of the Month by clicking HERE ( https://donate.actionforhealthykids.org/events/kari-serena-run-new-york-city-chicago/e46192) and donating. Action for Healthy Kids provides school grants to expand school breakfast and lunch programs and provide fitness equipment.
Serena Marie, RD, answers a listener’s question about what Serena’s take is on fruitarianism. While Serena applauds Jayne (the listener) for changing her diet, she recommends a more balanced diet that comprises fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Key nutrients that are not being met in a fruitarianism diet include iron, calcium, vitamin D, B12, essential fatty acids and others. There are many women endurance athletes who have iron deficiency and have a challenging time with menstruating.
Serena recommends consuming Omega 3s instead of Omega 6s as Omega 6s are very pro inflammatory. Good sources of Omega 3s are walnuts and macadamia nuts. If Jayne would like to have a more balanced diet, Serena suggests eating beans and nuts, since those are “allowed food” for fruitarianism. The most dense source of iron is humanely raised meat.
If you would like to create your own running lifestyle, head over to www.therunninglifestyle.com/join (hyperlink), and discover the 11 strategies to live a life of wellness through the gift of running.
Serena and I have completely gone “Cray Cray” and graciously accepted Gore’s invitation to run the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on November 22nd. This will be Serena's and my third marathon in six weeks and will also be an opportunity to run the Philadelphia Marathon again. Both of us ran in 2013 and had a rough day and are looking forward to creating better memories this year. Are you running Philly? Please let us know! A meet up is being planned!
Thu, 20 August 2015
Training for Chicago and NYC Marathons, discussion about the Marine Corp Marathon and Action for Healthy Kids with Runner of the Week, Tom Kreider, and Serena and I talk about marathon training and what is the ideal choice when eating bread is what is in store for today. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single update from The Running Lifestyle Show, please head over to www.therunninglifestyle.com/join and find out the 11 Strategies to Create a Running Lifestyle.
Jeff calms me down when I am freaking out “on air” about running a 20 mile run, having pain in my right hip, updating The Running Lifestyle website and trying to balance family and work while training for two marathons. Jeff shares how you can never go too slow in a long run. In fact, you can even walk the whole way which enables you to keep up your endurance going in to a race. The longer you run, the more time there is for aches and pains to appear, so Jeff recommends running for as little as 10-15 seconds and then walking 30 seconds.
Tips Jeff shares to battle the heat is to run in the dark (safety first), and dumping cold water over your head every 20 minutes. Some of Jeff’s running groups stat their long runs from 2-3:00 AM to avoid the sun. Wow!
We discuss how the ElliptiGo is an amazing piece of machinery that allows someone to train with out the impact. Turns out that I went out too hard on the Go in the beginning with one hour rides including hills. Ideally, when starting out with the Go, its recommended to start with 15-30 minute gentle rides. Jeff has recommended that I replace one of my easy 30 minute Tuesday/Thursday runs with an easy 30 minute ElliptiGo session. Yay! I LOVE the Go so that was magic to my ears. The ElliptiGo is a fantastic tool for hip strengthening.
Speaking of magic, we discussed how to determine what a Magic Mile is.
The Magic Mile gives you an indication of your race pace. To determine a Magic Mile, run a mile, then multiply it by 1.30 because people generally slow down by 30% when running a marathon. When running a long run, because you can never go too slow, add two minutes to race pace. I ran a 10:30 Magic Mile recently, so that means I would run a 13:39 marathon race pace, which means when I go out for a long run now, I should run it around a 15:30 race pace. As time goes on, and it cools down, it will be interesting to see how my time is affected.
Jeff has helped over 10,000 runners and receiving videotaping of people running just doesn’t give enough information. Many people attend his running schools and seminars across the world to work on their form. Jeff recommended I go back to my physical therapist who knows my body best to see “what is going” with the pain in my right hip.
Serena and I are going to have our virtual race where people can run 2.62 miles by November 1st (the day of the NYC Marathon), and receive a special certificate. The cost of the virtual race is $26.20 and all of the money raised will go to Team Kari and Serena Run NYC and Chicago. Friendly reminder, Jeff has the Jeff Galloway 13.1 on December 13, 2015 in Atlanta. There is a chance I may be going down there to join in on the fun.
We then transition over to our Runner of the Week, Tom Kreider. You may recognize Tom as he has been on the show before. The person who donates the most money to Team Kari and Serena in a month, comes back on the show to share their running story. Tom is running the Marine Corp Marathon in October, which is his second marathon (Disney World was his first and he had a great time) and is really looking forward to it.
Tom surprises Serena and me and challenges you, the listener of the Running Lifestyle Show, to donate to Action for Healthy Kids by Saturday, August 22nd. If you donate (and the kids and us really hope you do because they need healthy food and fitness equipment in their schools), Tom will match up to $300. If you are going to donate, can you PLEASE donate now? HERE is the link. Just click and donate. The kids and Serena and I thank you. :-)
Friendly reminder, we’re having a raffle on Sunday, September 26th where for every $25 you donate, you receive a raffle ticket. What’s included in the raffle are Jeff Galloway books and times, Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day books from Dr. Robert Rosenberg, Oofos footwear, BANDIwear products, and much more!
Serena can’t help herself but to share her love and knowledge of all things food. We discuss how our training is coming along and Serena answers a question from our private Facebook Group about what type of bread to eat is best. Serena recommends sprouted bread as it has a lower gliadin count. Gliadin increases appetites, so a lower gliadin count is ideal. Serena eats spelt bread on occasion as it is sprouted and had a lower gliadin count.
Have an awesome week and we’ll “see you” next week with the Race Director of the Chicago Marathon, Carey Pinkowski.
Thu, 13 August 2015
Meb is BACK, BACK AGAIN, to continue sharing his inspiring, goose bump provoking, tears in your eyes, story of working hard to achieve your dreams. If you haven’t heard the first part of the conversation, please go back and download Episode #85 so all of this make sense. During the second part of the conversation, we discuss:
Meb’s latest book is Meb for Mortals and was our Book of the Month for June. Our Book of the Month for August is The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.
You can find out the 11 Strategies of Living the Running Lifestyle by heading over to www.therunninglifestyle.com/join.
The Runner of the Week Segment is sponsored by Sport Suds. Having linger odor in your clothes? Or perhaps concerned about having phosphates, dyes, and bleach in your detergent. Sport Suds has none of that head over to www.sportsuds.com and use the code “RUNLIFE” when you check out to receive 15% off.
Anna Vocino shares:
Are you ready for Serena Marie, RD, to knock your socks off? Because she probably is going to. Serena talks all things electrolytes including:
Information gleaned for this episode were taken from the following studies
Study of 14 amateur marathoners (male): sodium concentration maintained http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3324692/
Higher temps impair performance r/t exercise induced hyperthermia
Drink to Fluid to Thirst
Serena and I discuss how our training is coming along and then I give a sneak peak at the raw conversation Jeff Galloway and I have on next week’s episode. Serena has been using Honey Stingers and Nutiva Organic Coconut Mana. I have been eating Hickory Smoke Strong and Kind Bars along with Energy Bits. If you want to try Energy Bits, you can receive 25% off when you use promo code RUNLIFE at checkout.
Serena and I are running the NYC and Chicago Marathons to raise $8000 for Action for Healthy Kids. Action for Healthy Kids expands school breakfast and lunch programs with healthy food. They also help bring back fitness in to the schools. What to help out the kids. Please head over HERE.
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Thu, 6 August 2015
MEB. IS. HERE!!!!!!!! Meb is one of the nicest, most inspiring guys you will ever meet. Everything that’s said about his being such a sweetie is TRUE!!!!! Meb will make you be even more proud to be American (that is if you are an American) and to work even harder to achieve your running, health, and life goals. If you want to learn the "11 Strategies to Live the Running Lifestyle" (many of which Meb discusses during the interview), head over to therunninglifestyle.com/join. Meb and I discuss (boy do I like saying that!!!!!) the following:
Next week, Meb and I (it is such an honor to say that) discuss more in depth about his training on the ElliptiGo, when and how he uses CEP compression socks, how he develops his own shoes with the designers from Sketchers, an in-depth discussion of his win at the 2014 Boston Marathon and how he did it, one of his favorite running community memories, if he is going to run a fall marathon, his plans for the Olympic trials and then hopefully the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, how to support other runners, and what are the keys to success for runners (and really anyone for that matter).
Our runner of the week is Chris Brogan, a business owner who uses running as a way to challenge himself and lead a healthier lifestyle. Chris specifically discusses:
Our Go-to Real Food Dietitian, Serena Marie, RD, dives in deep about why to eat a nutrient-dense diet and specifically addresses:
You can check out Serena's blog post about today's episode HERE.
As requested, Serena and I discuss how our training for the Chicago and NYC Marathons is coming along. We have a special “promotion” going this week to encourage you to help Action for Healthy Kids feed more kids with healthy school breakfast and lunch programs and provide fitness equipment. It’s DUMP YOUR CHANGE CUP WEEK!!!! Simply go to your local bank, get a picture of you dumping your coins and collecting your cash, then please visit:
and donate your cash. Our goal is to raise $250 by next week. I know we can do it! Email us a picture at http://www.therunninglifestyle.com/contact/ and we’ll post it on our Facebook page and blog. Every penny counts. The kids and us thank you in advance.
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