Carbs Are Good, Meat Is Bad: Why The Atkins And Paleo Diets Are Full Of Sh*t – eBook

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 Are These Diets Trying To Help You Lose Weight, Or Trying To Make You Sick?


The Atkins and Paleo diets are two of the more popular fad diets of the current weight loss genre. While there are aspects of each which are admirable and could potentially lead to weight loss, of more concern should be the health implications of each diet. Neither is realistic as a long term or lifestyle changing approach to diet. In some cases they are not realistic because they advocate giving up nutrients that the body will eventually crave leading to diet failure, and in other cases it’s because they advocate a diet that is fraught with the potential for heart disease and other diet related health concerns.


Carbs Are Good, Meat Is Bad: Why The Atkins And Paleo Diets Are Full Of Sh*t


This book is an examination of these two particular diets and their potential implications. While some of their principles are sound, they are both flawed in their recommendations of either nutrients to be excluded or embraced. Weight loss is not a goal that should be pursued at the cost of long term good health. There is, however, an easy answer to how to eat properly to both lose weight and live healthy.


Eat For The Way You Want To Live In 20 Years, Not The Way You Want To Look In 2 Weeks!

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Running On A Plant Based Diet: How Eating Unprocessed Organic Food Can Improve Athletic Performance – ebook

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Why a Plant Based Diet is Best for Runners (and Everyone Else For That Matter!)


In 1977 Jim Fixx published his book entitled The Complete Book of Running, which sold over a million copies and was instrumental in the launch of the American running boom of the late 1970’s. Fixx himself became a fitness icon, and his name became synonymous with the ideal picture of health. It is for this reason that his death at the age of 52 shocked the running world. On July 20th, 1984, Jim Fixx was found on the side of the road dead after suffering a massive heart attack during his morning run on a rural road in Vermont.


Fixx had a family predisposition to heart disease – his father died at the age of 43 from a heart attack. During his autopsy it was determined that Fixx had major blockages in three of his arteries, the worst of which was 95% clogged. Despite knowing that he had a hereditary risk, Fixx felt that his compulsive running regime would keep him immune to health issues. Fixx never addressed the issue of diet, and despite having high cholesterol and a bad family history was a devoted meat eater until his premature death.


We are just starting to understand the causal link between eating a meat based diet and illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Although exercise alone is not a panacea of well-being, running and eating a plant based diet will arguably get you to the highest point of personal health you might ever hope to achieve.


Running on a Plant Based Diet: How Eating Unprocessed Organic Food Can Improve Athletic Performance

This book is divided into two sections. The first section will outline the argument for why a plant based diet is preferable to a meat based diet for general health. The second section will explore areas of interest for the plant based runner, including:

  • Debunking the Plant Diet Myths
  • Plant Based Sources of Carbohydrates, Proteins & Fats
  • Plant Based Smoothies Suggestions
  • Plant Based Meal Suggestions for Training and Recovery
  • And More!

Switch to a Plant Based Diet Today for Better Running and Better Health!


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50 Things To Know Before Running Your First Marathon – ebook

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Pick Up The Tips About Things That Marathon Training Plans Leave Out!

Completing a marathon is a feeling like no other. For most people, it ranks as one of the most thrilling accomplishments on their life’s resume. Once you’ve trained for and finished a marathon, you’ll have the feeling there is little in life that is outside your grasp if you are determined to grasp it.

There are two events in my life that stand out as moments of startling self discovery. The first happened at age 32 during the birth of my first child. I thought I knew myself and understood my narrow range of emotions, until I stood weeping at the sight of my newborn son. The second happened about 10 years later when I ran my first marathon. I considered myself a mental rock, unflappable in the face imminent crises, and then mile 18 happened.

The standard length of a marathon training program is 18 weeks. As a first time marathoner, you will have a lot of questions during those 18 weeks. The task at hand is daunting and even the best prepared marathoner will make mistakes. The myriad of decisions that you are faced with in the weeks leading up to the event will pale in comparison to the deluge of things you will need to think about on race day. The stress and rush of emotions that you will be faced with in the days leading up to the marathon do not lend themselves to sound decision making. There will be things you forget about, or don’t consider at all. And having something spring up in front of you when you are in a panic approaching the starting line is not the way to start one of the most thrilling journeys of your life.

50 Things To Know Before Running Your First Marathon

This is my list of 50 things you should know and consider before running your first marathon. I’ve run dozens of marathons over the years and have accumulated a checklist of sorts. Most of these things are on this list because at one time or another I’ve made a racing faux pas or spent needless time worrying about something that I vowed to not repeat. I hope you can benefit from my original cluelessness and more adequately enjoy your journey into the fabulous adventure that is the marathon.

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Plant Based Nutrition for Endurance Athletes: The New Science of Exploiting Organic and Raw Foods

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The Science Behind Why a Proper Plant Based Diet Can Provide More Energy for Endurance Athletes

It is a widely accepted principle, even among those who embrace the standard Western style diet, that eating unprocessed, organic foods is in general healthier than eating a highly processed meat based diet. What is not generally known is the specific impact that eating a diet consisting primarily of organic, plant based foods can have on the performance of the endurance athlete.

Athletic performance is largely dependent on how well the body is able to manage, store and process energy. Eating a diet of unprocessed, organic food enables the human body to produce an excess of energy while at the same time negating the potential for any harmful ingredients. That clean energy increases endurance levels, overall stamina and optimal fitness of the human body. Conversely, eating a processed meat based diet demands a greater energy cost based on the metabolic processes involved and in turn yields a much smaller nutritional payload.

Plant Based Nutrition for Endurance Athletes: The New Science of Exploiting Organic and Raw Foods

This book will lay out the science based arguments for why eating a clean, plant based diet is optimal:

  • Overview of the Basic Metabolism Process
  • Why Animal Protein and Processed Food is Bad for Athletes
  • Naturally Enhancing the Metabolization of Carbohydrates
  • The Benefits of Fibers, Chlorophyll and Alkaloids
  • Getting the Maximum Nutritional Benefit from Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • Optimal Ratio and Distribution of Nutrients for Maximum Energy Output

Start Eating Clean Today for Better Performance and Lower Risk of Injury!

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Fall Marathon of Choice = Chicago

Chicago Marathon Lottery Registration

I registered for the Chicago Marathon lottery this week.  I’ve had this race on the radar for a while but of course decided to wait until they made it a lottery registration system before deciding to pull the trigger.  I am usually not a “big marathon” kind of guy, and usually prefer races that are around or under the 10,000 runner mark.  But for a big race Chicago has a reputation for being logistically easy and a fast course so I am putting my big-race bias aside and will see if I can get in.

I love Fall marathons and usually try and run 2 or 3 in the Fall.  Because Chicago is kind of notorious for having weird weather it is an especially prudent move to have a back up race, so I am considering signing up for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon as well, since that is supposed to be a great race as well and hits my sweet spot for marathon size.  That way I can knock of IL and IN from the 50 state map.  And I may still throw the Philadelphia Marathon in there, just because it’s a bad idea.

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Where I’m At And Where I Want To Go

When I ran my first marathon, I didn’t really have any long term goals other than to run my first marathon.  My main motivation for running was to lose weight and gain fitness for tennis.  A lot has changed since then – my sport of choice has long since changed from tennis to distance running (being an obsessive compulsive personality that likes to go off by himself gels perfectly with the solitary hours on the road that are the hallmark of the psychopath marathoner).   And I have made a lot of changes in regards to my nutrition. But I still have goals dammit, primarily three at this point, which I am listing below:

(1) Achieve/Maintain a high level of fitness

The first thing on the list I hold in a different league than the next two.  It is the most fundamental part of the whole running thing for me and is really more of a lifestyle paradigm than a goal achievement.  By attaining a high level of fitness through distance running the rest of the things in my life become easier.  Plus I will hopefully live a longer and more fruitful life, enabling me to annoy the people I love much longer than if I was sedentary.

(2) Running a marathon in every state

This is one of those stupid yet kind of cool things that serial marathoners do.  Putting this on the list at least ensures that I have a long term outlook, since my time and monetary resources don’t lend themselves to me banging out all 50 states in a year.  It also happens to be a very cool way to see other locations and sample some of the races that runners across the country brag about.  So far I am up to 23 marathons in 12 states so I still have a long way to go.


(3) Qualify for the Boston Marathon

This is the loftiest goal by far.  I am not gifted with natural born speed, and my fastest marathon to date still leaves me about 20 minutes from my Boston qualifying time.  However, with some training tweaks and nutritional changes I don’t think it’s completely off the table for me either.  The historical significance this race holds coupled with the national sentiment of recent events makes it worthy of a stretch goal.

Houston Marathon 2014

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Return of the Zombie Blog

I had all but let this thing wither and die on the vine.  Alas, social media killed the once thriving world of blogging.  Well, most of it anyway.  When I went to revive this thing and looked at the blog roll I used to keep, most of those bloggers have been dormant since 2010, and I’m sure they are not coming back.  But I had already purchased my domain years ago, and had a fair amount of stuff (albeit old) on the old blogpost site.  So I’m moving it over to WordPress and reviving it, if only to be accountable to myself.  It is still focused on my main passion of marathoning, with a small dose of nutrition thrown in, since I think that is what is going to have me reaching my future running goals.

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Blogging Hiatus

Wow, 14 months since my last post. I wish I could say I was busy curing cancer or something – but I have run a few more marathons. In the past year I have run 4 marathons:

Jersey Shore Relay Marathon – April 16, 2011
Team of One – Training Run, 4:29:00

Bob Potts Marathon – May 15, 2011
York, Pa – 4:20:07

Hartford Marathon – October 15, 2011
Hartford, Ct – 3:47:15 PR

New York City Marathon – November 6, 2011
New York, NY – 4:13:35

Races currently on the schedule for 2012:
Little Rock Marathon – March 4, 2012
NJ Marathon – May 6, 2012
Grand Rapids Marathon – October 21, 2012
Philadelphia Marathon – November 18, 2012
Of those 4 races, I think Grand Rapids will be the heavy handed favorite for a PR shot this year. It’s a really flat and fast course and I love preparing for an October marathon. Although I might have a shot at doing something decent at NJ, we’ll see!
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Philadelphia Marathon 2010

I ran the Philadelphia Marathon last Sunday. This is my second Philly Marathon and my third time participating in the race, since I ran the half marathon in 2008 (my current PR, I definitely need to race another half marathon). I love this race – I grew up a stone’s throw from Philly (on the New Jersey side) so I feel a kinship for this course. Plus, since it’s a local race, I know a lot of the local marathoners who run it.
I drove down to the expo on Friday with Flyers26 and ended up meeting up with him the morning of the race. Neither one of us were publicly committed to a time goal. He lined up closer to the 3:50 pacer and I backed off a bit not wanting to go out at his pace. I was, however, hoping to save up enough steam to catch up with him on the second half of the course.
The weather for this race was great. It was somewhere around mid to high 30’s for the start and probably around 10-15 degrees warmer at the finish. The crowds in center city and Manayunk came out in full force, much more so than I remember in the past. A lot of people complain about the 2nd half of this course, since it is a quiet jaunt up Kelly Drive to Manayunk and back. I love this stretch – you get to see the leaders coming in going up Kelly Drive and then you get to settle in to your “zone” on the way back.
I saw Flyers26 in Manayunk and shouted out to him to “watch behind him”. I think at that point he was probably about a mile ahead of me so I spent the last 6 miles trying to catch up to him. I came pretty damn close too, we met at the finish line and our chip times ended up being withing 2 seconds of each other – pretty crazy after running for 26 miles. Congratulations to Flyers for scoring Marathon Maniac status with two marathons in two weeks (NYC and Philly).
My splits below:
Mile 1 – 9:13
Mile 2 – 8:54
Mile 3 – 8:41
Mile 4 – 9:02
Mile 5 – 8:56
Mile 6 – 8:47
Mile 7 – 8:42
Mile 8 – 9:13
Mile 9 – 9:06
Mile 10 – 9:02
Mile 11 – 8:49
Mile 12 – 8:42
Mile 13 – 8:31
13.1 split = 1:58 hrs
Mile 14 – 8:45
Mile 15 – 8:53
Mile 16 – 8:51
Mile 17 – 9:07
Mile 18 – 9:31 (stupid turnaround over the Falls Bridge)
Mile 19 – 8:43
Mile 20 – 8:59
Mile 21 – 9:01
Mile 22 – 8:55
Mile 23 – 8:46
Mile 24 – 8:43
Mile 25 – 8:43
Mile 26 – 8:22
Mile .2 – 8:04
Distance MAR
Clock Time 03:58:27
Chip Time 03:55:46
Overall Place 3430 / 8944
Gender Place 2461 / 5185
Division Place 379 / 771
Age Grade 55.2%
10K 0:56:13
Half 1:58:56
30K 2:48:53


With Flyers26 at the Finish

Rocking the Maniac Singlet

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Family Services 5K Race Report

I ran the Family Services 5k in Lumberton, NJ this past Saturday. This is the first 5k I’ve run since the Eastampton 5k, nearly 2 1/2 years ago. I knew I should have a solid 5k PR lurking in me since I am smack in the middle of a couple of marathon cycles. I typically hate the intense pain infusion of a 5k race but figured it would be good training stimulus for the upcoming Philadelphia Marathon.

I typically pace a 5k like crap and my splits are all over the place. I did much better this time, aided in part by the fact I spent most of the race on the heals of a pretty fast masters runner. My mile splits for the race ended up being:
Mile 1 – 6:44
Mile 2 – 6:45
Mile 3 – 6:42
Finish Time 20:51
Good enough for 2nd place in the Males 40-44 division. The guy who came in first in the M40-44 ran a 18:11, so I was a long way behind him. Oh well, a nice PR and hopefully a good sign for the Philly Marathon.
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