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By Heike McNeil The most difficult part of this race was not the elevation, not the distance (I personally find 10 miles a very difficult distance to race), not the stiff competition in one of the premier trail running communities in the NW, not the workouts leading...read more
By Art Zemach, MD Hard workouts and competitions can deplete your body’s energy reserves. Some signs and symptoms of energy depletion are: Feeling irritable or cranky after a workout Complaints of “heavy legs” Chronic colds, sick frequently Problems finishing speed...read more
By Art Zemach, MD You’ve probably heard a lot about complete and incomplete proteins. You may have heard statements like “that protein isn’t very good, because it isn’t complete,” or “vegetarians need to combine grains and legumes in order to get a complete protein.”...read more
By Randy Blood Murphy’s law states that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” As with many things in life, it can be argued that perception is relative to he or she who perceives. Indeed a meteor did not come hurtling in from space to annihilate me on the...read more
As an endurance athlete, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard about the importance of maintaining electrolyte balance during and after exercise. If an athlete doesn’t successfully control electrolyte intake, a slew of medical conditions can arise from merely...read more
What is Osmolality? Let’s go back to Biology 101. Osmosis is defined as the movement of a solvent, like water, through a semi-permeable membrane, such as the gut wall, from a less concentrated solution to a more concentrated one. If, for example, you had water on...read more
I have to admit I was feeling a little smug driving down to Florida with my sister a week ago today. My friends back home in Mississippi were dealing with a surprise snowfall and we were driving in warm temps and sunshine. Life was good! We’re going to do a bit of...read more