Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Features

It's been a while since a Friday Features, so I've got a couple interesting and informative links saved up.

I'll kick off with a popular video from this week, demonstrating how an ingenious French supermarket made deformed produce popular:

Speaking of fruits and vegetables, a recent meta-analysis of over
300 studies found that "organic food as more antioxidants, less pesticide residue"
... and no one should be shocked.  Duh.  To learn more, visit the Huffington Post.

Then, Marion Nestle evaluates the previous study and asks whether
nutrition is even the right question.  Read her Food Politics post to learn
other good reasons people choose to eat organic foods.

Mark Sisson analyzes "The 'Dangers' of Going Gluten Free".

More questionable links between fat and heart disease
are explored in this Wall Street Journal article.

Similarly, The Angry Trainer answers, "Is red meat really bad for you?"

Further disrupting "conventional wisdom", 
learn about the darker side of cardio exercise in 
"Cardio's Eight Dirty Little Secrets" by the Poliquin Group.

So if cardio isn't great for your fat loss goals, 
has ideas to replace your old cardio routine.

This is from the spring: I still love this touching post by
Carla Birnberg on "The Importance of Mattering."

Just yesterday, Carla wrote a post for the Eleven+ blog that
we all should read: "Accepting Compliments 101".

And, last but not least:
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for FREE entry to 
The Neon Dash 5k!  
Walk, run, or dance to the finish line in this bright race's NYC debut!
Learn more and enter here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slow down but don't stop

Time for another quick running update on my journey to my first 10k race!  And this one was HUGE for me!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that...

 I recently ran my longest run to date: 
5 miles!  


Here's how it happened: A couple weeks ago (late blogging sorryyyyy), I went for a run with Eric.  As a former cross-country runner, has the training training instilled in him.  My goal was really only 3 miles, but he was set on 5.  I thought we'd compromise at 4.  As you can tell from above, we didn't compromise.

From the start, he continuously reminded me to slow down.  Instead of exhausting my energy early, he kept me going at a steady pace, consistently moving but not racing.  He pushed me further, encouraged me to reach a certain landmark before turning around, and upped my goal for me.

"You can do it," he urged, even when I wanted to stop.  He knew that it was mostly mental and that I didn't need to take a break.  "You're talking, you're fine, keep going, don't stop..."

And so on and so forth and ...

When we reached our starting point where we finally slowed to a halt, it had been 4.7 miles. Even though our course was completed and Eric would permit me to finally walk back home, I said No!  Now I need to finish 5! 

So we kept going.  And I did!

The run was not fast, but I ran it.  Five miles, steadily, no walking breaks, and I survived!  I didn't think I could, but I did it. He With his help, I pushed my limits and exceeded my own expectations.  Who knew I could do that?

Trying to reach a new distance? 
Dare YOU to slow down.  Make it happen slowly at first, and work on speed later.  Prove to yourself what you are capable of, and you'll reach your goals before you know it.

Slow and steady wins the race, and I had the first flicker of a belief that I could finish my upcoming 10k race.   It felt amazing to accomplish something new, which brought me back to why I started running in the first place.

So that's that!  This week I ran 2 miles on Monday, 3.5 miles today, and I'm aiming for a 4-miler on Friday.  Gotta prepare for next week's Neon Dash 5k!

In the meantime, you can win free entry to The Neon Dash's NYC premiere! Enter the giveaway here.

What have you done lately to challenge yourself?  

Dare you to... go longer/faster/farther than you thought you could!  :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Update and Upcoming Neon Dash in NYC! {Giveaway}

Hey friends!

Since I decided to get back into running and sign up for my first 10k race, I've been upping my running game a bit--not quite as much as I'd originally envisioned (yet), but a bit.  If you follow Dare You To on InstagramTwitter, or DailyMile, you may have noticed my runs and walks.  Earlier in May and June, I was so excited to get outside for some open-air runs.

However, by the end of June and now in July, the heat has been prohibitive and runs were exhausting.  When the weather is right, I've still successfully gotten out in the morning or evening, trying to avoid peak heat hours. I've been able to cover my target distances, but I'm moving far more slowly than I used to!  It's hard to tell if this is due to the heat or this year's lack of training, but it's probably a combination of the two.

To give myself some extra running motivation, I signed up for an awesome race that is making its debut in New York City this summer:

August 2, 2014

When I was invited to participate, the timing couldn't have been better:
  • It's a month and a half before my 10k
  • It's the distance I know I can confidently complete
  • It'll be at night, so heat won't be such an issue
  • I've always wanted to participate in a colorful FUN run like this
  • It's going to get me into the race-running spirit again! 

What is the Neon Dash?  According to its website:
"The Neon Dash is the Original Nighttime 5k Run and Walk Event that's been sweeping the Country since 2011!  Become a part of the show when you run, walk or dance this 5k course as you're covered in brilliant Neon Colors! Add to the entire experience by dressing in costumes and wearing anything that blinks or glows!  Thousands of glowing Participants will light up the After Dash Bash filled with UV Blacklight, Music, and Entertainment!  Don't miss this Event of the Year!" 
Learn more by clicking here.  

As a participant, you are making a donation to the chosen Charity Partner and you get a Runner's Bib, a T-shirt, a headband, and entry to the "After Dash Bash."

I am so excited! 

YOU can join my team here: Dare You To Dash

Don't YOU want be part of this colorful crowd?!?!?

NOW is your chance!  Dare you to enter below to win a free race entry, and THIS could be you:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AWESOME!  See you at the finish line :) 

Have YOU ever participated in a bright, colorful race like this?  What was it like??

Have a great weekend :)

Dislaimer: I was invited to participate in the race free of charge for myself and one winner of this giveaway. I am not being otherwise compensated, and the opinions expressed above are my own.