Category Archives: Week 3

Is it Even an Excuse Anymore?

“Iron defficiency.” This is the distance runner’s easiest get away. Didnt feel strong? Must be iron defficient. Bad workout? Must be iron defficient. Not racing well? Must be iron defficient. It’s an epidemic. Years ago it was found that distance … Continue reading

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Trip the pain away

About while back, CNN published an article about a case in which MDMA (Ectacy) was being used to treat PTSD (Link: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/03/health/ecstasy-ptsd-3/index.html ) . I had completely forgotten about the article about the article recently, when i came across an article … Continue reading

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Fight or Flight… or, Paddle.

I had never seen anything quite as beautiful and perfect as I had when I pulled my van up to the beach access in “Surfer’s Paradise” on Australia’s Gold Coast.  I had a week off between the end of classes … Continue reading

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HBOT is the Latest Style in Hemoglobin

A cutting-edge therapy among medical professionals and scientists is HBOT, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This therapy is used for the correction of/recovery from serious health conditions by administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to a patient. Hyperbaric Oxygen … Continue reading

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What about the anaerobic athlete?

A diet rich in the right carbs, fats, and proteins is essential for any diet, but especially for the athlete. After reading chapter two on nutrition and chapter five on ergogenic acids, I learned that there are many ways for … Continue reading

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Who Are The Best Athletes in the World?

I have always wondered which sport has the best athletes. I look at professional athletes that play in the NBA, NFL, MLS, and MLB and wonder how you can compare the athletic abilities of some of the world’s best competitors. … Continue reading

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The Runner’s High

I run a lot. I’m also generally around people who run a lot. Since I’ve started running and have listened to people talk about running, and have thumbed through my fair share of running posts online and running articles, I’ve … Continue reading

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Turn it up! That’s my jam!

Music: a legal drug that is used by almost all athletes. Plus, it doesn’t have any side effects. What more could you ask for? I have yet to see the day that I don’t pop my headphones into my ears, … Continue reading

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24, 23, 22, …

There is a moment in every race where a decision has to be made. The decision of whether to push through the pain or give up. On the first day of class this January, I remember listening to the case … Continue reading

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The Paleo Path

You may notice my name on this site is Paleogirl. To the dismay of any dinosaur lovers in the class, it is not because I am an avid paleontologist. Rather, it is because I have decided to follow a Paleolithic … Continue reading

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The Swiss Machine

Ueli Steck.  Man or machine?  Take a look for yourself. Ueli Steck Speed Solo Eiger Nordwand Ueli Steck is a Swiss alpinist at the top of the game.  Considered to be one of the best in history, he holds many … Continue reading

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Physiology Influencing Life Choices

As stated in one of my earlier posts, a huge part of my early life was competing in martial arts. I started doing taekwondo when I was 9 years old and began competing two years later. I traveled the country … Continue reading

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The Competitive Drive Gone Too Far

I recently read an article on the Today News about Lance Armstrong, and I was interested to find that he claimed that he was surrounded by “dirty” riders while refusing to admit that he had partaken of performance enhancing drugs … Continue reading

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Healing Your Heart the Hard Way

Starting back in early 2012, my Dad started having frequent checkups for his heart. Throughout his life, he was extremely active in sports and fitness, however he had always been genetically predisposed for high blood pressure. Additionally, at the age … Continue reading

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“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.” -Steve Prefontaine

Ever since learning about the sport of ultra endurance races such as ultramarthons and ironmans among others, I’ve become slightly obsessed, and convinced that running and pushing your physical limits is the only real way to live.  I think Dean … Continue reading

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