August 23, 2007

Runner's World Round-Up

As I sat reading Runner's World in Borders bookstore ... and then again in Caribou as I waited out the first of several storms today, there were quite a few things that sparked my interest. Thought I would mention them ;)
Potatoes Are the Perfect Carb
The magazine notes that potatoes are just as good - if not better - as a carb source compared to pasta! Specifically "baked, mashed, or boiled, potatoes actually provide more energy-deliverying complex carbohydrates than a cup of pasta". And, since I have never looked up the specific nutrition info for a potato, I thought it would be nice to mention that a russet potato has: 63 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat...in addition to 64% of your daily vitamin C, 53% of B6, and 1,600 milligrams of potassium (3X a large banana)...and they are a "rich source" of antioxidants. I think I love potatos!

Strange Events
There are also some upcoming events one might want to look into:
Original Bare Buns Fun Run
Location: Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park: Loon Lake, Washington
Date: July 27, 2008 Course: 5K Details: Clothing-optional. Those that run without clothes get a "Nude Finisher" T-shirt. The park website has a rear-view of a race... and check out the old race results - they indicate whether a runner was nude or clothed. (Wonder which one makes you faster??)

Big Man Run
Location: East Sommerville, Massachussetts
Date: September 22, 2007
Course: 4.8 miles Details: You must weigh more than 190 lbs to enter. Runners consume a hot dog and 8oz beer at each of three aid stations. (Those who cant keep it down are DQ'd)

North American Wife Carrying Championship
Location: Bethel, Maine
Date: October 6, 2007
Course: 278-yard obstacle-style Details: Man carries his wife (or any woman age 21+) over log hurdles and through mud pits. 1st place team wins woman's weight in beer and times 5 in cash.

Cool Ad
Then there was a cool ad for Pearl Izumi shoes...I found it again on www.wearenotjoggers.com.
Unfortunately, I am a jogger. But reading this ad actually made me desire to be "runner". For some reason I found it highly inspirational, and thought others might too.

3 comments:

amy@runnerslounge.com said...

Thanks for the recap of Runners World. I read through it quickly when I got it and then it has disappeared into the great unknown. I still don't know about those Pearl Ads- I still think you (and me) are a runner.
Amy
http://blog.runnerslounge.com

lifestudent said...

I know Amy has the philosophy that we are all runners ... while I love the idea, I still am not sure "I am a runner". Talk to me after the marathon and lets see where I stand :)

Amanda said...

no doubt training for a marathon makes you a runner.. I don't think I started calling myself a runner until I"d been at it a few years though, felt like I might jinx myself.