October was Breast cancer awareness month and November is a month where the guys get the emphasis for cancer detection. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. I am continually amazed by the battles being waged by individual under cancer treatment and other that are members of families where cancer has effected their lives. There are many days that you may run, bike, swim, and walk by people fighting battles that you have no idea hey are fighting. Their miles may be measure in blocks walked or neighborhood strools. But, there are also some that are fighting the battle and competing in 5 and 10K's, half-marathons, marathons, ultras, cycling competitions, swimming meets, and walking events. Know that they do nt need your sympathy but your love and support. No matter how big or small your contribution, make one! Please!
I am getting more and more interested in trying to start runing in my Vibram's. I keep reading rave reviews and hearing great testimony from people that are wearing them. When I run with people that have them, their foot strike is amazingly soft and their stride is excellent. I also know that they seem to run more efficiently. It makes sense. It seems like the more junk we add to our lives the more troble we have. I am not sure we were meant to run in the mega adjusted, foam heel, super stride shoes that are being produced and stuffed down our throats. This barefoot running is not a new thing people. It's been around a while.
However. I am also very impressed with the work the Newton folks are doing. Running with individual in Newtons can also be a learning experience for most of us. You will note that although the runners went through an adjustment period, they too have a better stride and foot strike than with the majority of shoes on the market.
So I turned my clocks back for the end of daylight savings time and now I can't see the numbers or the dial. What, did I do something wrong?
Award Winning Recipe from Chef Mickey
This week's entry is kind of a food/ decorating recipe: The Halloween Candy Candle.
First you take all of that Halloween candy the the neighborhood kids did not come by to eat because they know you are a runner/cyclist/swimmer and will have healthy stuff that they would rather pass up..... but you went ahead this year and bought the junk. So that's great. Now you will eat it, feel bloated and have to recover from numerous sugar highs and lows.
so take the candy and put it in a microwavable bowl. Yes, all of it. Then heat it up until it is a massive gooey mess. Keep fingers out of it. At that point, pour into an aluminum pan ( Or again for you high income readers, a pottery bowl.) and as it is setting up stick small cuttings of candle wicks in it at various places. The aroma is amazing. Hazard....Some guests, including you, may find parts of the candle missing at some point. Not my problem!
I am so glad that clothing makers for runners think that black clothing especially for men is so colorful. I would like some choice, please. Cyclists kits and swimwear has the idea, but runners. Come on now. One of these days I may journey over into the women's section just to get something other than black. Just saying.....the warning is out there.
App Alert for Smartphones
Might be a good one and might not but I am really enjoying messing around with a FREE app called Fooducate. The app has a scanner that you can scan items at the store or any place you are shopping or cooking. There are also great other parts to it but the scanner is as fun as playing Angry Birds!
Remember, it will be darker now for you afternoon/evening runners/cyclists/walkers. Please make special note of the equipment you need. Reflective gear and headlamps should be a standard! Cars cannot see you if you don't take action. Especially the first week where accidents happn at an alarming rate. It's a fact!
Be careful out there! Take the extra time to dress for the weather, wear reflerctive gear, and eat lots of oatmeal!