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Hi! I work with your friend Amy Griffis and have started training for the Breast Cancer marathon in jacksonville (well ill technicall OFFICIALLY start the schedule next week)… i love your blog! i read it almost every day now to keep myself motivated…i just wanted to say hello and keep up the great work!
Oh, yay – I heart Amy! Thanks Tina and good luck with training – let me know how it’s going!!
just stumbled across your post. I am visiting NYC in August (I live in Manchester, UK) and wondering if there were any routes you would recommend for running!
Oh, definitely! Send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll give you some great routes! Let me know if you need a tour guide!
P.S. I’ve been to Manchester! My sister is a huge United fan and we were up there a few years ago
Hi, I am a Medical Writer for a Thrombosis Center and am writing material for patients on DVT and PE. I would like to use the picture you have on your website showing a vein, the valve, blood flow, and a clot. Where would I obtain permission to use this image? Thanks!
so sorry, but I think I pulled it from Google images. And likely forgot to source it… !
Hi Mary Ann! Thanks so much for this article! I hadn’t seen it. And thanks for the comment
I am an avid reader of your blog and love the nutrition talk you put in! I myself am interested in becoming a RD…. but I am not super sure I qualify. I have a MS in chemistry, but to get into a dietetic program it looks like I need some kind of letter of consent from a program or the ADA…. did you have to go through this or did you have an undergraduate degree in nutrition? I figure I’ll need a few pre-req courses in nutrition before I apply, but I should be set in the biochemistry department. This is also something I kind of chose later in life (sort of… I’m 24, but I was on the chemistry path for a while), but I love nutrition. Are you happy you are pursuing this now?
Thanks so much!
Hey Laura! Thank you! I had to start from scratch (had a BA in journalism) and take ALL the required prerequisites before I could apply for dietetic internships and take master’s classes. These are called DPD courses – you definitely won’t have to take them all with a chem background, so that’s great!
I didn’t start the pre-reqs until I was 25 and have never regretted it once. It’s AWESOME and I couldn’t be happier! Good luck
Just want to say I love your blog. I am a recent follower. I am an RD working in Pediatrics. Love hearing all your nutrition study talk and running talk of course. I would love to run faster and no matter what I do I cannot. Would love to hear what type of runner you were when you started and all about your pace progression. Love love love your thoughts on the Nutella story. What is with these people? Did someone force feed that women Nutella!
A fellow RD and runner,
Hi Lynn! Thank you so much! I would love to work in Peds at some point Hmm, I started running about 7-8 years ago just for fun. I don’t even really know what my pace was! But my very first 10K was around a 9:30 pace and my very first half marathon I finished in about 2:07? I’ve progressed slowly but think it probably could have been quicker if I did more speedwork and races early on. i didn’t really start racing much until I moved to NYC 5.5 years ago, and definitely think that helped me get faster! Also just reading about different workouts and stuff. I still have a long way to go and hope to get a lot faster!
I recently bought a juicer and wanted to know if you have any juice and/or smoothies recipes or overall thoughts about juicing that you can share? Not to replace food, but as part of a healthy diet? Also, I am pregnant so I wasn’t sure if there are things to avoid or definitely incorporate because they are good for me and the baby?
Your friend Darby:)
I think juicing is great just for what you said – as part of a healthy diet but NOT to replace meals. The whole juicing craze as a cleanse and whatnot, I am not behind. Especially for you, because you need nutrients for the little one One thing I would caution is that when you make juice/smoothies, don’t save them for later because bacteria can grow very fast – not good for you or little Darby (omg, can we talk about names for her??). As far as avoiding anything, I think you are ok with fresh fruits and veggies, and dark leafy greens are great. Just wash everything thoroughly. Kale can make a great juice/smoothie with watermelon and lime juice, or spinach and strawberries. Experiment with stuff you like! Cherries and dark chocolate with yogurt….mmm. Lots of possibilities
Hi Kelly. Rachel Harvest is my daughter. She connected me and I’m been following your blog all year. (thanks for all the great recipes)Tough break on NYC but we all understand the reasons. Anyway just wanted to assure you that you’ll enjoy Philly, if you get in. It was my first, back in 2000. I did it again in 2005, after Chicago. We also do the Philly Half in Sept almost every year as our fall warmup. It follows part of the same course. Besides enjoying the historic sights of the city you get to race up the Rocky Steps at the end. Great crowd and you wont have to show up three hours early. Hope you get to enjoy the day. Good luck.
Hi Mr. Harvest! Thanks so much for the comment and thoughts on Philly. I’m in and very much looking forward to it!!
I have a nutrition question for you. I regularly run half and full marathons, and was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My weight and diet are pretty good, but It’s been really hard for me to figure out how to regulate my blood sugar before/during/after runs and balancing carb/sugar/calorie intake. My blood sugar spikes after a run, but I’m also nervous about reducing carbs/gus during a long run. Do you have any suggestions on good diabetic runner fuel? or any good resources/website for diabetic athletes? I’ve found a couple helpful forums on runnersworld or active, but no real definitive guidelines for how to proceed. I’m trying to find a nutritionist locally that helps with sports/diabetes, but so far no luck!
Congrats on Philly!
Wow – this is a great question. And definitely one I can’t answer without doing some research and knowing more information about you, your blood sugar trends, running, etc. I would love to help but it may take a bit to get back to you and think it would be best that you do find someone in your area that can spend more time and follow up with you – even an RD that specializes in diabetes and not necessarily sports could help (or vice versa). Where do you live? Perhaps I can help you find someone (insurance would cover this, which you may know).
I haven’t seen any cases like yours as of yet, but it’s such an important one and it is most definitely a priority you figure out a plan that works and keeps your blood sugar at a safe level.
Thanks for commenting
The diagnosis is only about 2 weeks old – so I only have a few runs under my belt and have just been experimenting so far (so hardly any real trends – but this all came to light because of how I was feeling during/after runs and my GP saying it was bad for me). I’m still a bit overwhelmed and in the process of educating myself and adjusting to this new thing. I’m in Phoenix and have been doing research – it just seems everybody’s suggestions are to: lose weight, “moderately exercise”, and eat right, fatty! (which I do already). I’ve reached out to a few nutritionists for appointments now so we’ll see! (Thank goodness for insurance!) There’s just not a lot of good information for young, active diabetics. I’ve been reading about using peanut butter instead of gus and balancing my protein/carbs more before and during runs. I just fear the upset stomach if I mix too much or add fiber carbs! So if you know of any good resources or hear anything of interest in your field I’d love to know!
Thanks so much for the quick reply!
I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and just recently started running myself. My
husband and I are overseas for a few years and I haven’t been able to find any kind of running groups to befriend on this journey.
I’m thinking about getting an online personal trainer/running coach, do you have experience with that or do you see Coach Jon in person? Is there anything you can tell me to help me make a good decision with who I end up with?
Hi! I see Coach John in person, but we definitely email and text as well. I know a bunch of runner friends who have exclusively online coaches and it works really well for them. I think it’s important to communicate a lot, but there are lots of ways to do it! I would just make sure the coaches you look at are certified and/or have a lot of coaching or running experience. Does that help? Good luck
Unbelievable that it was this year you didn’t go. Hope your sister was far enough from the finish line to not have to experience it.
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