A week ago today, I announced a rather awesome giveaway, if I don’t say so myself. One winner, one pair of Brooks running shoes and one pair of Brooks running shorts.
I also asked you to fill out a survey to help me figure out a few things about the site’s audience, which 488 of you completed. Huge help. Thank you so much for that.
My favorite criticism of all: “The design looks like the 90’s threw up.” Tremendously helpful, actually.
Entering the survey got you a double entry, which paid off for someone. And that someone is…
Lisa, a professional violinist! Who said NMA readers had no class? Lisa picked the Brooks Trance 9 to help with her overpronation. It’s apparent that Lisa’s violin playing has contributed to some expensive tastes, because these shoes weigh in at a whopping 140 bucks! I’m glad she won, instead of somebody who wanted the cheap old Green Silence (actually, I want those too). Congratulations, Lisa, and thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway and especially those who filled out the survey for me.
The Consolation Prize…
…is pretty crappy compared to running shoes and shorts. Unless one of these links changes your life, of course. Here are the three best posts I’ve read in the fitness world this week.
- How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days) – from Four Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss. The post is an excerpt from a book that argues against eating grains for both short-term energy and long-term health. There’s also some interesting stuff about the anti-nutrients in beans. The funny thing is that even as a vegetarian, I find a lot of Paleo Diet arguments appealing. How to reconcile the two different eating styles, especially as a marathoner and ultrarunner, is what I’m thinking about.
- Clean Eating is a Scam and Why You Should Abandon It – from JCD Fitness. The tagline of this guy’s site is “A No-BS Approach to Looking Great Naked,” which is not quite the same as “A Vegetarian Approach to Endurance Training.” But I do agree with the main point of this post.
- Carb Strategies for Staying Lean – from the Fitness Black Book. As endurance athletes, it’s almost inevitable that we eat a lot of carbohydrates. This post offers some reasonable, doable strategies for indulging in carbs in a manner that minimizes the adverse effects.
Read these, so you’re not going home empty-handed!
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