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From the Expert: Dr. Mark Cucuzzella’s Simple Food Rules for Runners

Posted by on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:25 am | Leave a reply

This article originally appeared on Dr. Mark’s, Natural Running Center

My wife’s grandmother lived to 103, and the holidays just past have reminded me of how she lived. She was not a runner, nor did she do a lot of cardio, except for sauce stirring and daily walks to markets and church. Our own local legend Frank Buckles who lived to 110 ate in this manner too; he was a farmer.

Walking and running are good for you, but without proper nutrition one will not achieve optimal health.

On  this topic, I encourage you to read Dr. Phil Maffetone’s most recent Natural Running Center’s article that examines the negative impact of sugar consumption (even from refined-flour food favorites such as bagels) and the runner.  As he points out, “Unfortunately, too many of these calories burned during a workout are in the form of sugar and not fat. This occurs because the consumption of sugar affects one’s metabolism, forcing the body to use much more glucose for energy and too little fat. The result is less energy available for working out and virtually all other activities, and, because less fat is used for energy, it’s stored throughout the body.”

Best-selling food author Michael Pollan has written extensively on the topic of sound, life-extending nutrition. He states, “Cultures eating wide variety of traditional diets do not get Western diseases.” How true.

And many of us have committed to memory his simple recommendation: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”

In his book, “Food Rules,” he identified “64 Health and Nutrition Facts. The Unfortunate Truths” Here’s 10 of them from his useful list:

2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
17. Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans.
18. Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
20. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car
21. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles)
37. The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead,
57. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
58. Do all your eating at a table
64. Break the rules once in a while!

Here’s some other helpful  resources that will help keep you on the road to healthy eating:

Details on sugary drinks: http://fewersugarydrinks.org/

Recipes for Health, NY Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/index.html

The ultimate source for what’s in foods (go here if you dare): http://www.calorieking.com/foods

The Skinny on Obesity. A must view for every human: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity/

Weight of the Nation on HBO- 4 hours of documentary free online: http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

Dr. Dan Lieberman: http://nytimes.com/2012/06/06/opinion/evolutions-sweet-tooth.html

Books: In Defense of Food and Food Rules by Michael Pollan; Why We Get Fat and What to do About It and Good Calories , Bad Calories by Gary Taubs

Movies: Forks over Knives; Food Inc; Super Size Me; Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead

 

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Social Media Round-Up: 4.26.13

Posted by on Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 3:38 pm | Leave a reply

In this week’s social media round-up, we’re going to make sure you guys know how to find Newton Running on the interwebs so we can see all the great pictures, posts, pins, tweets and videos you guys are creating!

First up is the Newton Running Facebook page! If you’re not already a “fan” of Newton Running then you should be. Our page is a place where Newton Runners share their stories, whether they’re stories of their daily run mileage, a weekend race or a story of running completely changing their lives. We’re not just watching you guys talk on Facebook, we’re part of the conversation and love to hear what you guys say and see how we can help! Click the Facebook button below to visit our page and become part of the conversation!

Newton Running on Facebook

Next up is Twitter. Just like Facebook, we want to be a part of the conversation and talk to you guys! If you have a question, ask it! If you have a picture, share it! If you have something not so nice to say, feel free (though we reserve the right to have our feeling hurt). Click the Twitter button below to follow us.

Newton Running on Twitter

Pinterest is amazing. We haven’t been on Pinterest that long but with it’s image and information driven platform it fits right in with our colorful shoes and our perhaps even more colorful audience! Whether it’s a cool article or picture about running form or if it’s a re-pin of something that one of you have posted, we aim to make our Pinterest page a thing of beauty! Click below to follow us!

And now for the awesome Instagram. We first arrived on Instagram in mid-2011. We’d post a picture here and there but not too much. Earlier this year (2013) we started doing a little digging and realized that, thanks to our fans, we were ALL OVER i Instagram! Seriously, just search the tag: #newtonrunning and you’ll come across thousands of pictures of you guys, out there on the roads and trails, racking up the miles in Newton Running shoes. Check out our feed below and get involved!



 

That’s all we’re going to list for now but trust us, we’re out there on more social media platforms (Google+, Foursquare, Tumblr) and bringing the Newton love to and from all of you. If you can find us, follow us. if you think we need to be somewhere that we’re not, let us know and we’ll get on it!

For now, let us know your social media URL’s in the comments and we’ll give you a follow!

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Thad Beatty for Kona Inspired

Posted by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 2:57 pm | Leave a reply

Thad Beatty, guitarist for country stars Sugarland, wants to inspire an to be inspired. Over the past couple of years, Thad has gone from a musician on the road who was 75 lbs. overweight, eating poorly and simply unhealthy. Then he decided to make a change.

In the last year, apart from becoming an Ironman, Thad has become a part of the Newton family. He’s also a member of the Ironman Foundation – Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team as well as an ambassador for Ironman’s Kona Inspired.

The Kona Inspired program provides seven slots for the Ironman World Championship driven by aspirational stories and voted on by the triathlon community. The program returns this year as a global opportunity with the support of the Ironman Foundation.

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Race Preview: Ironman Texas

Posted by on Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am | Leave a reply

Ironman Texas

by: Alex Weber

I chose to race Ironman Texas, first and foremost, because I wanted my first ironman race to be in my home state of Texas.  I get sentimental with races sometimes and felt like I wanted this accomplishment to be close to home.  The course had a reputation for being flat and spectator friendly, which I was also really excited about!  If you are from Texas, or anywhere in the south, it is especially easy to travel to the race and there are lots of options for hotels and restaurants nearby.  Even if you are from out of town, IAH international airport is only about 30 minutes away from the race venue. This race is a great excuse for out of town athletes to experience Texas and all the state has to offer.

Check In

Check in for the race was very organized with lots of volunteers.  Everything was clearly labeled and explained, which a relief was since this was my first 140.6. The race packets also had lots of great “goodies” inside.  Keep in mind that the expo/check in is located outside though which can get pretty warm (May in Texas).  If you are racing but still want to do some shopping at the expo, I would suggest going earlier in the day and taking fluids with you to stay hydrated.

Swim Preview

The swim course was pretty simple with only a few turns, therefore only having a few opportunities for bottlenecks with the swimmers.  The first turn is about ¾ of a mile out, leaving time for the athletes to spread out and get in a groove before having to take a sharp turn.  The first turn was the only congested part of the swim course.  Beware that once athletes take the last turn into the canal part of the swim, the water can get pretty choppy since the canal is not very wide.  However, it is most likely that the athletes will be spread out enough by then to eliminate some of the waves.  Also, athletes should plan on warm water temperatures and most likely not needing a wetsuit if they feel comfortable swimming without one.  The course is only one loop which is much easier than having to do two loops that require more energy to enter and exit the water multiple times.

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Bike Preview

The bike course is also one large loop, with sufficient markers and volunteers stationed at possible points of confusion.  The majority of the course is flat and fast, which allows athletes to get comfortable in their aero positions and race at a good pace.  It is very important to remember fluids on the bike course as the weather has the potential to be very hot.  Aid stations are located every ten miles with sufficient water, energy drinks and food for the athletes but it is important that athletes always have enough water on them.

I felt pretty good on the bike up until around mile 90 when my body hit a little wall.  In order to stay focused and encouraged, I started to treat the aid stations as small “goals” that I had to reach.  By mentally giving myself shorter goals along the long course, I was able to distract myself and keep pushing to the transition area. The course is not very spectator friendly for those who parked in the race venue area at the Woodlands Waterway because traffic makes it hard for spectators to get in/out with cars.  The best place for spectators to see the athletes is at the beginning of the course (before athletes leave the Waterway) and when they return to T2.  A significant amount of the course winds through quiet, country roads with very few cars or people, thus it is important that athletes have enough nutrition and bike maintenance supplies.  However, other parts of the course are on busier roads where the only the shoulder or right lane is blocked off for the riders.

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[CLICK HERE FOR BIKE COURSE ELEVATION PROFILE]

Run Preview

The run was definitely the best part of the race.  The course was three loops and very spectator friendly.  Part of the course runs along the canal while the back half winds through neighborhoods.  The course was pretty flat and very well marked, with no confusion for the athletes and aid stations promptly stationed at every mile.  To my surprise, I felt pretty good on the run, giving the credit to the awesome people out there cheering and my Newton shoes of course!  The last mile before the finish was amazing with the huge crowd and winding finish, definitely making all of the hard work worth it in the end.

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[CLICK HERE FOR RUN COURSE ELEVATION PROFILE]

Transition Preview

Transition was well organized and clearly marked for the athletes.  Lots of volunteers were available in the changing tents which was helpful.   I actually took quite a long break in T2 and had a quick chat with some of the volunteers while I ate my peanut butter sandwich (15 minutes to be exact!).  They were more than happy to have the company in the tent.  Always be sure to thank the fantastic volunteers along the way!

Summary & Tips for Spectators

The whole race venue is great for spectators, with the Marriott hotel located right next to the expo and lots of good restaurants and a movie theater right in the area.  However, trying to drive around on race day could pose problems for spectators.  The bike course uses one of the only roads that leads into the Woodlands Waterway area (where all of the race activities occur) so spectators could find themselves in slow moving traffic if they want to leave/return during the race.  I would suggest spectators parking in the race venue area and planning on staying in the Waterway area all day.  Spectators could bring a bike to ride around the course area in order to cheer on the athletes.  Lots of restaurants, shopping and a movie theater will provide entertainment while the athletes are racing.

Overall, Ironman Texas was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in racing.  It was a great venue, volunteers, course and spectators and I would definitely race it again.

Have you raced Ironman Texas? What did you think?

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#RunforBoston

Posted by on Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 1:15 pm | Leave a reply

The tragic events at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon would have been tragic anywhere. This, however, hit too close to home. But runners are tough, runners are resilient and when runners hit a wall they break through to the other side and conquer. It may take some time for physical and emotional wounds to heal but we will run. We will not stop. #RunForBoston

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Day one of the 2013 Boston Marathon!

Posted by on Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 9:08 pm | Leave a reply

The entire Newton Running crew had a very busy day for the opening of the 2013 Boston Marathon expo today! While the expo crew was inside the Hynes center getting shoes on feet, Brandon and the Ginger Runner were out on the street getting soaked and meeting people. Here’s a brief recap of a day that was soaking but didn’t really dampen our spirits.

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Newton heads to Belize with One World Running (Part 2)

Posted by on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 7:58 am | Leave a reply

Last week we showed you the first two of Anne’s postcards from her service trip with One World Running (OWR) to Belize. Anne included some truly inspiring photos as well as a brief video that showed the absolute joy that OWR brings to these children.

In Part 2 of Anne’s postcards we get to see some footage from the finish of the 5K that is one of the highlights of the week’s events. We’re also taken to where the children live and it’s stark contrast to most of our lives. After you’ve read Anne’s entries, please read on to find out how you can help contribute to One World Running.

One World Running Postcard #3

The Race!

Today was the race! Adults, Kids and Special Olympics waves all gathered in the main square for a 5k & 3k for kids. Attached is a video of the top three girls- note the shoes! And photo of the podium finishers!

 

One World Running Postcard #4

Last postcard from the One World Running service trip. We had been in the jungle in the Maya Mountains in the Cayo region at a farm with no electricity for three days, hence the radio silence.

The schools were in a town called Succotz and the experience was very similar to the schools in Corozol: profound poverty that takes your breath away. To reach the first school you crossed a rickety plank and cable footbridge twenty feet over a river (pic attached). Last week a five year old girl fell through the planks into the river. She could not swim and went under but luckily her father was with her and jumped in to retrieve her.

The kids we fitted for shoes were so poor and many had no shoes. Their gratitude for something as simple as shoes was deeply humbling and yet another reminder that we are so blessed with abundance in our lives in the US.

Many thanks to Newton Running for helping to change the lives of many kids from this trip!

Anne

One World Running is ALWAYS accepting donations of shoes as well as financial contributions. Newton Running is proud to support this amazing organization and the work they do around the world. Please consider joining us in bringing the simple gift of shoes, something many of us take for granted, to those in need.

To find a drop off location, please visit: http://oneworldrunning.com/drop-off-locations/

To visit the One World Running Website to see how else you can contribute, please visit: http://oneworldrunning.com

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Newton Running Social Media Round-Up: 4.5.13

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013 @ 1:33 pm | Leave a reply

This week began with April Fool’s day and Newton took the opportunity to announce a new shoe line coming out this summer!

April Fools'!

 

Later in the week we took to our own Instagram to hint at our “Boston Cheers!” contest that is now live! if you’d like to take part and maybe win some shoes, click the picture below to enter!

Boston-Cheers-Entry-PageOn Facebook, we had several people ask how much life they had on their shoes. We LOVE to give you guys feedback on this so please never hesitate to ask!

Here a pic of the soles 350 miles in. Are they holding up ok or no?

Here a pic of the soles 350 miles in. Are they holding up ok or no?

Can I get some feedback on shoe wear?

Can I get some feedback on shoe wear?

As usual, Instagram was blowing up with some fantastic Newton Running pictures bringing the total number of pictures tagged with #newtonrunning to almost 3000!! We have to thank you guys so much for making us such a part of your daily workouts. You keep taking them and we’ll keep talking about them!

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Got more for us to share? Let us know by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest!

 

 

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Newton heads to Belize with One World Running

Posted by on Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 7:53 am | 1 Reply

Newton Running VP of Administration & Sustainability Anne Klein recently had the chance to travel with One World Running (OWR) on a service trip to Belize. One World Running is an international organization that promotes an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need around the world. Anne took her goddaughter Laura on the trip to participate in giving shoes to impoverished children.

Below are the first two of Anne’s OWR Postcards sent while in Belize:

One World Running Postcard #1

Today was such an amazing day with One World Running that I wanted share some pictures with Newton. We gave away hundreds of shoes today to kids from 13 local schools and their families. Kids arrived with paperwork from their school to help organize the shoe distribution – without this the entire town would show up and it would be very chaotic (they know from experience!).

Kids stand in line and then enter the school room and sit on chairs lined up just like our expos. The OWR volunteer who is working with the child guestimates the shoe size and tells their partner volunteer what size to get, The volunteer partner grabs a couple options from the makeshift storage area we created in the back of the school, behind the OWR banners. Many kids come in barefoot and the fitting can take several rounds. Once a fit is made and the kiddos have their shoes they exit the classroom, pick up a t-shirt (Mike Sandrock gathers leftover tech tops from all the local races) and their race number (donated by the Bolder Boulder) for the  5k race which will take place on Wednesday morning.

It is a lot like our expo work!

So may smiles and beautiful faces. It is an amazing experience!

One World Running Postcard #2

Some favorite images from today’s work with two different schools. The video illustrates how meaningful something that we take for granted — shoes — can be to the kids we’re helping. Also attached two photos of proud recipients of Newtons!

 

One World Running Making an Impact in Belize from Newton Running on Vimeo.

 

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