Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stupid weather

One thing about this time of year in Louisville is that you just can't predict the weather.  I had all good intentions of running outside today.  But Mother Nature decided to rain, sleet, and snow this morning.  So unfortunately at had to head to the Y and wade through all of the people there and hope that I could get a treadmill.  Fortunately I was able to find one and completed my run.  I modified the workout and did 3 rounds of 8 minute sprint, 4 minutes walk.  It was pretty good.  For the strenght component I did 3 rounds of 10 deadlifts, 10 pullups and then 3 x 10 of pushup with a dumbbell row.  Pretty good but not exactly what I had planned. 

Tomorrow I got the weekly long run of 9 miles.  Definitely not looking forward to that but I guess that's what I got to do to get ready for the marathon.  I haven't decided on the strength component yet but I'll let you know as soon as I got it. 

On a completely unrelated note, I have begun reading the 2010 USDA Guidelines for nutrition.  It's 112 pages worth of interesting reading and if you really want to go to sleep, I suggest you get a copy of this.  There is a lot of interesting recommendations in there and a lot that I find very questionable.  The gist of it is to increase whole grains (booo), increase skim milk, increase LEAN protein, decrease solid fats, and decrease sugar.  I am only 33 pages into it and I know I have a lot more to go, but I have found something very interesting.  One of the topics they are hitting hard in these guidelines is obesity and type II diabetes.  I have yet to find the word "Insulin".  I find this extremely intriguing.  They have said glycemic index and sugar, but absolutely nothing on insulin.  Wow!  If you are going to address obesity and type II diabetes, how can you not even mention insulin.  Now, I'm only 33 pages in and I'm hoping that it's in there in the next 78 pages.  Anyway, if you get a chance, I would suggest reading it, or at least skimming it.  Whether you think the USDA is a bunch of money hungry politicians (my thoughts) or if you think they genuinely have the American public's best interest in mind, it's good to know exactly what they are putting out there. 

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