There appears to be credible scientific evidence out there - such as studies done by Dr. Bahram Arjmandi at Florida State University - that consuming 100g (4 to 5) of dried plums (aka prunes) is a pretty good habit and it has nothing to do with staying regular. Dried plums are rich in protective anti-oxidants, they contain soluble fiber and regular consumption is associated with improved bone density. Very important especially for post-menopausal women. Some other foods which Dr. Arjmandi promotes are watermelon (it improves circulation) and flax seeds (reduces plaque formation) as well as dried apple (improved good cholesterol levels). I'm on the prunes already, watermelon to follow.
Running still going pretty well, although last Saturday's 8 mile 'pace' run was a bit of a struggle in the heat. I took frequent short breaks, hydrated well and took some Cliff Shot gels, and somehow or other managed to eke out about 6 miles close to or under my goal marathon pace which is 8:35. Sunday's long run of 16 miles turned into a steamy slog here in the Bayou City. The first few miles (having started off at just after 6A) were not too bad, but from mile 9 onwards it was tough all the way. In the end I averaged just over 10 minutes to the mile which is not bad, considering the hot, muggy conditions.
It was fun running with several Strider buddies and having a sag wagon with cold fluids, snacks, orange slices and so on, waiting every 2 miles. Our little Happy Runner group is really jacked!
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