Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Is Here - Runners Start Your Gardens

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" - Robin Williams

Time to shed the winter layers and put on the shorts and singlets.  Time to feel the warm sun on your soul.  Time to start the runners garden.

What do you grow in a runners garden?  Anything that will make you a stronger runner.

Here are my suggestions:
(For growing instructions, click on the link for each vegetable.)
  • Hops - an essential ingredient for brewing the healthy, protein loaded Tarahumara Mexican corn beer called tesguino.   Beer and running, it just doesn't get any better than that.
  • Radishes - Easy to grow.  Lots of antioxidants.  Low in calories, high in Vitamin C.  Vitamins C and E have been shown to prevent metabolic damage in extreme athletes (nut job runners).  Check out article at Science
  • Chia - powerful superfood, you can add it to any drink or dish.  An energy booster with disease fighting properties.  Also great for staying hydrated.  Buy yourself a good pepper grinder and season everything you eat with ground Chia seed.
  • French Beans -Plenty of fiber and protein.  Rich in iron to boost your energy level.  Good source of Vitamin C  for the immune system.   Contains riboflavin, which can ease migraine headaches.  Also rumored to have musical properties - perfect for when you want to run alone.
  • Sunflowers - The seeds are a great source of protein, vitamins E, B1 and B5, zinc, magnesium, fiber and healthy fats. 
  • Tomatoes - Contains Lycopene, a vital anti-oxidant that fights cancerous cell formation. 
  • Lettuce - good source of vitamin K.  Romaine lettuce is the best of lettuce, excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, folic acid, manganese and chromium. 
  • Peppers - Rich in vitamins A, C and K.  Great antioxidants, also good for reducing inflammations.
  • Sweet Potatoes -  Perfect for longs runs.  Keeps you full longer, rich in potassium and Vitamin C.  Also helps metabolism, fights diseases and has anti-inflammatory properties.  
  •  Spaghetti - I have been unable to find any information on growing spaghetti in the garden as of this date but I am diligently working on it.  A runner can never have too much pasta.
Remember - you are what you eat. 

Dine from the Runners Garden if you want to be a  healthy, happy nut job runner


Eat from a certain unnamed fast food joint if you would prefer to rot on your living room couch with your remote control till they have to haul your super sized ass out the window on a crane.

The choice is yours.

Upcoming Events In The Area:
Bunny Hop 5k - East Aurora, Saturday, April 3rd, 10:30 AM
Haiti Relief 5k Run and Walk - Delaware Park, Saturday, April 10th, 9:30 AM
Memorial Miles 5k - Hilbert College Hamburg, Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 AM

2010 Nut Job Ultras On The Slate:   
Beast of Burden - August date not official yet.
Oil Creek 100 - October 16, 2010 (Six local nut jobs registered so far)

Local Running Clubs: 

These are a few of my favorite blogs:  

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And as always, all comments and suggestions are welcome :)

Eat, run and be happy.

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