Monthly Archives: June 2012


Beating the Heat!

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No, I’m not talking about the Miami Heat . . . though I expect most of my readership probably only vaguely recalls them as an NBA team, not to mention the fact that they won the championship this year. I’m actually talking about the heat and humidity that most of the North East and probably […]

Finding That Spark

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“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”
—Henry Ford

To start a fire, you need three things. First, you need fuel. Dry wood is a typical source, but other things work. Second, you need oxygen, because in order for the chemical reaction to propagate, the hydrocarbons in the fuel need a readily available […]

Weigh-In Wednesday, June 27th: Variety’s the Very Spice of Life!

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Hello Everyone! Today is Wednesday . . . which means we have new statistics to report!


Anti-Fat Points

Mike and Ellie  really threw it down this week, and Amy as always! Mike had seven different workout types logged in, which is both ridiculous and awesome! Ellie’s 10 mile run really generated some serious points too!

Quite a few people have managed […]

Half-Marathon Training Begins

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Having completed quite a few weeks on the ten-mile program, Ellie and I made the decision last night to transition directly into a twelve-week half-marathon training program. The schedule is a bit more rigorous and involves four different types of runs:

1. Easy Runs: Easy jog, breathing easily and steadily; active but not challenging

2. Tempo Runs: Brisk, challenging […]

Congrats to the B.A.A. 10K Runners, and What I Did This Weekend!

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A very special congrats is in order to Mike, Suz, and Dave, who finished the Boston Athletic Association’s 10k Race on Sunday! Mike and Suz did it in 1:01:01 and 1:01:02, and Dave finished it in 1:19:13! Awesome job!

This weekend was pretty busy for Ellie and I out in Buffalo, too! Though we didn’t run any races, we […]

Reviewing Data and the B.A.A. 10K!

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First: Dave, Mike, and Susan are running the B.A.A. 10K this weekend. Good luck, everyone! Hopefully the heat and humidity won’t be as strong as it has been for you lately.


I’ve been thinking a lot about how to learn from my workouts. How could I spot trends and represent my improvements graphically in a way […]

I Really Like Kolsch

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This is a little bit off-topic today, but as I’ve talked about my brewing of beer in the past, I thought I would just talk briefly today about a style of beer that is quickly becoming my absolute favorite.

Köslch is a style of beer out of Köln (Cologne), Germany. While Ellie was living in Germany, I had […]

Weigh-In Wednesday, June 20th: Only a Little Humid Outside

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As the title suggests, it has been about 90 degrees with 50–80 percent humidity in Buffalo, New York. I thought it was supposed to snow here year round?

Another Weigh-In is here, and the results are exciting! Most important, the AFP totals are in for the first time ever!


Huge, huge congrats to Tino who has just […]

Book Review: “The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds

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Last month I wrote a short first-impressions review of The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds. Today I wanted to write a follow-up review on my overall thoughts of the book.

I think if I were to have to apply one word to the book overall, it would be informative. Reynolds injects quite a lot of scientific-study data […]

Top-Ten Most-Interesting Inclusions in the 2011 Compendium for Physical Activities

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While coding up the new Anti-Fat Point system for the blog, I have been looking through a huge amount of activities with their associated MET levels. In the 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities, there are some pretty ridiculous things included, along with standard things like running and conditioning. Today, I wanted to share a few […]