Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Buffalo Undy5000 Recap!

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As promised, here is the Buffalo Undy5000 Race Recap!

Enjoy the video!

Overall the race was a lot of fun, and Dad set a great official time of 31:32, a PR of nearly 4 minutes!

One Month to Go!

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This past weekend was pretty action-packed! There will be a race recap tomorrow, once I get all of the media-associated files together!

This past weekend also marked the final month to go before our next major race, the Buffalo Half Marathon! We are getting into some of the longer runs of our training now, having completed […]

Buffalo Undy 5000 Success!

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The 2013 Buffalo Undy 5000 was a stunning success!

Dad got a new PR of 31:30!

 

Eat Fit Not Fat – Hot and Cold Chicken Salad

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This weeks post was inspired by one of Mike and my favorite dishes at a local restaurant here in Boston. It’s called the Hot and Cold Chicken Salad and it’s delicious! Mike played a key role in this weeks segment. We have recreated this meal so many times at home and it always tastes delicious. We made some slight changes to the actual version that Parish Cafe serves up, but we did our best guessing at re-creating a tasty treat. Feel free to add your own fresh and healthy additions.

Ingredients:

Makes 2 salads

Bag of fresh Arugula salad mix ( I couldn’t find just Arugula, so I did a spinach/arugula blend

3-4 fresh carrots (peeled, cut and sliced length wise)

1 bag of fresh pea pods

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 avocado, sliced length wise

1 cup white or brown rice

Drizzle of soy sauce

shaved almonds

2 chicken breasts

(marinate chicken in a plastic bag with juice of half a lemon, tbsp of olive oil, tbsp of honey and sprinkle with salt and pepper during cooking)

For Salad Dressing:

Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp of balsamic
1 tbsp of honey
Pinch salt
Whisk in olive oil to taste

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Weigh-In Wednesday April 24th: My Stapler is Legit.

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Here at 2 Fat Nerds, each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. Let’s see what data was submitted this week!
Weight Loss
Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

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Developmental Teaser: What’s In The Pipeline

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It has been a while since I last worked on new features for the tracking system! Over the last couple of weeks I started thinking about what I wanted to improve, and I set my sights on data visualization. After having spent time at a conference for work, where data visualization was a major selling point for many applications, I decided that is where I wanted to improve upon.

Conceptually, I want to represent data in a way that is extremely easy to understand, while still giving valuable feedback that could help people get to their goals. Right now, I feel that what is currently in place is good for looking at past trends in the users data, but I feel that it falls short of what I want it to be. So, with that I started to look  into ways that I could improve upon the existing system. In my research,  I stumbled into something called D3 visualization. The main concept is that the user can interact with the data, while the underlying document model of the webpage is dynamically changing in response. It provides a much more interactive way to look at, sort, and group  things that might be interesting.

Here is a little sneak peak of what I have started playing with:

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Boston Solidarity Run – Buffalo

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On Sunday morning Ellie and I woke up bright and early to make it over to the park in time for the Boston Solidarity Run. It was an event thrown together earlier in the week to show support for the events at the Boston Marathon. It wasn’t a race, it wasn’t timed, and there was no set distance. Just a group of runners/walkers/stroller pushers showing their support to those injured and lost,  and to the city of Boston.

The run was pretty overwhelming. I’d say easily 600+ people were there by 9 am to start the run. We rather silently  set off running around the outer loop of  Delaware Park as a huge mass, all going at their own speeds and within their own groups. It was a pretty impressive sight, one of the biggest non-racing events I’ve ever taken part of.

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Eat Fit Not Fat – Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad

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I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in last weeks Eat Fit Not Fat, and witnessed first hand how much effort goes into the preparation and documentation of each weeks post. While Susan was cooking last week she asked me what Ellie and I eat for dinner on a day-to-day basis. I rattled off our standards, all vegetarian, and bean heavy. When I found out she was quite busy this week, I offered to do a post, and give a first hand look into a typical quick dinner at our house. So, without further ado, here is this weeks Eat Fit Not Fat.
What You’ll Need

Serves Two

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream or plain non-fat greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

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Weigh-In Wednesday April 17th: A personal note.

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Honestly, I struggled quite a bit with this today. I’ve gone back and forth a dozen times trying to decide if I wanted to do a weigh-in post. After much debate, I decided that we need to continue to encourage and help each other strive to do our best each and every day, no matter what. Senseless acts of violence try to stop us all from living. They try to stop us from believing in the general good of humanity, and to make us give up hope. I refuse to let it stop me from believe in this community, and what we are all about.

Yesterday while we were watching the marathon, only blocks away from where the explosions inevitably occurred,  Mike, Suz, Ellie and I witnessed something that can easily be forgotten on a day with such a tragic ending. We saw an older runner struggling to get up the final hill underneath the last overpass of the race. It was pretty clear that his entire right knee completely locked up, and was in intense pain. With less than a mile to go, he could barely walk. He repeatedly refused help from the volunteers, wanting to finish the race. After several minutes, another runner came by and saw what was going on. He stopped mid stride, and began to walk/carry the older man towards the finish line. His own time (which I might add would have been a spectacular 3 hours and ~20 minutes) didn’t matter at all. It was about helping a fellow human being accomplish what they set out to do.

The good in humanity will always overwhelm the evil of a few individuals. It is extremely difficult to feel anything but sick knowing that innocent lives were lost for no reason, but the response of all those around the blasts who ran into help with zero fear for themselves, and the runner who decided to stop and help sacrificing his own time, give me hope that the world we live in is still full of compassion and love. There are good people who will always do the right thing. Together we need to press forward and stop those that wish to tear our society down.

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Each Wednesday this blog focuses on the accomplishments of our members. We celebrate our successes, and encourage those who are struggling to overcome their difficulties. We believe in each other, and share our information with the hope that it will make a difference for ourselves and for each other. For this reason, I decided to go ahead with the weigh-in post. Lets look in at our weekly stats.

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Thoughts

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They can try and try,

But our spirits won’t waver.

We will still run free.