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  • Wildflower!

    This past weekend I was at the Wildflower Triathlon in southern California to support my husband Jeff do the race.  Little did I know, but there were thousands of people there to compete and it felt more like a festival than an athletic event.  There was live music, vendors, all types of food for sale and it literally felt like one huge party.  We had so much fun!

    One thing I noticed when walking around the event was how many different types of nutritional supplements were for sale, being advertised or sampled at the event.  From sport gummies to special recovery drinks to energy balls, it seemed like they had come up with everything.

    In triathlons, nutrition is crucial to help you last through the swim, bike and run.  My husband fills his water bottle with a sugary drink with electrolytes and tapes energy gu’s and energy bars to his bike so that he can refuel during his race.  Pro triathletes break it down like science for the amount of calories they must take…

  • Bungalow Munch!

    I have a wonderful neighbor named Jerry Howland who is a professional triathlete and founder of a granola product called “Bungalow Munch”.  She is 52 years old and is as fit, strong and healthy as any 20-year-old athlete around.  She has won her age group six times at Iron man Triathlons all over the world and has a long history of endurance sports from Nordic skiing to rock climbing.  She is the mother of one and an inspiration to me as she resides next door with her husband who also is named Jerry and an incredible endurance athlete.

    Jerry came over the other day to drop off some of her world famous granola because its her way of supporting me in my sport.  Her granola consist of a wonderful combination of athletes fuel and bone building foods that create the ultimate food for champions.  Its not just her granola in particular but all granola that can help fuel your sport and keep your bones strong.  Jerry’s granola is made of oats, seeds, coconut…
  • Walking

    Since I had Ramsey two weeks ago, I started walking a lot because it is much too soon to start running.  Before Ramsey I hated walking because I thought it was like running only dumb because it would takesooo much longer to get to places.  My perspective has completely changed now however since I have started doing it.

    Walking is both relaxing and enjoyable.  It is similar to running only more peaceful.  There is more time to stop and look around at the scenery and makes you realize how still everything is around you.  When I am running, it feels like everything moves by so quickly, and there is no time to examine the details of nature or whatever the surroundings are around me.

    Try going on a walk.  Either alone, with friends, with family and if you have a dog, definitely bring them along.  Walking is a nice time to think about…

  • Baby Ramsey Is Born!

    This past Friday, April 3rd, I finally gave birth to my son Ramsey Peterson at 8:48 PM.  It was a long and very exciting day which I can easily call the best day of my life.  Having a baby for a week now has made me think about the stages of my life that I have been through so far.  Granted that the stage I am entering is motherhood, I still feel very young (only being 25) and not too much different than I did when I was in middle school and high school writing down my running goals.

    When I was writing my goals down back then, I never would have thought as far out as having a baby, however it may not have been a bad idea.  If I had not been healthy through my teens as a serious athlete, I may not be in this wonderful phase of my life of motherhood.  Eating to fuel our sports helps us keep a regular menstrual cycle which then lets us absorb

  • Springtime!

    Last week spring officially began!  The weather is getting nicer and you can really feel the season changing in the air.  The change of the season causes all sorts of changes around us  as well.  The days are getting longer, different fruits are filling our supermarkets and of course spring sports are beginning.

    Whatever your sport may be, now is the time to make your goals and get committed.  Be at all of your practices, put your competitions up on the calender so your parents will know when they are and get all your gear ready whether it is a new pair of track spikes or a few extra pairs of soccer shorts.  Do what you need to do to shift gears.

    Along with planning for your new sport, plan to eat well this season to.  Start with making sure you have energy bars or snacks in your gym bag everyday.  Always  have water bottles ready with sports drinks or water.  Let your parents know what kinds of food you want to have around to keep your body fueled.

  • Responsibilities

    Now that I am 25, married and pregnant, I have so many more responsibilities that I used to when I was younger.  Additionally I have two black labs that also require a great deal of attention and keep me busy.  Despite all my responsibilities however, I always make my health, body and bones my priority.  Eating lots of nutritious foods, responding to my bodies signals while training and getting rest are all extremely important for athletes, especially growing females.

    When I look back to when I was 12–18 years old I had far less responsibilities.  Even though there was plenty on my plate with schoolwork, sports and having a social life the only person depending on me was me.  When I think about the past, I notice that there was many times that I could have been healthier to my body.  Whether it was getting to bed a reasonable hour (which I often did not do) or eating nutritious food, there was many places that I might have made better decisions for my body.

    While…

  • My Mom’s 60th

    Yesterday was my mom’s 60th birthday.  Granted that she easily can get away with being 10 maybe even 15 years younger, she embraces her new “senior citizen” status with pride.  My family had a wonderful time out to dinner to celebrate last night at a festive Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael.

    After the delicious chocolate cake was brought out, my mother immediately ordered a few glasses of tall milk to go with the cake.  She insisted that we all had some and included that everyone should always drink tall glasses of milk every night before they go to bed.

    My mom has preached to us about drinking milk as long as I can remember and I have been pretty good about getting a tall glass in here and there.  Last night however, I felt as though I was seeing first hand how effective it can be on a person.  My mother, who now is 60, has bones of steel.  She plays tennis, hikes and even jogs around the neighborhood occasionally.  Her energy and health …

  • Fuel Your Sport!

    Since I have been pregnant, running really hasn’t been too hard until the past few weeks.  As I near my due date and my belly gets bigger my runs have been shorter and slower (if they happen at all).  As I take more time away from the sport, I miss it more and more everyday.  Obviously the exciting preparation for a little baby boy has been my distraction, but I am anxious to transition out of pregnancy mode and hit the trails full speed again.

    This made me realize how much pleasure my sport brings to me.  Without training I feel like I am missing an important part of my day, and without competing I am itching to get back out there and rub elbows with my competitors.

    My excuse for taking some downtime is both healthy and exciting which is why is isn’t that hard as an athlete and very manageable.  Other reasons that to take athletes away from their sports may not be as healthy and exciting however.  Stress fractures, strains from overuse, feeling burnt…

  • What Does Your Sport Do for You?

    The other day when I was on a walk/jog out on the trails when groups of high school runners went by me in the opposite direction.   I would know they were coming because I would hear laughing and chatting from a few turns ahead on the trail and wait for it to get louder as the group got closer to me.

    I noticed that everyone was running with at least two other people or even in groups as large as 10 kids.  I also noticed that everyone was really happy and enjoying the training run they were on.  This made me think about all of the wonderful runs that have been more like social events with girls on my high school and college teams.  Even today, running with one or two other people when I am out there  makes running so much more fun.  When you are chatting with someone and enjoying the company of other people you can get so much more out of the run that just more miles to write down in your training log.

    This made me think about sports in general.  I always made…

  • My “Staycation”

    My husband and I had this entire week off work (we are both teachers at Marin Country Day School).  For a while we were trying to decide what neat trip to go on, or extra fun plans that we were definitely going to do.  At first we thought we would go to Arizona for some high altitude training (my husband is a triathlete, however being pregnant, this idea didn’t seem as fun to me).  We also contemplated visiting my aunt in Palm Beach, FL.  In the end we we decided just to stay home (due to my pregnancy and just needing to spend a week really relaxing).

    Granted that we did some major preparing for the baby (we went to all day birth classes, set up the crib, registered for baby stuff etc.) we truly did just relax most of the vacation.  Along with running on the trails (and swimming and biking in my husbands case) we did a lot of movie watching on rainy days, cooking, going out to dinners and walking our dogs.  It ended up being one of the best vacations ever.  We truly…