Episode 29 – Miles4Kids

This week (download here), the Geeks are happy to have Christina and Jerry Romero (@miles4kids) from the Miles4Kids organization.  They totally kicked  our donkey in training this week, hitting 25 miles while training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on May 1, 2011.

Ray finally went out for a post-race run, while Jason focused his week on cross-training and lifting weights.

Christina and Jerry then explain their philanthropic organization, Miles4Kids, which creates awareness about child abuse.  You can support them by going to their website, Miles4Kids.org.  100% of the donations go to benefit KCSL (Kansas Children Service League).

Twitter Search and Follow: @werdnahunt

Big ups to the Zen Runner finishing his marathon today and looking marvelous.

Also, check out Dan‘s show “Running the Golden Years“, in his latest episode, he talks with running coach Greg McMillan.  Check it out!

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

Peace!

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Episode 28 – Slow Geeks in Running Shoes

In this show, the Geeks are happy to have Zen Runner (@zenrunner) and Eddie Marathon (@edmarathon) from the Slow Runner’s Club on the show (download here).

Zen and Eddie talk about their show, the “Slow Runner’s Club” and recount Zen’s first marathon, 2010′ s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.  We also discuss the discomfort caused felt by newbie runners.  The Pearl Izumi “Respect the Distance” ad sparks some controversy.

We also talk about the Warrior Dash. Jason is considering doing the Missouri one on October 15, 2011.  Ray talks about his upcoming race plans including the Shamrock 8k, the Chicago half marathon and the Chicago full marathon.

The gaggle of us move on to discuss the movement that is the Mojo Loco!  **Special announcement! Dr. Leslie Lam (@runninglam)will be joining us as a special guest of Mojo St Loco.

Twitter Search & Follow: @ICTrains

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

P.S
Zen will be running The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer – the 26.2 with Donna Mission. If you wish to donate to help Zen save the boobs, click here.

Peace!

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Honey Milk Review

In an effort to find a suitable recovery drink for post-run nutrition, I’ve tried many things. I’ve used chocolate milk, Gatorade Recovery 03, and protein powder shakes.  All have pros and cons to them.  While I love chocolate milk, finding some that do not have high fructose corn syrup is difficult.  Albeit, chocolate milk is cheap, easy to find, and tastes great.  Gatorade Recovery 03 is expensive and tastes bad.  I’ve tried it 2 or 3 times to the tune of $3-4 a piece.  I just don’t have that kind of money to spend on something that tastes so bad.  Protein powder shakes are economical when purchased in bulk, but lack the convenience of something pre-made and easy to stash in your car or duffel bag.  Also, if you don’t mix them correctly, they can be quite chalky.  What I do love about protein powder is the fact that I can get some with a mix of whey and casein proteins.  For those who don’t know, whey protein is quickly absorbed into the body.  Within an hour of digestion, whey protein has been used in protein synthesis or oxidation.  Good for a quick recovery for your taxed muscles.  Casein protein, on the other hand, has much slower absorption and helps regulate amino acids in the blood stream.  Both have their benefits.

Enter Honey Milk.  I talked to a representative of Honey Milk on Twitter about wanting to try it out.  Unfortunately they don’t have a local retailer in the St. Louis area.  Honey Milk offered to send me a sample case to try them out for review.  The case came with a mixture of flavors in both their normal version as well as their “Light” offerings.  I saved them for post-run nutrition.

Here’s the nutritional facts for Honey Milk:

Regular Honey or Vanilla flavored 11.5oz Honey Milk

Vanilla Honey Milk:

240 calories, (30 from fat)

Total Fat: 3.5g (2g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat)

Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 120mg, Potassium 340mg

Total Carbohydrates 26g (Sugars 26g)

Protein 26g (contains both Casein and Whey)

Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin D 40%, Calcium 80%

Ingredients: Filtered lowfat milk, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, lactase enzyme, sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate & Vitamin D3

The honey flavor has slightly less potassium.

As for the Light flavors (Coffee and Chocolate) same size (11.5oz)

Chocolate Light Honey Milk:

150 calories (30 from fat)

Total Fat: 3.5g (2g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat)

Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 140mg, Potassium 750mg

Total Carbohydrates 14g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 11g)

Protein 20g (contains both Casein and Whey)

Vitamin A 15% • Vitamin D 40% • Calcium 60%

Ingredients: Filtered lowfat milk, cocoa processed with alkali, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, lactase enzyme, sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, Vitamin A Palmitate & Vitamin D3

The chocolate also has the added benefit of antioxidants from dark chocolate.  The coffee has caffeine (as well as antioxidants) but has lower potassium and no dietary fiber.

I, personally, love all of the flavors.  Chocolate is a bit rich for me, but I’m not a huge cocoa fan anyways.  The vanilla and honey taste like a thin milk shake.  None of them have the chalky taste that you have to stomach with protein powder shakes.  Honey Milk also is free of the nasty high fructose corn syrup, which is always a good thing!  Check your local stores and ask if they carry Honey Milk.  If they don’t, no fear.  You can easily order from their website http://www.honeymilk.com/store.  A case of 12 of any of the flavors is $34.99.  For the math-impared, that is less than $3 per shake.  While it might not be necessary for your mid-week miles, after a long run, your body will appreciate the clean energy and protein boost.  While it is hard to measure the post-run “feeling” of recovery when trying out a new product, I do believe that Honey Milk helped my muscle fatigue following my last half marathon.  Now, if they only had an elixir for plantar fasciitis….

 

 

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Episode 27 – St. Louis Frostbite Half Marathon

Dia Duit everyone! This episode (download here), the geeks recap their performance on the St. Louis Frostbite Half Marathon that occurred this past weekend. Jason wrote up a very nice race report post on his blog – guttocut.wordpress.com. If you are interested in viewing more race pictures, you can find them on Ray’s flickr page.

Being Ray’s first ever racing event, the excitement and “runners high” shows as the guys go into great detail about the race. Discussing everything from the pre-race meet up with show listener, Michael Yoon (@michaelyoon), to race “beefs” such as the limited availability of water stations and toilets. Also, check out the awesome Saucony Kinvara Vizi-Pro cake that Jason’s wife, Tera, made him. How awesome is this?!

Keeping to the theme of the St. Louis Frostbite Series run, the Twitter Search and Follow segment for this episode featured a search for “st louis frostbite” that resulted in the guys following @BlueTapp.

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

P.S.
A big thanks to Honey Milk for sending us a case of their protein recovery drinks to try out after the race.

Oh, and enjoy the Club can’t handle me right now (Indian Style) youtube video.

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Jason’s Frostbite Half Marathon Race Report

Here’s my race report for our half marathon yesterday:

St. Louis Frostbite Half Marathon

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T-Minus Two Days…

Hey fellow Geeks, Jason here.  You might have noticed that we didn’t have a show release on Monday.  If you didn’t notice, forget I mentioned it.  But for those of you who have been wondering, we were just too busy to get together to talk about our last week of training.  The St. Louis Frostbite Half Marathon is this Saturday, January 22nd.  It will be my second, Ray’s first.  I know he’s going to rock it!  The bad news is that I am typing this up today from home since I didn’t go to work today.  The reason: 6-12 inches of snow in the St. Louis metro area.  Tomorrow morning, the wind chill is expected to hit -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Saturday (race day) is expected to be a bit warmer, but not exactly a heat wave.  So, this will be an interesting and fun race.  Rest assured, we will be hitting a pub afterwards to celebrate the race and our birthdays.  If time allows, we might try to sneak in a show on Saturday (perhaps on Ustream), so make sure you are following both of us on Twitter (@GutToCutWL and @adEYEmiking) and Facebook.  We will announce there if we do a live show.  So, until then, wish us luck.  We’ll talk this weekend!

PEACE!

Jason

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Episode 26 – Zombie Hunting with Chris Russell

This episode (download here), the geeks welcome Chris Russell (@cyktrussell) from the RunRunLive podcast to the show for an episode filled with sarcasm, and zombie knowledge – Jason has met his match! Chris’ 30+ years of running experience and laid back attitude leads to great discussions on training techniques, general tips for new runners, and (of course) zombies and yaks. Chris also takes time to answer some listener provided questions from the show’s Facebook page.

This week’s Twitter Search and Follow segment featured a search on – yes you guess it – Yak trax with @Runner4Life18 selected for this episode.

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

Peace!

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Episode 25 – Dia Duit

Happy New Year everyone! For our first episode of 2011 (download here), the Geeks recap the holidays and look forward towards 2011. If it all goes as planned, this is going to be a great and exciting year! Both the us had a solid week of training this past week, we actually ran!  Woohoo!

The discussion begins with the guys recapping what running related gifts they each received for Christmas. Jason got some winter running gear, a Garmin Forerunner 205, and an iPod Shuffle. Ray also got some winter running gear and was treated to a shoe fitting session at the Running Away Multisport store in chicago. In the end, he got a pair of Ascis DS Trainer 16 shoes.

**Also, as a gift to all of us in the running community, the makers of the popular iPhone and Android app – RunKeeper – are offering the pro version of the RunKeeper app for FREE for the month of January. So, if you have an iPhone or an Android based device, go ahead and snag this awesome app.

Also this episode, Jason goes into detail about the upcoming MojoStLoco and the Mojo Loco movement that a few of us in the running community want to get going this year. Jason will be setting up and hosting the MojoStLoco on June 25th, 2011. Check out the MojoLoco wiki page for more information.

Besides that, Ray is working on an endeavor that aims to tackle the problem of staying motivated and accomplishing our personal goals. It is called Goals Give Round. The premise behind Goals Give Round is to help people that are serious about completing personal goals by aligning each of their goals to a cause. If you get a chance, please visit this landing page and send Ray your feedback.

This years first Twitter Search and Follow victim was @MichelleLynn27.

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

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Episode 24 – Electric Miles

This week (download here), the Geeks talk to… well, themselves.  No guest this week, just the guys. Jason and Ray go over some long overdue listener e-mail, review some holiday gift ideas from friends in the running community, and

Cut Out by Dantalk about about the importance of the community support that the guys have had over the past six months.  Jason even received some new bling that Dan (@passinthrough) hooked him up with for successfully completing the Chicago Half Marathon.

Also this week, thanks to Johnny Hegs (@johnnyhegs), a Daily Mile iPhone app (ElectricMiles) was released. The guys gave their review of the application and are very excited about it. As a result, @johnnyhegs was the Twitter Search and follow victim this episode. Give him a shout out if you use daily mile because he [UPDATE] and,  Stephen Ryner (@nuthatch) did an awesome job creating this app. Supposedly an Android version of the app in the works.

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking).

Thank you for an awesome six months and twenty four episodes. We are looking forward to spending the whole of 2011 with you. From Jason and Ray, we wish you a safe and happy holidays!

Peace!!

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Episode 23 – Return of the Laminator!

He’s Baaack!, this episode (download here) the Geeks welcome back the Running Laminator (@runninglam) to the show!! Just like his previous guest appearance on the show (see episode 7), Lam dropped some serious knowledge on us. This week’s discussion revolved around running ambassadorship, and the health related effects of running.

First off, Lam makes the point about how we are all ambassadors of running to our non-running friends, and family even though we may not always realize it.  We should not only take pride in this but also own up to the responsibility that comes along with educating and motivating others who might be intrigued by running but have not made the step towards it…yet.

Also, in response to the question on the health related effects of running, (i.e. how it can lower blood pressure, and cholesterol), the discussion goes on to focus more on overall nutrition and family history rather than just running as these have a much bigger impact on health than running alone. Along those lines, the guys also talk about nutrition supplements, and possible side effects of elite running. Did you know that nutrition supplements are not FDA approved?

Lastly, the guys talk about this past year. Along with Lam they review their accomplishments this past year and share what they have planned for 2011. If you would like share your year with us, feel free to drop us a comment on our facebook page.

Treadmill tip: when running on the treadmill, try to change your pace or incline every five minutes or so.  Set the incline to 1% for regular runs (the 1% compensates for wind and other pace adjusting issues found when running outside).  Use 0% incline for downhill training.

This week’s Twitter Search & Follow segment featured @wuwu56 as we searched on ‘running supplements.’

Until next time, leave feedback on iTunes,  email questions and comments to feedback [at] GeeksInRunningShoes [dot] com or just ‘like us’ on facebook! Also follow us on Twitter, Jason (@guttocutwl) and Ray (@adeyemiking). To learn more about Lam, check out his very informative blog runninglam.com.

Peace!

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