Blog Maintenance

Just so every one knows we are making some changes and upgrades this weekend. This means the site may be up or down or under construction at any given time. We hope to back running at full steam by the beginning of the week. Check back soon.

-Dan

Product Review: Born To Run

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As you may or may not know, I am finishing up my last semester of college. During my time in school I took a literature course. As part of this course, we were assigned to read Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. Our instructor was an avid runner. I however am not. I had not ran since I left the Army. In the Army I only ran when I had to and hated every second of it. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to reading this book. To be completely honest, I was planning on just getting some cliff notes. However, since I do like to read, I begrudgingly started to read it. To my surprise it really drew me in.

The book in (as we like to do things here) a very small nut shell is the author Christopher McDougall goes on a journey to find out why running hurts him so much. This leads him to Mexico to meet a pretty illusive tribe of runners which then leads him to be involved in a race with him, the tribesmen, and several ultra runners. Through out the book, he talks about the history of running, shoes, Scott Jurek, persistence hunting, and more. I found the book to be surprisingly entertaining and informative. It lead me to want to run more and to learn more about ultra marathons. So for me, that means the book was great.  I feel it did exactly what it intended to do, get me moving.

That all being said a lot of people have issue with this book. Many runners blame it for the start of the bare foot running movement. If you are unaware, the bare foot running movement basically states that modern shoes are in major part to blame for running injuries. That by wearing militaristic or no shoes at all, your foot can react to the ground more naturally. The book does talk a decent amount about bare foot running. It may even be fair to say it started the movement. That being said, I do not think the book hits you over the head with it. The author does not even run barefoot in the book. Only one main character (not in the tribe) runs that way.

I am not encouraging people to run barefoot or saying that I do. I do think it is an interesting idea that the book poses and I would not let people who oppose the idea turn you away from this extremely motivating read. If you are interested in the book you can get it at amazon. We have even provided a link below, I highly recommend it.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Gastric Bypass and Me part 3

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Welcome back. Glad you have come to check the third and final installment in this series. If you have not read the other two entries I encourage to read them. I hope that so far you have these posts to be fun and informative. In this post I will talk about which bypass I am slotted for and how I plan to not need it.

I currently am attending doctors visits in preparation to have Roux-En-Y gastric bypass. The main reason I chose this surgery is because it has the highest success rate. I am willing to take a minor elevated chance at side effects to have more weight loss. Also, even though some people do not like the thought of your stomach remaining, it does not bother me. Also I think part of it probably is because my father had this surgery. That means I have seen the whole process before.

I however do actually intend for it to get that far. Since I have been so successful with diet and exercise I plan to wait to have surgery. I already have till November to wait to meet my insurances requirements. This should give me able time to prove to my self that I can do this without surgical intervention. That being said if I fail and fall of this wagon I plan to proceed with the surgery. Statistics are not in my favor. You can check these numbers if you wish, but 95% of people who have been over weight there whole lives will never lose the weight and keep it off with out surgery. I will do everything I can to be in that 5% who is able to make the changes on there own. I ask for your thoughts and consideration. Encouragement is always welcome so feel free to comment or email me at thindandfree.info@gmail.com

-Dan