Saturday, April 4, 2009


Imagine running through icy winds in a down pour with a chest cold and you will get the picture of how yesterday's long run went. It wasn't fun and I didn't go as far as I had hoped to. We'll leave it at that.

I'm discouraged about this weeks training, it has been very poor because I've been sick. Better now than on race weekend in May. I am trying to tell myself that a week of low mileage and slow running will leave me well rested and fresh jumping into next week's training.

I'm not a big believer in vitamins and supplements. I feel a person should be able to meet all their nutritional needs through a good diet. Most Americans take in much more vitamins and minerals than their bodies need. What the body can't use, it doesn't absorb. Studies have shown that Americans have the most expensive crap in the world (the studies put it more delicately). So I try not to play the supplement game. I can't afford to throw 100's of dollars in the toilet each month.

Having said that, I am going to jump on the American Supplement Bandwagon today. I'll pick up some sort of multivitamin at the pharmacy. I have been sick too much in the past month!


  1. Hope you're feeling better soon. You'll be at 'em again soon, I'm sure.

  2. Hi Laurel,
    I agree totally with you on the (lack of) need for supplements if you are eating well. But, a basic multivitamin certainly can't hurt. You're job probably makes it more likely that you'll pick up these colds, etc. so just try not to get too down on the rough week. You still got some good time on your feet in this week and you'll bounce back.
    - paul

  3. Picked up some multivits today and already choked the first one down.

  4. I think there is a balance needed for the human body and with todays processed foods we do need to be sure we have nutrients and vitimans we need on a daily bassis.

    There are somany different views on what foods we require and how much of it we receive from our foods......who knows what we are eating?

    If your inune system is low enough to let a sickness take over , then you need to re-evalate what you are taking in.