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Antioxidants and endurance

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Lately I have discovered the magical properties of blueberries and grapes (specifically concord grapes for me).  Sure I heard they were helpful to endurance athletes, but I never suspected they would be so darned powerful against lactic acid and joint inflammation.

As an example:
This past weekend I ran a 9 mile Saturday and followed that with a 17 mile Sunday. On Saturday I was felling pretty sore after the run and was really wondering if I would be OK for Sundays long run. However I ate about a cup of blueberries and literally felt the pain melt away over a few hours. (I also iced my knees, which is a usual ritual in the evenings as I watch a bit of TV.)

Sunday morning came and I was full of energy and completely pain free prior to the run. The 17 miles passed without any issues, and I was a bit stiff afterwards. I cleaned up and fuelled as normal. (Gatorade, protein shake, water, veggie soup) But I followed the meal with a cup of blueberries, and sure enough the pain melted away just as it had the day before.  By the early evening hours it was as if I had not ran a long run at all that day.

I experienced the same results earlier in the week with concord grapes.

Oh, and by the way…the seeds are very healthy and should also be eaten.  Crunch, crunch!Adam closing

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An awesome way to track nutrients

I have been using Cron-O-Meter as a desktop application for some time to keep tabs on my daily intake of calories and nutrients.  As an application developer I often get so busy during the day that I forget to eat, so this helps me stay on track and ensure I get the proper amount of nutrients to workout and run the way I do.  I really like the desktop application, but often wondered why it was not online and even thought of building an online version of my own.

The other day while starting the application I was prompted that a new version was available for download, so I went to the site and learned that the application I loved is now available online at www.cronometer.com.  I immediately created an account and found that the online application is much more functional than the desktop version.  There are more stats, better use of historical data, and it is also much easier to use.

Please check it out.  Many people I talk to complain because they cannot lose weight, even though they work out regularly, while some others have trouble gaining or maintaining weight like myself.  I always point them to the application so they can track their nutrition for a few days.  Many are surprised at the results.  If something is not tracked, we often do not realize what our intake actually is.

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Track and maintain nutrition for endurance

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Lately I have read a few blog posts and talked to some friends who are having either nutrition or diet questions.  So I have decided to write a quick post to share what I have learned over the past year and a half.  This past year and a half I have been working out regularly and have also taken up long distance running as a hobby.  Normally I do not have too much difficulty with my weight as long as I eat regularly, but when I train heavily it does makes it hard to maintain. (Many people have trouble losing weight, I have trouble gaining weight or keeping it up because I am so active.)  I need to keep close tabs of my caloric intake as well as making sure that I have a balance diet in the process.