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About Me

I'm a twenty-something full-time writer living in Georgia, Seattle Florida (as of 2014!) with my wonderful husband Tim, and our two (now three!)lovely cats. In 2011, we moved from Hong Kong where both of our families still live. We recently fulfilled our dream of building our very own home on a beautiful piece of land in Georgia. We then tried out the Pacific Northwest for six months and ended up in Central Florida in a mid-century home that we restored.

I want to blog about the things that interest me most--running, cooking, and eating. Nutrition is very important to me and I love to find ways to make foods just a little bit healthier, without sacrificing taste.  In 2012 I was diagnosed with amebic dysentery, which caused allergies to both gluten and soy. I now have to completely abstain from both, although I hope that eventually I can reincorporate them into my diet. (2014 update! I'm back on the wheat wagon, baby! Although I still eat minimal amounts.)

I have competed in some trail running races with my husband while we lived in Hong Kong, and now I'm getting into the swing of long distance running here in the Georgia/Tennessee area. I have run two marathons, one 50k and several shorter distances over the past couple of years, and I want to keep pushing my limits and see just how far and fast my body is capable of taking me. Here in Florida, I'm rediscovering the beauty of air conditioning and limiting my summer runs to a few miles at a time.

I love reading all of your blogs and peeking into your lives and workouts---and I hope you enjoy mine too!

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Are You a Salty Sweater? The Truth About Sodium and Running

Before I started running regularly, I did my best to avoid salt. After all, if you want to lose weight you're supposed to reduce sodium, right? Here's what the American Federal Government's recommendations for sodium intake (as of January 2011)

-if you're 51+ years old, black, have hypertension, kidney disease or diabetes, you get 1,500 mg. each day
-if you're a healthy adult, you get 2,300 mg. per day. A teaspoon. 

Now most of the time, I don't have an issue with this. Salt isn't used too much in my cooking, and I avoid a lot of common processed foods filled with sodium. When I do indulge in a salty meal, usually from a restaurant, I get the associated water weight gain and bloating. So I'm happy to stick to my meeting my 2,300 mg. requirements each day.

And then...summer arrives. If you're running in high humidity, you sweat. A lot. It's not pretty, and you're draining your body of electrolytes like sodium. On my long runs, I take precauti…

DIY Treadmill Desk

Working from home has its perks. Sure, my social interaction skills are deteriorating rapidly and casual dress Fridays now include those old ratty boxers and that one race shirt with the hole, but I also get to enjoy things like eating lunch at 10:30 because I feel like it and deciding where I want to work. Like on the treadmill.

Between working at my desk all day, using my computer for fun and then sitting on the couch watching television most nights for an hour or two, it's safe to say I sit on my ass a lot. And yep, that's not so great for you. Even though I work out 6 days a week, I hate that I spend easily 75% of my waking hours sitting.

On a whim, I asked Tim if he could build me a treadmill desk. I've seen these massive contraptions to make treadmill desks, but they basically transform it into a full-time desk, and I still want to use my treadmill for running (sans desk) as well. Magic carpenter man took a few measurements and brought me in a prototype by lunchtime.…

I Wanna Play! My 7 Links

I've been loving the "7 Links" Posts circulating the blogging world lately, so when I was tagged by Holly at Rust Belt Runner I couldn't wait to participate. Without further ado, here are my Seven Links...

Most Popular Post: Aside from giveaways (and we know why those are popular), one of my most read and commented on post was about my Weight Loss Journey. It got so much attention, it deserved it's own little tab at the top of my page!

Most Controversial Post: My post Good Person > Good Racer was possibly the most controversial. I talked about my own experience racing with my husband, and whether or not it is racer etiquette (or just plain rude) to pass someone when you planned on running together. Lots of differing options in this area!

Most Helpful Post: One of my earlier posts was titled What's Worth It, and recapped some running extras and whether or not they're beneficial. I go so much great feedback on products like foam rollers, compression sock…