Diet Brain Is Real and It Is Not Pretty

This morning I went to grab a can of cat food from the pantry and found that I’d been putting lidded half-empty cans–among other items (a spatula, two forks)–back on the shelf instead of in the fridge. If mold were a salable commodity, I could finance my competition spray tan.

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Handana Review


Maybe it’s just me, but I find running, regardless of climate, to be a damp sport. Which is why I was pretty interested when I came across the Handana. The lovely folks who make this sweet little product were kind enough to send me a tester (in the pic I’m wearing extra-small in red, which fits my child-size hand perfectly.

The Handana is one of those products (like the Furminator and chewing gum) that you don’t necessarily know you need until you learn it exists….

10 Qs with Steve Harvey


Steve Harvey, with his lovely wife, Annie

10 Qs with Steve Harvey

Race Director, Old Goat 50, Nanny Goat, Chimera

Web site: Old Goat Trail Races
Facebook: Steve Harvey

1. What is your running story? (When/who/how did you get started?)

A Convoluted path – I lived on Guam and had celebrated my 29th birthday with a bottle of $250 Cognac, and awoke with the mother of all hangovers.  When I looked out of my apartment window I saw people trying to mark lanes in the high school crushed coral track with a huge rake. Out of curiosity I went over (with a splitting headache) and asked if I could help.  I learned that they were member of the Guam running club and were prepping for a meet.  I suggested they attach the lane rake to my car to speed up the process.  I then became a spectator.  The last event of the day was a mile…  Having been a high school jock, I asked if I could enter.  I was wearing a bathing suit and hauraches. I ran a 6:45 and came in dead last… (I got better.)  I continued running until I returned Stateside… where as a recent divorcee, I took up smoking and strong drink.

Segue ten years, remarried, generally sober, and fifty pounds overweight.  My daughter announced at dinner that daddy was fat “F.A.T. spells fat.” My then wife informed me that there was fifty pounds she didn’t marry and she didn’t want to sleep with.  I started jogging to lose weight and perhaps regain a partner.  When I started running with a friend he suggested we run a marathon together…  I scoffed… but, a few months later my weight was down and speed was up so I entered the Heart of San Diego Marathon.  At twenty miles my friend told me he couldn’t hold the pace and sent me ahead.  I ran a 3:17.  Encouraged, I entered three other marathons.  I broke 3 hours and continued lowering my times (and weight) for two years… I was a respectable street marathoner.  Then one day another friend asked if I wanted to “go long” on a trail.  Without further info I agreed.  My ‘long’ training runs at the time were18 -20 miles on asphalt.  After 13 miles of truck trail I asked Walter “How long is long?”  His response was “42 why?”  I ran the 42 loved every step and wanted more dirt…  Thirty two years later I still want more dirt!

 2. In a given week, how many miles/hours do you run?

50 – 60 optimal…  any more and I ache.

 3. If you could run any race and be guaranteed to finish in the top 5, which would it be?

The next one (really – participating is far more important than placing).

 4. What’s in your race bag (i.e., what items do you consider essential for self-care when running a race)?

Aleve during and a cooler with beer for after.

 5. Do you cross-train? If so, what do you do when you’re not running?

No…  exercycle at a health club.

 6. If you run with music, tell us what’s on your go-to playlist right now.

I sing at the top of my lungs.  People running with ear buds annoy me.

 7. Do you observe a special diet or eat differently when training? Tell us about it.

Vegan with a bacon problem.

 8. Worst running-related injury you’ve had?

Displaced fracture of big toe…  I ignored it and it didn’t heal correctly.  My speed never returned.

9. Running moment you’re most proud of?

Proposing to Annie during Western States 100.

 10. Please share your best piece of running wisdom/advice:

Don’t stop.   DFL is better than DNF which is better than DNS.

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10 Q Project

If you’ve been running and racing for any period of time, you probably have a hero or two in the community. A runner you admire for their speed or endurance or sheer tenacity. I’ve reached out to several runners who fit this category–superstars, badasses, all-around athletes, and some very interesting people. I sent these folks a list of 10 questions, and they have been kind enough to send me answers, which I will feature here.

I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know more about these amazing runners as much as I do.

PS…If you have a star runner you’ve always wanted to know more about, leave his or her name in a comment and I’ll send a questionnaire their way.

If you like beer and want to know more about some of your favorite craft beer brewers/brewmasters, check out the 10 Q Project posts on my beer blog,


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