I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Harold

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Yes, I know, But Does It Matter?

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

This is one of those posts that I wrote back in 2013, that when I re-read it today bothered me a little.


The reason it bothered me was not because it is scary or anything like that, but more that nothing has changed, well not really, if anything, many things have gotten worse.


Yes I know that I should eat right, exercise and train smart, I think we all believe that.

Saying that we should do something is the easy part - saying Yes I know _____ you fill in the blank.

Now the doing part is what makes the difference.

The hard part is knowing what you should do to eat right, exercise and train smart.
Yes I know that the Mediterranean Diet is the proper way to eat
Yes I know that paleo is the proper way to eat
Yes I know that the government's food pyramid is the proper way to eat
Yes I know that gluten is bad for me and I should avoid grain with gluten
Yes I know that white products are bad to eat - salt, sugar, flour, potatoes, rice
Yes I know that fruit contains too much sugar and are bad for me
Yes I know that fruit contains anti-oxidants and are good for me
Yes I know that alcohol is bad for me when I drink the “hard stuff”
Yes I know that alcohol can be good for me when I drink red wine or beer
Yes I know that coffee is bad for me, it is addictive
Yes I know that coffee is good for me, it has anti-oxidant and is a legal performance enhancer
Yes I know that I should eat only organic foods
Yes I know that I organic foods are much more expensive than regular food
Yes I know that I should use supplements to ensure that I get the proper vitamins and minerals
Yes I know that I don’t need supplements if I eat properly
Yes I know that I should eat more “whole” foods
Yes I know that fast food is not a good choice
Yes I know that fast food is convenient
Yes I know that genetically modified food is bad for me
Yes I know that the food industry and the government says that genetically modified food is safe

Yes I know that running is good for me - it helps me lose weight, gives me mental clarity
Yes I know that running is bad for me - it destroys my knees, hips and back
Yes I know that I should cross-train more to promote other muscle development
Yes I know that I should run more - specificity of a sport leads to being better in that sport
Yes I know that I should work on my running form
Yes I know that I changing my running form could lead to other injuries
Yes I know that I should shouldn’t land on my heels when running
Yes I know that many modern running shoes are designed for runner to land on their heels.
Yes I know that I should land on my midfoot or forefoot
Yes I know that it hurts or doesn’t feel right when I land that way
Yes I know that the Pose Method of Running is the correct way to run
Yes I know that Chi Running is the correct way to run
Yes I know that there are multiple other correct ways to run

Yes I know that I have run well in traditional running shoes
Yes I know that I have run well in minimalist running shoes
Yes I know that there are many different styles of running shoes that will work for me
Yes I know that not all running shoes work well for me

Yes I know that I should lift weights
Yes I know that lifting weights can cause injury and I don’t like to do it
Yes I know that Crossfit and HIT are great ways to exercise
Yes I know that Crossfit and HIT can lead to injuries and burn-out over-time
Yes I know that I should run more miles per week
Yes I know that if I run more miles per week, I will be more likely to be injured
Yes I know that I need more structure to my training
Yes I know that I hate to train strictly according to specific plan
Yes I know that I should include drills in my training
Yes I know that drills take time away from actual running

You know something - I know a lot! You know something else I don’t know enough.

Yes I know that unfortunately, much of what I know is also fraught with conflicting information, misinformation and dangerous information.

How to hell does anyone know who or what is right? 

Much less what is right for me!

To be honest I don’t know!

All I can do is look at the different perspectives, approaches, ideologies or whatever whoever is claiming is the latest and greatest. Then I have to make choices based on what I feel is right for me - no one else.

Yes I know that this is a wishy-washy post that doesn’t give any answers.

I did this on purpose to highlight that it seems there are no right or wrong answers when it comes down to eating right, exercising or training. 

So stop judging others on choices they make that are different than the ones you make.

That is all that I do know - for sure!


After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: February 2, 2013

2 comments:

  1. I look at how much has changed about eating since I was a kid hitting teenage years in the 70s ... but ultimately I think that setting aside all of the noise and marketing hype and book-selling nonsense, not as much has changed as it would seem.
    - Eat real food
    - Moderation is key in all things
    - One meal of whatever you choose isn't going to matter that much.
    - What is right for YOUR body is more important than what someone else tells you is 'right for everyone'.

    I look at my wife (she is always my food example) - allergic to apples and nuts, sensitive to all tree fruits, grasses, gluten and lactose ... she has to be very careful about eating. Me? Human garbage disposal - but I also know what gives me energy and what doesn't, so when running I gravitate towards 'good' choices. And ice cream. Always ice cream. What were we walking about again? :)

    Same for running - I recently watched a blogger I follow who got a running training certification suddenly start with pretty much *every* post being 'expert' advice stated as fact. Based on some of her other stuff it wasn't surprising, but still makes me shake my head and chuckle. Fortunately in 'real life' she seems more reasonable, as she is coaching another friend through her first marathon and I think she is doing an awesome job.

    But it is a reminder of how little it takes to be an 'expert' in this area, and how useful THAT advice can be (let's just say I'd rather wipe my butt with the Northern 'Rustic Weave' April Fool's joke toilet paper (http://boingboing.net/2016/04/01/quilted-northerns-nod-to-mak.html) than listen to some of them!

    One thing I do believe - is that people who think that they genuinely know more than anyone else are the least likely to be listening and thereby lose the opportunity to actually learn something! :)

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    1. I think you have hit the keys Mike. Those and a little common sense go a long ways. If someone claims there is only one answer and it is "theirs", whether it is a corporation or individual - I become cynical and then attempt to "follow the money" to see what is going on or at least who is actually attempting to get into my pocket.

      I completely agree with your last statement - if we do not listen, there is very little learning. :-)

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