June 1, 2015

Local Man To Donate Profits to College Fund For Young Daughter of Terminally Ill Runner

Reaper--MaleWASHINGTON, D.C. – We all know how easy it is to let fitness slip, especially at a certain age, but the threat of the Grim Reaper can be a strong motivator to stay or get in shape. With the goal of creating a college fund for the now 8-year-old daughter of a terminally ill fellow runner, MakeHimWork t-shirts advocate the importance of sticking to an active and healthy lifestyle to make the Reaper’s job just a little bit harder.

Created by Potomac lawyer turned legal headhunter and longtime runner, David Landau, 60, the shirts depict how close the Grim Reaper is to catching up to each of us. The design promotes the value of exercising and eating right, while also reflecting a sense of humor, as it shows a hardworking runner leaving the Reaper, a representation of mortality, in the dust.

Reaper_Female“I created the MakeHimWork t-shirts for the community of athletes who share my love for fitness and who celebrate life and want to make it last with vitality and meaning for as long as they can,” said Landau. “A healthy lifestyle is essential to achieving happiness. None of us will ever beat the Reaper, but we should all make our best effort to make him work to maintain his undefeated record.”

While Landau’s promotion of good health is certainly commendable, his compassion for—and generosity toward—a fellow runner whom he had never met until a couple of years ago is remarkable. He saw a story in the Wall Street Journal about Iram Leon, a 34-year-old runner with incurable brain cancer—and his then 6-year-old daughter, Kiana. Leon had run a marathon while pushing his only child in a stroller, and ended up winning the race. Landau was so impressed—and inspired—by the story, he reached out to the former juvenile corrections officer from Austin, TX and the two have been close friends ever since. In fact, Leon is expected in the D.C.-area in early June and will be staying at Landau’s home in Potomac.

Reaper_bikerAs a result of Leon’s incredibly positive outlook on life and their newly-formed friendship, Landau made the decision to donate all of the profits from the sale of MakeHimWork’s shirts to a college fund he has created for Kiana. Like Leon, who wears the t-shirt for many of his races, thousands of runners, bicyclists, swimmers and other athletes around the country advocate MakeHimWork’s message and share the belief that being fit is likely to allow them to stay ahead of the Grim Reaper for as long as possible.

Men’s and women’s “MakeHimWork” Dry Fit t-shirts are available online at www.makehimwork.com for $24.95 each. Cost includes shipping & handling.

Alternative to Traditional Chocolate Milk

March 19, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarathon & Beyond welcomes guest blogger, ultrarunner, and Wellness Coach, Sparkle Paterson, to our website. Sparkle offers an interesting alternative to traditional chocolate milk as a recovery drink.

Chocolate milk seems to be a popular recovery drink after a race or a long run. I could never really understand it as I am not a milk drinker, nor do I want artificial flavors and loads of sugar after a workout.

Most of the chocolate milks out there are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, some as high as 33 grams of sugar. In addition, most contain lots of sodium, some as high as 230 grams. That is why I started thinking of different ways to have healthy chocolate milk.

Here is what I came up with. I begin with 1 cup of non-sweetened coconut or almond milk and add 1-2 tablespoons of Dagoba organic cacao powder, a super food with great antioxidants. I then add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds which have fiber, protein, and omega-3, which we all know is a super anti-inflammatory. Sometimes, I like to add some honey which is a slow-burning sugar and is high in vitamin B. For a little extra flavor, you can also include a bit of pure vanilla. And, finally, I top if off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Did you know that just ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol?  Studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. Its noted qualities include anti-clotting, arthritis relief, anti-bacterial, and it is high in sources of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Now that you have all your ingredients, it is best to make your chocolate milk sport drink the night before your long run or race. The chia seeds will expand during the night making it a rich, thick drink. This is one of my favorites, and I make it often.  Don’t be afraid to try some of your own special ingredients such as pure maple syrup instead of honey, or you can even blend in a banana. You will love it, and it is a terrific source of energy before a run or after.

You can read more about Sparkle and get lots of healthy recipes by visiting her website.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 25, 2012

Part of our mission at Marathon & Beyond is to provide practical advice on running or preparing to run marathons and ultradistances. Our readers are healthy and active runners who set an example for both adults and kids. From time to time, we hear of a program that is worth passing along to our readers.

Today, a third of American children are overweight or obese, posing a serious health threat to the future of our kids. This September, in support of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Saucony, Inc., a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel is issuing a national challenge to runners everywhere to help reverse this trend: Download Saucony Run4Good™, the running industry’s first-ever iPhone app dedicated to battling childhood obesity and inspiring people to run. With every mile, runners will be earning money for community youth running programs, putting kids back on the fast track to health.

Five non-profit organizations were recently awarded a grant from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation™. For the next five months, beginning in September, a community mileage challenge will be set, and one of the recent award winners will be profiled. If the community mileage goal is reached during that month, Saucony will double its contribution to the featured organization.

For more information on how the Saucony Run For Good Foundation™ can help local youth communities nationwide, visit www.sauconyrunforgood.com.

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