Monday Smarticles

Hello friends!

I do a lot of reading articles on science, because I’m one of those people who enjoys that. You know what that means? I’m introducing a new series on my blog called Monday Smarticles. On Mondays, I’ll post a list of interesting articles I found having to do with running and nutrition (generally), with a little blurb about them.

But first, an update on life!

I’m back at school now, and it’s booooring. But, I only have 18 days until I go home again! I have a lot of work to do, but remember that essay that I didn’t do before break? Apparently, half of my class didn’t do it either, SO we all have a one week extension. Wahoo! It’s mostly done now, but it’s a huge relief to see I’m not the only lazy one. πŸ™‚

I can’t believe the year is almost over! I only have two more weeks of class, and then finals. I only have one final, but I have two papers and a presentation due during finals week. BLAH. Dislike. Before then, I have one paper to finish, one paper to rewrite, a sample quiz in mineralogy, a lab practical, and two other presentations. It’s ridiculous. I’m going to try to post as much as I can, but forgive me if I chose to sleep!!

Today, I had a really great workout. I did HIIT seriously for the first time, and got in about 2 miles of it as a part of my normal workout.It was great! I felt sooo tired afterwards, and much more fulfilled and satisfied with my workout than I do normally. Wahoo!

Here’s a random picture of my outfit for today:

Dunno why this is necessary.. But I'm getting less awkward!!

And.. Smarticles time!

1. Carbs are important. Get them in. I am notorious for not getting enough carbs because I can’t eat gluten and most dairy, which are typical carb sources. It can really hinder your performance mentally and physically! Here’s an article on the importance of carbs. A thing that shocked me in this article? We need 130g of carbs per day for proper brain function, but some low carb diets advocated as little as 20g/day. Wtf? WRONG.

2. Some support for barefoot running. I know some people are against it, but I personally am an advocate of barefoot running. While I do many of my miles in my “minimalist” Kinvara 2’s, I do like to run in my Vibrams. I ran in them exclusively over the summer and most of the fall, and they really strengthened my feet. In laboratory tests, it was shown that there was a 4% save in energy expenditure while running barefoot, meaning it’s more efficient. Also, generally barefoot runners seem to get injured less. Who knows? It works for me. Here’s the article.

3. Why coffee is good for you. Well. Maybe not. BUT, apparently it isn’t as horrible as my grandma would like me to think it is. YES, I am in love with coffee. NO, I will not stop drinking it. Why? Because according to this article, it increases alertness and may put me at less risk for depression, suicide, and liver disease. BOOYA.

Okay! So those are my first smarticles. It’s not a long list.. But I wouldn’t want to run out of smarticles, would I? Nope! So, I’ll see you guys soonish! I hope you had a great Monday! Also, thanks so much for the support on my last post! You guys are great. πŸ™‚

How’s your Monday? Do you like to nerd out and read scientific related articles?





11 thoughts on “Monday Smarticles

  1. Yay for a great workout and 18 days left! Finals are gonna kill me these next two weeks eww haha
    That carb article is so interesting! I can’t even begin to imagine functioning on 20 grams a day, yikes!

  2. I thought I was the only one! I looooove reading science articles, they’re super fascinating. And also πŸ˜€ Great job on the workout too! And yep, the year flew by super fast.

    Carbs are super important, especially if you’re an athlete. Low-carb diets are total madness. And barefoot running is awesome; I’m still transitioning, doing 10 minute barefoot cooldowns, but I can already feel my calves (particularly my achilles) getting stronger.

  3. I love reading scientific articles and books related to exercise and what not. I still haven’t delved much into the barefoot running thing. I’d like to try it, but I have orthotics and they don’t really go hand in hand. It’s something I’d like to look into though!

    • BAMF workout! love your shirt too, its super cute.

      ANd omg three cheers for being a nerd!!!! I was a biology major in college, and um, yes, I do read textbooks and journal articles just for funsies. And of course if you show me anything about anatomy, exercise, running, and nutrition I will devour it!

      Barefoot running is interesting….first I’d just like to run again before I try it though haha. And any study that says coffee is good for you is a huge winner in my book! πŸ˜€

      • Thanks girl! Ahhh, I love reading textbooks for fun. I actually bought a “recommended” text book for fun which I read on my own, and it turns out we’ll be using it in a class I have next semester. So I’m already ahead!

    • Maybe trying to do cooldowns in them? Or on grass? I’ve heard magic stories from people about how much better it made their seriously problemed feet! Not that you have that.. But it might help if you have any problems! πŸ™‚

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