My name is Nick, I am a Wisconsin dad who loves all things fitness, diving, and food! Persistent Resilience is a log of the fun and craziness that is my life. I am passionate about running, I love to see how far I can push myself, and my favorite runs are off-road. Currently I am trying to add to my ultra-marathon experience. If you have any questions about how/why I run or eat the way that I do please do not hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment, via facebook, or by email at Thanks for Visiting

22 December 2012

November 2012 - Training Recap

November Training Recap

You will notice in this month that my total mileage climbed a bit from October and September.  I started to feel like moving a bit.  However the movement I sought was more along the lines of going straight up.  I had zero interest in speed or distance, I just wanted to climb.  So I did, I managed to gain 12,000 ft in elevation over 15 miles all done at 15%+ grade, not bad for WI. Other than just feeling like it, another reason I went down this road, or up, was that I really wanted to focus on building some of the muscular strength I had lost during the racing season.  Well let me tell you 15% grade will build strength quickly, or was it slow!  Either way I plan on focusing on building strength till training begin by running intervals and climbing!  Coming up I will write a post about recovery, taking a break, and the importance of building functional running strength in the off season.  Also stay tuned for a post related to my diet, VESPA,  and some of the things I changed this year to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency, to enhance race day performance and recovery!

What I visualized while climbing in WI! Man I miss CO!


Run     95 miles    14:40:00   12,000ft Gain (15miles)
Swim   11.7 miles
Bike     87.5 miles

10 December 2012

October 2012 Training Recap

OCTOBER Training Recap

The first thing you will notice about the month is the continued decrease in running millage coupled with an increase in bike and swim volume.  I continued to rest and recover both mentally and physically from my racing season.  Honestly I did not have the desire to run at all.  I managed to go for a few long, hilly, hikes which created some “running” mileage.  I did manage to maintain my overall aerobic capacity by going for several long (3hr+) bike rides.  I also began to increase the amount of time I spent in the gym weight lifting.  I noticed as the race season progressed I lost general muscle strength, which led to some running form issues towards the end of my last races.  I spent some time working with my PT Chris at Froedtert Sports Medicine to correct some of my mechanic issues as well as build stabilizing strength in my legs.  Coming up I will write a post about recovery, taking a break, and the importance of building strength in the off season.  Also stay tuned for a post related to my diet, VESPA,  and some of the things I changed this year to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency, to enhance race day performance and recovery!

2nd Favorite Recovery Tool, Bianchi Cross Concept


Run     36.6 miles        4:45:00
Swim   14.1 miles
Bike     164  miles

08 December 2012

Recipe - Healthy Dark Chocolate Maple Almond Fudge

Dark Chocolate Maple Almond Fudge

§                     6oz      Dark Chocolate
§                     1c        Raw Almond Butter
§                     2tbsp   Organic Pure Maple Syrup
§                     2tbsp   Organic Coconut Oil
§                     1 tbsp Vanilla
In a microwave safe bowl combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.  Microwave till soft and easily stirred.  Place the dark chocolate in a separate bowl and warm to melt, stir frequently to avoid burning the chocolate.   Add the chocolate to the first bowl and thoroughly mix.  Spread the mixture into a parchment paper lined dish and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours to set.  Remove the fudge and bring back to room temperature to cut and serve.

Nutritional Information
36 Pieces

Calories           100
Fat                   6g
Sat Fat             2g
Carbs               5g
Fiber                1g
Sugar               4g
Sodium            4mg
Protein             1.5g

Kid tested and approved, enjoy this healthy alternative to normal store bought fudge that takes only minutes to make! As a side note if you wish to cut smaller pieces the caloric as well as the nutrient content will shrink accordingly!

06 October 2012

September 2012 Training Recap

SEPTEMBER Training Recap

The first thing you will notice about the month is the severe drop in running millage coupled with an in crease in bike and swim volume.  I competed in The North Face Endurance Challenge (Madison) 50K in September and this was the last race of my ultra season.  I had run on the course several times during the month of August so I knew what to expect.  Unexpected, however, was my inability to walk with out crushing pain in my right knee 7 days prior to the race.  After several chriporactic appointments, ART sessions, a lot of time on the roller, and very little in the way of movement, I managed to show up for the race with the ability to walk and hopefully run pain free.  I raced conservatively and still managed to finish in the top 15 (12), with a 50k PR.  After the race I called it a season. Stay tuned for a post related to my diet, VESPA,  and some of the things I changed to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency, to enhance race day performance and recovery!


Run     47.1 miles        7:31:19
Swim   10.8 miles
Bike     154  miles

Race Result
50K (31miles) 4:35:51
12th Male 13th Overall
9th AG (26-35)

Dean Karnazes and I

05 October 2012

Breaking knees and PR's - 2012 North Face Endurance Challenge 50K Race Report

Ouch!!.... Followed closely by OH NO!!!!...  These were the first two phrases that popped into my head when, 9 days before The North Face Trail 50K, I attempted to walk across a grocery store parking lot only to be stopped short by an excruciating pain encompassing my entire right knee.  Now I have battled on and off with a tight IT band but this was not even close.  While IT issues are more localized to certain areas of the knee, the pain that I currently felt was like something had exploded inside my knee cap.  I decided right there, ha my knee decided, that I would not run another step till race day.  So it was time to reacquaint myself with interval session on the bike and ladder sprints in the pool.  I usually swim, bike, and lift weights while running, but for the next 10 days these would become my focus.  I also made an appointment with my Chiropractor Dr Charles “Buck” Blodgett.  It took him 5 whole seconds to deduce that my tibia and femur were no longer aligned and my knee was rotated, YIKES!  Well he adjusted me and I swam and biked away my frustration.
Sunrise mist (Photo from TNFEC)
Race day started out like always; up early, eating while getting ready so your body doesn’t realize you are filling it with food at 3:30am, and driving to the race.  The morning air was a bit chilly, so I chose to wear arm warmers.  The great thing about arm warmers is that once the day heats up you can roll them down and they are great for wiping sweat out of your eyes. Well the call to get ready came, everyone left the comfort of the heaters, lined up, and off we went.  Due to the knee issues I decided I would hang just off the front and take it easy through the first 10 miles.  The first 10 miles run through the Scuppernong Ski trails and a northern section of the horse trails, and are hilly.  While not long hills they are steep and relentless.  They were also made all the more beautiful by the fog which had settled due to the cool temps.  My plan was to make it through this section in the top 20 then see how my knee was holding and begin to pick up the pace.  I ran this first section with several guys from my trail running group, The Lapham Peak Trail Runners.  We were running a comfortable pace and the conversation was flowing just as easily.

The next 10 mile or so section is on the Ice Age Trail, which has some small hills, but is mostly fast and non-technical.  I decided here, since my knee was holding, that I needed to pick it up.  I settled into a pretty fast pace and began to reel in both people and the trail.  Throughout the race I was blown away by the number of aid station staff and road guards from the LPTR group, it was a huge boost to see so many friendly faces while pushing hard.  I road this wave of energy to the final turn onto the horse trail.

The horse trail is soft sand which you can not avoid, even if you run off trail.  Soft sand is not something you want to face at the end of a race.  But I decided to turn on the tunes and maintain the best running pace I could.  I was still moving pretty quickly up the hills, just not as fast over the sandy flats.  I managed to reel in several more people.  I started to cramp a little in the final 2 miles.  Up the last big climb I went and then I let gravity do its thing on the other side.  I made it to the final .8 mile section of road before being seized by full cramps.  I managed to run through the finish and hold off a hard charging Adam.

I was extremely happy with my results at this race.  I managed to run a 4:35 (results) for 12th (13th overall, yes I got chicked), set a PR, and had zero knee issues the entire race.  Sometimes I guess you just need to go for a really long run.  My nutrition was spot on and powered by VESPA, stay tuned I plan on detailing what I eat before a race and how I fuel in a future post.  The course is very beautiful, the volunteers are spectacular, and the event itself is well put together.  If you are looking for a fun and somewhat faster course then I would highly recommend this race.  At the end of the race I had the pleasure of hanging out with the winner of the 50 Mile, and new course record holder, Ian Sharman as well as the third place finisher Eric Senseman.  Both Ian and Eric ran amazing races and were great people to end the day with.  I also got a consolation picture with Dean Karnazes for getting “chicked”.

Dean Karnazes and I

50 Mile Podium
L-R Eric Senseman, Mike Bialick, Ian Sharman

My Cheerleaders
Race Result
50K (31miles) 4:35:51
12th Male 13th Overall
9th AG (26-35)

Gear Used
Shoes - Hoka One One Stinson Evo B (
Socks - Drymax Trailrunning (Performance Running Outfitters)
Calf Sleeves - CEP (Performance Running Outfitters)
Shorts - Salomon Exo S-Lab II (
Jersey - Sugoi Team Jersey (Performance Running Outfitters)
Hat - Headsweat (
Bottle - Ultimate Direction Access (Performance Running Outfitters)
Arm Warmers - The North Face (Performance Running Outfitters)

20 September 2012

AUGUST 2012 Training Recap

AUGUST Training Recap

This month I focused on building speed into my training as well as consistently running back to back long runs, for the upcoming North Face 50K in Sep.  I began the month by shifting my first two runs of the week to be a sub race pace tempo run and an interval workout.  I was running my tempo runs near a 7:00 pace, and the 800 intervals were being run near a 2:40 pace.  These runs were completed Monday and Wednesday.  On Tuesday I was swimming an interval set in the AM and biking hills in the pm.  On Thursday I would do a tempo swim for 1.5 miles.  Then on Friday I was doing a 3 hour long run a little above 50K pace, and then on Saturday AM I would run for 1-2 hours easy.  This training schedule seemed to allow me to get in quality work and some distance as well. 

At the end of the month one of the members of my trail running group, Lapham Peak Trail Runners, celebrated his 50th birthday by running a 50K fat ass, at Lapham Peak State park.  He consistently podiums in ultras so, as a test, I decided to run with him.  I was planning on running 3 of the 5 loops about 17.5 miles.  I did this, but near the end of the run my right knee really started to hurt.  The pain did not go away with ice or rest in the following few days, so I made an appointment for some chiropractic and ART (Active release Therapy) work.  The ART was good, but as usual the chiropractor worked his magic and within a few days the pain was receding. 

During my long runs I was really able to dial in my use of VESPA and race nutrition, to the point where I would take 1 VESPA JR 45 min before the run and another at the 2 hour mark, and only take 1 or 2 gels for the entire run.  I feel as ready for this 50K as I can with the fact that I could not descend stairs a few days before.  Stay tuned for a post related to my diet, VESPA, and some of the things I changed to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency, to enhance race day performance and recovery!  Also for the race report from The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K.


Run     182.9 miles      27:14:01 hours
Swim   11 miles
Bike     77 miles

2012 Dances With Dirt Trail 1/2 Marathon Race Report

This was a race I had been looking forward to for the last 12 months.  I ran the ½ marathon last year as a fun run coming back from two injuries.  With a time of 2:30ish last year I knew had a serious ax to grind with this race.  The Dances with Dirt Devils Lake course is described as being tough with some crazy stupid sections thrown in.  It resembles a Q with a 3 mile single track, followed by a 7 mile loop, and finishing with the same 3 miles.  What makes the course so awesome is that the first 3 miles are all climbing.  Odd for Wisconsin you say, well not when you consider the western half of WI is filled with bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River or other large lakes, such as Devil’s Lake.  Once you complete the first 3 miles of climbing you enter the looped 7 miles of the course, there is a little more climbing in the first mile, then some actual scrambling up the side of a bluff, to get to the top for the amazing views.  This is followed by a gradual descent back to the original 3 miles.  This final 3 miles is now a screaming fast plunge filled with rocks and roots, buckle up because it’s a fun ride down.

I rode to this race with another Zach, this time Zach Otto, not Zach Bitter.  We got there a bit early to meet his brother in law Mark, who had flown in from Oregon to check out what Wisconsinites call crazy trails.  While he was regaling us with stories of running with Hal Koerner and Jenn Shelton (she chicked him in his last marathon), I saw my friend Dave.  Now Dave was supposed to be running the 50K, but he had separated his shoulder 4 days before, so following his doctor’s advice that he rest and not run the 50K he was running the ½, sounds acceptable to me.  I decided I was going to try and perfect racing with VESPA during this race.  After eating a breakfast of moderate protein, high fat, and a little carbs (fruit), I drank nothing but water for 3 hours prior to the start of the race.  45 minutes before the gun I took a VESPA JR and 1 S Cap.  I stuck a gel in my shorts and 1 in my handheld as backup. 

Pretty soon it was go time, we lined up, and I took a spot a little off the front. Mark however took a spot right on the line guess that’s what running with Jenn will do for your confidence.  Off I went with the front 30-40 people, there were over 300 in the race, so I could get onto the single track climb with out a ton of walkers in front of me.  Well that was the plan, but that pace at which the group was running was way faster than this ultra runner is used to 1 mile into a race.  But we hit the single track and I started to climb.  Still going at a ridiculous pace, because I was leading my little train, I actually began to pass people a little over 1 mile into the climb.  This went on for the rest of the way to the loop.  Once we hit the loop I fell in behind two College CC runners and realized, to their horror as well as mine, the loop was reversed this year so instead of a 2 mile climb and 5 mile gradual decent we would be climbing for the next 5 miles.  Holy cow time to pack a lunch this just got fun!  Well I pushed through the climb, managing to only body surf the trail once.  Once we hit the bluff and its grand vista, I slowed my pace so I could enjoy the view without falling off the edge.  To my surprise there was the individual I thought was leading the race performing yoga poses out on a rock, guess the view was too much for him!  On with racing, a quick scramble on all fours down the bluff and I was back at the 3 mile monster decent.  Yee haw time to let my HOKA’s fly, and fly they did.  I managed to pass no less than 8 people in the first mile.  I came screaming down the hill to the finish with a sub 2 hour time.  Shortly after crossing the finish line I was told I placed in my age group, guess getting older has its benefits.  For my award I got a sweet mini, indestructible, flashlight, and as much craft beer from the tappers as I could drink.  I settled in and eagerly awaited the finish of all of my friends and fellow Lapham Peak Trail Runners who were attempting all of the distances. 

My testing of VESPA was awesome I took only 1 VESPA, water, 1 S cap and 2 gels over the 1:50 it took me to finish.  My energy never waivered, even though I was way above threshold for most of the race.  My energy levels combined with my HOKA’s ability to absorb the punishing descents allowed me to fly past my competition in the final miles. The RD’s promised that the course would be tougher and it was.  I would highly recommend this race series to anyone!  The course is tough, they have multiple distance options, the views are awe inspiring, competition fierce, you can camp at the start finish, and the after party is conducted in true UTLRA fashion.

Tom Schiessl, Me, and Melinda Pedersen at the finish, up next where's the beer!
 Thanks as always to my sponsors Performance Running Outfitters and VESPA you make exceeding racing potential a pure joy!

Gear Used
Shirt - Sugoi PRO Race Team Jersey - Performance Running Ooutfitters PRO
Shorts - The North Face Better than Naked Split - PRO
Shoes - Hoka One One Stinson Evo B Trail -
Calf Sleeves - CEP - PRO
Handheld Nathan bottle - PRO
Suceed Caps - PRO
Gels - PRO

20 August 2012

July 2012 - Training Recap

JULY Training Recap

This month I had a trail ½ marathon race to compete in.  I had run the Dances with Dirt at Devils Lake in 2011, as a training run and I had an idea to actually race it this year.  Well the recovery running carried over from June into July so in an attempt to get ready for racing, I spent my runs power hiking the tower hill trail at Lapham Peak and running down as fast as possible.  During the race I could tell how my lack of fast run training had affected my performance, I was able to only really run 50% of the up hills while I power hiked the other 50%.  This was a real problem as they reversed the course direction this year, so the amount of climbing doubled.  Luckily with the downhill practice I had I was able to smash the downs and catch a lot of individuals who passed me on the ups.  This was the second race I have worn my Hoka Stinson Evo B’s and they performed brilliantly.  It was also the third race I used VESPA to enhance my ability to utilize fat as a fuel and again I set a PR and grabbed a podium spot in my age group.  Stay tuned for a post related to my diet, VESPA,  and some of the things I changed to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency, to enhance race day performance and recovery!

DWD 2012 Finish
(L-R Tom Schiessl, Nick Wied, Melinda Pedersen)


Run     133.3   19:25:42
Swim   7.4
Bike     63.3

Race Results
Dances With Dirt-Devils Lake Trail ½ Marathon
1:55:04  34/495 Overall 4/41 Age Group (30-34)

17 July 2012

June 2012 Training Recap

JUNE Training Recap

This was a different month; it was time for recovery from my A race, the Ice Age Trail 50 mile, in May.  I shortened this recovery by jumping into the Kettle 100 Mile Trail Endurance Run by pacing Logan Polfuss in his attempt at completing the run.  Initially I had considered entering the night fun run (38 miles), which is part of the Kettle course; physically I was fine I did not however feel mentally recovered from Ice Age so I was not really mentally ready for racing an ultra distance.  Anyone who participates in endurance sports knows that the mental aspect of racing is just as important as the physical.  If you compare my May training run totals to June you will see that even though I ran less volume (miles) I spent more time on my feet, the reason for this was that instead of running I took two weeks and went hiking just spending time on the trails reconnecting with nature.  I also spent more time biking.  I am a big believer in rest both physically and mentally and will write abut this in the future!  Also Stay tuned for a post related to my diet and some of the things I changed to include more fat and eliminate carbs, to increase my fat burning efficiency!


Run     126.7   23:45:02
Swim   6.1
Bike     126

Race Results
Kettle 100 Mile Trail Endurance Run
(Paced) Logan Polfuss – 26:46:05 (54/118)

29 June 2012

Gear Review - Mizuno Wave Ronin 4

Recently I was contacted by the Mizuno rep, Matthew Baum, here in the Chicago region to participate in a new running program they started called the Mezamashii Running Project.  A quick explanation of the project is that Mizuno was looking for a way to test their current shoes, future models, and spread the passion of running.  As a part of the Mezamashii project I was allowed to choose a pair of Mizuno’s to run in.  I chose the Mizuno Wave Ronin 4, what follows is my review of the Ronin 4, as well as the schedule for the Summer Sizzler Mizuno 5K events where you can try current and future models.  The first race is June 28 and there will be 3 more, please see the end of this review for the details!

Mizuno Wave Ronin 4

The Mizuno Wave Ronin 4 is Mizuno's neutral racing flat (they also offer the ultralight 3.9oz Wave Universe 4, but the Ronin is their more versatile neutral flat). The Ronin weighs in at 7.0oz for a men's size 9 and 6.0oz for a women's size 8. It has a stack height of 25/15, giving it a drop of 10mm. Running Warehouse describes the Ronin as such:

The Wave Ronin 4 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe deigned for speedwork or racing. It is built with a semi-curved shape.
  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride.
  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full length midsole copolymer material for a lighter, more resilient ride.
  • Smooth Ride is a gender specific network of grooves that minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot to create a smooth heel to toe ride.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Standard Sockliner provides underfoot comfort.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • Flex Controllers placed in high flex areas on the outsole act as miniature wave plates for increased flexibility and reduced weight.
  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.
  • G3 Sole is a lightweight rubber dot pattern in the forefoot for increased grip and flexibility.

The Ronin is a highly responsive shoe with very firm cushioning. The Wave plate is pretty shallow, and seems to do more with aiding the transition onto your toes, if you heel strike, than providing much in the way of cushion. There's not a lot of forgiveness, but I don't expect much forgiveness in a racing flat.  In general, if someone wants a lightweight shoe to race in with some forgiveness, I'd recommend they try a performance trainer. This very minimal firm cushioning makes the Ronin feels fast as there is no extra cushioning to slow you down. You get a fair amount of ground feel if that concerns you.

The ride of the Ronin is super smooth. This holds true whether you're forefoot striking or midfoot striking.  Probably not forgiving enough for a heavy heel striker, but it's a racing flat, so I kind of doubt you're going to be smacking the ground hard if you're running fast enough to warrant a racing flat. The transition is fast and smooth, this means that you probably don't want to just jump into wearing the Ronin unless you want your calves to hurt, or you already run in low drop shoes. Make sure you wear them for some speed work before you decide to race in them. Additionally, they're a very light shoe, which aids in their feeling fast.

The Ronin has a pretty good amount of flexibility to it, as you'd expect from a shoe with a thin midsole, but its forefoot is still stiff enough that it makes for a fast toe-off. That probably sounds like I'm contradicting myself, but it's almost like the shoe flexes, and then quickly snaps back for toe-off, which definitely helps the shoe to feel fast. Interestingly, the most anterior flex groove (which is positioned where your toes flex) is very flexible, but the flex groove further back in the midfoot has Mizuno's Flex Controllers over it, and it doesn't really flex there. Instead, it flexes just behind the Flex Controllers. This characteristic didn't really impact the ride of the shoe at all.  Lateral flexibility is about what I would expect for a racing flat. Surprisingly, the Wave plate is thin enough that it flexes and doesn't make the Ronin a lateral board,

The Ronin has a fairly firm heel counter that provides a small amount of rear foot support. Other than the heel counter, there's not a lot of support to the Ronin. There's a little bit of arch support, but nothing significant at all. The Wave plate provides a little bit of structure, but since it's flexible, you're not getting much there either. However, since it is built off a firm base, it also shouldn't exaggerate any existing over pronation as the Ronin is built off of a semi-curved last. This is definitely a shoe for the neutral, biomechanically efficient runner, though the fact that the last is semi-curved rather than extremely curved may make it appropriate for the very mild over pronator for short races.

The upper of the Ronin is minimal. It breathes well, and the fit is sock-like. The fit through the midfoot is great, and the toe box is average.  As a forefoot/midfoot striker my toes splay out and there were 1 or 2 spots where the tongue rubbed across the tops of my toes. It's very comfortable sockless when walking.  The tongue is a little weird and I have to play around with it to get it centered right, but once I get it adjusted, it's comfortable and padded enough that the laces don't dig into my instep.
Regarding durability the Ronin uses the same hard carbon in the sole that several racing flats use, so I would assume the outsole will last for a while, and there's not much cushioning to compress and degrade. However, they are still a racing flat with a very minimal and light upper, and often times the uppers on my racing flats do not last quite as many miles.

Other things to note: there is a shallow groove in the heel of the sole that rocks, snow and mud will get lodged in, but it's not nearly as deep as the groove on other Mizuno models, and I've only had it happen once or twice.

The Ronin is a solid racing flat that I would not hesitate to wear for any road race distance up to 50K, and even well groomed trail races. It's responsive, smooth, and low-slung, like other racing flats. It's also versatile enough that I've worn it off pavement on well groomed trails. I would recommend it for the neutral, biomechanically efficient runner looking for a fast-feeling racing flat for speed work and longer races, and perhaps even the slightly less efficient runner who wants a short-distance racing flat.  My only complaint with the shoe is that I'm not a fan of the Mizuno horseshoe shaped heel, because I prefer to run off road and it collects debris.  My current shoes of choice are the New Balance 110 (0-50K trail 4mm drop), Montrail Rogue Racer (any distance road or trail 10mm drop), and Hoka One One Stinson B Evo (Trail or Road any distance 4mm drop).

The Mizuno Wave Ronin 4 retails for $104 and is available at Performance Running Outfitters and on Mizuno's Website. I have found that they run true to size, and I received the same size that I wear in Montrail, New balance, and Hoka.

Full disclosure: I received the Ronin free of charge, as part of the Mizuno Mezamashii Running Project in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and based on my experience, and do not reflect the opinions of Mizuno or anyone else.  They did not request a favorable review nor was one promised.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding this shoe, the Mezamashii Running Project, as well as Summer Sizzler Mizuno 5K run series!

Summer Sizzler Mizuno 5K Series Details:

Thu, June 28, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thu, July 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thu, August 30, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thu, September 27, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Performance Running Outfitters, map)
4401 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood WI 53211

Join Performance Running Outfitters, Mizuno, and Three Lions Pub for our first annual "Summer Sizzler Fun Run Series!" On the last Thursday of each month this summer join us for a 5k fun run through the Shorewood neighborhood. After the run we'll head over to Three Lions Pub for food and beverages. Three Lions Pub will be offering specials on food and beverages that night! Performance Running Outfitters and Mizuno will be offering 10% off specials on all shoes and apparel during Summer Sizzler Fun Run Series nights. On various nights Mizuno will be bringing test shoes to try out during the runs as well! You can also receive: Participants who take part in 2 out of 4 Summer Sizzler Fun Run Series nights will receive a custom Mizuno wicking t-shirt. Run Starts - at 6pm sharp from PRO - Shorewood!
2012 Summer Sizzler Fun Run Series Dates: 6/28, 7/26, 8/30, 9/27 Any questions call 414-332-2786

11 June 2012

Afternoon Post Workout Recovery Meals

I often get asked what I eat following workouts over the lunch hour.  Keeping in mind that what you eat needs to be easy to carry and consume as you will most likely be eating at your desk, I choose the following.  A beet juice recovery drink and a protein enhanced fruit smoothie.  What follows are the recipes for each.

You probably wonder why I choose beet juice over a simple V8, and why I mix it with almond milk.  Beet juice has many benefits and here are few examples which were researched in scientific studies.

1.       Beet juice for lower blood pressure.
Drinking just over two cups of beet juice daily may help keep your blood pressure in check, according to a 2008 study. The study's authors suggest that nitrate—a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables in addition to beets—may be responsible for beet juice's blood-pressure-lowering effects.

2.       Beet juice for better stamina
In a small study published in 2009, scientists discovered that drinking beet juice may boost exercise stamina.
The researchers also observed that study members had lower resting blood pressure after drinking beet juice.

3.       Beet juice to fight inflammation
Beet juice may benefit obese people by curbing inflammation (a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer), according to a study published in 2009. The study also showed that beet juice may fight free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA).

The reason I mix it with almond and coconut milk is to raise the fat content without increasing the carb load in the drink.  I choose a higher fat content and lower carb load is that I have trained my body to utilize fats during exercise, and generally eat a high fat, moderate protein, low carb ketogenic diet. 

The second drink I will consume is a protein enhanced fruit smoothie.  This smoothie contains a mixture of fruit, almond & coconut milk, flax, cinnamon, and protein powder.  I utilize this drink for several reasons.  The first of these is that the protein powder aids quick muscle recovery.  The macronutrients from the fruit also aid in recovery and cell maintenance.  The flax and almond milk contain good fats which help with recovery and appetite satiation.

I hope you enjoy the recipes, as always feel free to comment here or email me at with any questions you may have!

10 June 2012

MAY Training Recap

This was a busy month, it was time for my A race the Ice Age Trail 50 mile!  Due to the race and recovery that followed my total running mileage decreased from April.  You can read about my race in my Ice Age recap.  My training going into Ice Age was consistent, and that coupled with the tweaks I have made to my diet and the use of VESPA allowed me to feel great during the race, PR, and recover by the next day which was a surprise.  Following Ice Age I ran for fun and power hiked some hilly trails.  I also took a much needed mental break from running.  I am a big believer in rest both physically and mentally and will write abut this in the future!

 Run     132.2   20:24:47
Swim   9.3
Bike     60

Ice Age Trail 50 Mile Race
8:34:36 (PB)
46th overall (350), 39th Male, 8th Age

01 June 2012

Recipe - Greek Yogurt, Fruit, & Almond Butter Parfait

Greek Yogurt, Fruit, & Almond Butter Parfait
1 Cup 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
2Tbsp  Almond Butter
1Tsp    Cinnamon
2Tbsp Vanilla
¼ Cup Blueberries
¼ Cup Strawberries
¼ Cup Cranberries
½         Sliced Banana
1Tbsp  Ground Flax

In a bowl combine the yogurt, almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla till mixed well.  Then add the fruit and mix in.  Top with the sliced bananas and ground flax.

Nutritional Info
Calories           498
Fat                   24g
Saturated Fat  5g
Cholesterol      15mg
Salt                  75mg
Potassium        230mg
Carbohydrate  44g
Fiber                10g
Sugar               25g
Protein             34g

Recipe - Beet Juice Recovery Drink

Beet Juice Recovery Drink

2       16oz Cans Beet Slices
1Cup Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk (8oz)
1Cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk (8oz)

In a blender add 1 can of beets, 1 cup of milk, and blend till smooth.  Then repeat.

This will make about 48oz of juice.  Then pour out into 8oz servings.

Nutrition Info
Serving Size    8oz
Calories           43
Fat                   1g
Sodium            328mg
Potassium        246mg
Carbohydrates 6.2g
Fiber                2.5g
Sugar               2g
Protein             1.5g

Recipe - Protein Enhanced Fruit Smoothie

1Cup   Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk (8oz)
1Cup   Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk (8oz)
1Tbsp  Cinnamon
6Tbsp  Ground Flax
½ Cup Strawberries
½ Cup Blueberries
½ Cup Cranberries
1 ½      Bananas Sliced
3 Scoop Whey Protein Powder

In a blender combine the milk, cinnamon, flax, berries, bananas, and blend until smooth.  While blending add in the 3 scoops of protein powder, continue until well mixed.  This will make 3 12oz smoothies.  Separate into 3 containers and refrigerate.

Nutrition Info (12oz)

Calories           298
Fat                   8g
Sat Fat             2g
Cholesterol      35mg
Salt                  175mg
Potassium        126mg
Carbohydrates 38g
Fiber                8g
Sugar               30g
Protein             24g