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Buy Local…Eat Fresh at the SoWa Market

9 May

I first heard of the SoWa market from Bon Me extraordinaire, Patrick Lynch, who sets up shop with his Banh Mi food truck  there every weekend.

I decided to check it out and I was thrilled to find a farmer’s market in Boston that sells high quality, low-cost, and locally grown produce. Aside from the delicious fresh fruits and veggies there’s also local vendors that sell everything from clothing to home made jam. If you haven’t been yet, check it out this Sunday.

Photo Courtesy of the SoWa market website

The market operates May 1, 2011 through October 30, 2011. It’s open every Sunday from 10AM-4PM.

Checkout the SoWa Market website HERE


Hot Wheels

3 May

Bon Me exploded on to the food truck seen after winning Boston’s first Food Truck Challenge during the winter of 2010-2011. I stopped by City Hall Plaza on a sunny Friday afternoon last week and the line for this truck was absurd.  Bon Me serves up toasty Banh Mi sandwiches on a baguette as well as other traditional Vietnamese fare.

Check out my coverage of this new and delicious food truck below. (I dare you not to salivate)

Train for Life with Justin Medeiros

26 Apr

There is much more to staying healthy than simply eating the right foods – exercise is also a crucial part of staying healthy and fit.

Personal trainer Justin Medeiros talks about what he teaches his clients about living a healthy lifestyle.

Fun and Fit Events Springing up in Boston this Season

26 Apr

Trying to stay healthy and fit can be a hassle – but these events can make eating and exercising fun!

Take a look at this time line to see when these events are held.

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Take a look at the map for event locations and places that provide year round services.

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Catching up with Kimberly Goozh

21 Apr


What did Kimberly reach for as soon as she completed the Boston Marathon this Monday? A can of soda of course. She muses, ” It’s weird, I always crave carbonation after a big race,”.
But she’ll be staying away from all of those carbs she tucked into before the marathon. So what will be her first real meal, “anything besides pasta,”.
Kimberly plans on relaxing with hot a hot shower. The hot water helps to relax muscles and prevent against soreness. She also plans on switching up running with swimming and biking in order to give her body a chance to recuperate. 

The 115th Boston Marathon

20 Apr

The Boston Marathon was yesterday. The weather was great and world records were made. But the race wasn’t ideal for everyone.

This year, out of the 24338 runners only 23879 finished the race.
Kim Smith of New Zealand was one of those runners.

Kim led the race for 18 miles, holding a 30 second lead on the female runners for more than half of the race.

But suddenly she experienced a sudden cramp/pain in her right leg and began to stumble. She fell slowly behind and eventually dropped out of the race.

Click image to watch the unfortunate incident

Injuries are very common during and after marathons. Foot blisters, tendinitis, inflammation and wear and tear on tendons in the knee and hip, are all normal injuries associated with distance running.

If they can’t be avoided it is important to treat them properly. Although it may be painful, it is recommended that runners not ignore their symptoms and rest, like Smith, so as not to worsen the injury. After all, long term health is more important than finishing a race.

Here is some information on FREE post-marathon injury clinics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

April 19 and 26, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Athletes should consider coming if they have any pain, swelling or are suffering from blisters, cuts, abrasions and lacerations or from a fall while competing. Also, if an athlete feels ill or has excessive fatigue, they could have symptoms of dehydration and should be treated appropriately.”

Walk-ins are welcome.

Highlights from the Marathon

  • Goeffrey Mutai of Kenya 2:03:02, finishes in record time. (Unfortunately, because the Boston Marathon is not a certified course and there was a 14 mph tail wind, this new world record does not qualify as a world record)
  • Ryan Hall 2:04:58,  the fastest time ever by an American, placed 4th
  • Desiree Davila 2:22:38, the fastest time by an American ever on this course, making her the third-fastest American woman in history, placed 2nd
  • Caroline Kilel of Kenya 2:22:36, placed 1st in women’s division
  • Wakako Tsuchida of Japan 1:34:06, women’s wheelchair winner for the fifth time and breaking the women’s wheelchair world record.
  • Nine time men’s wheelchair race winner Ernst Van Dyke lost to Japanese athlete, Masazumi Soejima 1:18:50.

Prepping for the Boston Marathon with Kimberly Goozh

17 Apr
Kimberly Goozh is a Boston Marathon veteran.
With 10 consecutive Boston Marathons  under her belt (finishing in Top 100 Women) she knows a thing or two about making it past Heartbreak Hill relatively unscathed. Here are some of her pre-marathon tips:

Kimberly Goozh

Food as Fuel
  • Kimberly tries to load up on carbs and lean protein during the week leading up to the Marathon. (Think noodles etc.) What’s on the menu tonight for Kimberly? Pasta, (or course) but heavy on the salt. She also relies on salty foods to help her avoid fatigue. In the morning she plans to pop a salt tablet before the race.
Food to Avoid
  • The night before the marathon Kimberly plans on skipping out on things like veggies, fish, and steak to avoid an upset stomach before the race. Sugar is also off limits.
Tone it Down
  • Kimberly eases up on her training the week before the Marathon, but she doesn’t stop working out all together. She keeps running right until the day before, “Most people don’t, but I usually run like 20 minutes the day before the marathon,”. When it comes to stretching Kimberly says, keep it simple. She sticks to quad stretches and hamstrings to unwind the week before the marathon.
We’ll check in with Kimberly after the marathon to see how she recovers and what tips she has for anyone else out there with sore calves and tight quads!