As the work of Hydrating Humanity continues to build momentum in the Kuria District of Kenya, the number of children being educated on the importance of clean water and proper hygiene grows. Check out Hydrating Humanity’s newest video!
2012 COLORADO TOUGH MUDDER
On June 9th & 10th the Colorado Tough Mudder will be taking place at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO. I will be there and starting in the 12:20pm wave on June 9th. Waves are released every 20 minutes from 8am to 1pm. There are some seriously amazing obstacles courses and a 10 mile run through elevation changes of over 4,000 feet. Starting point at 8,100 feet rising to 11,400 feet… going to be a crusher!
Tough Mudder was designed by British Special Forces with 25 military obstacles, 10-12 mile run and raising $ for wounded warriors all over the world. 2012 Colorado Tough Mudder
While I am helping raise $ for wounded warriors our goal is to raise awareness for Hydrating Humanity. If you would like to learn more, have questions or would like to contribute towards the leaps and bounds taking place in Kenya right now, please visit Hydrating Humanity’s wesite.
Now that we have spent the last several months preparing for the BIG event it is important to remain focused on our goals. Whether your training has led you to now being ready for your first organized race or now you are looking solid and ready for a new PR… remain mentally checked in and ready for the race, otherwise your body will follow suit.
Personally I have battled through some minor injuries the last month or so and fallen off my training schedule, however allowing for recovery time has kept me in the running and close to being on target for my goal. This week I am feeling good, strong and ready to hit my new half marathon PR on Sunday. My focuses this week are:
1) Tuesday: 1 mile warm up; 3 miles at race pace goal; 1-2 mile cool down, Wednesday: 5 miles easy, Thursday: 2-3 miles easy, Saturday: 2-3 miles easy
3) Healthy & Balanced diet
4) Well hydrated – 3 liters of water a day (no alcohol 2 weeks before race)
5) All my gear ready to rock (including race packet)
6) A light stretch the night before the race
7) Detailed plan for arriving to the event early (I have been late before… quite stressful)
8) Staying well rested, let the anticipation build and look forward to the race!
Stretching has been up in the debate category for some time now amongst athletes. Some do and some don’t… both with good results. It all comes down to what works best for you.
One thing we DO know is that stretching cold muscles is dangerous and can lead to mild or more serious injuries. Warming up to get good blood flow through your muscles is a definite rule to follow before beginning a stretch. Maybe I will go to a stretching class at my gym soon and share that experience…
I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of stretching. It takes up my time (30-45 minutes a week) and mainly I am just not all that flexible… so it can be uncomfortable at times stretching with the intent to gain flexibility for increased performance. I have noticed when I am stretching once a week (1 day before or after a long run) my recovery time is decreased and I feel stronger out on the pavement.
My stretching routine focuses mainly on the hamstrings, quadriceps, lower back, calf & achilles tendon and usually maintaining 10-20 second holds for each position. Aside from gaining flexibility through stretching you can increase your focusing levels which can build on your strengths, help you to be stronger and more calm at the same time. And with all that time chilling out (maybe listening to some good music) it is a great time to think about your running goals, techniques and even form your strategy for success.
After spending some time reading over different resources touching on hygiene, I find it more easy to see how developing nations are in such a struggle to survive bacterial diseases… and have been for a very long time.
Even our developed nations have small percentages of their populations that still have difficulty in being prepared to battle for their health due to bad hygiene practices. We have the knowledge to make good practice of all the correct hygienic methods… most of us were trained from a young age to maintain these procedures everyday. It can almost be outside of our realm of thinking to understand why the entire world are not aware of these things, but these are the facts.
The remaining text has been pulled directly from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene: Resource
Why is home hygiene important?
In the past 20 years or so, infectious disease has moved steadily back up the health agenda, prompting new emphasis on developing strategies for prevention and control. Increasingly this includes promotion of hygiene to the family, both at home and in their social and work lives outside the home. Infectious disease is a significant cause of ill health world-wide, accounting for over 13 million deaths every year. Although the majority of deaths occur in the developing world, infectious disease still causes around 4% of deaths in developed countries and is a significant cause of morbidity. In the developed world, although vaccination strategies and ready access to antibiotics have meant that attitudes to infectious disease have relaxed in recent decades, the threats posed by the emergence of new pathogens and antibiotic-resistant strains, the increasing importance of viral diseases (e.g. norovirus, hepatitis, influenza, SARS), together with trends towards providing care in the community mean that the role of infectious disease prevention as part of public health is likely to increase rather than decrease in coming years. Most recently, outbreaks of SARS and concerns about avian flu have raised awareness of the need for effective and global strategies for preventing the spread of infectious disease in the home and community.
What infectious diseases are associated with poor home hygiene?
Infectious diseases which commonly circulate in the home include respiratory infections (colds, flu) gut infections (food poisoning, norovirus/winter vomiting) skin and eye infections (MRSA, conjunctivitis). These infections are caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses etc. Some species of bacteria, fungi, viruses etc. (e.g. Salmonella, Campylobacter, influenza virus, norovirus) are highly “pathogenic”, whilst others are considered non-harmful and can even be beneficial to us (e.g. Lactobacilli in probiotics). Some species are sometimes harmless but sometimes harmful (E.coli, Staph aureus).
In promoting home hygiene, it is important to know which infections are transmitted via food, water, hands, surfaces etc. These are the infections, as listed below, for which hygiene is a contributory factor (although it may not be the only factor) in preventing their spread. Other infections are transmitted from person-to-person only by close or direct personal contact, which means that home hygiene practices are not relevant to their prevention.
It is important to bear in mind that for any given microbial species, pathogenicity (ability to cause an infection) can vary considerably from one strain to another. An example of this is E. coli. Most strains of E. coli form part of the normal intestinal microflora in humans and warm-blooded animals. However, some strains have the ability to cause disease in humans through the presence of specific virulence factors. These diseases include food poisoning, e.g. E. coli O157, or infections outside the intestinal tract such as urinary tract infections, and bacteraemia.
|Bacteria||Viruses||Fungi and protozoa|
|Infectious illnesses associated with poor hygiene include:|
E.coli (including O157),
|Apergillus, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica,
|Respiratory infections (colds, flu)|
respiratory syncitial virus (RSV)
|Skin and eye infections (including impetigo)|