Turkey Trot

by Nicole Esplin

The only thing better than the feeling of sitting down with your family to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal is knowing that you worked for this meal. And no matter how much you eat, you will have an accomplishment to think about at the end of the day (and no, I am not talking about finishing off all the turkey trimmings).  Sign up for a Turkey Trot so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.

Whether you choose to run a 5k, 8k, or 10k Turkey Trot, you will burn at least 200 calories more than you would have without running, and you will be thankful for one more thing at the end of the day: You won’t have to worry about loosening that belt one more notch.

There are turkey trots all over the country on Thanksgiving day, and they can be found by searching “turkey trot” and your city’s name in Google.

If you can’t get out of the house on Thanksgiving morning, or if you just want to prepare yourself for your hometown trot, Elon’s annual Turkey Trot is Nov. 18. The run begins at 3:30 p.m., and on-site registration starts at 3 p.m.

Have friends at Duke?  Durham’s Turkey Trot is this Sunday.


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It’s Fall! Get outdoors and Run!

By Nicole Esplin

Leaves have changed the tree line from lush green to brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow and are beginning to fall in every direction.  I don’t know if it is the crunch beneath my feet with every stride or the smell of earth from the falling leaves, but there is something about fall that makes running during the fall truly majestic.

Maybe it’s those mornings where I can see my breath, feel the cool air entering and exiting my lungs, and really feel my body working to maintain the rhythm of breathing, striding, breathing, striding.

It’s an amazing time of year to go out for a run, and yes, runs around campus are perfect for time-crunched days where runs need to be as simple as possible.  But I challenge everyone to find one day this fall and leave Elon for a national or state park to go for a run or even a long hike and see how far away you can feel from school and stress for a few hours.

The following parks are within one hour of campus, and all offer at least three miles of trails to explore on your next run … just make sure to read the maps before heading out — a 5-mile run could turn into 11 miles if you’re not careful! Continue reading

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)

By Bonnie Efird

Warrior I is a staple pose in most Hatha style (physical) yoga classes. Hatha includes all of the different physical lineages of yoga, including the popular Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Anusara styles. This pose allows the practitioner to strengthen the front quad, find length through the spine and side bodies, and open up the back hamstring. Notice how her front knee is at 90 degrees, parallel to the floor. Her knee is aligned right over her ankle. Her back foot grounds into the earth and her back leg is straight with her toes pointing in about 45 degrees. Both of her hips are facing forward – this is a parallel hip pose, unlike Vira II, which is an open hip pose. She is rising up out of her hips and sending upward energy (prana), through her fingertips. Her gaze is slightly upward to find length in the back of the neck. Every part of her body is working to sustain this strengthening and invigorating pose. To find your inner peaceful warrior,  add Vira I to your yoga practice.

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Connection: diet and cancer? Could there be a link?

Ashley Jobe

The debate about the sanctity of the body and what could possibly cause defects and mutations in the genes of certain body cells has been long standing. Cancer is actually a term used to describe a large group of different diseases but can simply be called the uncontrolled division and growth of cells in the body.

Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, those cells conduct business in an orderly fashion, dividing during the adult years mostly to replace dying cells or to repair injuries in parts of the body. Though there are more than 100 diseases under the cancer umbrella, all of them start because abnormal cells grow out of control, invading surrounding tissues and spreading throughout our lymph system.

Much research has been done about whether or not there are triggers that jumpstart this process, and if so, which they are and how we can avoid them. Could diet be a potential culprit here? Some say it could be — and many point to an excess of protein and animals products as an issue.

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Get a taste of fall while helping your body

Nicole Esplin

Sure the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is a delicious way to taste the fall season, but are you willing to counter your crisp autumn run by consuming 13 grams of fat and 380 calories?  If your answer is no but you’ve still been craving fall foods post-workout (and all other times of the day), I have compiled a few post-workout meal ideas and recipes that not only taste great but also have extra benefits to help you recover faster and stronger for your next workout.

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So you want to go for a run around campus…

The freshmen are beginning to find their way around campus, the upperclassmen are adjusting to their off-campus apartments and houses, and it finally feels like you can breathe again (without the thick humidity and hectic frenzy of the first few weeks of school).

With this extra time and sense of direction, its the perfect time to start running regularly.  Where to?

The Elon University Cross Country course (also known as the intramural fields) has miles of grassy cut-throughs and trails that can easily turn a boring neighborhood jog into a challenging all-terrain run.  Just past the railroad tracks, the course offers rolling hills and a softer surface than hard cement and asphalt.

When you wear the course out, there are plenty of relatively safe neighborhoods, and parks around Elon.  For those mileage perfectionists who count every tenth of a mile (guilty one right here…), there are great websites where you can track every turn of your run before-or after- you go out.

Personally, I use walkjogrun.net to map out all my runs, but mapmyrun.com is also a great site where you can track miles.

Both sites have search engines where you can type in your location (Elon, NC), and browse through routes mapped out by different users.  Happy Trails! (And roads!)



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Strength Training vs. Cardio

Women are known to fear pumping iron at the gym, afraid that too much lifting can lead to bulky muscles. However, that myth has been debunked, and the benefits of both cardio and strength training combined are the best for weight loss, maintenance and overall health. Continue reading

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