How to Drink Coffee Better (Part One)

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior By some estimates, caffeine is the most widely-used drug in the world, with about 1.6 billion cups of coffee alone served on a daily basis.… Continue reading How to Drink Coffee Better (Part One)

My Marathon: Washington, D.C. (#3)

Nothing exposes one's ignorance and blatant disregard for personal health quite like attempting to run a marathon after very little training. The rigor of my coursework this semester in tandem with my aversion to running in cold weather doomed my preparation over the past eight weeks. Achieve a personal record in last weekend's race I did not.… Continue reading My Marathon: Washington, D.C. (#3)

My Marathon: Cape Cod (#2)

A smoky cannon, strong gusts of wind, and salty mists from the Vineyard Sound started my marathon this morning in Cape Cod. My dreams of qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2017 (the cut-off date for next year's was last month) were quickly dashed as hill after hill presented itself seemingly non-stop from miles 18 through… Continue reading My Marathon: Cape Cod (#2)

Un corredor en Perú (A Runner in Peru)

Word Count: 580 |  Time to Read: 4 minutes For the next six weeks I will be doing public health work in central Peru in a small village five hours north of the city of Ayacucho. A team of local medical professionals there have proposed a project that would educate families on how to provide ample childhood nutrition given… Continue reading Un corredor en Perú (A Runner in Peru)

The Give and Take of Fitness

Word Count: 1430 |  Time to Read: 6 minutes A few years ago I stumbled on what is one of the coolest ways to think about exercise. Although adapted1 initially to describe how soccer players are the "ultimate well-rounded athletes," (a claim that merits some debate to be sure) the “Eight Pillars of Fitness,” as described by Ashleigh… Continue reading The Give and Take of Fitness