Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Link Between Running and Rhubarb

Not surprisingly, my reduced running activity during the last few months has had an unfriendly effect on my waistline and the scales are nudging higher than I would like. And even though I'm not going anywhere on vacation where a bikini will be required, news that my mother is lovingly planning to feed me rhubarb crumble next week is enough to make me rein in my eating a little, in anticipation.

(For US readers, an English crumble is not dissimilar to a cobbler; the photo I've "borrowed" is a tasty-looking recipe by Britain's beloved Delia Smith).

Normally, when I visit the UK, I ramp up my running a bit, to offset all the tea-cakes, scones, sausage rolls and other dietary necessities which must be enjoyed to make the most of the travel experience. However, this time around I'm not sure whether I'll be able to burn quite so many calories and I need to watch out that my longest-lasting souvenir is not around my tum.

Moreover, according to this slightly depressing Knee Pain Guide from Sutter Health, every extra pound of weight adds four pounds of pressure to your kneecap. And that's just walking - don't even think about climbing the stairs.

...But I'll try not to let that trouble me, as I get stuck into dreamy, creamy crumble and custard in the comforting surroundings of the family dinner table.

How about you: would you rather eat dessert, even if you have to run a few extra miles as payback?


  1. I think I've lost my 'balance' in this respect. I'm sure I used to do as you do now, but don't think I can run long enough to burn the fish & chips we had last night! Mind, we only do that maybe 1-2 times a year. I did a rhubarb & blackberry crumble last week, but it was way too tart for me! Bill loved it though...

  2. I run because I teach... and because I teach, I eat LOTS of dessert. It's a vicious cycle. I don't know how to eat dinner without something sweet afterward. Someone teach me restraint! (Enjoy that crumble, it looks delicious! I'm so jealous that you're going to the UK too...)


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