San Diegos Best Runs

I'm always amazed at the number of local San Diegan runners who have never heard of or experienced some of San Diego's best run routes. For example, my good friend David Smotrich, M.D., logs hundreds of miles each year in prep for the New York Marathon and yet he still hasn't trained once on the Lake Hodges Trail--San Diego County's best jogging trail in my opinion. I like variety in my training and have run throughout the county.

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Delta Airlines Bike Fee Policy

If traveling with your bike and shopping airfares, definitely consider the cost to ship your bike as part of your overall ticket price. Delta is one of the most bike UNfriendly airlines. Most other carriers are charging $100 or less to ship a bike round trip (a few years back it was free). Delta charges $175 for domestic U.S. travel and a whopping $300 for international travel.

With the baggage fees increasing, travelers are checking less and carrying-on more. That should mean more room in the belly of the plane.

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Always Wear Seatbelts on Flights

As if we needed additional evidence why wearing a seatbelt at ALL times on an airplane is extremely important (except when using the lavatory):

26 Passengers Injured from Unexpected Turbulence During Continental Airlines Flight

Once I was on a flight from Chicago to Tokyo and the same thing happened -- unexpected turbulence caused the plane to violently drop and then spring back up. Passengers wearing their seatbelts were fine.

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Choose Flying Lufthansa Over United to Germany

On my international trip two weeks ago, I flew on Lufthansa from Chicago to Dusseldorf and United from Frankfurt to Washington D.C.--each way in coach as our business travel budget does not support first or business class premiums.

The Lufthansa flight was far superior:

1) More Leg Room - every inch counts when on an airplane for 8+ hours (especially if you are 6ft. tall or more).

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Would you lose weight for 60 bucks? How about $100?

Maybe the question should be what would you do for $60?

Not much. Hmmm, tie my shoes, get out of bed, be nice, do the laundry -- basically what I normally do and just maybe a little more.

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Do you ride a stationary bike when you exercise?

I ride an upright stationary bike often. I can read and it's a nice way to, somewhat, sit still and focus for 30 minutes. I don't think I'd ever make it through the newspaper without my cycle.

And when I travel, I also like to ride. And it completely annoys me that at most hotel fitness centers and health clubs, the pedal straps are missing.

Am I alone on this?

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Kaidangku - Chinese Split Pants for Kids

Traveling the world is an enlightening experience--sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so good, and sometimes just bizarre.

Kaidangku, aka "open crotch pants", certainly fit into the bizarre category when viewed through my Western American lens.

[caption id="attachment_1303" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="Kaidangku - Chinese Split Pants"]Kaidangku - Chinese Split Pants

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United Airlines Bike Policy

We think the airlines' bike carrying fees are egregious. $100 to $200 tariffs to bring your bike along on a trip are insane, not to mention discouraging to a healthy lifestyle. So, although we're not recommending the following and cannot guarantee that the "mistake" is foolproof, several people we know have shipped their bikes on United Airlines for $20 each way:

These cyclists checked-in at the United self-help kiosk and mistakenly assumed that their bike qualified as their "first bag checked". United's fee for checking the first bag is $20.

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Do Not Sign a Doctor Arbitration Agreement!

I visited a new doctor's office today, so of course I had to fill out all of the paperwork: Personal information, medical history, insurance information -- the standard stuff.

Included in the papers on the clipboard was a form that I haven't been asked to sign by other doctors...a "Physician-Patient Arbitration Agreement." In so many words, signing this "agreement" would forego my right to file a lawsuit against the doctor and his medical group should they make any mistake in my medical care--you know, the kind of mistake that could kill me.

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Trader Joes Soy Crisps Have Changed. More Calories, Less Iron and Calcium

August 2009 Editor's Update: Trader Joe's has discontinued the Soy Crisps. Read more here.

Soy Crisps are one of my favorite healthy snack foods. Sort of like a chip, but with an impressive dose of protein...about 7-8 grams/serving. I love the crunch and taste--which for the BBQ flavor means a salty/sweet mix.

Calorie for calorie, Soy Crisps are a better choice over chips or other crisps (rice or potato).

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