Stress Fracture – Ugh!

Stress fracture is visible on my 4th metatarsal Stress fracture is visible on my 4th metatarsal

Ok, I guess it could have happened at a worse time, but right in the middle of my Tuesday speed workout (400m sprints) I felt a sharp pain develop near the top of my right foot. Each step became more painful, forcing me to stop after the 5th set and limp home.

Two days later I went for an x-ray, and sure enough there were signs of a stress fracture. Overuse was the culprit – two weeks leading up to the injury I participated in an extensive running study, ran on numerous surfaces, and substantially increased my volume before running two races.

No running for 4-6 weeks, however the doctor did clear me for road biking and swimming.

Have you ever had a stress fracture?

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Aerobic Fitness Measurement: VO2Max

VO2 Max Chart

Appalachian State University is conducting a running  study via the North Carolina Research Campus Human Performance Laboratory. I voluntarily signed up for the test with a couple other friends and today was the baseline appointment. Baseline included a VO2Max test, BOD POD body composition, stool and blood sample.

This was my first VO2max test which came in at 67.2, along with a max heart rate of 185 BPM. According to the VO2Max norms, for my age, I am just shy of Olympic (70+).

My body fat percentage was a lot higher then predicted. At the weight of 147.7lbs and a height of 69.3 inches, my true body fat was 11.1% according to the test. I hope training and a strict diet will push this number down over the next months.

My friend Ras during his VO2 Max Test


2012 – 24 Hours of Booty Thank You!

24 Hours of Booty Promenade Center for Dentistry Team -2011 - Left to right - Rasmus Pedersen, Philip Ciccarello, Chris McCain

I am honored to announce through the support of friends and family, I have surpassed my fundraising goal for this year’s 24 Hours of Booty cycling event!!

This will be my second year participating in 24 Hours of Booty, a 24-hour cycling event that raises money for national and local cancer initiatives. The plan is to ride 150 miles during the 24 hour period starting Friday, 7/27 @ 7:00p.m.. If you are looking for something fun to do in Charlotte Friday night, consider cheering the participants on. Here is the official map of the Booty Loop.

If you have not already donated, please contribute to my campaign or the Promenade Center for Dentistry Team!

Chris McCain (Team captain)
Rasmus Pedersen
Philip Ciccarello
Jeff Blair

Cancer touches the lives of so many people, thank you everyone that donated!!


3 Ways Snacks Can Help You Lose Weight

Source:  3 Ways Snacks Can Help You Lose Weight

You might think snack time is just for preschoolers, but everyone can benefit from eating a few bites between meals. Aside from filling nutritional holes in your diet, snacking can also help you on your road to weight loss. If the numbers on the scale are on your mind, here are three ways snacking can help you lose weight.

Snacks Keep Blood Sugar Levels Steady
If you’ve ever gone too long between meals and have gotten a headache, the shakes, and a loss of concentration, then you’ve felt firsthand what it’s like to have low blood sugar. Snacking between meals keeps blood sugar levels steady, which can help prevent you from grabbing the first (unhealthy) thing you can get your hands on and overindulging.

Fiber Fills You Up
Choosing snacks that are full of water and belly-filling fiber will help keep you full longer, so you actually eat less in the long run. Fruits, veggies, and whole-grain breads are great options, and if you need more ideas, here are 10 high-fiber snacks under 150 calories.

No More Overeating
You eat lunch around noon and dinner isn’t until 6 p.m. or later. No wonder you hit the dinner table feeling so ravenous that you stuff yourself silly. Now if you enjoyed a pear with some almonds around 3 p.m., you’d avoid that famished feeling and have the patience to prepare a healthy, sensibly sized meal. It works the other way, too. If you’re eating a meal and you know you’ll be enjoying a snack in two hours or so, you won’t feel the need to overeat at mealtime.

Source Flickr: Mike Bailey-Gates

11 Random Things About Philip Ciccarello

Marathon Brian or Brian Adkins (pictured below), a Chicago-bases road racer, marathoner, endurance athlete, writer,  and independed scholar, “tagged” me and 10 others with a series of questions and a mandate to do the same with 11 others.

The Rules:

1)  Post these rules.
2)  You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3)  Answer the questions set for you in their post.
4)  Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5)  Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
6)  No stuff in the tagging section about “you are tagged if you are reading this.” You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

11 Random Things about Philip Ciccarello:

  1. I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  2. Ran my first race at the age of 12 (Virginia 10 Miler)
  3. Avid Snowboarder
  4. Dislike Mayonnaise
  5. Avoid running on treadmills
  6. Narrowly avoided dying in a car crash at the age of 15 (was not driving)
  7. Home-schooled for just the 7th grade
  8. Grew up on an Apple Orchard Farm
  9. Met my wife at Sweet Briar College (all girls school)
  10. Gave up running with music in 2006
  11. Built a working telephone at the age of 10

Marathon Brian’s Questions to Philip Ciccarello

  1. Favorite event? Our 2009 Wedding in Bermuda
  2. What’s your favorite Ryan Gosling movie? Drive 2011 
  3. What’s your favorite post-race celebration food? Protein shake or a big juicy turkey burger with fries
  4. Who manufactures your favorite race day shirt or singlet? Rarely wear a shirt on race day – when I do it’s random
  5. What’s your second favorite Ryan Gosling movie? Fracture 2007
  6. Gatorade or Powerade? Gatorade..preferably, water
  7. Favorite newspaper? Financial Times
  8. You’ve just won a race/event, what’s your initial action or reaction? Smile for the camera…turn around and cheer for 2nd and 3rd place
  9. Would you rather be taller or smarter? Smarter; you could design a formula to enhance your height
  10. Which historical figure would you like to have a 2-hour dinner with? Thomas Jefferson
  11. Favorite holiday? The first day of Spring (not a holiday)


Philip’s Questions to the Tagged:

  1. Preferred running shoes?
  2. Ranch or blue cheese?
  3. What’s your favorite Samuel L. Jackson movie?
  4. Would you rather be able to fly or breath under water?
  5. Favorite fruit?
  6. If you could change one world problem, what would it be?
  7. If you had 10 hours to live, what would you do?
  8. Seafood or land meat?
  9. Best thing about living in the United States?
  10. What gets you of of bed in the morning (not the alarm)?
  11. Favorite Superhero?


Philip’s Tagged People:





Thad (Runner Dude) – Twitter





Genevieve Twitter