Namaste with Dr Nay

Hello all! I am working on my 200 Hours to become a Registered Yoga Teacher! The hysterrunner and Namaste with Dr Nay will be one big happy family soon! Keep an eye out for information about classes and how we can work together soon.

David Berliner Invites You to Try a Thought Experiment

Social Determinants matter for Education as much as Health. Health Disparities and Educational Inequalities have the same root – systematically and irrevocably.

Diane Ravitch's blog

David Berliner has designed a provocative thought experiment.

He offers you State A and State B.

He describes salient differences between them.

Can you predict which state has high-performing schools and which state has low-performing schools?

The Roots of Academic Achievement
David C. Berliner
Regents’ Professor Emeritus
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University

Let’s do a thought experiment. I will slowly parcel out data about two different states. Eventually, when you are nearly 100% certain of your choice, I want you to choose between them by identifying the state in which an average child is likely to be achieving better in school. But you have to be nearly 100% certain that you can make that choice.

To check the accuracy of your choice I will use the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as the measure of school achievement. It is considered by experts to be the best…

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I Just Don’t Want to Die an Adjunct

So many of us in the same boat in so many disciplines. I commend the author for speaking of the adjunct struggle.

Glimmer in the Eye

National Women’s Health Week

Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve neglected you all, my beloved blog readers. If you follow me on Instagram (@drnayaka) or Twitter (@doctornayaka), then you have seen how much I’ve been doing as both a hysterrunner and a scientist over the past month.  I’m aiming to make up for that this week and am going back to a regular blog schedule. Let’s see if that works! Winking smile

This week is National Women’s Health Week! Our health as women is important, especially if you are a hysterrunner.  This week we are asked to pledge as women to take steps to keep us healthy.  They are:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

These 5 steps are definitely a regular part of my routine.  Being a hysterrunner means being active and eating healthy to me.  It also means paying attention to our mental health and avoiding unhealthy behaviors.  I saw my doctor last Friday to get cleared before starting marathon training.  Yes, MARATHON training.  While I’ve been away from the blog, I ran in the Marine Corps 17.75K in Quantico and qualified to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in October.  I am ready to move on to my next personal challenge – my first marathon!!! Open-mouthed smile So excited!!!

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It is my goal over the next few months to share with you my journey to the marathon! The challenge coin we received states – EARN, COMMIT, TRAIN, INSPIRE, ACCOMPLISH. In April, I EARNed a place in the marathon.  This month is all about COMMIT.  To me, that includes getting cleared by the doctor, maintaining my basic level of fitness/running (15-25 miles/week), and building up my core strength.  In June and July, I will focus on my TRAINing.  In August and September, let’s see how we can INSPIRE each other. Then in October, I will ACCOMPLISH my goal to run a marathon!

What is your running challenge for this year? How are you doing with your running related goals?  Have you pledged to be a healthier you?

Don’t forget to go to the NWHW website and make the pledge to be a well woman. I’m taking steps for a HEALTHIER me!

Obesity and our kids

As a hysterrunner, I don’t just eat clean and train hard for myself.  It’s a lifestyle for my whole family. My husband and son work out regularly.  Sometimes they run and race with me.  As far as meals are concerned, we eat the same thing with no special meals for me that I wouldn’t want them to eat and vice versa.  For us this has translated into me losing weight, my husband and son are at healthy weights for their ages. Despite what is going on in my household, there is still an obesity problem for many.  Here is a cool infographic that I came across which addresses this.


For more information about this APHA Obesity infographic go to:

How do you make sure your kids stay healthy? Do you work out with your family? What are some hints to staying active together?

Wordless Wednesday – AKAs Do Workout

AKA Founders Day Workout

Happy Founders Day Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc!

Wordless Wednesday – Boston Edition



Endurance Athletes and the Boston Marathon Tragedy

I wrote on twitter yesterday that the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 effected me in many ways.

I’m a mother. – one of those killed was just 8 years old.

I’m a violence prevention research scientist. – it’s more than just gun control that’s a problem in this country.

I’m a runner. – we’re a nurturing community.

This morning, I read this.

My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your face produces patience. – James 1:2-3

Patience means having staying power or the ability to endure. Runners, especially those who run marathons, are endurance athletes. Boston is a town that has endured in the past. We will not be held back because of this senseless tragedy. However, we need to now focus on what we all can do to make our country safer for all.

Faith and Fitness Friday–Run the Race

Today’s Our Daily Bread keep phrase is very timely for a runner.

run the race

It’s taken from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 which reads:

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15, 2013
Aiming for a PR!