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64 by calendar only! I'm back!

My weight is up and my running is down, thanks in part to a tear in the labrum of my hip which severely limited me for too long. I am now running again but my weight is holding me back. Spark got me in shape before and I believe it can again. I will turn 65 in October and will celebrate by driving across the country on a northern route, running the Portland marathon, and driving back on a southern route. No more full time employment after the trip. Part-time and volunteer work only. My last 2 ...
My weight is up and my running is down, thanks in part to a tear in the labrum of my hip which severely limited me for too long. I am now running again but my weight is holding me back. Spark got me in shape before and I believe it can again. I will turn 65 in October and will celebrate by driving across the country on a northern route, running the Portland marathon, and driving back on a southern route. No more full time employment after the trip. Part-time and volunteer work only. My last 2 birthday adventures are below.

I celebrated my 60th birthday with a nice dinner at the El Tovar restaurant at the Grand Canyon and then awoke the next day, my first full day as a 60 year old, and ran across the Grand Canyon and back (Rim to Rim to Rim) in one day with my lovely wife. What an adventure!

I celebrated turning 63 by biking from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

I love this quote: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein.

And this: "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

Final quote: "Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."- Steve Prefontaine
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Member Since: 9/15/2009

SparkPoints: 104,702

Fitness Minutes: 115,352

My Goals:
1. Lose at least 20 pounds.
2. Run the Portland Marathon.
3. Be healthier and happier.
4. Run the London Marathon.
5. Spend some time in Greece and Italy.
6. Become more fluent in French.


My Program:
1. Read.
2. Write.
3. Love.
4. Laugh.
5. Run/Bike/Walk.

Personal Information:
64 years old. Born and raised in Rhode Island but moved to the Pittsburgh area in 1971 and never left.

Ran on state championship cross country team while in high school then did not run in college or for a dozen years after college. Started running again in 1984 with a goal of running in the Boston Marathon. Have run that 4 times and am now thinking of running it for a 5th.

Married with 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. 6 sisters and no brothers in the house while I was growing up so I am glad to have some young men in the family.

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Love to read mystery novels.

Ever hear of my band Chronic Insomnia? And the cheery song "Put a Bullet in My Head" that I wrote for it? LOL.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER
4/17/2015 8:27:07 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friends.

Hopefully we can meet up again someday.





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WATERMELLEN
5/30/2014 8:58:01 AM

Made my misogynistic crim law prof red in the face (after his unnuanced lectures on consent in sexual assault . . . ).



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CASSIES
1/11/2014 6:40:29 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/sports/o
thersports/05vecsey.html?_r=0

I also enjoyed this article.

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CASSIES
1/11/2014 6:37:44 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/nyregion
/25armorytrack.html

I heard on the news today that the 168th Street Armory is 100 years old! Made me think of you and the great stories you had about that place. Especially the Urban Cheerleaders rooting you on!

Hope all is well.

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RENIESSPARKIN
10/10/2013 10:42:10 PM

Hmmm? I'm not sure which would be the best way to display your story. Have you tried going to FanStory or other places like that to have your work read and suggestions made as to how to improve it?

I believe you could put it all in one BLOG on SP as well.

Good luck. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.

Renie



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