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Canoeing in Colorado. 20 lbs and 1 mustache heavier.



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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: 106,739

Fitness Minutes: 121,220

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
10/3/2013 4:19:01 PM

I have so missed reading about you. Glad you are back.



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RENIESSPARKIN
10/2/2013 4:18:37 PM

Wow! I didn't think anyone wanted to come to Utah as a dream.
Then I Looked at the picture. I could see you are a runner. Your a good man for keeping in shape for YOURSELF! And then I saw you like to read mysteries and I said double WOW!

I haven't progressed much lately, but I'm still working on it.

emoticon I see your favorite color is Green.

Take care, IPA-Ray (what does that signify?)

Renie



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RUNNINDOG
8/9/2013 8:26:52 AM

The Tigers are providing us with a nice distraction. How many times have you been to the Canyon?



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RUNNINDOG
8/9/2013 7:16:30 AM

The Pirates had another "walk off" win last night ... it would be cool if they met my Tigers in the WS. Love your Canyon pic! My buddy and I will be doing our 12th Rim to Rim next June.



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WATERMELLEN
4/28/2013 8:44:53 PM

Well 62 is a splendid age, right? And I'm sure that your "best half" is the Canajun part (but you may not agree!!) Tomorrow I'll be singing "When I'm 64" to my DH . . . and in June we'll be celebrating our 34th anniversary.

PS -- I'm pretty sure that we both make our livings the same way too; like to joke that as I get older I just "lose my appeal" . . . .

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