Papamikie and Grandson Aden (Before)
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PAPAMIKIE is a SparkPeople Motivator!
My Name is Michael but I go by Papamikie or Popie, (POP EE) for short. This handle fits, as I am known as “Aden’s Popie” on our street where most of the young kids call me Popie and Leanna, Gramie. We typically supervise the afternoon and evening play on our quiet crescent during the warmer spring, summer and fall months.
Decided to take off some weight May 2008. Four years later I am a Tai Chi Chuan player, a runner and a Chi Running and Walking Instructor
My daughter said, "Popie, Gramie and I have been worried about you, and I think Little Bug, needs to have you around for awhile..."
The rest, as they say, "Is history."
That is Little Bug (Aden) with me in the before and after shots.
Began at 244 and am presently 160 (165-155 I like a range better). To begin it was an effort to do 15 minutes of light cardio, now I typically do mix of runs from 7.5k to 18K at 130-145 bpm pace about 10 k/hour.
May 29 2010 Ottawa 10km 57:11 With Curt
June 10 2010 Barhaven 10km 53:57
Oct. 09 2010 Fall Colours 10km 54:26
Dec 31 2010 Resolution Run 58:00 +/- With Curt
Apr 2010 V02Max testing Top 10% of 20 year olds at age 55
12 month ending Aug 2010 3000 plus km
12 month ending Sep 2010 3000 plus km
12 month ending Oct 2010 3000 plus km
Sept 06 2010 did a 26km run in 2 hours and 40 min, saying good bye to being 55.
Sept 07 2010 did an 11km birthday run
Apr 2010 began Chi Running working from the books and DVD
Apr 2010 took a one day intro to Chi Running in Ottawa
Aug 21 2010 1 day Chi Running with Danny Dreyer, the creator of Chi-running.
Coming up (Registered events)
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20 Ft. Lauderdale Chi Running Certification Training.
May 2011 began to practice Tai Chi Chuan Yang Lu-Chan form sometimes called Yang old Frames
May 28 2011 5km with Son and two Grand Sons
May 29 2011 Half with Curt (oldest Grand Son)
I will be helping my son and youngest grandson to train for the 5km.
Jun 11 2011 10km with Curt. I let Curt start near the front I started at the back. He was going for a PR and I wanted to be out of the way. At the back there was a woman with a baby strapped to the front of her. She said that her husband had been called out of town on business and they did not allow strollers in the 10km therefore the baby in front. She said, “Man I hope I pass at least one person.”
I told her I would run out in front and she could pass me, I also said that I would be under an hour so she could tell people who asked about her time that she was not sure, but that she passed a guy who was in under an hour.
I also plan to begin formally teaching Chi Running in 2011.
I write irregular blogs on Running, Chi Running , Tai Chi Chuan and other things that strike my fancy.
Certified Chi Running and Chi Walking Instructor
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| current weight: 160.0
I hope you guys are holding up OK.
866 days ago
872 days ago
Well Twain said it was Disraeli who said that! Hope you are well.
908 days ago
Hi Mike, So as I explained on the site, I've not practiced for over 20 years but want to get back to it. I was somewhat accomplished when I stopped, enough to consider teaching beginners. I studied at a wonderful school in NY for quite a while and then some additional studies for a while from a Grand Master from China. I cannot remember the Sifu's name unfortunately.
My body remembers the movement s of the Yang style 108 but not the order they should go in. Can you recommend a path of study by way of your online youtube links, or another link that is best to just go through the form while I follow along. I do not want the very basic beginners.
Thanks so much for any advice you may offer - If you prefer I post this kind of question on the Tai Chi site, I will do that - wasn't sure where to put it.
912 days ago
I'm not running at the moment - but the Chi Running skills have stayed with me, and I have been exploring barefoot walking too. I have passed on some basic Chi Walking techniques to a friend who was finding it hard to walk uphill, and she was amazed at how much easier it was when she lifted her feet! I am glad you are still there plugging away. I went out for a walk this afternoon, and focused on my elbows going backwards (instead of pumping like a soldier!) Funny thing with blogs and posts is you never know who's looking :D
982 days ago