ACTIVE_AT_60   46,224
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
ACTIVE_AT_60's Recent Blog Entries

Reflections 9.26.10

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Many of you know John Bingham's quote - the miracle isn't that I finished - the miracle is that I had the courage to start.

Yesterday, as I was running the marathon, I saw so many people who exemplify that quote. For all I know, some of them could be Sparkers. However, it was very clear to me that these people were out making a difference for themselves and their health. And you know what - I was smiling. Smiling on their behalf because I cannot even imagine how good they must have felt - trained and completed what ever event they did.

I am also privileged. Privileged by being with people who are making a difference to them - to their lives. I have to be honest - some times when I run along some of these folks, I wish I could talk to them and hear their story why they are doing this, and congratulate them for having the courage to start.

Each one of you I know from the Spark site - represent these people I don't know on the run course, on the bike course, on the tri course and I am proud of all your accomplishments.

I am not the skinniest guy, nor am I the buffest dude - but I am healthy and I continue to work on my healthy life style. Through exercise and eating habits - I have diminished my risk of getting diseases related to overweight. As I mentioned in a previous reflection - losing weight is not the only measure of being healthy. Look at yourself in the mirror - compare yourself to when you started your journey - and you will find yourself a whole lot more healthy than you think you are!!!

Now make it a terrific day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHERYLD02 9/27/2010 8:09AM

    I also would love to hear the stories of people who run in the races I've run. I'm sure each and every one of them would be different and insparational.

Great blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELYMWX 9/27/2010 12:03AM

    Jan, every time I think I'm over how I look in the mirror, I get surprised by it. Maybe one day this will change, but I have to admit that I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

For me, running is something that I apparently always wanted to do. I didn't run to lose weight. I lost weight so therefore now I can run.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DREMARGRL 9/26/2010 9:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
BRAVO, Jan. Thought of you running your butt off all day and knew you had that smile on your face and twinkle in your eye. Hope you pampered yourself all day today.......
I'm proud of you......and love your emoticon my friend. XO MaryAnn emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 9/26/2010 8:34PM

    great blog jan! i would love to hear their stories too. you are such an inspiration and i enjoy reading your blogs, i wanna be like jan!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 9/26/2010 7:58PM

    Jan, the first and foremost reason that I started running was to be proactive with my health since I need to be seriously concerned with breast cancer. I can't fight Mother nature and the genes I have been given, BUT I can control my fitness level and general health. It is my responsibility to myself. The accomplishments I have experienced along the way is purely icing on the cake and how sweet it is!!!

Love you, my friend and THANK YOU for being a part of my life!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
LAGREBE 9/26/2010 6:52PM

    Congratualtion on your journey and the marathon. I am at the beginning of this "running thing." Next time when I'll see one of these accomplished runners whom I admire and who intimidate me just a tad I will be thinking of you... and just absorbe the positive running vibes!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGIEBILL 9/26/2010 6:24PM

    Jan, what you said about being healthy is so true. It took me along time to realize that being a certain number on a scale is not as important as being healthy. I have accomplished that this year and I am proud to say that you have helped me get there. Will I still stumble yes, (proved that this week), but then I am only human and I will once again get the mindset that it took me so long to get to. I am more healthy now than this time last year and I will continue this journey knowing that I can only improve!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUGSMOM211 9/26/2010 12:33PM

    Congrats on your marathon..That was a terrific blog, how inspiring!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Jan you are so special - I owe you my life as a runner - I probably would of postponed going to the foot doctor - and I would of ended my career totally as a runner forever.

You may not be able to talk to each person, but just the fact you think about them and their journey and tell us that you think about these people - you give their journey and their stories life.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUST_TRI_IT 9/26/2010 11:16AM

    I agree!! I often wish I could stop to hear the stories. I'm sure many of them as deeply inspiring. To feel the positive vibes of health all around you while in an event is just FANTASTIC! So much of what seems impossible you realize is simple DOABLE if we put our hearts and minds to the task.

Here's to a fine day to you too :)

Comment edited on: 9/26/2010 11:16:13 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
B-N-ME 9/26/2010 11:07AM

    Great blog Jan. Everyone is on a journey and many at different points on the road. emoticon to you on your journey and all you have accomplished!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUTEANGEL79 9/26/2010 9:53AM

    congrats on running the marathon thats a major accomplishment

Report Inappropriate Comment

Akron marathon 9.25.10

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today was my 20 mile training run in preparation for the Columbus marathon in three weeks. I did something daring and decided to run the Akron marathon instead. I am home and it went well.

Because it was a training run, I wanted to aim for 10:30 pace, and I did 10:31 according to my Garmin which I am very happy with. I am not sure what kind of watch the pacer I started out with was using, but he passed me with one runner at about mile18 or so - I think he was a lot 'faster than advertised' and finished way before me.

I was really concerned yesterday how this was going to pan out. I am really stuffy and have some cough. I was actually prepared to throw in the towel if need be. But i did not!!!

The weather for this run was incredible - clear sky this am with a temp of 59. There were little or no winds. Things were looking up for us. I have not done the 26.2 in Akron before (also known as 'running the bird' because Time Warner is the presenting sponsor). I have done it as a relay - and I have done the half twice. But there were lots of spectator support along the way. Law enforcement was there in full force to make sure cars went the right way and did not cross the streets we were running on. The organization of this marathon is incredible.

We ran through some neighborhoods and they had block parties. The support from everyone is just incredible.

I did mention the hills. Yes, they were there - and yes they were a bear. But I ran them - and I am putting them behind me. Columbus is FLAT.

Towards the end of my run - it started to cloud up and now it is overcast.

Here is something I have never seen at an event before - right after you cross the finish line - who greats you to say thank you for running ... the race director. How incredible is that?

I am home, showered, and an experience richer. It was a great day at the office.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHERYLD02 9/27/2010 8:13AM

    Great job Jan! You are awesome! Now on to Columbus! Good luck on the 'flat'!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOREENYK 9/26/2010 12:43PM

    I have wondered why they would keep registrations open right up until race day - now I know!!! Good luck on your next one!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUST_TRI_IT 9/26/2010 11:12AM

    Running a race to training for a race! WOW :) And to be able to look forward to the flat route in your next one after thriving on the hills in this race, YEAH!!! Flat might almost feel like downhill.

You have tickled my inspiration to keep working on my runs. My first half is not until June but I have LOTS of work to do before that point :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUTEANGEL79 9/26/2010 9:55AM

    good job on the marathon so far ive done 3 5k walks two were at 49 minutes and the 3rd was at 46 but thats due to that it was the same course i did the year before. Planning on doing my 4th one in Oct ( that will make 3 this year).

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJS-DEBBIE 9/25/2010 11:40PM

    You are awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOEGIRL 9/25/2010 9:48PM

    Wow! Terrific pace - congratulations! What a feat - to be able to just jump in and do a marathon as a training run. You ROCK! Well done!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYMARY611 9/25/2010 8:31PM

    Great job!!! Glad you reached your goals with your pace, hills and finishing strong. You will PR at Columbus!

FYI - Brett is still steamed at how he blew up on this marathon last year. I have a feeling we'll be back there for redeption in the next few years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACE612 9/25/2010 8:14PM

    You rock!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 9/25/2010 5:32PM

    Always amazing!

You're one of the few people I know that would run a MARATHON to train for another MARATHON!

See you in 3 weeks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGIEBILL 9/25/2010 5:29PM

    Thanks for sharing your day, I was wondering how things went for you. Congratulations on a great finish!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TTLEELEE 9/25/2010 4:50PM

    DUDE- BOOYAH!!! on that one. Keep feeling better and knockin' our running sneakers off emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Jan - you did awesome what a pacer you would be have you ever thought of doing that someday?

Report Inappropriate Comment
B-N-ME 9/25/2010 4:12PM

    You never cease to amaze! I am not surprized to hear you ran even though you weren't feeling 100%. I remember a couple of years ago you had an injury but did Lake Tahoe anyhow....
A force to be reckoned with, a man with a big heart, a man on a mission!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/25/2010 3:21PM

    That's some training pace for 26 miles! It's almost goal race pace for me.
Have a great taper.

Comment edited on: 9/25/2010 3:22:32 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ETTEZEUS 9/25/2010 3:19PM

    Excellent run!
Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 9/25/2010 3:15PM

    Jan, I have been wondering how it was going for you and now I know. You RAWK!! Congratulations on the finish and a great one at that. Great things await you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 9/25/2010 3:14PM

    you da man jan!! great pace today and glad you are feeling well after. now are you going to taper for or just keep training for an ultra????

great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reflections 9.23.10

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last year I met one of my colleagues somewhere where I did not expect her. Although she is an oncology nurse in my hospital, she was in street clothes in the outpatient cancer center. I asked her what she was doing there and she told me that her son Chris was there for treatment.

I got to meet Chris. He was 26 at the time. Newly diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma - getting his first chemo. In addition to his mom and his wife, he had several of his friends there. We got to talk and it happened to be a week before the Cleveland marathon we got to talk about that. When he found out that this loudmouth was running the Ceveland marathon, he made a comment that one day he wanted to run a marathon. He had been a runner in college, and running a marathon was something he always wanted to do.

Chris and I got to know each other better, and when we had the kick off event for the 2009 Cleveland marathon - who was there but Chris. He has signed up for the Cleveland marathon with Team in Training to raise money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.

He trained and trained and trained .... and on race day - he was at the starting line. Ready to rock and run the Cleveland marathon. (I was running the half - as a non fundraising team in training alumni Two weeks prior I completed the half ironman distance and raised more than 9k for the society).

I finished my half - and once I had escorted my DW across the finish line (she walked the HM)... I went out on the course to meet Chris. I met him about a mile before the finish, and got to run in with him and his brother and one of the TNT coaches. Chris was having a rough time, but he crossed the finish line in style... one year and one week after his first cancer treatment.

I am writing this to you because Chris is a role model for all of us. Can you imagine - you have to change your entire life - including wedding date - because you are diagnosed with cancer.
I did not tell you - within hours of getting married - He was receiving his first chemo.

Oh, did I also tell you - he was back on the basketball court even before his treatment was done.

Chris was also the guy who called a couple of months ago and started talking about running the Columbus marathon (I am running the full - he is running the half)

Chris says - having cancer have taught me a lot. My friend, Chris' story can teach you and I a lot. It is about focusing, preserverence, having goals and reaching your goals. If you want to have a healthy life style ... it is about focusing, preservence, and goal setting, keeping in mind healthy lifestyle is not only about losing weight.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DJS-DEBBIE 9/24/2010 12:14AM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DREMARGRL 9/23/2010 3:35PM

    You know I love your reflections and your love for people! What more can I say, except that you are a warrior and inspiring man. Chris was encouraged by you, I'm sure, and that is a treasured friend. Cancer does change ones life...Whether you have it or are a caregiver, it can be a positive in so many ways.
XO MaryAnn emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
B-N-ME 9/23/2010 2:38PM

    Wonderful story, truly an inspiration.
Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELER 9/23/2010 12:43PM

    Great blog. I hope he's still running years and years from now.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYLD02 9/23/2010 12:38PM

    Very insparational story. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LILPAT3 9/23/2010 12:16PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/23/2010 10:34AM

    So true! Believe in yourself and go for it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 9/23/2010 9:39AM

    What a wonderful wonderful story. THANK YOU!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNSWITHDEER 9/23/2010 9:28AM

    Thanks for the post. Cancer seems to be the prevalent diagnoses in many close friends and family lately. Exercise and healthy eating seem to combat its reign. May your new friend Chris have a long life!!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BECKA525 9/23/2010 8:56AM

    Thanks for sharing. God has put these stories in front of me today to get my motivation going again. I was going to blow off my workout today but I don't think so anymore. I truly want to be the healthiest that I can be and that means I have to exercise most days to do that.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAMINHALF 9/23/2010 7:51AM

  Thank you for sharing this. Very touching.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEM0622 9/23/2010 7:23AM

    What a tremendous and touching story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Jan - you meet so many inspirational people. Thank you for passing this story along to us. It makes my problems seem so small.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHLASS117 9/23/2010 6:37AM

    Thank you for sharing Chris with us Warrior. Your Warrior Team is growning!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 9/23/2010 6:32AM

    So very true.

Live each day to its fullest!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRAFTIJAN 9/23/2010 6:30AM

    Thanks for your story. One of my niece's has just been diaognosed with Hodgkins. She starts her treatment this week.. It give me lots of extra hope for her. The family knows she has the right attitude to face this demon so I know in the end she will be like your friend Chris.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reflections 9.22.10

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In her status SP_COACH_NANCY wrote "wonders why so many of us, me included, put so much emphasis on the number on the scale, when we should be focused on the numbers that detemine our health! SparkPeople and Running equals health! "

Coach you bring up an excellent point. Why are we so focused on the scale when there are so many other indicators of healthy living and behaviors. I think we have created the wrong impression when people frequently feel they have failed by not losing weight every single week, or if their weight goes up one or two lbs.

I have spent a lot of time looking at peoples personal pages. It is very interesting reading, and I feel many should take a step back and look at 'what do I want to accomplish'? Perhaps they should adjust the goals to things that are more achievable and then adjust the goals as they go along. Losing 4 lbs over x-time is a lot more manageable than losing 40 lbs in the same time period.

In my readings I have also found an incredible number of people who are not slowing down despite injuries, but that is for another reflection.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LILPAT3 9/23/2010 12:28PM

    I lost a bunch of weight and I had soooooo much loose skin. I started lifting again, took care of the loose skin problem but gained muscle weight. I still have some weight to lose but I do not weigh very often and use the way I feel and the way my clothes fit to determine what my next move will be. I may be destined to compete in triathlon as an Athena the rest of my life....but I can deal with that! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 9/23/2010 6:02AM

    I thought that Coach Nancy's reflection was very interesting as well.

As you know I've been struggling with the scale numbers, but all of my other numbers are good; triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose and all of the others. I've not let the scale dictate what I can or cannot do; nor do I plan to let it. Eventually the scale will start to drop again and that will only make me more of a force to be reckoned with.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DRPOOH63 9/22/2010 10:06PM

    Very interesting - I think the same thing when I read many of these blogs. Focus is on the scale not the health. I do wonder if there is a fear when you get injured that all the hard work you have accomplished will go away. That by stepping back and healing that you will undo everything so far -- too easy to fall back into old patterns.....

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reflections 9.21.10

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When I opened the mail yesterday, there was an envelope with a card. The card was my registration card to NMDP. I will explain.

Many of you know I am involved with the leukemia and lymphoma society’s team in training program. The program is one of the fundraising arms of the society, and I have often thought, I should be registered as a marrow donor.

In May of this year, some of you know, I was in California for a triathlon. At the expo there was a team who had teamed up with the NMDP or National Marrow Donor Program to get participants to register. Ah-ha, this was meant to be. A form to be filled in and a swab on the inside of my mouth – and guess what I was registered.

In the mail yesterday – I now have proof of registration.

Last week I sent a former patient of mine an email wishing her a happy birthday. She responded to me “I am not doing anything specific for my birthday because every day is a day to celebrate”. She is a vibrant and amazing woman, mother of two teenagers, works, and is a PhD student. She is also a person who has been treated for a non-Hogdkin’s lymphoma which includes a bone marrow transplant. Someone else did something for her. It happens to be her sister, but it could have been me, or it could have been you.

You should consider contacting the NMDP to see how you can register to become a bone marrow donor. If donating bone marrow sounds too scary, consider donating blood. People with cancer in general, and blood cancers in particular, are in need healthy people such as you and I to donate blood (assuming you meet the criteria).

So my friend - be the match

For more information about NMDP

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DJS-DEBBIE 9/22/2010 11:41PM

    I've been on the registry for several years. I am an organ donor and a platelet donor. I have also been a direct WBC donor a few times - that is really an awesome feeling!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Jan you are a true inspiration to me. You are involved in so many noble causes.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYLD02 9/21/2010 11:21PM

    I am going to look into that.

Donate blood on a regular basis and am organ donor. What's one more donation if it helps another human being.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBBYD31 9/21/2010 9:33PM

    awesome blog jan. blood donor since college and an organ donor since 92

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 9/21/2010 9:17PM

    Big decision for a big cause...will definitely look into this Jan!


Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 9/21/2010 8:36PM

    Yep, already registered! I am ready, willing and very able!! Awesome reminder, Jan!

Report Inappropriate Comment
B-N-ME 9/21/2010 8:12PM

    Great blog! I stopped in at the blood donor clinic just 2 weeks ago! We can never give enough!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRISHLASS117 9/21/2010 8:08PM

    I've been on the registry for ten years and would consider it an honor to be matched. Spread the word, Be The Match!


Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Last Page