Sunday, October 17, 2010
Another marathon is behind me - another fundraising success for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society raising more than $150.000 (I don't remember the exact amount).
Yesterday (Saturday) was a beautiful day in Cleveland. I packed the bag - got in the car and headed to Columbus. It was one gorgeous drive with all the fall colors. Got to Columbus. Took a wrong turn, which turned out to be to my advantage - because I ended up a block from the convention center. Got my bib (plus picked up one for Chris and one for Jerry). Back to the hotel, and off to the inspirational dinner. Food was OK, but I am getting to the point where I have been to too many of them - and in addition I live and breathe cancer in my work.
After the dinner my room mate Darryl and I went to the room where we watched a little TV and then I fell asleep.
Got up this morning - got dressed - and had breakfast and then meet with the team. Chris my buddy, his brother and wife came down to run as well. So we all went to the start line. (Chris was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago - and ran the Cleveland marathon in May).
It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Blue sky. not too cold in the am. 7:30 we started to move - sorta - 15.000 people doesn't move that easy. But we got going. I did well, until mile 4 when I stepped in a hole - but no sprain. At mile 13 where we split I was at 2:10 which is my regular HM time.
Mile 17 my thighs - only my thighs started to feel like lead. It was horrible because the rest of me felt great. Because of that (and I am not sure what caused it) I got slowed down ... and my finish time ended up being about 5:05.
Yes, I am a little disappointed, BUT I am not running for me, I am running for a cause. Running to help others. So, I will get over the 5:05 (or what ever it ends up being). Second, I finished. Third, this is my second marathon in three weeks, and for medical reasons I was unable to do any workout last week. So, I guess I am doing OK.
I will take a rest day tomorrow ... or will I - no, I have yoga scheduled. That may be beneficial to get some muscles and ligaments stretched. Perhaps later this week is a rest day.
It was on purpose I did not give a lot of details - I ran the run on my own ... met a few people I conversed with briefly ... so, I actually had fun :-)
There were a couple of other sparkers there - my friends Anne and Bill (who I have done some biking with) and Anne introduced me to a couple of others this morning - but I have to disappoint you - I can't remember their names (for crying out loud it was 7am)
Now make it a great evening. I am headed for the sheets ... SOOOOON.
Friday, October 15, 2010
On my SP page is a picture of 'the mules' - the four guys in cycling apparel. We have gon through thick and thin since 2002. We now have an endurance event which will bring us even closer together. A mule wife got the news yesterday - breast cancer!!!
Ladies and gentlemen examine your breasts on a monthly basis. Ladies - teach your daughters to examine their breasts.
No need to respond to this post - spend the time on something positive.
Friday, October 08, 2010
My friends - this is not about me, but about paying forward.
On my kitchen table is a medal from a race I recently ran. It will be mailed to a friend, who have done something unique, and be part of what this person is doing for and with others. Since this person is a Sparker, I will leave it at that.
However, there are many reasons why we are on the Spark journey, and there are many reasons why we do events. Some of the events gives you medals when you have completed the event. Some of these events are very meaningful to you (me) as the participant. Some of them are a medal you get for your accomplishment.
I have quite a few medals, and they all have a story which includes the preparation and the actual event. However, there are people in my life who cannot do what I did for all kinds of reasons, so that gives me an opportunity to pay forward. These individuals are part of my life and have give meaning to me - the run where I got the medal is part of my life and meaningful at some level ... so I give my medal away to a person who I think is deserving it.
Recently a friend ran race for the cure - I gave her a suggestion ... she has a coworker who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and she used her as inspiration. I told her - write why she inspire you on the back of the race number, and tell her thank you.
Making your runs, bikerides, and triathlons meaningful - share it with someone who cannot ....
Monday, October 04, 2010
It happened again. I spoke with a friend yesterday who developed an issue while running. Earlier this year - someone else had a running injury which actually required surgery. Unfortunately my friend yesterday has an upcoming event.
It is difficult situation to be in. What do you do as a friend? First, you want to be supportive. Second, you take this very serious - no matter what event is ahead of you, and get it looked at by a professional so it can be addressed appropriately.
A couple of years ago I sprained my ankle running - a week before a 100 mile bike ride. I was in the ER, and I talked with an orthopedic surgeon. (This orthopedic (foot) surgeon is also part of an NFL team). I was told I could do it by the surgeon I would be OK, and what should trigger me to stop. (I did the ride).
The advise was appropriate because it was a professional with experience in the type of injury I sustained.
Now, way too often I see people on this site say 'you can do it'. That MAY be OK in many cases, but we don't know. Please use caution when you tell a person they can do it if there is an underlying medical issue, because you may not be doing your sparkfriend a favor - encourage them to get a professional to look at it. Your friend may not like it - but in order to win on Wall street - you have to invest, or - doing the right thing from the beginning - is the right investment.
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