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You thought one ironman was tough - how about the distance of 20

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here is a link to someone who just did 20
the website - as you can see is the google translation of a Danish website.

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DEBBIEDAY 12/22/2010 9:19AM

    YIKES! That is unbelievable!!!! emoticon

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DREMARGRL 12/22/2010 6:37AM

    I agree...that's just crazy. I just don't understand. I'll take the diving with the turtles though. Thanks for sharing, Jan.
PS I love my feet! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILPAT3 12/21/2010 10:40PM

    I can't imagine! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 12/21/2010 8:35PM

    wow !!!

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BILLALEX70 12/21/2010 4:46PM

    Is this your next challenge?

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2010 10:39AM

    That's just crazy!! lol

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/21/2010 10:37AM

    I don't understand people like this....dedication, but still

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Worldrun II

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Fellow sparkers - Check out the Danish runner Jesper Olsen and his second world run . Unfortunately he had to take some time off to take care of illness he encountered on his first part of Worldrun II.

This is an amazing story - and make sure you check out the Worldrun I on the website.

I know he would like to have people run with him, but I am sure he will need all sorts of support when he run through the US. I am not asking you to help, but if you are interested in helping out - let me know. (send me a mail).

I have never met Jesper, but I am sure he is a fascinating person. So if you have a little time on your hand - check out and feel free to share with other sparkers.

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JENN26POINT2 12/6/2010 9:07AM

    What a monumental goal! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNFROG79 12/5/2010 6:49AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 12/4/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have bookmarked the website and will check it out more tomorrow. On first glance, it looks pretty cool!

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A little known hint for traveling

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A couple of years ago, after reading some stuff about compression stockings and benefits when running and cycling. I gave it some thought, and then came the test. No, not running or biking - flying. I had to fly to California (cross country) to give a talk - and fly back the next day. I was wearing my compression tights - and what a difference they made. Last year I flew to Europe and I did the same thing. (I haven't driven long enough to make it worthwhile).

From some of the podcasts I have listened to where Ironman participants are interviewed, it appears there is little advantage to use them during competition. You will see some use them during the run - but they primarily use calf guards. However, if you run half marathon distance or more - if you do long distance bicycling - skiing .. or ... traveling - I can highly recommend you use compression tights.

Unfortunately they are not inexpensive, but deals can be found. Recently I tried to use a compression top - I will share that at a later date.

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LYNNANN43 12/25/2010 11:15PM

    I have compression stockings for when I have vein scleropathy. (Not to mention the 6 months I wore them after my DVT.) And I'm also supposed to wear them for long car rides or any flights.

Do you buy compression stockings for running at a running store? Or are they a prescription like mine are?

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BOBBYD31 12/25/2010 6:06PM

    compression tights or socks? i have the tight s and love them. socks, i would like to try at some point. thanks for the tip. compression tops, love them too

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2WHEELER 12/25/2010 10:12AM

    I've been considering them. I often get severe calf cramps and thought they might help. Thanks for the review.

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SEEHOLZ 11/29/2010 1:31PM

    I love mine.. I call them my recovery socks!

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RENA1965 11/26/2010 11:18PM

    Hi Jan,
I have been doing this all the time, this is what helped my leg and bust skin return to where it came from without alot of grief- it supports the skin and keeps it from being shell shocked around with movement..
Great to give the tip on to others.. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/26/2010 1:36PM

    I prefer the calf sleeves so that I can wear my toe socks for long distances. But the calf sleeves do make a big difference in long runs and they aren't warm. I also wear them when I travel now. I've considered getting the socks for travel. But since I already have the sleeves, I haven't done that yet.

I always wear compression tops and shorts. But not for circulatory reasons. I have found they are the best for hot and/or humid weather. They wick moisture and mostly prevent chafing. I am actually more comfortable in long sleeved, compression heat gear top than in a sleeveless singlet because of the reduced chafing. And it helps protect against sun burn.

Hope you are having a great holiday!

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    Jan - I have decided to wear them after the race, even if the race is too warm - they will be pulled on when I get home and worn for the day after the race. Thanks for the reminder.

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DREMARGRL 11/25/2010 7:26PM

    Thanks for the tip, Jan. I like to wear them biking in the cooler months, but when it's hot, the less clothes I wear, the better! Hope you have a nice dinner. XO
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Reflections 11.25.10

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Coach Nancy's status today read 'Celebrate the simple things in life, like sharing a nice morning coffee and talking...those are things we cannot replace'

I have read it again, again, and again for a number of reasons.

First I think it was a very powerful statement.

Second, tomorrow - black friday - the materialistic mayhem starts ...

Third, our lives are so consumed by hiding behind computer screens to connect with our cyber friends,

I am involved with families at critical points of their lives, and I have many times sat in front of a family member who wish they had sat down for that 'morning coffee and talking'

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B-N-ME 11/26/2010 1:05PM

    When I read this my thoughts went to my 16th birthday-I know it was a while ago....
I used to visit my grandma everyday. I had not been to see her for a week (a little hurt over something she said).
I called her on my birthday 'cause I missed her. The voice on the other end of the phone told me she had passed away! I remember feeling devastated at the thought my grandma may not have known how much I loved her...
From that day on, I make a point of ensuring my interactions with people that matter are as if it could be my last one. I never want anyone doubting what they mean to me.
So sorry to maybe be a downer on your blog, but this is a is short. Maybe Jan, we will have coffee someday :) but either way I know you understand I think you are a gem.
Thanks for giving us something to think about!

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FUNFROG79 11/26/2010 8:23AM

    Agreed! emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/25/2010 8:46PM

    I agree 100%. Those times spent just sitting with someone one on one are the things that are missed the most. Don't ever lose an opportunity to let someone know that you love them and are happy they are in your life.

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Reflections 11.23.10

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I spend a lot of time reading blogs, and I learn a lot. I also have received comments on comments I make ... some of the comments are some times unkind. Hey I am a 'big boy' - and i can handle it.

However, there are some things that bother me a great deal. One of the things I do a lot is - read. I read about nutrition. I read about exercise physiology. I read about a lot of stuff which is related to this journey, and when I advise people, I am generally well prepared. I usually don't comment or give advise, if I am not sure.

Recently I saw a post by someone who had worked out several hundred days in a row. To me that is a disaster waiting to happen. Your joints gets fatigued, your bones runs the risk of fractures (based on a concept similar to metal fatigue), your muscles does not get time to recover. There is a reason why coaches 'prescribe' rest days for people who work out. Not only do your bones, ligaments, and muscle get a rest and a chance to rebuild - there is also data to support subsequent workouts are stronger.

Chris Carmichael, Lance's coach, has a book called 'eat right - train right' i think, no matter we are doing to reach our goals, Carmichael concept is what we all should apply - no matter what level we are.

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RUNDARCYRUN 11/26/2010 3:44AM

    Jan, (I still think that's funny that you share the same name as my hubby!) you have commented on a few things I've posted, and I have found your advice and articles EXTREMELY helpful, and your tips well-researched! Also you came across very non-abrasive and non-pushy, which is a skill some people lack when it comes to handing out their advice. Thanks for your help... I appreciate someone who does a lot of reading, and had well-prepared, well-researched answers... ;) Keep it up!

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    You said it well, but you for got your brain needs a rest - after a rest day - you are mentally more prepare to continue to train.

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RENA1965 11/25/2010 8:15AM

    Jan when I read this blog, I am with you.. We all see them, gangho and over doing it.. I have told Sparksguy, I hope he will forgive me writing tough love at times.. Some people have no idea what they are doing to themselfs, and well I think if we didn't give jack we would just say flip it and on to the next page..
Some people don't understand we use time and soul to write a reply just to get those comments you talk about.. Jan I know your heart is in what you do, sorry you had a bum deal mate!
Please keep up the good work and your allowed to kick my ass when you feel I need it.. I appreciate honesty, sometimes honesty is too much for some people.. I dislike people whom lie to me because if it back fires- I ain't silent anymore about it..
Rena emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/24/2010 9:22AM

    Agreed, rest days are so important to success! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ALYFITN 11/24/2010 7:31AM

    JanóIím over 50, new, and plan to exercise regularly the rest of my life. I do weight lifting and cardio. My hero is Frank Zane who is 60. You are spot on with seasonal changeótraining to maintenance. I LOVE your blogs. Maybe someday, Iíll see you in a run. You are an inspiration!
Keep it fresh!-Aly

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DDOORN 11/24/2010 6:53AM

    Couldn't agree more! Not to mention that our lives should be more three dimensional than to be totally focused on working out...


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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 11/23/2010 11:47PM

    Rest days are god and help you to take time to focus on the upcoming training ahead. I always appreciate your advice, even look forward to it. I cannot wait to get my new books and start reading them.

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CALIDREAMER76 11/23/2010 10:57PM

    Good Advice from a reliable source! Thanks Jan

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/23/2010 9:44PM

    The more mature people (like this old dude) should probably even take two days off, according to some experts.

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LILPAT3 11/23/2010 9:42PM

    I also agree. I train very hard three days a week. Two days a week I have short, easy workouts. On the weekend I will go for a long and slow bike ride and possibly a little swim. I take one day a week totally off and when I say an easy workout....usually mostly stretching and maybe 15 minutes of easy spinning.

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LAURIE5658 11/23/2010 9:39PM

    Amen Brutha! I work out and REALLY REALLY REALLY look forward to my REST days. I have been doing my Operation Mickey Mouse AND the SparkPeople 28 day Bootcamp all at once. I am now in week 4 and there have been signs of overtraining as in difficulty in sleeping and I have made adjustments accordingly. People! Read your body cues cuz they are telling you something. My point is...there is NOTHING healthy with working out THAT many days in a row. I do not applaud you at all and I am not impressed.

Stepping off my soapbox now.


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JENN26POINT2 11/23/2010 9:34PM

    I agree with you 100%. But, probably this person has read The Spark and are following Chris's lead... he mentions in the Spark that he did exactly that... I take at least one complete rest day per week, and one moderate rest day (physcial therapy days - all I do is a few hip flexor isolation exercises). Rest days are vitally important!

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IRISHLASS117 11/23/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks for the reminder Warrior, your advise is always spot on and accurate. I love my rest day.

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RMX988 11/23/2010 9:04PM

    Agreed! Can't wait until my rest day on Thursday! haha.

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