Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Many of you who are reading this blog are runners and when you complete your run you are awarded a medal.
You trained, you ran, you conquered ... exciting feeling isn't it.
I have a colleague at work who has gone through some incredible tough times. Health issues, daughters health issues, not a single mother by choice, son in the armed forces heading to Afghanistan in a month - and this is just the big things.
A day or two after I had run the Columbus full marathon I saw her and she was having some (let me call it) significant health issues and was down in the dumpster. I happened to have my medal in my bag pack - went to the office and back to her and gave it to her.
There was a look on her face I will never forget, and a warmth in my heart. I felt I had made a difference.
She has confided in me and I know a lot about her. However, every time she walks in front of my office two words comes to mind inspiration and preserverence.
How do you tell someone thank you for inspiring you in a meaningful way?
Many people do inspire me in many ways (and I try to tell them) - but few in inspire me in a bigger way than most, you may say they are my heroes. Heroes are awarded medals - my way of showing they are my heroes is to share my 'bling'. - this is my thanksgiving.
Have a great year.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I know the last blog I posted had a sad angle, and I am still coping with what happened to these two young people in Philly last weekend.
However, something different happened. My friend John introduced me to Stephen Brown. When he started talking about Steve, he could not be more right when he said - 'you will like steve'. Steve is a unique person as a person and as an athlete. He is an ironman and an 'ultrasport enthusiast'. When he, in 2002 was diagnosed with leukemia, there were some aspect of his coping mechanisms that were - lets say - unorthodox. He did not want his wife to be with him at chemo. In fact he asked her to drop him off at the cancer center - and he would run home. He wanted to forget he had cancer. He continues to do ironman, and of course he is a tri coach for the leukemia and lymphoma society.
When I think of Steve something comes to mind. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Steve did not let his illness take control over him. My philosophy is no matter what chronic disease you have you need to take charge and live your life. It can be cancer, it can be heart failure, it can be diabetes and the list goes on.
As a Sparker what did he teach me. Have goals - dream big. Move forward. Don't get hung up on minutia. 'I gained a couple of pounds' - 'I did not work out for a couple of days' and you know what I mean. What I also learned from Steve last weekend. You will reach your goals when you set them. However, what makes reaching the finish line a success is the fact that you balance physical training with emotional stability.
Coincidentally I listened to a podcast with an ultra runner last week. He addressed that very issue, and what he said was interesting. He talked about 'running races every month' and how taxing it was for you - not physical but emotional.
As we give thanks for our accomplishments since the last thanksgiving - and we look towards the future. We need to have the Steve Brown's to motivate us, but we also need to listen to the common sense of the ultra runner so we don't burn ourselves up. You may think this is a bunch of hog wash rambling. Keep in mind - people who do triathlons - the average length they are involved in the sport is 5 years. Why? Because they get caught up in the challenges of doing longer and longer distances ... and burn out.
Thank you to all my spark friends for a great year - looking forward to another in your company.
three disciplines-one mission-one goal.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Yesterday I ran the HM in Philadelphia. It was a great run and I was thinking about what I wanted to share with my Spark friends - until my friend (who is a press person) shared that there was a press release that a 21 year old and a 40 year old had died in the marathon. I also heard that one died in the Marine corps marathon.
My friend is not medical, so we discussed what could potentially have happened. Arrythmias, electrolyte disturbances, genetic related heart attacks etc. There is a laundry list of what could happen and we won't know until the autopsy has been performed. No matter what the cause is - my condolences goes to the families and friends affected and to the Philadelphia Marathon organization for the the loss.
It hit me to hear this and to discuss it. I will admit I was in a somber mood. But at the same time noone MIGHT have prevented this from happen. I think we frequently don't realize how we challeng our bodies, and Sparkpeople are no exception. I will confess I am some times amazed to see the lack of respect people have for their bodies. From a professional perspective I am very concerned that people are running half marathons back to back to back - and don't think twice about it. Frankly, did you ask your health care provider if it was OK to have a self induced stress test several days a week? That is what you do when you go out and run distances.
I could go on, but I won't. What I will do is appeal to your common sense and take a serious look at what it is you are doing to yourself and want to accomplish - and ask - is what I do for my health and body - or is it for my ego? Have you even asked your health care provider if he think it is safe to run longer distances (you may not want to say half marathon and marathon, because that may be to abstract to them).
On a lighter note - the Philadelphia marahon/HM is phenomenal . Incredibly well organized, great course in the neighborhoods of Phily. Granted the weather was phenomenal. In addition, the spectator support is the BEST in any of the HM's I have run.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
SP_COACH_NANCY says, don't let anyone stand in your way of living your dream...it's not about being first or being best, it's about accomplishing a GOAL and having the honor to share it with others!
Coach Nancy. I love this statement. It so reminds me of the journey I have been on for the past 8 years.
Having the honor to share - got a different meaning for me recently when I met a 38 year old woman with terminal cancer. She used to be a runner before she got sick. Now she is unable to run. It is people like her (name withheld for confidentiality) that makes me think when I run ... this run is for you and other people I know in that situation. They are unable to accomplish or share their joy and passion of running. I maintain my wellness through other people's illness.
Wellness or illness - I say (if used - please quote me)
Three discplines - one mission - one goal.
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