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My 2012 'campaign'

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So we are less than 6 hrs from midnight and 2012 and I am 372 minutes from my 2011 goal. I know some people here would obsess over why they did not reach their goal for the year. Not I. That will just be a waste of positive energy.

In all, I had a great year and I am happy with my accomplishment. Why you may ask?
- no injuries (did have a pneumonia)
- continued a healthy life style
- working out regularly
- ran 5 half marathons
- participated in three triathlons

so, I have accomplished some things.

What to expect in 2012
- stay injury free
- 50K run in March - for me
- 70.3 (half ironman distance) in May (Wildflower) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society
- depending on how I feel after the 50k, I may try to register for the Marine Corps Marathon for me.
- Livestrong challenge in Philly (will run and ride)
- more to come

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMGETSSPARK 1/1/2012 12:29PM

    2011 was a great year and sounds like 2012 will be just as fantastic!!!Hope 2012 keeps you healthy and strong!!!

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DDOORN 1/1/2012 9:56AM

    Such wonderful accomplishments, inspirations and plans for your future!


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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/1/2012 6:09AM

    Happy New Year!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/1/2012 4:30AM

    Way to go , Jan :) Happy new year!

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LKEITHO 12/31/2011 9:33PM

    Wow! You have some major events planned! All the best in 2012!

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2011 Goals

Thursday, December 22, 2011

So, I may not quite make the goal I had set in January. I will be within a few hundred minutes though.

What should I do? Get angry with myself? Get frustrated? Try my best to reach the goal with the few days left.

I am not going to do any of that!!! I am going to look in the mirror and say - I lead an active lifestyle in 2011. I pretty much accomplished reaching my fitness minutes, and I am going to use this as a basis for setting my goals in 2012.

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/31/2011 12:46PM

    Your positive take on life is refreshing!

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TIGGER622 12/27/2011 5:07PM

    Awesome decision!!! Three cheers to an amazing New Years, new start, new goals, new successes!!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/23/2011 5:21PM

    Perfect decision! Merry Christmas!!!

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BILL60 12/23/2011 9:25AM

    Hang in there and have a "Super" 2012.

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LKEITHO 12/22/2011 9:55PM

    Excellent approach! You've had a great year!

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ON2VICTORY 12/22/2011 5:26PM

    great attitude! I would say you have had a very active year! hats off to you my man!

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TTLEELEE 12/22/2011 12:02PM

    BOO-YAH!! Hi-5!!

You Da' Man, Jan emoticon
(ok, so it only rhymes in print, or if you say like the Terminator)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/22/2011 6:22AM

    Good for you!

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ANNETTEROSE1 12/22/2011 6:08AM

  I would also look at how I have done previously and give myself credit for my improvement. For example, years back, I set a goal to read at least 25 books in a year. The first two years I didn't quite make it (single mom, 5+ kids at home, etc.) The next year I did. A few years later I increased the goal to 30. I have made that too, and that isn't counting books on tape! So my hope is to do the same here. It gave me hope.

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DOOBIE893 12/22/2011 6:04AM

    I applaud your positive attitude. Go for it in 2012.

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Football and hockey concussions

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I am glad the football and hockey concussions get as much press as they do. Currently there is the whole discussion about Colt McCoy from Cleveland and two key hockey players (Crosby and Giroux) are out with concussions.

The way the sport is - it is not going to be easy to prevent them from happening because the brain itself is still jello in a casing.

If you want to read a really good (thought provoking) book on concussions in the NFL - read Gay Culverhouse's book (Gay is a former owner of the Buccaneers) 'Throwaway players - the concussion crisis'. - Check it out on her website

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ON2VICTORY 12/15/2011 10:54AM

    also , on top of this, awareness for wearing cycling helmets as well... serious stuff here....

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W5VEOTX 12/14/2011 10:16PM

    Interesting and important!

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LKEITHO 12/14/2011 9:45PM

    I agree that the attention being paid to concussions is long overdue. Thanks for the link to the book.

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DDOORN 12/14/2011 9:05AM

    It is long overdue but certainly welcome to see all the attention being paid to the seriousness of these types of injuries!


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

My friend Stephen Brown is an accomplished athlete with several ironman distances to his name, he is a coach and a motivational speaker - and he has beat leukemia. On his website today he wrote something to think about:

"And on the subject of “the journey”, celebrate the small incremental victories and give yourself credit where credit is due. You can’t eat this elephant all at once. So be happy with the small bites along the way. And conversely, understand that you will have a bad day and may even lose focus of your goal from time to time. Allow yourself to be a little human. But get back to the task at hand as quickly as possible. Sometimes the real world will interrupt the best of plans. That doesn’t mean you’ve been defeated or derailed. Make the necessary adjustment and keep moving forward.

And lastly, be proud but be humble. I see too many people racing for the sole purpose self promoting what they’ve done. Race for the true internal accomplishment that you have achieved. Celebrate having won an internal struggle or battle. Don’t race so you can walk around broadcasting to everyone, “look what I did”.

If you carry yourself the right way, walking tall with confidence and humility, your accomplishment will be known to all. You won’t need to advertise yourself with billboards or tattoos."

If you want to look at his blog/website - go to

Here are his two books

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LILPAT3 12/13/2011 12:26PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BILL60 12/12/2011 9:20AM

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

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BILLALEX70 12/12/2011 6:01AM

    Good stuff my friend.

Although, I still like to use ink for a permanent reminder of the effort.

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/12/2011 3:43AM

    Human-ness is something we often forget about. Thanks for the reminder.

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CALIDREAMER76 12/11/2011 9:53PM

Excellent advice for any of the journeys any of us may be on.
Thanks so much for sharing - will share with others as well!


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LKEITHO 12/11/2011 9:17PM

    Great ideas. Thanks for passing them along!

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ON2VICTORY 12/11/2011 8:10PM

    good stuff. I kike the part about giving yourself some latitude for being human and life getting in the way. I have had many of the same thoughts expressed here. Coming from a guy like that and what he has managed to accomplish, that gives me confidence that i am on the right track and have the right mindset.

Thanks for sharing..

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MNCYCLIST 12/11/2011 6:35PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/11/2011 4:38PM

    He sounds like a very special person. Thanks for sharing his wise words.

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DDOORN 12/11/2011 4:31PM

    Great attitude, quiet self-confidence!

Thx for sharing Jan!


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Thanks giving

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.

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DREMARGRL 12/4/2011 9:37PM

    "Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy"..............I am grateful our paths have crossed and I'm sure your friends there are most fortunate to know you in person!
Happy Holidays, friend.
XO MaryAnn

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/4/2011 9:30AM

    You are very thoughtful and considerate.

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L3DESIGNS 12/2/2011 2:05AM

    What a great friend!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 12/1/2011 10:01PM

    I want to thank the compliments so far - but don't expect 'hero' to be on my business card anytime soon. I do what my heart tells me to do.

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ON2VICTORY 12/1/2011 9:58PM

    Way to go Jan, that was really awesome. you really made a difference.

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BILL60 12/1/2011 8:10AM

    Way to go!! Super gesture. You're a magnificent human being. I congratulate you for also being a HERO!!

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APPLESBANANAS 12/1/2011 6:03AM

    When my brother was undergoing chemoradiation in high school his cross country coach gave him his Boston marathon medal. My brother still has it hung up, over a decade later.

People who are going through rough times are always being given advice and asked "are you ok?". I think it's awesome that you chose a meaningful way to show her she's appreciated on a deep level.

What a great Thanksgiving gesture!

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HUGGIEBEAR10 12/1/2011 3:44AM

    You are splashing Sparks on others! You are inspiring and a hero!!

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GROEDER 11/30/2011 9:17PM

    What a heartwarming blog!!!!! You just became MY hero!!!! What a kind gesture on your part.
Thanks for sharing your thanksgiving with everyone.

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