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My friend Stephen

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Many of you know I am involved with the Leukemia and lymphoma society for many reasons. Professionally (because I meet patients with blood cancer) - personally (my niece has leukemia) and because their charity Team in Training has been instrumental in changing me to have a healthier life style. Along my journey I have met some incredible individuals. When I did the Philly half I met a guy who is what I would call 'a helluwa guy'. His name is Stephen Brown. Comcast did a story on him I want to share

Here is the link

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REDSHOES2011 3/19/2012 10:22AM

My niece is also offically declared healthy again and has returned to a normal school..
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Comment edited on: 3/19/2012 10:23:54 AM

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DDOORN 3/19/2012 10:14AM

    Now that is one AMAZING fellow! Kudos to him for paying it forward in such a MAJOR way!


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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/18/2012 9:08PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BOBBYD31 3/18/2012 9:05PM

    very nice video. pretty incredible athlete

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ON2VICTORY 3/18/2012 3:00PM

    ill check it out when i get home, cant see video on my phone... Thanks for sharing..

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2012 - Marine corps marathon

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wednesday March 7 was the day for registration to the Marine Corps Marathon. But 'you snooze you lose'. In a record 2 hrs and 41 minutes the event was sold out!!! WOW - was my expression when I found out.

I was one of the fortunate people who got in along with a small group of Sparkers to get in. I have made my reservations for air travel (got a $199 airfare, and a $150 room(the DC is not inexpensive)).

This will be my second Marine Corps marathon, and I am really stoked.

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DDOORN 3/13/2012 9:47AM

    These events are getting SO popular that I'm not surprised to hear of the sell out.

I just KNOW you are going to ROCK this marathon Jan! :-)


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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/12/2012 10:37AM

    Congrats!! How exciting!!!

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BOBBYD31 3/11/2012 9:32PM

    congrats my friend, you guys will do great

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LAURIE5658 3/11/2012 8:30PM

    Jan, CONGRATULATIONS! It is my goal to run MCM in 2013. Hubby wants to run the 10k. There are so many reasons to be stoked for this event.

You go!

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JOPAPGH 3/11/2012 8:07PM

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

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IRISHLASS117 3/11/2012 8:01PM

    Warrior! You are so lucky you must be Irish!

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MCCOURTT 3/11/2012 7:58PM

    Nice, That is such a fun marathon!!!

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ON2VICTORY 3/11/2012 6:48PM

    i would really like to run this one with you in the future !

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CHANGE_4_LIFE 3/11/2012 6:42PM

    I'll be there in 2013 ... best of luck and ENJOY!!!

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GIANNA345 3/11/2012 6:27PM

    Congratulations! I'll come out to cheer you and the others on, when the time comes.

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Looking back

Monday, March 05, 2012

I have never really been athletic. I was never really in a good shape. I hated running. I rode my bike for commuting, and swimming was essentially non existing. Then I started smoking - and was a 1 pack a day smoker.

in 1990 I stopped smoking - 1991 I got married - the weight kept adding ...

In 2002 I got a new bike and started slowly adding miles
2003 I turned 50
2003 I went on my first ski trip (going on my 9th soon)
2003 I did my first 100 mile bike ride
2005 my first half marathon (done 5 more)
2007 my first marathon and triathlon
2010 my first half ironman distance.
2012 I ran a 50k

so today I am training for the second half ironman distance (remember I hated to swim) - 25+ half marathons, 6 marathons and a 50k run later (remember I didn't like to run), who knows how many 100 mile bike rides.

As I am looking back at my accomplishments, I am thinking of Chris Mccormack's (Ford Ironamn champ) quote - "you are the CEO of your one person company". You make it happen.

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LANNIEMANUEL 3/6/2012 9:10PM

    you rock. sounds like you found the right way for yourself

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MCCOURTT 3/6/2012 7:45PM

    I love that quote! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 3/6/2012 6:50PM

    Awesome Jan!!! Love it!!! emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 3/6/2012 6:10PM

    Great to see you BLOG featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 3/6/2012 6:05PM

    Way to go!!!!! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/6/2012 5:44PM

    Woohoo! You are awesome! Congrats on all of your progress! I know there is more to come! GO GET IT!

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DIBANANA 3/6/2012 9:37AM

  I need to follow you around all day!

Great attitude.

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DDOORN 3/6/2012 9:27AM

    Man o' MAN have you *MADE IT HAPPEN* in SPADES!

What an inspiration you are Jan!


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SJKENT1 3/6/2012 8:34AM

    Awesome! Look at what you are becoming... marvelous!!

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CAM2438 3/6/2012 6:41AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/6/2012 5:35AM

    You are amazing, Jan. I am so glad I met you. You continue to inspire.

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IRONMAN4LIFE 3/6/2012 2:41AM

    Mate ! you are an inspiration!!!

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ROSIE777 3/5/2012 9:05PM

    emoticonJob you are Amazing

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MASRITE 3/5/2012 8:16PM

    WOW!! That is very impressive and very inspiring!! emoticon

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STELA731 3/5/2012 7:19PM

    Not to mention all the fundraising for TNT! You rock

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TYKXBOY 3/5/2012 6:36PM

    Who has two thumbs and is amazing and inspiring?


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IT-IS-WHATITIS 3/5/2012 5:03PM

    Total inspiring!!!! AWESOME!!! emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 3/5/2012 4:57PM

    Hero Warrior Leader

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JANNERUN 3/5/2012 4:18PM

    Good job! You are an inspiration!

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KKINNEA 3/5/2012 3:38PM

    Love it!!

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JOPAPGH 3/5/2012 3:25PM

    Great job! I am another late to it athlete and view you as a role model (except for the Redwings fan part).

Ran my first marathon in 2011. Currently training for half marathons 7 & 8, followed by my first century in June. Bucket list, watch out!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 3/5/2012 12:57PM


You never cease to amaze me, my friend! CONGRATS on completing your first ultra! I am sooo HAPPY and THRILLED for you! I hope you have a GREAT time in Canada. Sure gonna miss you this year at JASR!

Enjoy your recovery!!!

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LAURIE5658 3/5/2012 12:54PM

    Make life happen and happening it is! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and achievements. You own them!

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CALIDREAMER76 3/5/2012 12:12PM

    Wow, all I can say is WOW!
I'm so glad to be counted as one of your friends.
You are truly inspiring, yet you have told me it's the people you ride for that inspire you!
You inspire me! You make me believe that some day I will walk my first half marathon sooner rather than later. =)
Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/5/2012 12:12PM

    Jan, I am a guyto whom a lot of people say "you inspire me."

Dude, let me say:


From the depth of my recovery from shoulder surgery which has cancelled my triathlons for 2012.


You and I are of an age. Never a smoker, but a late athlete. I couldn;t run, didn't own a bike, forgot how to swim. I have done a sprint duathlon and sprin triathlon. I was going to go for Olympic Tri this year. Cancelled for this year. Half Ironman after that. I will come back from my injury.


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ON2VICTORY 3/5/2012 11:58AM

    Jan, you are a hero in every way. I never knew you smoked, that makes the victory just that much better.

you are an Iron-Warrior!

Seriusly, I am looking forward to the day when I can get up to the point where I can do a HIM with you. You dont have to stay with me but i sure want to get our pic at the finish line taken together. we look good in medals!

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GRACE612 3/5/2012 9:52AM

    That is the best quote ever!! You have accomplished so much and keep the rest of us going!!

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MIAMIA7 3/5/2012 9:23AM

    Jan-you are amazing! I LOVE the CEO quote!
Great job!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 3/5/2012 9:23AM

    I LOVE that quote! And from someone who comes from a similar, non-athletic, hating exercise, pack-a-day smoking should be so PROUD of your accomplishments! Not only for yourself, but for everyone who finds you an inspiration!

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BOBBYD31 3/5/2012 9:20AM

    i bow to you, mr CEO! your accomplishments just amaze me. so glad to call you my friend

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BILL60 3/5/2012 7:42AM

    Way to go!!!! Keep it up inspiring us mere mortals.

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GROEDER 3/5/2012 7:40AM

    That is amazing - and very inspiring!!!!!!!
Just reading of all you have done, is great motivation for me as I get ready for my next personal challenge. I have my FIRST 100 mile bike ride planned for June 16th (the day before the first anniversary of my new knee).
Thanks for sharing your accoomplishments.

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MEGA_MILES 3/5/2012 7:32AM

    It's funny how we define ourselves in very static ways such as I'm not this or I'm that. The truth is we are whatever we choose to be. It's very sad so many choose so little.

Congratulations on all your accomplishments. Live long and prosper.

Run on, swim on, bike on. Be all that you can be. Just do it!

I've heard of mixed metaphors, how about mixed ad campaigns. ;-)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 3/5/2012 6:57AM

    Wow Jan. you have accomplished so much. I am so proud of you. I know what you are doing is hard work. I like the quote. Thanks for sharing.

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Green Jewel (50K).

Saturday, March 03, 2012

So today was the 50k run. Last night was windy around here. The temperature was 39 (and falling) a little snow in the air.

Before I left at 5am I had checked my email - get this - the road to the meeting place was closed until 6 because of migration of salamanders. I am all for preservation of the nature, but it was just so funny.

Briefly - we met - boarded busses to get to the start. Everyone assembled and gun time was only 30 min later.

Initially my breathing was difficult to get under control, but as I warmed up it got better. My buddy and I did a 10:1 interval and that worked really well, until about 13 miles out when my buddy started to slow down and walk a lot more. We continued and it was a challenge on my patience. However, at the next rest stop he decided it was time to let me continue. (note how I worded it).

It was a challenge, and I felt really bad for him, but it was his choice (he had issues with his calf). I continued and although not more than 6 or 7 ... I passed people and got to the finish line.

Some of you might want to know what my fuel was.
2 Cliff bars
64 oz (total) of fluids with HEED (a carb/electrolyte solution) from Hammer Nutrition

I should probably have added more calories - but I felt great. After the run - three 2 by 2 inch cheese pizza ... into a warm car and then home. (I am still cold 6 hrs later).

I feel bad for my buddy, and we have communicated. He has an awesome attitude and is happy for his total of 20 miles and we are talking about bike riding on Tuesday - weather permitting

At the bottom of the link you will find the elevation chart

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ARTISTKATE 4/12/2012 11:50AM

    Jan, you are totally awesome!!! Congrats!!


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SEEHOLZ 3/30/2012 2:38PM

    Great job!

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AMCG2002 3/6/2012 12:26PM

    Woohoo! Sorry I missed this earlier. Salamanders, really?! That is too funny. Always nice to start off a big day like that with some humor. 50K is amazing! It's interesting to see your fueling. I'm sure your friend understood when you had to part ways. We all have those days when the legs just aren't what we had hoped they would be. Congratulations on another awesome run! You ROCK!!

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CDNMSFIT 3/5/2012 10:36PM


Awesome accomplishment! You ROCK!

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LAURIE5658 3/5/2012 12:14PM

    Machine! All I can say is I am speechless! Congratulations, my friend!

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MCCOURTT 3/4/2012 9:33PM

    Congratulation!!! Running in the cold is just HARD. But to do a 50K in the cold, that is WOW!!!
(With the wind chill that 39 degrees was more like 30-24 degrees)

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IRONMAN4LIFE 3/4/2012 9:12PM

    Well done mate!!!

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PURPLEALLY 3/4/2012 9:33AM

    nice job!
you must have had better weather than us--our wind was gusting so bad no way in you know what could I have done that much

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BILL60 3/4/2012 8:23AM

    Super job. What you accomplished is no small feat. Hang tough!!

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DDOORN 3/3/2012 10:02PM

    Your dedication and accomplishments and just AMAZING Jan!

Sorry to part ways with your friend, but I think folks generally understand that we're all different in terms of our capabilities. I'm sure you have taught your friend SO MUCH for which he is grateful! Not the least of which is heck, just being a great buddy!


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DREBENEZER 3/3/2012 9:34PM

    Fantastic job!! Congrats to you!

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BOBBYD31 3/3/2012 9:15PM

    congrats my friend! i am so impressed with your achievements you inspire me to be a better person every day. so early this week i decided to do something with my life also, i am doing a century while raising funds for diabetes on 6/24,j the tour de cure.
john may be doing it with me and bill asked for the info also. i believe this is something that i can do, i just have to believe in myself like you do. thanks for the inspiration

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ON2VICTORY 3/3/2012 9:11PM

    wow, that was amazing that you did that on solids (Clifs Bars) you are very well trained being able to handle that. way to go on finishing your Ultra, that is a huge feat. You have a great friend that understood when it was time to let go and let you continue. Sometimes that has to happen rather than introduce problems and guilt. awesome job done by all!

Long live the salamanders

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My 50k - on friendship and support

Saturday, February 11, 2012

As you know I am training with a buddy for a 50k run on March 3rd. Today was our long run. My buddy and I go back a long time. We have run, we have biked, we have done tri's as a part of a charitable organization, but this is something we want to do for us.

We were going to run the last 24 miles of the course so we could get a feel for the hills at the latter part of the run. At the time we started the temperature was 25 degrees, it was snowing like crazy, the roads were not plowed - nor was the multi purpose trails. (anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow).

We started out maintaining the pace we wanted and everything went well. We never talk much, today no exception. We came to the half way mark and a friend came out with salty pretzels, gatorade and water. We chatted for about 10 minutes and then got on our way.

Three miles later I sensed something was not right. My buddy started to walk more than I have ever seen him do. He was just not himself. I was not sure what was happening. I then asked him if he was not feeling well, and it turned out that he didn't. I won't go into detail but suffice it to say - it was multifactorial. Mean while the weather had deteriorated the snow was coming down, the visibility was worse, and the wind had kicked up. And my buddy was struggling more than ever and we are walking and have been for a while.

Thoughts went through my head. Do swallow my pride and keep walking with him? Do I tell him to keep walking and I will run to the car? - I did not like the idea of leaving him in bad viz with a dark jacket - and I was more visible, and if he is not doing well, you don't leave someone alone. So we kept walking. After some time he said - why don't I call my daughter to see if she can drive and get us (my car was at the end - his was at the start - and we are now 6 miles from the finish). His daughter and her friend came and got us and took us to my car (where we were going to finish - his car was parked where we started). I just talked with him and he is doing fine.

What did I learn from the experience that you may benefit from.

You should know - my buddy is a 7 time marathoner, I don't know how many century rides he has done, and he has two half ironman distances to his resume. Not exactly an inexperienced athlete.

1. This story clearly tell you that when running long distances, you should not run alone. Even experienced athletes can get into trouble

2. If you decide to run training runs with someone - you stick together. Chose your training partner carefully. He and I match pace - we don't talk much - and that is how we like it.

3. Don't ever leave anyone who is 'down' behind. They may tell you to go ahead. Don't do it. They may need assistance (for all sorts of reasons) and then you will be right there.

4. Call and make sure your training partner is OK after the training session.

5. There is very little need to regurgitate what happened. If your training partner want to apologize let him or her do it once ... and then move on. It is part of the territory, it happens to all of us.

6. Remember, this blog could be written by your training partner and you were the one who 'fell'

Next week is a 14 mile run ... we have put today behind us and move forward. We decided to train and do the event together.

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BUFFALOKAY 3/7/2012 2:14PM

    Good advice. Thanks for sharing your story.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/6/2012 8:14PM

    Wow, right now I run alone a lot, this has me thinking more about safety..and I guess at the very least I ought to invest in a road ID....

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MCCOURTT 3/4/2012 9:44PM

    Love this blog, alot of people think I'm crazy the way I plan long runs, but in way it is really just like a any marathon, just not with support a long the way. I file a flight/running plan for all my long runs for all the reason you gave. We are all human and some days are good days and some are not.

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SKINNYMINNIE25 2/28/2012 12:20PM

    Good reminder, I once agreed to partner w someone I met on a training ride. We had a similar pace (bike) and I wanted company. The day of the race, it took me a long time to figure out that she had not trained well and was not as vested in finishing as I was. I kept waiting for her, expecting her to catch up. I finally was so off my time, that I really struggled to finish myself. Will never do THAT again. Glad your bud is ok. Good Blog.


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DREMARGRL 2/26/2012 6:21PM

    I would not expect any less from you, Jan. You are a wonderful partner and friend!
Thanks for an excellent blog.
As always....
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ON2VICTORY 2/22/2012 12:22AM

    great post Jan, you were smart to stay with him, thats the primary thing, safety first and thanks for bringing up the fact that it can happen even to the well trained athletes. we need to train with our head on straight... good blog, thanks for posting..

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IRISHLASS117 2/13/2012 6:45AM

    A Warrior with a heart and the courage to accept whatever happens. You are my hero1

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BILL60 2/12/2012 8:50AM

    You are one kind human being. I congratulate you.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 2/11/2012 10:11PM

    Thanks for sharing this Jan. I'm glad that your friend is doing better now. It was a brutal day weatherwise. I hope that next week will be better for you.

Thanks for the tips. I'll remember them.

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ERLYWA 2/11/2012 7:19PM

    REALLY good safety tips, and not just for distance runners but for beginners, too. I know when I first started running I ran into some problems a couple of times and wished I were running with someone that could help. After that I joined a running group and the support was awesome! Not to mention the feeling of safety that came with running with a group...

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DDOORN 2/11/2012 5:04PM

    I've had similar experiences when cycling with a buddy that I just *knew* was having trouble. Fortunately she listened to me re: proper fueling and after a bit she turned the corner and was doing well again.

It pays to be just never know what can crop up!


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PURPLEALLY 2/11/2012 4:54PM

    wow, I need a training buddy.
You were a good friend.

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