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running with my sister

Monday, July 09, 2012

My sister is also a runner. Not to the same extent as me. However, while visiting her I have been on a couple of runs. Today we had planned what my B-i-L called a 8-9 mile run. Well doable ... so we started out - he also said we would have the wind behind us .. didn't happen - - weather: overcast and then it started to rain. We had a nice run ... but rather than a 8-9 mile run we ended up running 13.6 miles.... no, no wrong turns or other route errors because we did a point to point on a rail trail.

I feel a little stiff now.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/18/2012 3:05PM


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DDOORN 7/18/2012 2:18PM

    It's great when we can make it a family affair, isn't it?

I finally got out to San Diego in 2009 and rented bikes with one of my sisters and had an awesome time riding out on the Silver Strand on Coronado Island.

I've been working on getting out with my other sisters on bikes...haven't succeeded yet. Course it doesn't help when they are in Anchorage, San Diego and Michigan and I'm in NY...! :-)


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B-N-ME 7/15/2012 11:15AM

    Glad you can share your passion with family! Inspiring I'm sure!

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LKEITHO 7/15/2012 7:54AM

    Good work getting in the run despite the rain!

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ON2VICTORY 7/10/2012 9:10AM

    Does this extra event put you into the half fanatics club? Just look at it as " bonus " Just pickin on ya bud :)

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DREBENEZER 7/9/2012 1:24PM

    Awesome that you had somebody to run with and that you were able to spend that time with your family!

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JEREMY723 7/9/2012 1:02PM

    I hope that you enjoyed the run and didn't overdue it by going to far. Was just commenting with another Sparkfriend about going to far because of getting lost--not fun or good for the legs:) At least it rained somewhere:)

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Be the match (on bone marrow donation)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Well, it happened again. The day before yesterday I received an email from the national bone marrow registry that I am a potential match for a person in need of a bone marrow.

Over the the next two months I will know if I am a match and will have to share my bone marrow with someone in need. There are reasons why I may not be donating.

1. the patient chose another type of treatment
2. I am not a the match 'perfect' for the person (which is a must)

Should you have the desire to be on the bone marrow registry and possibly help someone - log on to and check it out.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/7/2012 6:35PM

    How exciting! I've been on the registry for years but have never been called. I do donate blood and platelets, though.

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LKEITHO 6/7/2012 1:04PM

    Good for you for being willing! It is sometimes so hard for us to find donors, it is great to see people who are willing and able!

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JEREMY723 6/7/2012 11:10AM

    Thanks for doing this. I know that it will involve asking a lot from you.

Maybe I should consider it--I used to donate blood all the time (easier I know) but can't anymore for a medical condition (vitamin issue, would hurt me to donate).

I hope that all works out for the best for both you and the possible match. Keep us posted.

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/7/2012 10:42AM

    Thanks for doing this and I am hoping someday I get that email.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/7/2012 9:24AM

    You are AWESOME!!! My Aunt who had cancer needed a bone marrow transfer. She was able to find a perfect match and lived another 10 years. THANK YOU for doing this!!!

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American Odyssey relay

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Recently some of my running buddies (and I) from Team in Training came up with an idea. Do something challenging, fun, and that did not involve fundraising ...

After exchanging some emails we settled on getting a team together and run American Odyssey Relay from Gettisburg to DC. A run much similar to Hood to coast. Right now we are in the process of registering the twelve member team.

If you want to take a look at their website - check out

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BILL60 6/3/2012 8:14AM

    Lots of fun. I took part in the Beach to Bay (Corpus Christy) relay and it was a hoot. Have fun.

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BOBBYD31 6/2/2012 10:28PM

    you guys are awesome!

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DDOORN 6/2/2012 10:09PM

    Such inspirations you and your buddies come up with! :-)


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If you are triathlete - this is an interesting book

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Rasmus Henning, the Danish professional triathlete, just published his book in English. It is only available in an electronic format (thus not that expensive). It is excerpts of his personal diary and tells the reader what it is like to be a pro athlete, husband, father etc

You can download it from and the title is PRO:Chasing the dream.

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ON2VICTORY 6/23/2012 7:03PM

    gonna look into it... thanks

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Two books worth reading

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I just posted the note below on the triathlon group, but I want my SP friends to learn about these books.

Last summer Chris Macca McCormack published his autobiography "I am here to win" - and incredible account of being an ironman. It is available in hardcopy and on Kindle.

Last week I read Rasmus Henning's book "PRO-chasing the dreams" only available on Kindle (and only about $10). You may know Rasmus had a really bad performance in Kona two years ago, and that is where it starts. He has used excerpts of his diary and he share them with the reader. It shows the triathlete, the husband, and the father - how he balances life as a pro athlete and being a husband/dad.

I would highly recommend both books to anyone who has a an active lifestyle.

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KMILLE65 5/14/2012 4:42PM

    Thanks, Jan. I may have to get two copies of Chris McCormack's book. One for me and one for my Team in Training coach. He's a 5x Ironman and I have been looking for an appropriate thank you gift for helping me this year. I also know he and I are both Crown Royal drinkers (sorry, SP, sometimes a girl needs to drink something other than water) so I was going to get him a bottle.

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MNCYCLIST 5/14/2012 8:50AM

    Thanks for the recommendations.

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DREMARGRL 5/14/2012 6:17AM

    Thanks, Jan. As always, you are very helpful in finding ways to motivate yourself and others. Kudos! emoticon emoticon

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MIAMIA7 5/12/2012 5:34PM

    Sounds great Jan! I just got a Kindle Fire...will have to check these out!

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