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To all my spark friends

Monday, December 24, 2012

For some reason my status update have hiccups. Therefore I am going this route to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas the the best wishes for a merry Christmas being mindful of why we celebrate it. (If you do not celebrate Christmas - may your celebration in what ever tradition be a celebration of honor to what you celebrate).

I am on call this weekend and will be rounding tomorrow seeing families whose loved ones are in the hospital. The holidays will have a much different meaning to them this year.

On one the local NBC affiliate - this story aired tonight

Merry Christmas/happy holidays.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/26/2012 1:03AM

    I hope you had a quiet uneventful day.

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DREBENEZER 12/24/2012 11:09PM

    Merry Christmas, Jan! I will also be at the hospital tomorrow hoping that I am under-utilized - that would be a great present to all.

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DDOORN 12/24/2012 8:55PM

    What a wonderful effort! He is following the true spirit of the season, isn't he? What kind hospital work do you do Jan? My son is a neurosurgical PA & knows all about rounding.


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LKEITHO 12/24/2012 8:35PM

    Although you are working, I hope you have a great holiday, and I wish you and your family all the best in 2013!

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New Years greetings.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I got the quote below in an email today from Total Immersion. As we near the end of this year and start a new - I thought these reflections are appropriate.

"Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist teacher and prolific author. Last spring I ordered her book Start Where You Are. The book is based on 59 Buddhist maxims and includes such guidance as:
Accepting others starts with accepting yourself
Embrace the painful, as well as the positive aspects, of life.
Unclench your heart and mind. Dare to taste defeat.
Learning to relate to pleasure and joy-and fear and pain-helps reveal the richness of your own life - and all life."

Happy New Year.

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BILL60 12/23/2012 8:13AM

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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DDOORN 12/22/2012 11:53PM

    Wonderful thoughts from such a wise woman, thank you Jan! Wishing you and yours the very best for the holidays and beyond!


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GREENGENES 12/22/2012 9:19PM

    Very good thoughts to consider.

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DREBENEZER 12/22/2012 6:55PM

    Very well done!!

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Running the Fall Classic in Cleveland w. ON2VICTORY

Monday, November 19, 2012

Yesterday I ran the Fall Classic with Robert (ON2VICTORY). The weather was superb, and I can't believe Robert (from the UP of MI) talks about it being cold. LOL.

I have done this race a couple of times before, and it really a nice local race (although not the most scenic) that attracts a lot of people - from very competitive to people who wants to run their first HM. It is flat (=fast) so it is a perfect place for many to PR, and it has turned out to be a complete sell out over the last couple of years, which of course is because running (and walking) has become very popular (triathlon still remain the fastest growing sport).

Robert told me a few months ago he was coming through town, and if there was a race that day. Yes, he did ask if there was a HM, and we signed up so we could run together.

On Saturday we met for race package pick up (with his family) and then we went for lunch. The race itself was totally Roberts - and will let you read his blog as that will make so much more sense.

Congratulations Robert. Nice work. (you can read why for yourself)

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PIXIEMOM13 11/27/2012 8:49PM

    WTG Jan on helping Robert to his PR. And I appreciated when you checked on me towards the end. ;)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/21/2012 11:59AM

    Jan, I know Robert ran the race but from his blog I am fairly sure he would not have gotten in under 3 hours if it wasn't for your support and encouragement.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/19/2012 11:35AM

    So glad you got together. I will have to figure if I can get there to run with you someday.

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DDOORN 11/19/2012 8:16AM

    Our SparkFamily is so BLESSED to have your INSPIRATION Jan!

Way to SPARK, you guys...! :-)


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Thanks giving

Friday, November 09, 2012

My friend John works for a local TV affiliate. He did a story on Emily which is worth every second

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/11/2012 4:06PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BILL60 11/10/2012 8:20AM

    Can't open it up.

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JEREMY723 11/9/2012 10:30PM

    What a great story, thanks so much for sharing!

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Marine corps marathon (sorry, no photos)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fellow sparkers.
This weekend was the 37th Marine Corps Marathon aka MCM which is one heck of a marathon with 35.000 people - about 23500 finished. The event is divided in a 10k and a full marathon.

I left home on Friday. Wen to my hotel and just chilled. The last couple of weeks at work has been very hard emotionally (although I don't do hospice - what I do is closely linked with hospice).

Got up Saturday morning and had breakfast at the 'greasy spoon' of the hotel - enuf said :-) I then went to the EXPO. For the first time I had time to bum around and actually go to the booths I wanted to go to ... and I managed to get out of there without buying anything.

On my way back to the hotel, I went to lunch at a bookstore/restaurant I had been recommended on Dupont Circle. It was awesome (Quinoa, greek yoghurt, roasted nuts, granola and fruit). Got back to the hotel and met up with John (JOPAPGH) who was staying with me Saturday night. We chatted and went to dinner. We had a early dinner - good thing - because we beat the crowds.

Of course we were keeping an eye on Sandy - so we knew how we needed to dress in the am.

We left the hotel just before 6am - and on the way in the elevator we met a challenged athlete. No arm and a spring leg. These guys are amazing. Headed to the shuttle and to the start area. Now, I told you how large this was - then add families. It is huge!!!!

John and and I had different finish times in mind, so we separated fat the start - and after the national anthem there was a flyby by two Osprey's - if you want to see what they look like click on link
.. and then the gun ... no - it is the marines - so we use a howitzer - the first gun for the wheel chair - and the second for the 26.2 and 10 milers.

I am not kidding you when I say it is wall to wall runners the entire time. There is a LOT of people. The weather stayed dry - but it got windy.

I did OK for the first half - I was with the 5hr pace, but after 14 miles I started to slow down. A hip injury from a fall two weeks ago started to create limitations. But I would not give up, so I put on some music - and walked very brisk the remaining 12 miles of the event, and finished in 5:40 or 13.1 min mile. BUT - I finished.

The biggest challenge was after the race. Standing in line for the bus (the line at the Metro was no better). I made it back to my hotel in 2 hrs - I had to rush and get a shower for the shuttle to pick me up for the airport. Flight was only 45 min late ... so I was back home at midnight.

There were two of us on the plane with MCM shirts - the pilot recognized us on the PA. He had run the 10k himself that morning.

No blog will accurately describe the experience of MCM. It has to be experienced. However, if you want to participate - you have to be fast - this year it sold out in 2 hrs and 40 min.

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ETTEZEUS 11/5/2012 3:54PM

    Congrats! Sorry to read about the hip and happy to hear that you didn't get stranded in DC.

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JOPAPGH 11/5/2012 3:44PM

    Nice to spend some time together. Sorry about the hip, but glad you could finish. Just signed up for the Pittsburgh full in early May.

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LADYGWEN25 11/5/2012 2:28PM

    Way to go Jan! you were right behind Julie and i.. I just did my MCM blog... It was an enlightening experience to say the least. :) I plan to do it again despite my challenges during the race.. And looking forward to possibly a spring Marathon. :) Well that's if i can con Julie into :)

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BOILHAM 11/4/2012 4:26PM

    Good job. Congrats on finishing though injured.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:45PM

    WTG on a good finish Jan...looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.

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GYMRAT_AT44 10/31/2012 9:17PM

    Yeah! Congrats!

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FRECKS96 10/30/2012 8:21PM

    Congrats on your finish! You were right behind Gwen and I. You may have even seen me, I had my daughter on my back for the very end of the race and until I got my medal. The wind did get rough at times, but what an amazing experience!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/30/2012 10:56AM

    I know. I missed it this year. I really want to give it a shot next year. It sounds like a worthwhile experience.

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RHONDALYN10 10/30/2012 10:05AM

Too cool about the pilot. Gotta Love MCM!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/30/2012 7:15AM

    Sorry we were not able to meet at the Expo. I am glad you were able to fly out on time.

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LKEITHO 10/29/2012 10:51PM

    Congratulations on your finish! MCM was one of the first marathons I did - and the worst day I have ever had doing a marathon. It is truly a spectacular event, though! Like you I wound up walking most of the last half of the race due to an injury - no way I was not going to finish. I'm glad you enjoyed the event, and congratulations again on persevering!

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JEM0622 10/29/2012 9:02PM

    Congrats on your MCM finish! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MCCOURTT 10/29/2012 8:39PM

    LOVE the Blog, that is the MCM to the tee!!! I was tracking the race Sunday morning praying that Sandy was not early. emoticon again on the MCM!!!

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    Congrats for finishing - sorry about your hip. Glad you enjoyed your time.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/29/2012 6:38PM

    Way to go, Jan!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/29/2012 3:24PM

    Congratulations on completing the MCM!

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SHRINK_U 10/29/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like an awesome experience. Way to go :)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/29/2012 2:35PM

    I'm so proud of you for going AND finishing. You could have given up, but you chose not to. Great job! Sounds like such a cool, fun event. Glad you made it home safe and sound. emoticon

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