Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Dear SP friends.
Thanksgiving for me is very important. It is the time of the year where I reflect - reflecting on the year past.
This year a special group of friends will be in my thoughts and reflections. They are called my SP friends, and because you are reading this - you are one of them. I have had the privilege to meet some of you for a bike ride and run. I am looking forward to see you again in 2010.
The poet Kumbel writes:
"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live"
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Today I did my last scheduled event. A flat half marathon in a suburb of Cleveland, which I have done twice before. This was my 4th half in 8 weeks. I can't decide if I am just bragging or I have reasons to be proud, but it is behind me.
I was kind of so so about doing it. However, I think I managed to invite on of my fellow TNTers to run, so I was kind of obligated. As of yesterday morning - it was not really exciting (burned out?). However, that changed. My friend John emailed me and told me about the 7 year old son of someone he works with who was diagnosed this week with leukemia (that bast*** strikes again). Well that changed things. First I went in and found my medal from the Akron half marathon - mailed it to John with a note to the 7 year old to fight like he-- and heroes gets medals - and in my eyes he is a hero.
This morning I got an email from one of my honoree's who is despite her illness (blood cancer and failing kidneys) is on a cruise. She sent me an update on her progress. (she has no treatment options for her cancer and she is not a candidate for dialysis. WOW, did that get me fired up and inspired to run this morning.
I met with A+M+D. A is a walker, so she got to start before the rest of us. She did her first 13.1 at the Detroit Marathon, and because her late dad's birthday was on Friday she did it in his memory. M and D are Team in Training alumni, and we essentially ran together. Not fast - but a respectable pace (9.45 min mile avg) and enjoyed the run.
G*d made sure we could enjoy this day, and provided sunshine for the majority of the run. It was a nice way of closing out the 2009 season. I will use the next couple of weeks to regroup and then start to focus on my triathlon in May of 2010.
Last but not least. Have a most wonderful thanksgiving. I am thankful for all the support you has given me as a group as well as individually. I know I will get together with some of you come 2010. Some of you have seen my signature file that reads
Swim to live
Ride to live
Run to live
three disciplines - one mission and one goal.
(it applies to both cancer and healthy living).
Sunday, November 01, 2009
This weekend I drove to Pittsburgh to run the inaugural 'spirit of Pittsburgh'. It has been in the making for some time, and it got to be a great - albeit a little hectic weekend.
Two friends from my time in the Biggest Loser Club, and my spark friend John (JOPAPGH) were there. I stayed with a friend, former runner now cyclist and cancer survivor and was able to spend some time with him and his wife.
Yesterday we met at the Hofbrauhaus (in the healthy section he he). Had a late lunch and did the registration, and then we split. My wife and I - and my friend went to REI to do a little shopping.
This morning - blue sky - 34 degrees (on my car) we got underway. Nice small (3000+ runners). It was a generally fast paced group and we saw some of the sights. John has a very nice description of the route - incl photos at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
My time was 2:08 and a bit, which I am happy with - this old man is getting a little tired after doing three half marathons in six weeks. They were races and I am pushing myself a little more than a training run. When I reached 11 miles, I felt I was running out of steam and had visions of 2:20 or worse. But 2:08 I can live with.
After the race we met at the nearby Caribou coffee where I got to meet John's wife and son, and then he was headed off to a soccer match featuring his favorite team (Manchester City). The rest of us went to take a shower and went for lunch and it was time to hit the PA turnpike to go west.
Thanks to my friends who let us stay at their house. Thanks to Andrea (her husband Wayne), Stacie and her family, and John and his family. Great weekend.
Oh, one sweet victory - the Penguins lost last night to Minnesota Wild.... :-)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friends - I got myself a date in May ... the date is the Avia Wildflower Triathlon, and as of now I will be doing the olympic distance.
I am very excited about it, but also somewhat apprehensive. Lots of hard training is ahead....
There are some reasons for doing this. First to raise money for the leukemia and lymphoma society, second as a part of my healthy journey and push some limits within me, and last but not least - completing a triathlon makes me a 'triple crowner' within the leukemia any lymphoma society ... all that is - is a pin and bragging rights for doing a marathon or half marathon, 100 mile bike ride, and a triathlon.
As you know I have a niece with leukemia (her bone marrow last Friday was clean). However, you never know what tomorrow brings ... recently I got a message here. One of our Sparking friends have a friend who relapsed for the fourth time and has resumed treatment. A friend of mine who is doing really well had her follow up and on her CT scan ... and on her CT scan showed an opacity on her breast and in her ovary.... so she now lives with the anxiety of what that might be...
My niece, these two women and many more are the real reason why I am doing another event for Team in Training.
Monday, October 19, 2009
As I was in the waiting room today for my physical, I was pondering what I would write in this blog. As excited I am by my PB in Detroit, I am also sad because three runners lost their lives, and I want to put some perspective on this tragedy with some numbers. From the local NBC affiliate WDIV I found this:
'According to a Toronto study, which was published in a Runners World December 2008 article, there were 26-heart-attack deaths among 3,292,000 American runners who competed in 750 marathons over the past 30 years. That's a risk of 1 death per 126,000 runners.' (Published in 1996)
A study by Dr Donald Redelmeier (University of Toronto, ON) of more than three million marathon runners showed the rate of sudden cardiac death to be 0.8/100 000 participants (Redelmeier DA, Greenwald JA. Competing risks of mortality with marathons: retrospective analysis. BMJ 2007; 335: 1275-1277)
In addition I looked at some other data. Although from 1996, there is a paper in the Journal of Cardiology which reads in its summary:
"Although highly trained athletes such as marathon runners may harbor underlying and potentially lethal cardiovascular disease, the risk for sudden cardiac death associated with such intense physical effort was exceedingly small (1 in 50,000) and as little as 1/100th of the annual overall risk associated with living, either with or without heart disease. "
That is of little comfort to the families, friends, and fellow runners who were there yesterday, and to all who get the unfiltered news through the web or on TV. The deepest sympathy to the family, friends, fellow runners of the ones who departed us.
Unfortunately this tragedy has also lead to bashing of running marathons and - not surprising - the city of Detroit - and let me leave it at that.
This was my third half in Detroit. This year there was about 19.300 participants, and the weather turned out to be spectacular. It was chilly in the morning and stayed that way most of the day.
The route was changed this year, some of which I really liked (the run through Corktown was spectacular and I missed running in Mexican Village, and I missed finishing on the 40 yard line of the Lions stadium).
As a result of the weather there were several spectacular views on the route, and the supporting crowd seems to grow every year.
Yes, I did run my personal best (2:08), however, it is with mixed emotions I celebrate it today. I am keeping the race report short as a respect for those we lost and their families.
May they rest in peace, and may their families find the answers they are looking for, understanding this terrible tragedy.
I found a link to this elsewhere on SP website tinyurl.com/yfqxrh2
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