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Vacation is over

Saturday, July 03, 2010

If you have been wondering why I have been quiet, it is because I was in Europe for almost two weeks. My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

I had a magnificent time.

The weather was phenomenal both weeks - sunshine and temps in the low seventies.

Got to run a few times. Ran with my sister, my brother in law, and yesterday with my 18 year old nephew - and a couple of times by myself.

I think I am going to wait a day or two with the scale - I can feel the water retention. However, if you own a pair of compression tights or compression socks - use them when you fly long distance - it makes a world of difference.

It is great to be back - and a Happy 4th of July to all.

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RENA1965 7/13/2010 11:24PM

    Congrats with your parents! Yeah we have had some great weather in denmark, until the storms yesterday! Alot of lightening and fires on Sjælland..
I ain't watching the tour d´france biking this year.. Love it now that famous drug abuse detective is on the cases of a few people this time..
They need to screw down the pace so people can do the race without needing drugs to avoid dropping dead..

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/7/2010 10:56PM

    Great idea on the compression tights! I have a long trip coming up to Canada and the US and will definately look into using a pair for the trip!

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SEEHOLZ 7/6/2010 9:51AM

    I used my compression socks and love, love, love them! We flew through Copenhagen and it made me think of you... I just got back from Europe myself and had a magnificient time and awesome, but hot weather.

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    Welcome Home. Glad you had a great time. Where in Europe were you?

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BILLALEX70 7/4/2010 9:38AM

    Glad you had a great trip and are back safely.

I stayed pretty active during our trip, but eating was a HUGE challenge. I did pick up some books for beginner triathletes that I'm anxious to get reading.

Welcome back and we'll start looking for something we can meet up for.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/4/2010 6:27AM

    Welcome back! It sounds like a wonderful trip. Congrats to your parents.

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L3DESIGNS 7/4/2010 12:37AM

    Congrats to your parents! Wow 60 years! Sounds like you had a great family vacation!

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CHERYLD02 7/3/2010 8:13PM

    Sixty years! Congratulations to your parents and may they have many more years to come.

I'm glad you had an enjoyable vacation. Welcome back home!

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Worldrun II

Saturday, June 12, 2010

There are lots of ways to achieve notariety. Well, a fellow Dane did just that - first he ran around the world (Worldrun I) clockwise. The last couple of years he has been at it again running worldrun II - from the northern tip of Norway to the tip of South Africa. A run report of the second run is on

As nuts as it is - it is pretty fascinating reading.

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SYNCHRODAD 6/26/2010 1:26PM

    Reminds me of Forrest Gump's run....

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BILLALEX70 6/13/2010 2:04PM

    Dare to dream!

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HEALTHYCHIC 6/12/2010 9:59AM

    That's really an amazing thing to do. I once thought of doing the "50 states" but realized, if i did one marathon a year, i wouldn't probably make it in my lifetime :). That definitely takes a lot of fortitude.

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    I will never understand the desires of some people. It is amazing to have that much fortitude to do something like that.

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Some thoughts

Sunday, June 06, 2010

A couple of years ago there was a letter to the editor of Triathlete magazine. The reader asked it it was OK to yoga on your rest day? The reply was - what is it about 'rest' you don't understand?

I love getting inspiration from other people's blogs, but I have to say, I am very concerned about how people are abusing their bodies, and although I am not surprised, I am concerned that people are sustaining (potential) preventable injuries because of their - pardon me - stupidity!

Elite athletes does not train 7/365. Why do you think the Tour de France has a day off every Monday? Your body is not build to this kind of 'abuse'. More is not necessarily better.

What I also see is people are 'living in the present' - what will happen to the body 5+ years from now when the novelty of SPARK wears off? I read all this I want to lose weight, and many time what see is - healthier life style = lose weight. Now if you live a healthier lifestyle - your weight comes off automatically.

I want all my sparkers to be happy, healthy, and injury free.

On the thought of injuries. A couple of words of caution. Recently I read about a sparker who recently had an unspecified heart procedure and wanted to run a half marathon. The copy cat ' you can do it' and where to find training kept coming in. Not one person asked - have you talked with your cardiologist or who ever did the procedure if it was safe. When you give advise, read the whole thing. If you watch the biggest loser - what is one of the disclaimers. They are under medical supervision. We should be under medical supervision as well - talking to our own physician/NP or whomever we see.

Not to brag, but recently I suggested to a fellow sparker to see her phyisican after some complaints of ankle pain. I am glad I did - she had a partially ruptured achilles tendon - which required surgery.

My fellow sparkers - let common sense and careful planning prevail, and you will still succeed - and less likely to sustain injuries.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/31/2010 7:21PM

    I know this is an old blog, but since I just read it I thought I'd let you know:
I'll take a rest day 1x a week

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TRAINOF4 6/17/2010 1:57AM

    Amen Jan - I often think the same things about some posts I read here. It worries me when someone with pneumonia figures it's OK to "just" run 10 miles instead of 20 that day. Or telling themselves (or others) to 'push through' the pain. The only pain anyone - women actually - should "push through" is childbirth.

Pain, fever, vomiting, all those things are our bodies' way of telling us something is wrong. And it takes energy for our bodies to do heal properly. TOo much exercise or exercise of too much intensity for our current fitness level can be harmful and so can exercise when we are injured or unwell.

You always word things so well - thank you for reminding us all to take good care of our bodies in progress. emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/9/2010 5:43AM

    Words of wisdom, Jan.

I just hope that other Sparkers out there see this. I have learned the hard way about overdoing things, and it's good to see someone else have similar thoughts.

I really, really love riding the bike and swimming, but when my body screams "REST!" I usually have the sense to listen to it. When I don't, I really, really pay for it. I have been lucky so far in that it hasn't caused a serious injury, but when I overdo it, I find that when I don't stop and rest, it sets me back.

I'm trying to be a better listener of my own body, but, I'll be honest, sometimes I let the fun that I'm having these days get the better of me - I haven't been this active in years! But I know I have to do things within the limits of my older (sigh) body.

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    Jan - Hopefully you are speaking to me right now. Yes, I will never again question going to see a doctor if after a few days of rest the pain doesn't go away - or if after rest the pain disappears, but reappears again after exercising. You probably saved me from many more months of not running. emoticon

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PURPLEALLY 6/6/2010 4:08PM

    yoga is rest to me, guess I have an easy class

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CHERYLD02 6/6/2010 11:00AM

    I agree with you whole heartedly! That's why my jogging is limited to every other day. Don't want to overdo the shins and get those nasty shin splints again. I always find at least one if not two days to rest each week and rest I do!

I also checked with my physician to see if I could enter that 5K I did in May and she said sure, just take it easy and I took her advice.

Thanks for sharing all you share with us!

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B-N-ME 6/6/2010 7:52AM

    Great Blog Jan!
The journey and sustainability of health is far more than the number on the scale. As I have recently said it is accepting what your body is physically capable of, and working to be the best you can be within those parameters.
Health is a gift-period! It is easy to take that for granted until you lose it!
Taking care of what we have been given is a responsibility, that includes listening to our body, feeding it the right fuel and building up abilities over a period of time.
emoticon for sharing!

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Sparks flying in mid-Ohio (no photos).

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Well, it happened again - thanks to Bill. Several sparkers with spouses and friends gathered in Waldo Ohio for another bike ride. The weather was interesting - at best. A front came through overnight and did all kinds of havoc, however, we met at the community park in Waldo. After the greetings and getting the machines ready we hit the road. People were doing all kinds of distances (16, 34, and 63 miles were the options chosen by the group).

We started out at a reasonable clip but all of a sudden Anne, non-sparker John, and found ourselves clocking 19-20 mph and realized that we had lost Bill and the rest of the group. At mile 27 the ride came to a screeching halt. The overnight rain had flooded the course, and we ha to turn around. We caught up with the others and rode as a group for a short while and all of a sudden Bill and I did an unintentional breakaway. We worked well as a team - which was good - because there was a pesky headwind from the open fields.

My DW rode the 16 mile ride... and I think she was the only person who encountered rain. She was soaking wet.

We came home - just about 53 miles in the book at 17.4 mph - a great time with great friends, and it was nice to see Bill and Anne again - the non-sparkers John, Ed, his wife Michele again - and meet a few new people.

you may want to know - why no pictures. I think none of us want to get our camera wet while biking.

A great day in mid-ohio.

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AMCG2002 7/17/2010 8:19PM

    How did I miss this?!!! I have been struggling to find computer time with everything going on lately and totally missed this. Sorry!! It was a ton of fun those first 40 miles! Actually, I thought of you today because I told everybody I wasn't going to blow out of there at 20mph since you weren't there. Well, still ended up 18-19 in a fun pace line! lol

Did I hear rumor that you are coming down for the Columbus Marathon?!

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BILLALEX70 6/6/2010 4:08PM

    Always a great time when spent with friends. Maybe we can plan another ride for late summer sometime.

Thanks for making the trip!

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GRACE612 6/5/2010 9:09PM

    Glad you all had a good time! sorry about the rain though. If it make you feel any better, it was just as bad up here last night and today...oh and gee, it's pouring again as I write this..

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Cleveland half

Sunday, May 16, 2010

OK fellow Sparkers, another 13.1 is on the books!!! In case anyone wants to know - 2:20 was my time, but I didn't really care. I had a great time goofing around, visiting with other runners, having a great old time. And when I was done, I went out an met with some of the Team in Training runners around mile 12 and ran with them and encouraged them to finish the last mile... It was a lot of fun, So for me it may be more of a 16 - 17 miler run.

The weather was incredible, although it was cold at the lake and at the finish line.

However the best part was when I went out and met my friend Chris and ran him in with his brother an one of the coaches. Chris is a young man with lymphoma, diagnosed a year ago. I am afraid I have something to do with him running the full today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - one year ago this young man was told he had cancer. Today he ran a marahton. Now, he is MY hero!!!

I think I am going to put my feet up and watch a little hockey (Chicago-San Jose).

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SEEHOLZ 5/20/2010 3:47PM

    Great to hear you had fun! It was the perfect day!!!

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/17/2010 7:46PM

    What an amazing experience that must have been for you! You are quite an inspiration.

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MARYMARY611 5/17/2010 10:32AM

    You are so committed! Congrats on another half. Your encouraging attitude makes such an impact in others lives!

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    Jan - you are one fantastic human being - I sure wish I could run my first half with you. You are an amazing person, who has the ability to have people believe so much in themselves that they can accomplish goals that others would feel they wouldn't be able to do let alone even try. Thank you for being who you are - you are definitely deserve this emoticon

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DDOORN 5/16/2010 10:59PM

    Jan you are SUCH a champion for others! Your enthusiasm is probably the best medicine Chris could oughta help scientists in their search of a cure for cancer...your infectious SPARK would just HAVE to be a key ingredient! :-)


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B-N-ME 5/16/2010 10:06PM

    Contagious energy, and motivation...keep on doing what you do best, you rock!

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CHERYLD02 5/16/2010 9:28PM

    Jan, you are awsome..not only as a runner but as a friend to others! Congrats on your race and enjoy your week ahead!

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CATSTANCE 5/16/2010 8:18PM

    Sounds like you had an awesome day!
The inspiration went full circle! Very cool!

Get some R& deserve it!

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CALIDREAMER76 5/16/2010 7:34PM

    emoticon emoticon

You are amazing - as a runner and as a human being!

Enjoy your hockey game - hope your team does as well as you - maybe they need to check out your blogs for some inspiration!

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BURKEBRIZ 5/16/2010 7:34PM

    I ran the Cleveland 10k this morning! It was amazing to see so many people in the city for this event. Glad to hear your race was more about the community and not the run!

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MIAMIA7 5/16/2010 7:22PM

    Way to go Jan! Awesome job! You are inspiring. I am sure your friends appreciate all that you did for them. Enjoy your deserve it.

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BILLALEX70 5/16/2010 7:05PM

    You never cease to amaze me.

Two weeks ago you finished a half-ironman and today another half-marathon. Here I've been lounging around in a post event funk and you've been pushing the limits.

I hope you enjoy the hockey and get a nice meal of it.

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DEBNICU 5/16/2010 3:40PM

    How incredible, emoticon Chris.
Congrats on your accomplishments and for your encouragements of others.
Sounds like a great day.

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