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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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Saturday, May 15, 2010

I just got back from the Cleveland Marathon, half, 10 and 5k's, and I am so excited. I met some rockstars... aka fellow sparkers who completed their first 5k - and I got to see them cross the finish line.

Cat, Cheryl, Grace and your familes. It was very special for me to be there. Most frequently I am the one cross the finish line and people are there for me. This time I got a chance to see you guys finish ... and it was fan-friggin-tastic. (Just look at the smiles of those three ladies on the picture).

I am glad you had a good time - who knows, next time I may be running next to you.

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    Once again Jan you are the ultimate runner. Supporting others who have just begun.

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DDOORN 5/16/2010 12:13AM

    Jan it sounds like you did your part to set those folks in Cleveland on FIRE!

Way to SPARK and Pay It FORWARD! :-)


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BILLALEX70 5/15/2010 9:47PM


Jan I'm glad to see you out there cheering on your fellow Sparks! Alway Jan in the middle of the women. emoticon

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ORANGECYCLE 5/15/2010 7:07PM

    Your an inspiration! Thanks!

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CATSTANCE 5/15/2010 12:00PM

    Thanks was so awesome to meet you! Thank you so much for being there for us!
We'll see you at the race in June!

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LULUBELLE1102 5/15/2010 10:42AM

    How exciting it is to see all of you with those big smiles. It is great to see sparkpeople come together. Congrats girls and keep it up. And thank you Jan for being our biggest cheerleader no matter what the subject.

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LILPAT3 5/15/2010 10:29AM

    Looks like all of you had a great time. When is the next one?

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/15/2010 10:11AM

    You paid it forward and inspired three more to do the same!

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GRACE612 5/15/2010 10:11AM

    It was awesome!! and I'm so glad that we finally got to meet and you were at the finish line cheering us on!!

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/15/2010 10:08AM

    I LOVE IT! Congraulations to all!

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CHERYLD02 5/15/2010 10:01AM

    Was so nice to finally meet you Jan! Thanks for coming out to support us! :)

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SWEET_DREAMS 5/15/2010 9:48AM

    Looks like a fun time was had by all!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

I hate recovery. I feel like a slug. On the other hand, my body is telling me I need to recover. On average I sleep 1- 1 1/2 hr more every night. I planned to swim tonight, but decided on the way out the door when I left work - no. Soon I will be in my bed.

Sunday I will be running the Cleveland half. When I have recovered from that - it is time to structure a new workout.

One take home message - no matter how much of a slug you feel, and how much you want to work out - do yourself a favor and respect the recovery phase. Not doing so is placing you at a risk for injuries.....

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BRIAN36 5/14/2010 8:51AM

    I just hate it. Here it is 12 days post marathon and all I want to do is stay curled up in bed. I can't believe how much it took out of me. But, I'll honor my body and give it a break. I've got big plans for this fall and I need every thing in working order.

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BILLALEX70 5/14/2010 4:10AM

    Are you in my brain?

Ever since the half 2 weeks ago I've been so unmotivated. The weather hasn't helped, but I constantly feel sluggish. Thanks for the wise words.

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DDOORN 5/13/2010 10:40PM

    True enough...! Have been slowing down & stretching like the dickens to get over this sciatica / piriformis which I think my biking and NOT stretching enough has contributed... never had it before. Hoping perhaps to get out on my bike Sat...first time in over a week!


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PATRICLES43 5/13/2010 10:09PM

    Great blog. My body and schedule forced me to recover after the marathon relay. I crashed pretty hard for the next week. Take it easy man.

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 5/13/2010 9:43PM

    Wise words, Jan!

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Miles with meaning - swim, bike, and run to find a cure

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This weekend 1.3 million dollars was raised for the leukemia and lymphoma society to fight blood cancer through the leukemia and lymphom socety's team in training program, when 418 participated in the Wildflower triathlon in sunny california.

The wildflower triathlon, is also known as the Woodstock of triathlons because you are camping. The course is located close to Paso Robles, CA and if you have never been here, it is gorgeous, but quite HILLY! I started the day with a brisk 1.2 mile swim in 61 degree water (yes, a full wet suit and neoprene cap was added), then proceeded on a 56 mile bike ride around Lake San Antonio traversing up hills like Heart Rate Hill and Nasty Grade. I tried to ride as fast as I could on the bike (but ended up with a measly avearge of 13.5 mph - compared to the top five pro's riding at 23 mph). I knew I had to ride smart and save myself for the run (13.1 miles). Temps in the 80's an done of the co-sponsors was Gatorade. I have never chugged down so much gatorade.

From talking to a friend who did this two years ago the strategy was t0 run the flats and the down hills and walk the up hills. But, that plan didnít quite work out as we had to basically go mountain climbing up and down the hills. Instead of a run, we ended up calling it a death march. The run was primarily trails - however - the view was absolutely gorgeous. My finish time was just shy of 9 hours.

Yes, I can now put a 70.3 sticker on my car.

However, there are many similarities to this and getting chemo. However, once it is over I can take a shower, dress, and relax where the cancer patient still live in fear of a recurrence. For me - there will be a recurrence - not sure what and where, but I will continue as long as I can raise the money and my body will allow me to do it.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma society has been partnering with this event for several years and have raised in excess of $20M, including this year's 1.3.

FInally, during the expo I signed up to be a marrow donor through Team Trevor - who was there paperwork and swaps for potential bone marrow donors.

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AMCG2002 5/12/2010 9:16PM


emoticon You are amazing! I wasn't far from you at camp in Solvang, just "down the road" a bit. It is very hilly there! lol I admire not only your tenacity in training, but also all of the very hard work you do to raise so much money for TnT. Congratulations!


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SEEHOLZ 5/11/2010 3:11PM

    You are really a true inspiration for given back! Seriously, I hope you had fun, but man, you must feel so accomplished in more than just the physical and mental sense. Thanks for the race report.

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MARYMARY611 5/9/2010 8:36PM

    Jan - you are so inspiring. Congrats on your amazing race! Be proud of that 70.3!!

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KRISTA-GIRL 5/8/2010 2:23PM

    Absolutely amazing. This blog is truly an inspiration. Not only would I have not thought this physically possible, I've never bothered to be involved in anything remotely like it. I've seen five of my immediate family members battle cancer (two are winning) and reading this shames me and inspires me at the same time. Thank you and congratulations!!

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B-N-ME 5/8/2010 1:46PM

    Jan, I'm a little behind so my apoligies for being tardy.
I am proud to know you. You are an inpiration and have left your footprint on many lives. Not only to those who know you for the work you do with your charity, or those who know you for your endless encouragement and educated comments...but the patients and families who hearts are touched, and who are encouraged by the work you do every work day.
As I have told you many times, you never cease to amaze me!!

Keep on keeping on!


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TRAINOF4 5/7/2010 1:23AM

    Yeah- I'm terrible at fund-raising, too. First weekend of June is our Relay for Life in Warrenton. I'll be walking this year! Woohooo!!!

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 10:02PM

    Awesome deal Jan!

While I LOVE the idea of doing things for fund-raising, I'm TERRIBLE in holding my hand out for donations...which of course tend to be lukewarm at best. Yet one more challenge, right? :-)

Way to keep at it!


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CATSTANCE 5/5/2010 8:59AM

    Jan..all I can say is awesome and so inspiring.

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GRAVYCHAIN 5/5/2010 12:11AM

    Wow...I must say. I have been involved in two events so far with TNT and I am still so inspired anytime someone mentions a triathlon. Your fitness achievements are amazing, coupled with the cause...even more so. I have never met someone through TNT that wasn't a hero in my're no exception! Congrats again!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 5/4/2010 8:29PM

That is emoticon and for such a great cause.

God Bless

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TTLEELEE 5/4/2010 7:21PM

    Jan Da'Man! emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 5/4/2010 7:12PM

    Bravo Warrior and bless you for your kind and giving spirit you share so freely. The world is a better place because of your tire tracks and foot prints.

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GRACE612 5/4/2010 6:39PM

    Wow! Just wow, on all fronts. From that miles posted to the money raised, that is just awesome!! You rock!

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BILLALEX70 5/4/2010 6:34PM

    Glad to see you back in ONE piece! We'll have to start calling you Steve Austin (as in Six-Million Dollar Man, not that wrestling chump).

That's simply amazing that you did this. I tell everyone that you just have to pick an event and train for it. This event sounds like it took quite a bit of training, but gives so much back in return. I know you're a proud TnT member and never hesitate to share your stories. Cancer is a terrible disease and we need to find a cure now.

Hope to see you soon for a bike ride.

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LAURIE5658 5/4/2010 3:08PM

    Jan, this is incredible! THATS where you went and I wondered if indeed you were at an event. Congratulations on participating in such a special event. YOU are awesome!

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You did so awesome. I am so proud of you. What a tri - I will have my hubby who does half ironman's read this one....maybe he will want to try it...

Glad your back.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

I am not the best to write blogs. There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that my essay skills could be better.

If you have followed me, my blogs, my training, and my health issues, you will know this is a work in progress.

Let me start with the health. I saw my dietitian this week. My weight could have been better, but since I last saw Julia, I have started to swim a mile once or twice a week. I also had blood work done and my lipid panel looked better, as did my blood sugar. However, I got a note from my PCP that my ultrasensitive CRP (shows inflammation and is a good indicator of cardio vascular disease) was up. His note (email) read 'I am concerned about your CRP being x" - I wrote him back and said - do you think a 13 mile run on Saturday and a 60 mile bike ride on Sunday would have something to do with it?" - he responded - next time you need to not exercise 5-6 days before.

In the last paragraph you saw swim, bike, and run. Yes, I am training for a triathlon which will be soon.... I am very excited about it - but also very nervous, because there are time cut offs. Again, this is a fundraiser for the leukemia and lymphoma society - and according to an email I received yesterday, I am the 7th highest fundraiser for this event. I am pretty happy about that.

Today I ran the Hermes 10 miler (Cleveland) and thought I did OK (I wasn't in any hurry). When I looked at the pace - 9.62 min mile - I was quite happy about that.

I am taking it easy tonight ... even though my Red Wings are not playing tonight, there is plenty of other Stanley cup playoff games. Chicago - Nashville just played a heck of a game, and then tomorrow ... a mile in the pool and perhaps some other things - we shall see ....

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LKEITHO 5/3/2010 11:18PM

    Congratulations on the great job of fund raising, and for being able to do the triathlon!

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PURPLEALLY 5/1/2010 8:22PM

    where is your tri?
I hate it when the wings play teams from the west coast.

we were doing registration wed night for a race and one of the runners commented she wouldn't do so well since she stayed up to watch the wings, we gave her no sympathy and told her we did too PLUS had a shot of tequila everytime they scored all SIX of them

go wings!

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SEEHOLZ 4/26/2010 2:55PM

    That is exciting news about your Triathlon! When is it?
Congrats on raising so much money- you are awesome for doing so much for a good cause Jan!

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BILLALEX70 4/25/2010 7:27PM

    I can't wait to hear how your tri goes. I'm anxious (nervous) to get into the pool. Once my half is over with I've got to make that a reality, so people will just have to overt their eyes or poke them out. I am lucky that Tammy's aunt has a huge pond in her back yard that I can train in.

I'll call you soon to chat.

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DDOORN 4/24/2010 9:43PM

    Great work Jan!

You've got a SPARK that illuminates the darkest of skies! :-)


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CALIDREAMER76 4/24/2010 9:03PM

You are becoming my hero - Let me know how I can help you continue to be the 7th best fundraiser and maybe move up a notch.

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LILPAT3 4/24/2010 7:33PM

    Nice, Nice, Nice! emoticon

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B-N-ME 4/24/2010 7:28PM

    hmmmm....It's over two years since we "met" and never have you waivered or slacked in your determination to put in miles with meaning! You have and continue to impress and inspire many. Your dedication to your cause is to be commended...I know how focused and determined you are and have no doubt that your upcoming tri will be an amazing experience, I just wish I could be there to cheer you on in person...

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TTLEELEE 4/24/2010 7:03PM

    Did you mean your "wait" could be better? DUDE! Bodies are such strange machines, aren't they. Yours seems to be doing really well. Mine is a new model than yours but bike & swim (in terms of "miles) never happen in the same day (anymore). And if you see "run" associated with my body, something horrible was chasing me!!

When I grow up.... emoticon

and btw, your s/a skills are just fine emoticon

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 4/24/2010 6:49PM

    You do such good works with your body, Jan! Hopefully it will repay in kind. :)

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FREDANNA 4/24/2010 6:42PM

  I am impressed!

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