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Short half marathon report.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Had a pretty good Half Marathon this morning.

I decided to push a little harder on this race, but was careful to walk some intervals in the beginning, to warm up slowly and not get injured. I'm always cautious about getting injured. It just takes too long to recover, and I have a marathon coming up in a month, and that is my major priority right now.

The weather was great nice and cool in the beginning, but once the sun came out, I felt uncomfortable with it.

The first 10 miles were average pace of 9:20 or 9:40, But when I hit mile 10 I was getting tired and I started doing over 10mm for the last 3 miles. The race was on a fairly level road - an out and back course. But as y'all know the second half is a bit harder than the first. :)

I actually did well, time-wise. Even with the cautious start. I ended up with a 2:09:55 - just one minute and half over my PR.

There were only 7 guys in my AG, and I beat 5 of them and one of them beat me.

Okay, in case you're too lazy to do the math, I will tell you - I won a 2nd place award in my AG. I hope I don't drop it in tall grass, I might not be able to find it. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful. I still like to win once in a while.



When they called my name, they mentioned my hometown, and some young lady was excited that she and I were both from 'Maitland'. While we chatted, I requested she take a pic of me. And there you see her effort above.

After only a year of running, this is all still new to me. Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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MASRITE 1/7/2013 9:12PM

    Another half? You are amazing!!! I just can't imagine running so many of those. And, another full for you, too. My inspiration!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2013 1:11PM

    Great job! Winning a medal is always fun. I take it easy also because I don't want injuries either. Good luck on the full one coming up!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/7/2013 10:16AM

    Way to go!

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HALFFAST 1/7/2013 9:14AM

    Awesome! Congrats on placing!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/7/2013 8:52AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. Dang, I have to retire so I will have all the training time I want. Never done a half or even a quarter... Thanks for the blog!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/7/2013 5:26AM

    Killer time. I have never been at that pace. I love reading your update. I am thinking that I really need a motivator and as you say, a half is plenty long.

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Great job!

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STRIVER57 1/7/2013 3:08AM

    very excellent!! and very fast!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/6/2013 11:27PM

    Congratulations!!! I only hope one day to think:

"Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is."

WOW! Inspiring to the max. I know full well how far ONE mile is - I only hope some day to think like this! :-)

Great job!!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/6/2013 9:13PM

    "Today I realised something. That is, every time I do a half marathon, it seems I have forgotten just how far 13.1 miles is." LOL - glad I'm not alone in that thinking

Great job - congrats on placing!

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KANDOLAKER 1/6/2013 8:01PM

    Congratulations on a great run and for placing second in your AG!! Woohoo - way to go!!

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PMRUNNER 1/6/2013 7:45PM

    Vic, well done! Way to go! The half is fun and challenging race, glad to hear that you did so well.

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MIRAGE727 1/6/2013 7:10PM

    Outstanding effort!
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ANDY_54 1/6/2013 7:09PM

    Awesome report! I like hearing that other runners start out slow, too. It gives me hope, LOL. I only did 4 measly miles today and it about did me in--I'm in awe of all the running you do, cannot fathom a HM. Keep going, you're doing great!

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ONMYMEDS 1/6/2013 6:39PM

    Very nice job!! You've come a long way in a very short time. Congratulations. From the picture, it looks like you didn't even wrinkle your shirt.

I seem to forget just how far ANY of those distances are, from 5K on up. But then, at my age, I forget just about everything.

Well done, buddy!! You can never have too much bling.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2013 5:53PM

    Second place is awesome!!! I wish I could run as fast as you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/6/2013 5:17PM

    Congratulations! Any hardware is great in my book.

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WINDSURFNERD 1/6/2013 5:12PM

    Congratulations on your 2nd place finish, 2:09 is a great time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 1/6/2013 4:12PM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/6/2013 3:46PM

    That's an awesome time!! Congrats!!

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SEABREEZE65 1/6/2013 2:49PM

    I'm impressed!!!
Another bling to hang on your bling hanger!!

WooHoo!

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COOP9002 1/6/2013 2:48PM

    Great job! You should be so proud of your accomplishment.

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ROXYZMOM 1/6/2013 2:46PM

    Congratulations! That's a great time!

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FUNFROG79 1/6/2013 2:31PM

    Congrats! Another great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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STITCHERFRIEND 1/6/2013 2:29PM

    Woo Hoo! Congrants on the race. Next time you will get the First place...it's coming.


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MS0669 1/6/2013 2:12PM

    I think your time was awesome, and second place is awesome ! Way to go !

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JOPAPGH 1/6/2013 2:05PM

    Nice half finish time and good luck on your upcoming marathon. I begin training for the Pittsburgh Marathon tomorrow.

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RHONDALYN10 1/6/2013 2:00PM

    Woohoo! Way to go!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/6/2013 1:57PM

    Great half marathon.
Thank for sharing your experience.
Your pace was great.
Hope you do well on your full next month, sounds like you're ready.

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DALID414 1/6/2013 1:51PM

    Awesome job!
I've heard it compared to giving birth, you forget the pain of it all emoticon

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LAURIE5658 1/6/2013 1:49PM

    Vic, now you and I are syaing...Oh, I'm just running a HM this week. Who would ever thunk???!!! Great job, my friend!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 1/6/2013 1:40PM

    Vic, congrats on your time and age group placement. You inspire this somewhat young chick to keep trying to do more to improve myself. Lol! Funny you mentioned pushing yourself a lit bit more because you are afraid of getting injured. I had the same conversation with my running partner yesterday. I did push myself a little yesterday and ended up running a minute faster per mile compared to my last long run. Of course, I decided to do so because my legs were fresh....I only ran once last week (not by choice).

I hear you on the 13.1 distance. Somewhere around mile 10, I always ask myself why am I running 13 miles? But then when mile 12 rolls around, I run a little faster to get my medal and cold bottle of water. Really it is the cold bottle of water that motivates me to finish. Not kidding.

Rest up and then get back to your training.....you brave soul.

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Making New Year's resolutions is for suckers.

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's resolutions are stupid. Who ever started this ridiculous concept? The idea is one is to vow to do something good next year. To start a good behavior or eliminate a bad behavior - because it is, after all, a NEW year coming up.

Stop smoking, start exercising, eat better quality food, be kinder to others - the list can go on and on.

I never understood this notion. Even when I was a little kid, I remember thinking. "What is so special about any given NEW year? If we want to do something differently, we can do it today or tomorrow, or one hour from now, or right now".

We humans can change for the better. All it takes is a little introspection, thought and determination.

What is it that's stopping you from living a better life? Think about the things which are doing that, and make an honest effort to alter or stop those bad behaviors.

If you use the 'New Year's Resolution' plan, you are destined for failure. Because the plan demands you make a resolution for the "new year" and stick to it. If you fail, you're done for.... until next year when you can try again. At least, that's the way I see the NYR plan.

With "The Boilham Resolution Plan" (okay wiser men than I have suggested the Boilham plan as well) you just honestly try to not continue with your bad habits.

Make your resolution any time of any day. If and when you stumble a bit, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. No need to wait another year to do the resolution thing.


You can make a change for the better. Try it now.

Thanks for reading and have a great new year in 2013.




  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/2/2013 5:32PM

    I like the idea of new resolutions on your birthday. Celebrate your newest year with a good habit.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/1/2013 10:17AM

    I agree! Although joining SP on 1/1/11 was my NYR for that year but I wisely set myself up for success by crafting the resolution to simply join SP and give it an honest try for a month instead of tying it to a specific weight loss amount or all or nothing behavior change. And it worked for me that time. I chose to do it as a NYR to give myself time in advance to get used to the idea of the changes I would need to make in order to get healthier and become ready to make the commitment.

Other than that I haven't really ever made NYRs. If you feel the need or desire to change something in your life you can do so at any time. Although I do make annual goals every January, but these are goals with action plans to achieve them, not wishes to be different (which is basically what a resolution is and why they mostly fail).

Happy New Year!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/31/2012 11:03PM

    Agreed! No New Year's Resolutions here! I do love the feeling of a "clean slate" though........hmmm...

Happy New Year to you and yours!! Many blessings beyond measure in 2013!!

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NWFL59 12/31/2012 7:55PM

    I'm with you as far as not waiting to some future date to initiate better habits, take action now and accept setbacks as minor blimps and not as show stoppers.
Enjoy your personal resolution plan. emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 12/31/2012 6:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy New Year with your CONTINUED road to health. :)

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/31/2012 5:07PM

    I agree!! Happy New Year!!

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MASRITE 12/31/2012 4:23PM

    I definitely see where you're coming from with this one. My DH and I decided to start today with the better eating and so far, so good. Not waiting until January 1st or 2nd!!

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DALID414 12/31/2012 3:42PM

    emoticon
Thanks for the laugh!
I'm on board with The Boilham Resolution Plan!

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ANDY_54 12/31/2012 2:36PM

    Oh no! Here I made some resolutions before reading this! Seriously...I see the start of the new year to keep me going. For me, it's a time of reflection mostly and and an almost ache to accomplish more than what I've done. Having it on paper (in pencil, hehe) is good for me because I tend to lose sight of where I'm going awfully fast. And, for me anyway, they're basically a continuation of the journey.

Saying this, I agree with you in spirit--too many times resolutions are things that set you up for failure. Hope the satrt of the New Year is good for you (and all the days that follow)!

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HALFFAST 12/31/2012 2:05PM

    I completely agree. Happy New Year!

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JACKIE542 12/31/2012 1:31PM

    I agree! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 12/31/2012 1:13PM

    Love it!
I haven't made resolutions for YEARS!
BUT, I do make annual goals and write them down. It has been fun to go back and look at my list for 2012 and see what I attained and what I didn't.......missed 1000 miles running by 31 miles. That is ok! I NEVER would have thought I would run 500 miles let alone 969 miles!
Happy New Year!

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FUNFROG79 12/31/2012 1:05PM

    Completely agree! Happy New Year!

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LINDAKAY228 12/31/2012 12:09PM

    I am totally with you and I stopped making resolutions a few years ago. It just set me up for failure. I'm in total agreement that any day is a good day to work on overcoming bad habits, not one special day of the year.
Have a great New Year!!

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SOUTH_FORK 12/31/2012 12:03PM

    i hear ya, boilham! i almost fell victim to NYR thinking this morning... but nipped it in the bud. i will say that some folks really need that psychological break of a new year as a time for change- i'll hope for the very best for them!

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WINDSURFNERD 12/31/2012 11:40AM

    Hear, hear! New year's introspection is fine as long as it leads to ACTION. My "all year" resolution is "decide if its something I really want, then do something NOW...otherwise let it go". happy New Year to you and best to you and yours 2013!
Naomi

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SEABREEZE65 12/31/2012 11:36AM

    Love.

Embrace today - whatever day that is!!

BTW - I make New Year's resolutions. Oh no.....

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2012 10:55AM

    I love the Boilham Resolution Plan!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/31/2012 10:49AM

    I hear ya. Don't put off doing something today thinking tomorrow, next week, or next year will be a better time to start. I used to do that with my weight....not anymore. I thought like this for years and it got me nowhere. I used to say to myself that I will start running after I lost weight. If I did that then I would have missed out on running numerous 5ks, 10ks and 3 half marathons.
I will never forget a mean comment I overheard before the start of my 2nd 5k. So the skinny girl said to her skinnier friend something like, "Wow, I can't believe she is wearing those (shorts)". I was 175 lbs at the time. Yes, I was a little overweight for my frame (5"8'), but in their world (size 0), I was huge.

I did make one promise to myself; learn Spanish. My husband is from Venezuela and it would come in handy living in Miami.

Wishing you a happy new year, Vic.

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Just what I needed, more competition!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Did you know there is an ongoing surge in older runners participating in Marathons?

According to BostonGlobe.com there was a record surge in registration of older marathon runners in the 2012 Boston Marathon!

Over the past decade, the number of older runners participating in the Boston Marathon has more than quadrupled. A record 596 runners age 65 and older had registered for the 2012 race, 47 of whom are age 75 and older.

The oldest man to run in the past decade was Jerzy Kuszakiewicz, 87, of Granite Shoals, Texas, whose finishing time was an impressive 5:19:01 in 2002. That is one minute faster than the time it took this 66 year old to complete, in my 1st Marathon this past November.

Last year, more than 83 percent of the starters aged 65 and older finished the race.

By now, surely you have heard of Fauja Singh, the 101 year old man who recently completed the London Marathon. I mean, come on, 101 years old? Now there's a role model for ya.

Is it safe for social security recipient aged runners to compete in long distance events? I think so.

Most people 65 and older are more vulnerable to injuries such as stress fractures and tendinitis, because of the increased brittleness of bones, reduced elasticity of tendons, and atrophy of muscles. They also tend to have reduced aerobic capacity and heal slower than younger runners. That being said, I believe the benefits of running outweigh the risks. Careful and smart training will certainly reduce the incidence of injuries. This applies to runners of all ages.

Hopefully more mature runners are more aware of possibilities of injury simply by virtue of being on the planet a bit longer than their ripening counterparts, and will use this wisdom to train safely.


Thanks for reading and have a great day.



  
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WONDERWOMAN 12/31/2012 8:37PM

    I love the term "mature runner" - that's it!!! I agree we need to adjust; and if we do, the benefits far outweigh the risks. I've learned this year that I can't continue to keep up with my step-daughter. Someday I may still break that 2 hr. HM, but if I don't, so be it. Protecting my body so I can keep running until 101; that's the real goal. Thanks for the reminder.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/30/2012 5:57PM

    Hmmm...nice stats! I think that in training, you actually strengthen the very joints you worry about injuring, thus reducing the risk of injury! It's a double-good thing! :-) I hope I am good to go until I am 101!! :-)

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/29/2012 11:57PM

    That's amazing! From what I understand, alot of the reason for more injury as you get older is that lots of seniors aren't very active.

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ANDY_54 12/29/2012 7:34PM

    There's a running joke that says I don't need to run harder, I just need to live longer (to get into another age group). I'm not so sure that applies anymore, seniors can be awfully competitive, LOL. But I tend to think it's great that so many are running or walking or getting some sort of physical exercise. It's true as I look at my own mom who turned 90 this year--a couple of years ago she told me, while on her way to swim, if you don't use it you'll lose it. I kind of think that's right on target.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 12/29/2012 2:01PM

    If you are near Cleveland - that is where the Senior olympics will be this summer.

I did not start this journey until I was 50

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CHANGINGHORSES 12/29/2012 11:56AM

    That is awesome news! I remember when I first joined a hiking club back in my thirties and there were people as old as 70 hiking and I thought "I want to be like that when I get older". I find much inspiration in older folks being active.
I can only hope and strive to be an active senior that is loving life and setting the example for others. I do believe that without my health, I have nothing.
emoticon Here's to a long and healthy life!!!

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NWFL59 12/29/2012 11:40AM

    I thought the competition was with oneself and pursuing your personal goals, not so much T-shirts, bragging rights and whatever. emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 12/29/2012 10:08AM

    Very interesting statistics on older runners. I am pretty fast and can keep up with a lot of runners half my age. But to tell the truth, I am not fast compared to myself at half my age!

There is an old quote, "You don't get old and quit running. You quit running and get old!"

You are a machine!

Bruce

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KANOE10 12/28/2012 8:57AM

    Good advice! I think it is great that there are more older runners! You are right about good training.

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MASRITE 12/27/2012 11:25PM

    I hope when I'm 87 that I'm still running!!

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FUNFROG79 12/27/2012 10:40PM

    Wow!

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SOKKERNUT 12/27/2012 10:45AM

    Here is one for you 82 year old working full time Nun who competes in IRONMAN triathlons. If this isn't inspiration I don't know what is!

http://impowerage.com/not-t
oo-late/active/sister-madonna-b
uder-sets-ironman-triathlon-wor
ld-record-again

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ROXYZMOM 12/26/2012 7:13PM

    I "liked" this blog. It sounds like an advertisement!!

Sorry about having more competition! I guess it's good motivation to work harder???

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STRIVER57 12/26/2012 4:53PM

    i love this blog! and i love SB's link to the 80 year-old who did 80 miles for his birthday. omg. but i have decided to save marathons till i retire (if i ever do) -- not enough time to train while trying to work.

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HALFFAST 12/26/2012 4:02PM

    I agree- I think it's wonderful! And gives me something to look forward to :)

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2012 3:18PM

    I think it's great!

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SEABREEZE65 12/26/2012 3:13PM

    Here is another older runner.....

80 miles on his 80th birthday....

http://hearsdif
ferentdrummer.blogspot.com/2012
/11/80-mile-run-on-his-80th-bir
thday.html

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LINDAKAY228 12/26/2012 2:08PM

    Having worked since 1995 with "older adults", including a few years with Senior Olympics, I agree that you have to be careful about what you do. By that I mean being smart, building up slowly, knowing your limitations that are legit limitations and not just mental limitations. But I have also known amazing athletes way up there in years. I would rather be doing things I love, even if there are some risks, than sit around and die of heart failure, miserable and not feeling like I've really lived. I salute all the "older" athletes out there! I want to be one of them as I get older too. I'm only a couple of years away from the 60 year mark, and the older I get the more I want to pursue my dreams and live life fully!

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WINDSURFNERD 12/26/2012 12:51PM

    It keeps getting harder to be the oldest person on-course! In my 30's I thought I could "age in" to medaling a race, this year I thought I might "distance in"...now it's clear I need to get older faster! OTOH, I find plenty of inspiration out ther, including this blog!

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KIMPY225 12/26/2012 12:41PM

    I agree - I think everyone should be smart with their running!

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CAROLCRC 12/26/2012 12:06PM

    My long term goal is more modest than a marathon... I just want to run the 8K turkey trot when I'm 80.

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DALID414 12/26/2012 11:46AM

    Wow! And to think I just want to live to see 100, I don't know about racing though. Never say never.

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ONMYMEDS 12/26/2012 11:42AM

    87?!! 101?!! No wonder I'm slow, I'm too young for this. I have at least 10 more years before I hit my stride.

Nice blog, by the way.

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How to Tie Your Shoes With One Hand. (short video)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0R9NOwww
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FUNFROG79 12/27/2012 10:39PM

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SOKKERNUT 12/26/2012 10:25AM

    GOOD ONE!!!!

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DALID414 12/25/2012 5:40PM

    That was awesome!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2012 1:44PM

    If someone can learn to live with what they are dealt (in this case, a single hand)... certainly I can learn to live with my own limitations... and come up smiling, as this young man does! Thanks for sharing this inspiring but not mushy video. emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/25/2012 1:21PM

    A remarkable young man.

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SEABREEZE65 12/25/2012 1:05PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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Moderation in All Things.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

We (DW, me and the dogs) are heading out later today to see the kids and grandkids for Christmas.

Yesterday, DW was cooking! She made a huge pan of lasagna. Baked two different kind of cookies. Okay, the kind that are premixed and you plop them on a baking sheet, but still. She baked a Christmas themed cake, too. With sprinkles on it. Sprinkles which will be applied later tonight by my youngest granddaughter, with the guidance of DW.

While she was at it, she used the leftovers from a baked chicken we had earlier in the week, and made a chicken soup. I love that chicken soup, loaded with egg noodles and fresh vegetables. This soup will be for dinner tonight with the family. The lasagna is for Christmas eve.

This way my daughter won't be bothered cooking. And DW loves to cook and prepare dinners for family. So, everybody wins.

Yesterday I had 3 chocolate chip cookies. Still warm from the oven. I was tasked with taking them off the sheet during cooling and placing them on a rack for further cooling. I couldn't resist. Okay, I could have resisted, but I rationalized that

1. It was the Christmas season and 2. I do believe in moderation not deprivation. (something I was reminded of while reading Brooklyn_Born's blog yesterday).

If ever there was a time of year to cheat a bit on food intake, probably Thanksgiving would be pretty high on the list. But, I did fairly well during that holiday, but the Christmas baking and cooking day reeled me in, and I caved.

I also ate several fruit slices, and had a few beers, 3 to be precise. This is what happens, You give in a little and then you throw caution to the wind. You've taken that first guilty step, and the rest of the trip is easy.

Oh no, I am not beating myself up. I just understand the process, and I went with it. I know who and how I am. I will be back on schedule soon enough. I exercise hard and eat right. 'Almost' all the time. I am in shape and feel good about myself. But, I am in full disclosure mode here, and want you to know - I think it's okay to indulge oneself. FROM TIME TIME, I put that in capitals. I don't want to imply indulgence is a good thing. Because I do not believe that. Indulgence will kill happiness.

So my friends, I might just drink another beer or two on Christmas eve, I will enjoy my wife's wonderful lasagna with buttered bread. A regular sized portion, no gluttony necessary. I think I've had enough cookies, though. See? Moderation!

I'm still an athlete in training. I will resume my 'sensible' diet immediately after our family visit.

All this typing to say " moderation in all things" is, in my opinion, not a bad way to live.

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays.



  
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KANOE10 12/28/2012 8:55AM

    You have the right attitude. It is Ok to enjoy yourself in moderation. The your know you will get back on track! Good for you staying positive.

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FUNFROG79 12/27/2012 10:33PM

    Happy Holidays and enjoy your family!

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ROXYZMOM 12/25/2012 9:27PM

    I hope you enjoyed your cookies, beer, lasagna and buttered bread. Sounds yummy. I hope you enjoyed the holiday with your family.

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PMRUNNER 12/25/2012 6:08PM

    Enjoy your holiday with your family!

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MASRITE 12/25/2012 5:38PM

    I only wish "in moderation" was working for me right now!! I'll be getting back on track once the holiday season is over. Already warned my training that come January 2nd, we are on!!

Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family today!! Merry Christmas (and thanks for my goodie the other day. You always make me smile!!) emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 12/24/2012 5:18PM

    I agree 100%. I am following the same plan but not as closely.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/24/2012 10:01AM

    We're definitely of one mind on this. Enjoy your holiday with family.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 9:01PM

    I agree with you 110%! I know people who believe that they can no longer eat certain foods....that's sad! It's not that they can't control, it's that it is a food on the "naughty list". I plan to eat what I want with - exactly how you stated it - moderation! My hubby wants to take me to Italy to show me where he was stationed when he was in the army, and I plan on having a good time and not worrying about how many calories are in my food! :-) (But, not overindulging either!) I think we can have the best of both worlds...it's just a new way of eating! Not having to pig out on the WHOLE thing....just a little! :-)

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!
(((HUGS)))
~ Christa

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/23/2012 4:58PM

    You got that right.....moderation for all things! There are a few things that are popular this time of year, and I have learned to eat smaller portions because the calories pile on fast. Enjoy the family and have fun with the grand kids.

Merry Christmas. emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 12/23/2012 4:25PM

    Sounds like a darned good plan! Enjoy your holiday!

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LAURIE5658 12/23/2012 3:06PM

    That's a great plan and enjoy!!! Have blessed Christmas with your family and savor each moment.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, VIC!

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RUN4FOOD 12/23/2012 2:56PM

    Moderation is a good thing.
I've heard it said it doesn't matter what you do between Christmas and New Years, but it does matter what you do between New Years and Christmas.
You've done well this year and a little celebration is in order.
Enjoy yourself.

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/23/2012 2:56PM

    Couldn't agree more, deprivation does not led to anything good. The occasional indulgence does not hurt in the long term and makes life enjoyable.


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DALID414 12/23/2012 2:39PM

    I agree, as long as you're fully aware of what you're eating/drinking and taking responsibility for it, you'll be in control to get yourself together soon after.

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2012 1:45PM

    Great plan and glad you aren't beating yourself but just acknowledging it for what it is! have a great Christmas visit with the family!

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HALFFAST 12/23/2012 11:26AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! And have a Merry Christmas!

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SEABREEZE65 12/23/2012 10:42AM

    Have a great time with your family!

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2012 10:29AM

    Excellent plan!

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ONMYMEDS 12/23/2012 10:07AM

    Nicely said, sir. Enjoy your moderation AND indulgences.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

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JILLIEWILLIE1 12/23/2012 10:05AM

    Agreed, as I too prepared chocolate chip cookies for my kids and family. We will have Christmas lasagna too! With home made Italian bread and Coconut cake.
Then it is...SLAM...back to reality! I plan to enjoy a normal portion size of all. And I will encourage all to join me in a post meal walk around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights!
Happy Holidays to you and yours! emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/23/2012 10:00AM

    I also am good all year, except the Holidays, I will also be enjoying my lasagna dinner on Christmas eve, with all the fixings. Have a Happy Holiday. emoticon

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