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Monday, May 05, 2014

Hmm...been busy lately with mostly good stuff happening, but for whatever reason it hasn't really come together as blogs usually do for me. So I'm just gonna rattle on with what's been happening. I think it's related to not having pushed the envelop in any significant way lately...no overly-inspiring thoughts or experiences, perhaps?

Getting ready for my Binghamton Bridge Run 5K yesterday has been enjoyable...going outside and jogging for an hour at a time several times a week over the past month or so. Picking different routes...taking in the beauty that is in such abundance around the Southern Tier of New York. We've been on the cusp of everything green preparing to BURST out of the zillions of buds that are just crackling with the promise of summer and life.

This past Saturday was the ride I had signed up to lead for the bike club, before I knew anything about my cardiac condition. Another member led the ride for me, for which I was appreciative. The starting / finishing point of the ride was just north of my home. I didn't think my timing would be right, but as it happened while out on my jog up through town and over down the towpath into the nearby state park my return back through town coincided with everyone's return from the ride so while it was bittersweet to meet up with them, the accent was definitely on the "sweet" as I reassured them all that at the end of the month after my anti-coagulant has stopped and worked itself out of my body I would be returning to the wonderful world of cycling once again! Some kidded with me saying: so did you follow us on our ride? :-)

Actually the irony was while jogging down the towpath stones kept multiplying and becoming less and less level and out of the blue WHAM! the front of my sneaker caught a stone with just enough force to send me sprawling flat on my front-side with my hands flat out beside my face. A sort of reverse-dolphin pose from a standing position.

So I'm jogging instead of cycling because it's less risky? ;-) Ah well, no broken skin, just a little sore in my wrist which cleared up fine.

For the 5K on Sunday I joined with another bike club member who was doing the run also. It was nice to chit-chat and start with her, but it soon became apparent that my pace was going to be faster and I really wanted to see if I could beat my record which I think is 33 mins. around an 11 minute mile.

My theory behind jogging an hour during my preparation was that if I was used to jogging that long a 5K would take considerably LESS time so I would have some gas left in the tank to kick in the "afterburners" and hopefully bump up my speed overall. Not sure yet what my official time was, but I think it will be a new personal record for me...stay tuned!

A couple other bike club members greeted me at the finish...they had been volunteering as marshals for the half-marathon earlier in the day. It was nice to catch up with them.

Next Sat. our bike club will pull a MASSIVE effort together as we celebrate another Bike Giveaway during National Bike Month. Hundreds and hundreds of bicycles have been donated and refurbed to be given away to children and families with limited income. Safety classes will be held and riding demos. Busy, fun and WAY gratifying day for all of us!

The following Saturday we honor one of our bike club members who was tragically killed last year by holding a family event at one of our local state parks. There will be both mountain bike rides and road rides of varying lengths. I'm toying with the idea of camping overnight to test out all my self-supported camping gear which I've accumulated since last September so I'm more familiar with it by the time I use it for any of my self-supported touring rides which I hope to do later this year.

This past Friday I went to a reception a friend of mine and his wife had for their newly married daughter and son-in-law. Meant to get a photo of me all duded up...doesn't happen often! But overlooked it.

It was a wonderful time with fairly healthy food choices available...until I dared to venture into the room filled with a zillion desserts. I foolishly thought I could retrieve some goodies for a family member and firmly maintain my resolve not to indulge. Ugh! This was my first foray into the world of sugar and flour since I stopped it all in January.

But yanno? It was just one night, lesson learned and not too much of a blip on the scale which has been fluctuating between 210-213 over the past few weeks. Now the challenge is, do I want to get serious and keep shedding those pounds to reach my goal of 200 or what?

So THAT'S been what's cookin' in my neck of the woods!

A work in progress, as we all are, learning to be kind, yet firm with myself...iron fist in a velvet glove!

Onward!

Don

ps.. Oh! Forgot to share this very intriguing article. Yes, I'm a Michael Pollan, "Real Food" fan, but I gotta say my curiosity is so PIQUED by this concept! Who hasn't had at least SOME periods of time in their lives when food just gets in the way. The shopping, the preparation, clean up, storage, not to mention COST, etc.

What if we could just do away with all that muss & fuss? The simplicity of this, the lack of triggers...SO ALLURING! Read on!

THE END OF FOOD
Has a tech entrepreneur come up with a product to replace our meals?

www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/
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PPS...and another cool thing: I've decided to spring for an upgrade to my bicycle saddle and am awaiting delivery on my Brooks Flyer Saddle to replace my old seat. Brooks saddles are renown among distance cyclists and I thought, what better treat for my ride? :-)

  
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LPRUNWALK 5/6/2014 2:13PM

    I have been having trouble making time for SP these days, but I am really happy I made it all the way to the end of this blog. You sound great. So many things going on in your life right now, all of them leading towards maintaining and improving your own health and connecting with friends new and old. Sorry to hear you had a spill, but it sounds like you escaped mostly unscathed and ready to keep going. How great for you to be done with the anti-coagulants and ready to get back to cycling, even if it is 'safer than jogging'! :)

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KANOE10 5/6/2014 8:15AM

    I agree.. we are works in progress..and learning to be kind yet firm with ourselves. I think the bicycle saddle is a good idea. I enjoyed learning about your activities.



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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2014 8:03AM

    "Persistent good cheer," "busy and happy," yep, Ellen and Barb nailed your approach -- there it is, the light shines through it all, even a SPLAT!


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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2014 7:44AM

    Great newsy blog -- and which shines through the activities themselves is your persistent good cheer.

(Sorry about that face plant though: irony of ironies, when you're avoiding "risky biking"!)



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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2014 7:12AM

    You sound busy and happy! Just as you should be. Spark on! emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 5/6/2014 6:00AM

    And of course the saddle was on sale 75% off with free shipping, right???


You've been doing well on your exercise and I'm certain the last 12 lbs will come off sooner than later.

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123ELAINE456 5/6/2014 2:26AM

  Great blog and Article. Never heard of Soylent before. Enjoy your new seat. You deserve it. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. You are doing Great. Keep It Up.

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_LINDA 5/6/2014 1:47AM

    Sounds like you are ready for bear in that 5 km! You are going to rock it!
That fall painfully reminded me of mine when my big size 11's found a pick of uneven curb.
I had heard of that Soylent but had never read the back story. Thanks for the enlightenment! Was interesting! I enjoy my food too much to go into goop. It could be said my morning power smoothie isn't that much different ;)
Enjoy that new seat, something to look forward to when you are back in the saddle! You deserve a treat!
Have a great week!
PS Would have loved to have seen you all dressed up, probably wouldn't have recognized you lol.

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HILLSLUG98239 5/6/2014 12:27AM

    If running is safer than cycling, it's because you're going slower when you crash. I will never hit the tarmac at 25 mph when running.

Glad to see you're maintaining a positive attitude. I get so crabby when I can't ride I suspect The Hubs would be willing to risk me accidentally killing myself by defying my doctor's orders.

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KRYSTL719 5/5/2014 11:07PM

    Soylent huh? Id try it. Cool article. :)

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DOGLADY13 5/5/2014 10:51PM

    You have been busy. No wonder you haven't blogged. Congrats on the 5k. Hope you get a new PR.

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RAPUNZEL53 5/5/2014 10:42PM

  Good Luck!

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Easter Hike

Monday, April 21, 2014

After enjoying a breakfast out together as a family my DS joined me on a hike through one of our local parks soaking up all the sunshine and nature. Despite this park (Chenango Valley State Park) being practically in my back yard, we don't visit it often enough. My son did the honor of snapping some lovely pics which I'll share. Not sure how the panoramic shots will appear, but will give it a whirl!

First is the area around golf course (a panoramic shot):



Here are some other pics from around the park:







I'm standing on the little footbridge in the distance near the lake in this pic:



And here's a lovely panoramic of the lake where we dawdled to soak up more of that wonderful sunshine:



Hoping everyone had a super Easter filled with Spark and special times!

Don

  
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HIPPICHICK1 5/4/2014 8:21PM

    Lovely photos Don!
Say cheese!
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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/1/2014 12:07PM

    As always, you posted great pictures! emoticon

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KSIGMA1222 4/28/2014 10:35AM

    GREAT blog! Life is AMAZING as you always have a way of showing just that!

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ZELLAZM 4/27/2014 12:58PM

    We had a nice walk as well - with poles. Love the panorama shots!

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DOGLADY13 4/26/2014 9:22AM

    Thank you for the pictures! I have been to that footbridge. It is so pretty in that part of the world. What a treat to vicariously enjoy your hike in the woods.

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WOMANWITHGRIT 4/25/2014 10:30PM

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. I lived in Syracuse for 9 years and I love upstate NY. So glad you shared these. Pam

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CHANGE4FIT 4/25/2014 3:45PM

    Looks like a lovely stroll! How's the asparagus? We had our first from the garden at Easter-steamed and delish!


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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/24/2014 7:21PM

    Views are those are fantastic incentive!! :)
Thanks for sharing the pix!!

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L*I*T*A* 4/22/2014 10:35PM

    wow......................such great photos!!!
wonderful place to walk too.............

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IMSMILEY88 4/22/2014 4:52PM

    It looks like a lovely walk! And, nice photos! I should've taken photos of our Easter run along the highway. emoticon

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OUATEONE2 4/22/2014 1:25PM

    Great way to spend Easter! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics.

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KANOE10 4/22/2014 8:40AM

    Those are beautiful pictures. You had a great Easter walk!



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RAINBOWFALLS 4/22/2014 7:53AM

    We had another nice weather weekend. Now for some needed rain to get those flowers blooming. Have a great day

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_LINDA 4/22/2014 1:05AM

    emoticon emoticon photos!
That is wonderful to get out and enjoy such a beautiful setting! (and oh so green -getting a little green envy here!!)
My sister, Mom and Daisy and I got to go on a morning hike before she left for home. Was finally warm with sunshine, but the ice, browns and mud are getting old ;)
Have a great week!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/21/2014 8:40PM

    That is a beautiful park in a beautiful piece of God's great earth! Glad you got to soak it all in at hiking pace!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/21/2014 5:54PM

    BEAUTIFUL scenery. I can see why you stopped to soak up the sunshine and the beautiful view of the lake. Thank you for sharing it. Glad you could share it with your son. THAT makes it extra special in my book!

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123ELAINE456 4/21/2014 2:44PM

  Wonderful Day spent with family and with Beautiful Photos. A Great Day for your Hike too. Thanks for sharing. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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BELFASTBIKER 4/21/2014 2:41PM

    Looks fantastic!!!

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2014 1:43PM

    What a gorgeous spot -- you've inspired me to head out for a hike too!!

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 4/21/2014 12:40PM

    What a wonderful way to spend Easter! These are lovely photo's, thanks for sharing. I did a late evening walk with my daughter to minimize the damage from Easter dinner. Always a great day when spent with family.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/21/2014 11:44AM

    Wonderful day with family, beautiful photos of the hike...thanks for sharing the JOY!

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MAMAMACK44 4/21/2014 11:18AM

    What a beautiful view! Great pictures. It is so great that your son was with you to share in it. Those are the special time!

tfs.
Kristyn

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FITWITHIN 4/21/2014 10:47AM

    What a beautiful place for a walk. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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DESERTJULZ 4/21/2014 10:24AM

    Beautiful photos. What a lovely way to spend the morning.

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LJOYCE55 4/21/2014 9:52AM

  Your pics are lovely. Thank you for sharing your Easter walk with us.

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What Goes Around...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A few years ago my neighbor was duly impressed by my health efforts and getting into bicycling. So he reclaimed what was once an interest of his in the past (cycling) and got back on the bike himself. Soon he was biking with his son and other friends and relatives. His forte is mountain biking while mine is road cycling, so our paths, despite being neighbors, haven't crossed too often.

Over recent years I've noticed many folks coming around to his place talking bikes and bikes coming & going. Upon further questioning my neighbor explains to me that he has developed quite the hobby, semi-business in taking in, purchasing used bikes and rehab-ing them, turning around and selling them for a profit.

Finally it occurred to me: Why take my bike into my local bike shop for its annual tune up when I can just step next to my neighbor's place?

So that's what I did this morning, sticking around to see if this all-thumbs, mechanically-compromised fella could learn a thing or two in the process.

Well I'm not sure I learned all that much, but did what I could to help here & there. I learned some things at least in my head a little...doubt my hands would know their way around without major assistance...lol!

Both front gears and rear cassette were pretty messy & filled with gunk and are looking mighty spiffy now! The derailleur (the original Shimano) was a wobbly mess and fortunately he just happened to have a brand new one (an even better grade of Shimano than was previously on it) that another fellow never came back for to have put on his bike, so *sure* I'll take 'er and get things running as good as new! A fresh chain, true-ing both wheels, lubing the cables and everything seems pretty ship-shape! He kindly only charged me for the parts.

No trip to the LBS needed!

It's so cool to pay my Spark forward to have ignited my neighbor's cycling interests so and even MORE cool to have it come back to me in the form of a knowledgeable bicycle repair guy living right next door! I've put in my request for him to keep an eye out for a Surly Long Haul Trucker for me someday...lol!

And why, pray tell would I care to have my bike all prepped and ready to rock & roll when I have designated it as off-limits while taking anti-coagulant medication?

Well, last Friday I paid a visit to the Arrhythmia Center and had a check on my pacemaker and everything was A-OK. I double-checked with the technician: If everything checks okay, then my pacemaker is doing what it should, there's no more blood pooling in the atriums and no further need for me to take anti-coagulants, right?

He confirmed this "in theory"...of course the doc / nurse practitioner / physician assistant would have the final word on this.

Well my appt. with the physician assistant isn't until May 19th.

Do you think I'm just gonna sit on my hands until then and wonder?

Heck no! Started an e-mail campaign and WOO HOO! Got my confirmation that I will be able to stop my anti-coagulant at the time of my May 19th appt. as protocol after an ablation is to stick with the anti-coagulant for two months afterward to minimize any clotting risks.

Break out the champagne! I've got such PLANS for this cycling season!

Which helps me to settle into my current focus: gearing up for my 5K on May 3rd. Last week I did 3 consecutive days of hour-long jogs, interrupted with a couple of spinning bike and and elliptical workouts. Now I'm on a 4 consecutive day hour-long-jog (#3 coming tomorrow).

The thought occurs to me that if my 5K time was as low as 33 mins. in the past, as I become accustomed to jogging for an hour, that's approaching perhaps, at least in theory, a 10K in distance, right?

And a 10K is a half-marathon, right?

And it occurs to me I must be starting to think at least a little bit like a runner.

Not bad for someone who doesn't consider himself a runner! :-)

Keep 'er Sparkin' everyone! Pay it forward this Easter! Pay it forward EVERY DAY!

It just might come back on ya in all sortsa super ways that you never dreamed possible!

Don



ps...oops! goes to show how outta the loop I am to running...my bad, a 10K is only HALF of a half-marathon...! Google is my friend...if I care to USE it once in a while...lol!

  
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DOGLADY13 4/26/2014 9:26AM

    Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Great news that you are close to getting the all clear. Woo Hoo!

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_MOBII_ 4/21/2014 8:54AM

    That is GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! I am so glad you are on the mend!
Sometimes all it takes to spread a spark is a word or two, now you have a bike guy close by and he benefited by improving his health, his wallet, and probably some happiness with a new hobby!
You are such an inspiring friend!

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CELIAMINER 4/21/2014 7:59AM

    Great neighbor you have! It's inspiring to keep up with your athletic endeavors.

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MAESTROSHASHA 4/20/2014 7:38PM

    Great news! So happy for you! May 19th will be here before you know it! :)

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LUVLYLORELEI 4/20/2014 6:40PM

    Great blog! It's really awesome sometimes to see how our lives can affect the lives of others. Have a great biking season! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/20/2014 1:50PM

    You never cease to amaze me, my friend. And your story-telling skills are primo to. It's so much fun to read this awesome account of instant-ish (good) karma! I'm here to testify that the convenience of rolling your bike NEXT DOOR to be serviced and not even get charged labor...that would be $45-75 labor for me AND end up with a new and UPGRADED derailleur, not to mention the new chain, all for the price of parts, is uber outstanding. And, of course, the meds news is THE BEST!

YOU ROCK, my friend!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2014 10:18AM

    Awesome for passing on the spark!

AWESOME on your cardiac check up. That's great news.

Good luck with your running and biking!

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OUATEONE2 4/20/2014 9:56AM

    That's great news! You are now that much closer. I am off to work the hotel treadmill (has a decline to 3 which is great for simulating hills/mtns) and lifecycle. Glad things are going so great for you. I still use my lbs but can do many things on my own now. The internet has some great instructional videos for most things you would need to do to a bike.

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TURTLETRACK 4/20/2014 8:50AM

    Keep running friend.

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WATERMELLEN 4/20/2014 8:41AM

    What great news! And: what a beaming smile! So glad you and your neighbour have that bike all ready to go (and isn't that a nice cycle, if you'll pardon the pun: you inspire him and it comes back at ya!)

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KANOE10 4/20/2014 8:28AM

    That paying it forward is so nice..and how fun that circled back to you. I am so glad that your health is improved and that all of your labs and procedures are looking excellent.
You are doing a great job of finding an alternative exercise while you are patiently waiting for May 19 and biking.

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ROMANTILLY 4/20/2014 8:24AM

    emoticon emoticon KEEP 'ER MOOOOOOVIN DON. WAY TO GO!

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ZELLAZM 4/20/2014 7:48AM

    So the biking season will start May 20th! Woohoo!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/20/2014 6:48AM

    Lovely story, You're well on your way now.

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THINFITFEMINIST 4/20/2014 5:38AM

    LOL I saw that 10K error and thought it was me this early in the morning. LOL

You are doing so great Don. It makes me smile reading your blogs. You went through some mighty scary times with your heart issue and didn't break a sweat.

Spark/Run/Walk/Bike on!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/20/2014 5:19AM

    emoticon I was going to comment that a 10K is HALF a HM, but you beat me to it. Yes, Google is our friend! But as a gal who has gone both distances... a 10K is cake, once you're fit to HM level. A 5K seems short. And I'm stepping it DOWN for my Olympic tri which is "only" a 10K... I haven't gone over 6 miles in months.

I'll have to step it up again after my tri... because I have a November HM, and another next February, already committed. But in the meantime, while my running miles have dropped, my swim and biking distances have been growing.

Congrats on your "all clear" and the upcoming plans! emoticon emoticon (Why is it Spark doesn't have a GUY on a road bike, only on a mountain bike?)

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123ELAINE456 4/20/2014 3:47AM

  Love your Story very much. You are doing excellent. Sounds like you have a like new Bike now. Enjoy it very much. Have a very Wonderful Happy Easter and Resurrection Day. Our Lord Has Risen. God Blessings Always. Take Care.

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_LINDA 4/20/2014 1:06AM

    How awesome is that? Wonderful go around with your neighbor!
Good news on the medical front too!
Have a fabulous Easter!

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STRIVERONE 4/20/2014 12:48AM

    Careful! Crazy talk has a way of morphing into perfect sense.

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JULIEABIGAIL 4/20/2014 12:03AM

  loved your story! thanks for sharing! you ARE kidding, though, about a 10k being a half-marathon, right? emoticon

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3 Days, 3 Hour-Long Jogs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

These past few days have been such an amazing spring preview, with temps in the 70s, that I simply could not resist putting myself right out there and jogging to soak it all up before the hammer falls tonight dropping to 18 chilly degrees with snow yet one more time.

But: Holy quads afire I've got a good aching soreness that comes from working different muscles. Each year I re-discover how differently one works muscles with running as opposed to my usual spin bikes and elliptical workouts...!

One thing I've been doing with my jogs has been to, whenever possible take to the grass and dirt instead of pavement so that I can be kinder to my joints. I've seen folks way more obese than I pounding the pavement and can't help but cringe, thinking: please don't punish your body and move off the paved trail into the grass and dirt!

Plus tip #2 I'd give them if I could: all the torture involved in moving a morbidly obese body anywhere on dry land (as opposed to water) is going to yield miniscule results for weight loss compared to channeling our efforts toward diligence in making healthier food choices. Drop some pounds this way first and THEN when one can take pleasure in moving one's body, THEN start pushing yourself with workouts to lose inches and tone yourself.

Yesterday's jog was not as awesome as those over the weekend as it was cloudy and unsettled. But my route took me from my fitness center downtown Binghamton along the Riverwalk trail (which is my current SparkPage background picture from another year), over the Washington Street bridge and the Vestal Parkway overpass toward what used to be MacArthur school (flooded and torn down) and around the track which still remains and heading back to the fitness center. The wind was wild and woolly as I jogged along the two rivers of my route (Chenango & Susquehanna) taking in the energy of the waters at their confluence. When one is outdoors there are always special aspects of nature to take in and savor.

Here are a couple of pics from the Confluence Park from calmer times:





Now I shift gears for a few days and take 'er indoors to the spin bike and elliptical. The warmth & sunshine? They'll be back to lure me outdoors again soon enough!

Have a wonderful Easter week filled with SPARK everyone!

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/1/2014 12:05PM

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DOGLADY13 4/26/2014 9:28AM

    I'm reading your blogs backwards and enjoying the pictures. Is the big tree over on Conklin (I think it was Conklin) still there. It was a tremendously old, enormous tree. It may have been a beech tree... Anyway, if it is there, I would love it if you could post pictures of it through the seasons.

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2014 5:27AM

    Happy Easter to you, too, Don! Thanks for the reminder that food choices are even more important than exercise! Lesson learned - and re-learned, and re-learned!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/17/2014 8:57AM

    We can get back outside again today! I hope you get to enjoy some of the sunshine. Take care

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PATRICIAAK 4/16/2014 1:49AM

    you're an inspiration

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123ELAINE456 4/15/2014 10:05PM

  Beautiful Photos. You are Amazing. You are doing Excellent!!! Sound like you had Beautiful Weather for your Jogs too. Sorry to hear about the Snow coming in tonight. Hope that You can get back outside soon. Keep It Up. God Blessings Always. Have A Wonderful Happy Easter. Take Care.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2014 9:32PM

    One of these years I'm going to have to schedule myself into a race out that way, so I can take a nostalgia trip. Nearly killed myself in the Binghamton - Borovichi sister city 8K in 1992, was it? I thought all the rooters were for me, but it turned out it was a Russian weight lifter who finished right behind me... I swore I'd never go longer than 5K again. (Never say never...)

Great advice about running softer, by the way... I find myself doing the same on my long and slows... seeking the verge, where it's not as tough on the joints.

Spark a fine Spring, Don! emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 4/15/2014 8:04PM

    Well you certainly are staying in shape. Kudos to you Don.

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STRIVERONE 4/15/2014 5:02PM

    I know it's a cliche but it's really true. Eighty percent of weight loss is effected in the kitchen and twenty percent in the gym. It's probably about opposite proportions for building strength and endurance.

Happy Easter to you too.

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2014 4:47PM

    You are doing absolutely amazing! So smart to take advantage of the weather when you could: I'd hoped our snow would be a quick melt but not so, still plenty out there!!

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_LINDA 4/15/2014 4:13PM

    Way to get out there -pretty awesome after having just gotten some heart fixings! The nervous ninnies in me would be worrying if the impact might dislodge something vital, you know? Good on you getting past it!
I have always admired (*envious*) of your background and photos.
I can never go as nearly as far on paved surface as my beloved grass and earth trails.. I cringe when I see even normal healthy people jogging on cement.
Enjoy your week and I am hoping for sunshine and warmer temperatures for Easter weekend when my sister comes in from her farm..
Spin it good!
Linda

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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2014 3:56PM

    That looks like a beautiful park. Your advice to drop some lbs. THEN work the body to lose those inches. DEFINITELY!

Great advice. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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_MOBII_ 4/15/2014 2:50PM

    I spent the summer in south Louisiana 2 years ago giving my poor body a pounding on the pavement. For me, the only problem with walking or jogging on the grass is that my feet always manage to find the smallest hole and twist my ankles like there is no tomorrow!



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IMSMILEY88 4/15/2014 11:23AM

    I love your background photo & these photos! Sounds like you took advantage of the beautiful weather. Here in Houston, we should already be 'hot'! But, yesterday dropped down into the 40's and was quite chilly. It's been an amazingly cool fall... but I'll take it!

As soon as summer comes, I'm going to have my foot looked at again. In the meantime, I'm going to take it easy on the running!

Enjoy your indoor workouts for now!

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DAISYBELL6 4/15/2014 9:53AM

    Sounds like a great run!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/15/2014 9:47AM

    Great pics. Thanks.

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When I Grow Up...

Monday, April 14, 2014

I had such a wonderful jog yesterday in my favorite local park, Dorchester:



I maintained my jogging gait as I went up the ridge to jog along the top of the dam...the same angle as this photo was taken. This ridge is such a GLORIOUS place to be in the part as one is right on top of the dam which creates the lake you see on the one side and on the other side you see the valley of Whitney Point and its school sprawling, often with the athletic fields filled with kids playing football or other sports. Today was an amazing day because of the WINDS! Oh MY I felt like I was going to take FLIGHT!

I felt just like this little boy and remembered the image, spreading my arms like a bird as I jogged along the ridge smiling and laughing out loud...



Sending this out with wishes for everyone to dig deep, find your SPARK and CELEBRATE IT!

Don

  
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HAKAPES 4/24/2014 3:05PM

    Wonderful place to run!

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 4/15/2014 11:09AM

    Wonderful! I can just picture you out there with your arms stretched out as if you were soaring at great heights. Aahhh, I know why..because you are! Have a sparktaculous day!

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KANOE10 4/15/2014 8:01AM

    Beautiful pictures. The joy of your run is contagious!

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L*I*T*A* 4/15/2014 1:04AM

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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/14/2014 10:16PM

    "Share the Joy" is what you did in this smile-evoking blog; loved it!
Thanks for letting us soar with you!

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WATERMELLEN 4/14/2014 7:53PM

    Just love the exuberance of this blog!! You're tapping into new joy.

And: congrats on losing that 2 pounds.



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ONEKIDSMOM 4/14/2014 7:46PM

    I remember that park! We used to take our son there when he was little. Great place to picnic and play. Love the Joseph Heller quote... second childhood is the bomb!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 5:52PM

    What a gorgeous picture! Inspiration to be sure.

Have a good time with your training today.

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PATRICIAAK 4/14/2014 4:37PM

    sounds wonderful

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STRIVERONE 4/14/2014 3:54PM

    Don,
A couple years ago a friend of mine decided to do the Broome County sprint triathlon at Whitney Point. I am not much of a swimmer, but I accompanied him several times on his bike and run practices there and went to the event as a spectator. Dorchester Park really is a gem and not overused.

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123ELAINE456 4/14/2014 11:41AM

  A Beautiful Photo. Sounds like you had a Wonderful Jogging on the Ridge. You are doing Great. Keep It Up. God Blessings Always. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care.

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ZELLAZM 4/14/2014 10:22AM

    Springtime always makes me feel like this! Joy!

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WMUGRAD 4/14/2014 10:16AM

    Beautiful!!!!

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_LINDA 4/14/2014 10:03AM

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Yes, never lose that childhood sense of wonder. There is always something out there to bring a smile to your mug :)
Love your photo (and background)! Wish it were not 18 this morning, but the sunshine makes those browns and grays a little bit brighter!

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MNCYCLIST 4/14/2014 9:27AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/14/2014 9:15AM

    What a joyful blog! Thanks.

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CHANGE4FIT 4/14/2014 9:14AM

    Wow-what a beautiful view!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/14/2014 9:00AM

    You're on fire in the world -- vibrant, engaged, childlike, tuned to the Mystery... you and Mary Oliver:

Mysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Evidence)

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HMBROWN1 4/14/2014 8:46AM

    Sounds like you had a great run!

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