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WIND = 1 - JEROME = 0 and my first ICE bath

Sunday, March 20, 2011

HOLY COWABUNGA!!!

I had a 10 mile run scheduled today. Apparently the wind has plans to blow at a steady rate of 20mph today!! I ran a somewhat new route that had a few new hills as well. Between the wind holding me at a standstill and the hills, had a rough time today. Below are the stats from the run

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SO......since my legs hurt, my hip flexors hurt, I had the bright idea to try my first ice bath. I put about 6 inches of cold water in the tub then dumped in ONE 10lb bag of ice. OK, I can do this, I climb in, stand in the middle of the tub for about 10 seconds, feet going numb at a rapid pace, so I step out of the tub. I thought, "come on Jerome, don't be a wimp, get in the tub, plunge down quickly, sit for a moment or two, then quickly get out!!" Ok, HERE I GO, I climb in again, stand there, feet lost feeling in about 1.7 seconds I COULDN'T DO IT! I could NOT force myself to take the ice plunge! Those of you who do are much more of a man then I am, that's forsure and my hat is off to ya!

SO there ya have it, that's my Sunday long run and NOT my first ice bath story, LOL!

  
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MANDYLOVE_76 3/23/2011 10:19AM

    LOL Jerome a Pansy. LOL. That's awesome. Nice try big bro!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 3/21/2011 5:16PM

    Follow the tips - you can do it!!! The ice bath works wonders for recovery and is certainly worth the pain emoticon

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ELYMWX 3/21/2011 4:55PM

    Never had an ice bath. And I never intend to either.

A quick dip in the ocean, yes.

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/21/2011 4:33PM

    There is no way that I could do an ice bath. I did make the mistake of taking a hot bath after a long run once and learned my lesson of cold first and then heat.

You still had a great time even if there were those 2o mile per hour winds.



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ABSOLUTZER0 3/21/2011 3:37PM

    I have never taken on either, bro! I have never tried either. LOL! People tell me it works. You may need it after Kansas though, so get your mind and body ready!

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MIAMIA7 3/21/2011 2:20PM

    Now Jerome...I have done many ice baths and I swear by them! As someone else said you get in the tub sit down..brace yourself...then start the cold water with a tiny bit of warm. After you get it above your hips...now you are just shivering...give it a few then add ice. I usually just do a few ice trays. MAKE yourself sit for at least 10 minutes...I try for 20. You can always wear a coat if you are cold...seriously. It makes a world of difference in the sore achy muscles. Next time will be better. There WILL be a next time, right? Bwahaha Anne

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BOBBYD31 3/21/2011 2:18PM

    love it, LOL.
fill while you are sitting in the tub, i actually put in cool water for the first inch then go all cold, enough to cover quads all the way. i keep a towel around shoulders to keep warm. good luck on the next one( you don't need 10lbs of ice)

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BILLALEX70 3/21/2011 1:45PM

    Funny thing is that I had the same reaction yesterday. Finished my 16 miles and filled the tub with cold water. Stepped in and hopped out almost as fast! I added a bit of warm water and then slowly added more and more cold. Still sore today, but potentially less.

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PELESJEWEL 3/21/2011 10:03AM

    emoticon You pansy! LOL! Just kidding, couldn't resist!

So many great tips here, thanks for taking the ice bath plunge NOT first so the rest of of novices (ME) learned from it!! emoticon

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MADZOE 3/21/2011 2:23AM

    I HATE being cold, but I've done two ice baths after 10k walks and they were horrible! But the after effects were phenomenal. Absolutely no soreness afterwards. It was heavenly. Better luck next time. But I'm sure ice packs can give you similar results.

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RUNNINGWILD 3/20/2011 11:24PM

    I've heard that the trick is to get in the tub first and then run the water... then add the ice. I've never done it but many of my friends swear by it.
As for the wind v. Jerome statistics.. Now that you've lost weight, wind will continue to be a worthy adversary. Just think of it as resistance training. emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 3/20/2011 10:23PM

    Pansy! LOL - I have to say that but I've never done an ice bath and do not want one. I wonder if I will have the nerve to do it after my half next Sunday?

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NANNER2121 3/20/2011 10:10PM

    Ice PACK, not ice bath !!! Not a pansy, just good sense.

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BTWCOACH 3/20/2011 9:51PM

    So here is the trick, Jerome. Fill the tub with just cool water (not cold), then get in and begin to put the ice in after your body has acclimated somewhat.... Once you're in it's not so bad. hahahha!!!!
But you will feel better the next day - no soreness at all!!!
You'll need it for Kansas!!!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/20/2011 9:45PM

    okay, i cant stand that you have 2 blogs with the same thing on them, so i am copying my comment from the other over to this one:

i have a new appreciation for icing. i bought a new ice pack that is filled with clay. it is wonderful! it molds to your form and has a nice cover so it isnt so harsh. i think i paid 15 bucks for it at walmart. not sure what the brand is, but i really like it.

there is NO way i would intentionally sit in a tub of ice, unless it was life or death.

Jerome, you're killin' me! you ran 4 more miles than me and it only took you an extra 20ish minutes! and that is on a good day for me!



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TEDDYBABE 3/20/2011 9:41PM

    oh no way on the ice bath. Ice packs maybe... but bath... nope nope nope... Congrats on the run, there was extra effort there for sure!

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DBFBILLY 3/20/2011 9:20PM

    I hate being cold, so no ice bath for me., ever..well, unless I was unconcious and was being brought back to life or something emoticon

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KOEHNA 3/20/2011 8:40PM

    it's only the first few seconds that hurt after you get numb don't worry...lol just dont get frostbite

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NANHBH 3/20/2011 8:30PM

    J-man,

Yes, and no to whether I've done an ice bath. I didn't do one because I wanted to. I did one because my hot water heater went out and I discovered it when I got up in the morning and I HAD to take a bath before going to work. So, it didn't really have ice cubes in it like you are trying to do, but it was pretty darn cold!

Trust me, I know a LOT about feet being VERY sensitive! If you can get past your feet freezing, you might be OK. But,then there's the male private parts...I can't tell you how that might feel!
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PS - Yes, I DO know a thing or two about getting into the bathtub without getting my feet wet!

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MEGA_MILES 3/20/2011 8:30PM

    Your a better man for not doing it emoticon

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LAURIE5658 3/20/2011 8:07PM

    Jerome, first of all kudos to you for you loooong run. Now, you are such a pansy! Just get completely IN your ice bath and mentally go into your happy place! The bite from the cold lasts for such a short period of time and the next day...walla...hardly any muscle ache or stiffness. We will get you in tere yet.

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GRACEFULIFE 3/20/2011 7:56PM

    Ice bath, do not want. Anything that gives me enough inflammation to need an ice bath, do not want.

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NANHBH 3/20/2011 6:35PM

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Try the ice bath this way. Sit on the edge of the tub, reach behind you and grab the back edge of the tub near the wall with your hands, and lower your butt into the tub without putting your feet in the water!!! Your feet are psyching you out! They have more nerve endings than the rest of your body. Try it, you might like it!
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SPARKLE1908 3/20/2011 6:22PM

    LOL...hey, at least you gave the ice bath a try...that's more that I would have probably done!!!

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KAZ814 3/20/2011 6:16PM

    Oh wow, I don't blame you on the ice bath! Ack!

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10 things I've learned while training for my first Half Marathon

Friday, March 11, 2011

I am currently on week 15 of a 19 week half marathon training program. I've learned a few things along the way so I thought I'd ramble on about them for a minute. Please keep in mind that I've not quite been running a year yet, so some of these are pretty basic!!

1. I've learned that building miles is more about training the body to take a beating than conditioning. I'd say about 80/20. 80% train for the beating, getting my legs and joints used to the miles and about 20% is conditioning itself. As the miles get longer and longer, it takes me longer to recover. I've decided it is definitely to my benefit to take a supplement to aide with muscle repair!

2. I've learned that I have to eat MORE in order to fuel my body to keep up with me these days! I'm not even cross training on my non-run days due to the recovery process either. Just takes more fuel to keep me going.

3. I've learned that I MUST take time to sit on the floor and stretch every evening!

4. I've learned that I LOVE my new foam roller! If you don't have one, go get one!

5. I've learned that my chiropractor has become a necessity as well. I'm not big on Chiropractors to be honest, however, Dr. Speaks is incredible and takes great care of me! He is going to take my right knee, lower and upper back with rocktape before the HM.

6. I've learned that I can't wait 4 months between massages. My massage therapist spent two hours working knots out of my legs a few weeks ago, sure I felt better, but WOW did it hurt during the process.

7. I've learned that I still have work to do on my core! I need more core strength!

8. I've learned to trust my training schedule! I was pushing past the scheduled miles daily, thus I was wearing myself out. NOT ANY MORE! (well, maybe on Sunday's) I run what's on the schedule and leave it at that, trusting the schedule is tougher than you think!

9. I've learned that it is necessary sometimes to take supplements to help fuel muscles, help fuel recovery, help sharpen focus! Yes, I do take supps that are all tested to have NO banned substances in them.

10. MOST importantly, I've learned to 1. RESPECT THE DISTANCE and 2. RESPECT RUNNERS in general!!

Having said all that, I am resting the next two days as I've just had one of my toughest weeks yet! , as you can see below.


Having said all that, I am STILL learning daily......I'm still a rookie with TONS to learn!

  
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KANSASCHICA 4/5/2011 9:23AM

    Wow!! You have come so far in a years time!!! I am attempting to begin running. My problem is that when it comes to running, I'm not good at pushing myself..but I know if I'm ever going to get where you are, I've got to start pushing!! Best of luck!!!

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TODDJAMES 3/21/2011 12:56PM

    15 months ago...you were sitting on the couch...look at you now!

Great job!!!

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MICHCLEARY 3/20/2011 10:26PM

    Great blog. I wouldn't give up my monthly 90 minute massage for anything. LOVE IT! I think all the cross training I did before and still do makes it easier for me to recover from all this running.

Maybe I'll think about you running in a skirt to make me laugh out loud and keep going next Sunday! Whatever works right?

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CHIFANG130 3/15/2011 4:15PM

    emoticon High five!!!

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FAERY_FACE 3/14/2011 8:54AM

    emoticon Well done! You are doing great.

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MOMJMGR 3/12/2011 10:34AM

    Great job on getting your training in and listening to your body. I bought a foam roller just a few weeks ago and WOW has it helped. Can't wait to hear how your first HM goes. I have learned something new about my body at every race!!

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EDGEOFSANITY 3/12/2011 10:03AM

    Great blog Jermone! Look forward to hearing how the HM goes =)

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CSULLIVAN83 3/11/2011 11:45PM

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Sounds like you are having a very eventful and exciting learning process!

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LAURIE5658 3/11/2011 10:21PM

    You will also learn a wealth of information from actually running your first HM. I started running June 2009 and after 2 HM's and several other races, I am still learning from each and every run. You are doing so well and I look forward to your HM race report and getting your reaction to it. Your life will change after you cross that finish line!

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RUN2BEFREE 3/11/2011 9:35PM

    You are doing great! Great blog post! It's amazing the things that you learn in preparing for such an event!

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RUN2BEFREE 3/11/2011 9:35PM

    You are doing great! Great blog post! It's amazing the things that you learn in preparing for such an event!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 3/11/2011 9:21PM

    Awesome!!! I need to learn some of those lessons....like trust the training schedule. And the older I get the more I need to ACTUALLY rest on rest days! :D

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ANDREA0301 3/11/2011 9:03PM

    Keep up the great work Jerome!!

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PELESJEWEL 3/11/2011 8:33PM

    AWESOME run blog!! Foam Roller & THE STICK is a ritual!

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POPCORN2011 3/11/2011 8:13PM

    Great post - thanks for sharing. I am training for a half marathon in 2 months!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 3/11/2011 7:37PM

    I've got a few races under my belt, but as I read your blog I kept shaking my head up and down... Yup, its about accepting the pain. OK, yes, it takes longer to recover as the miles get up there - maybe I should give up bootcamp for awhile. Uh huh, need some supplements to help me along these days...

You have learned some valuable lessons that took some of us a lot of painful miles to learn! Good for you, and good luck on your first Half!

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KAZ814 3/11/2011 7:10PM

    What a great blog. Thanks for posting it! And good luck on your half marathon!

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BILLALEX70 3/11/2011 6:55PM

    We're all still learning; no matter how many races we've done.

Those all sound like great sticking points ! Good luck in the next few weeks getting to the finish line!

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OFFDREA 3/11/2011 5:49PM

    Great post, thank you!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/11/2011 4:32PM

    Yes, bro the miles of trials and trials of miles as John Parker once put it... The things you learn......The crazy thing for me is this. I get to relax for a week after our half and then I begin training again for my first 50k. At least the mileage starts of not bad at first, which will help me transition from the beating I have been putting on my body. Can't wait to see all of the hard work pay off at the race! GO US!!!

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BTWCOACH 3/11/2011 4:29PM

    Good job, Jerome!!! Still learning myself....
I think every 1/2 has been different. I guess that's what keeps it interesting. :-)
I can't wait to celebrate with you!!!!
Molly


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P0KERS0PH 3/11/2011 4:16PM

    Great blog!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/11/2011 3:15PM

    Jerome, those were great tips. I especially liked number 1.
On the cadence, is that counting each step or every other? Duh... Rlrlrlrl or fretted
Hope that makes sense.

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BRANDI.FEY 3/11/2011 3:15PM

    You are an inspiration! Good luck on your half marathon!

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RUNNER12COM 3/11/2011 3:12PM

    I love this. You know I've been training, too, and I have to put all that to the test on Sunday as I run my first Half.

This is a GREAT list of info!

SDJ

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RACHGLAZE 3/11/2011 3:07PM

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KKINNEA 3/11/2011 2:24PM

    I totally agree with all your statements. I started working on my core sometime in January and my running has been getting better all the time. I love seeing people's running progress - I'll add you as a friend to see your no doubt great race reports!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/11/2011 1:52PM

    Love the blog - very very true on all lessons

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Superbowl Sunday long run

Sunday, February 06, 2011

THANKFULLY the snow and ice are all melted away now!!! As you may know, the Dallas area has had ice and snow, not to mention bitter cold temps this week as we welcomed the Packer and Steeler fans for the big game in Jerry's world!

Due to the greal melt off, I was able to hit the dam today for my longest run to date. I was scheduled for 8, but felt good enough to go a little longer than that. I am a little disappointed with the average pace, but the speed will come, right! I've had to learn to slow down to get the distance up where that needs to be. I have 9 weeks to my first half marathon, I'm thinking I'll be ready to knock that outta the park, I hope anyway!

ANYWAY...here are the stats from today's run

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I'll take it anyway!

  
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PELESJEWEL 2/11/2011 8:36PM

    emoticon Wow! Awesome run, you've got a killer pace dude!! I hope to one day be as fast! Tomorrow is my long run with the group, I've been worried about it, but have decided to just go out and do my best.

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TONI2011 2/10/2011 5:06PM

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TODDJAMES 2/7/2011 4:04PM

    Congrats! Keep your eye on the prize...NO MATTER WHAT! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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ANDREA0301 2/7/2011 2:27PM

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MINNA72 2/7/2011 1:42AM

    Good job, Jerome!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/7/2011 12:27AM

    Jerome you did great!!
I am sort of wishing that I had signed up for the half instead of the 10k, but I will be in great company!

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EUPHRATES 2/6/2011 11:17PM

    Great job!
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MFOLAND1 2/6/2011 11:07PM

    Great job:)

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DCGUY72 2/6/2011 11:07PM

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Awesome ! You'll be so ready :)

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 2/6/2011 10:34PM

    SWEET!

Annie

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NITELITE72 2/6/2011 10:22PM

    Great job! emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 2/6/2011 9:17PM

    Jerome,
Sounds like you're well on your way to a successful completion of your first half marathon! You gotta be pumped! Good for you!

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NDORRIS 2/6/2011 8:40PM

    Good job. Slow and steady wins the race--even if it's just in the preparation stage.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/6/2011 8:30PM

    Great job. You may want to consider doing some interval training - that may help with your speed.

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NANHBH 2/6/2011 6:19PM

    Good job, Dude. Sometimes you just gotta slow down to speed up, if you know what I mean!

Just what is "Jerry's world?"

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BILLALEX70 2/6/2011 6:17PM

    It's called a LONG, SLOW RUN for a reason! emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 2/6/2011 5:55PM

    Way to go Jerome! You continue to be an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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MOMOF6BOYS 2/6/2011 5:52PM

    Well, that is fantastic...and makes sense to this non runner! Build up to it so you will not hurt yourself in the process! Great job Jerome!!!

Keep right on training...you can do it!!!! emoticon

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SNOW ANGELS!!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

So it's been BITTERLY COLD in Texas this week, like 20 degree cold! brrrr I'm blaming Jerry and the Jones for bringing all the northerners here, and they brought the cold with them.

We were all ICED in the house on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Thursday we took the kiddos to the sitters house so my wife and I could get to work, we were all a little stir crazy at that point. Thursday night it snowed! WOO HOO....FINALLY Something we can play in!

My girls at play in the snow








And the BIGGEST KID OF THEM ALL AT PLAY, LOL!! I was 'challenged' to make a snow angel, so I did!



I thought this one was funny!!


Isn't that a beautiful snow angel! (and somebody suggested today that I would make snow devil's instead...HA)



Then I cleaned off the drive way, while having a snowball fight with both my girls and the neighbor girl!

I stood there thinking to myself that one year ago, I would have never done any of this!

  
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FITTEMPLE4HIM 2/10/2011 8:50AM

  20 degrees? Hmmm, that's warm and balmy. Try 2 degrees. Glad to see someone is enjoying the snow cuz I'm sure not! Michigan winters are brutal. Your snow is probably gone by now, where our snow stays till April! Have fun, we Northerners will try to send you more!

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NDORRIS 2/6/2011 8:39PM

    Sweet pictures. Nice to see a family having fun together. I'd like to see what a snow devil looks like--just out of curiosity. I've never seen one before. I never knew that Texas had the potential for snow.

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COOPAH 2/6/2011 1:40PM

    Dude your snow angel rocks lol. Got to love playing in the snow with the kiddos. Shoveling....not so much.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/5/2011 10:06PM

    Lookin' good "angel" of the snow!!! Glad you had a fun time with the girls in the chilly great outdoors!! Great pics!

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BTRTHANEVA 2/5/2011 8:21PM

    In your first pic of your snow *angel*, it looks like a shadow of the grim reaper is standing next to you. Something out of a Christmas Carol.

A year ago, your angel would have been twice that size!!! Look how skinny your jeans are! (not that I'm checking you out...hehehehe)

BTW, your daughters are beautiful! As I believe beauty comes from within, I bet you had a lot to do with that. They're very lucky to have you as their father!



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2BEEANEWME 2/5/2011 7:38PM

    Girls look like they were having Lots of fun and nice snow angel! emoticon

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MADZOE 2/5/2011 6:31PM

    So jealous! I live in St. Helens, Oregon, and we haven't had any snow this year, despite the big warning a few weeks ago that never materialized. Enjoy the SNOW!

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RJ-CYCLES 2/5/2011 12:40PM

    What fun - your kids I'm sure loved this! You're making great memories for them :)

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TODDJAMES 2/5/2011 11:42AM

    Looks like GREAT fun! Those are the memories that dads and daughters will remember for a lifetime!

Now...just a suggestion...for those that get lost on the way to Jerry's World...put a sign out front...have the girls sell sugar free hot cocoa...and you can probably sell tickets! Have visitors tour the exclusive angel...call it...The Angel of Aikmen...those Bowlers will believe ANYTHING football this weekend!

Have fun...and STOP sending US the snow...PLEASE!

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MCSNYDER1 2/5/2011 11:38AM

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MSANITAL 2/5/2011 10:04AM

    You call that snow??? seeing that Up State NY has 128 inches and staying in doors is a must when it is this cold.. LOL.. love the pics enjoy the snow..welcome to my world...


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GLAZED-DONUT 2/5/2011 9:16AM

    How fun! You and the girls are too darn cute! (-: Just to think of the missed memories you wouldve had without changing your life! The Donut is proud of you my friend (hugs)!!

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FLBEACHBUM14 2/5/2011 4:21AM

    Cool! (hahaha) Looks like a lot of fun! I am definitely OK with no snow in Florida though!

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GWENAEL 2/4/2011 11:13PM

  Sound like you had a lot of fun with your girls!

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BILLALEX70 2/4/2011 7:30PM

    If you get tired of the snow and want a change I've got 2 inches of ice that I'll trade you for.

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MICHCLEARY 2/4/2011 6:44PM

    love it! Good for you. ALMOST makes me want to go make one myself but I think i will pass.

Thanks for the inspiration that you are. When I finally lose that 4lbs you will be one of the first to know.

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BTWCOACH 2/4/2011 5:50PM

    Great snow angel, Jerome! I know your girls appreciated the time spent with you!!!
What a great dad you are!!!

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MOMOF6BOYS 2/4/2011 5:43PM

    WOW!! Love it Jerome!!! You, my friend, are such a fun loving guy!!! Now we are even....and you make a pretty good snow angel, I might add!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/4/2011 5:32PM

    Yay for Sparking your way to health so that you could enjoy this once in a lifetime snow event with your girls!

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KOEHNA 2/4/2011 5:29PM

    Looks like you had fun. We can't do them here in Pennsylvania where I am it is all ice.
Enjoy them. The girls and the angel...lol

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SWEETNEENI 2/4/2011 5:26PM

    Great pics! Enjoy the snow! If you want more, CT has had 65 inches since Christmas. If I attempted to make a snowangel, you'd need an aerial shot to see it, and a rescue party to find me!

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GETTINGTHINNER2 2/4/2011 5:25PM

    Good for you!!! Added bonus is the great memory you created with your girls! Enjoy your weekend!
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NANHBH 2/4/2011 5:19PM

    J-man,

Because one year ago, it didn't snow in Dallas? Just kidding. I know what you meant. Great snow angel, by the way! Sounds like you had a blast with the girls. Did they cream you in the snowball fight?
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ID Bracelet question

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hello Spark friends....

CALLING ALL RUNNERS....CYCLISTS....WALKERS

I know we don't like to think about it, but accidents do happen while we are out on the road. Carrying ID is something that I'm trying to do more and more with every pre dawn run I do.

My question to all of you is:
Do you wear any sort of ID bracelet, necklace, or other??

If so, what do you recommend and why?


Thanks everybody


SO....from EARLY reponders, this is the way to go
http://www.roadid.com/Common/Products.as
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RMX9822786 2/11/2011 11:25PM

    Roadid for me!

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PRINCESSNURSE 2/4/2011 8:08PM

    I wear a road ID on my shoe

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/1/2011 10:38PM

    Hmm.. hadn't really thought about this. My iPod is engraved with my full name on the back... but who knows if anyone would look there. Thanks for the idea and I think I'll have to get something!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/28/2011 10:09AM

    i have been thinking about getting a roadid, but putting it off because i didn't know which one i wanted. i do carry with me, my id card and have added to that a list of meds i am on, illnesses and allergies. especially drug allergies. contacts for emergency : doc, husband, etc. also, i keep a master copy of this info on a floppy disk so that i can update it and print it out as needed.
i know that one of the road id's you can do a virtual thing so that it can be updated.

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CHEERYKK 1/28/2011 10:07AM

    I'm late to the conversation but I bought a bracelet from Road ID and I love it! :)

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FLBEACHBUM14 1/27/2011 1:36AM

    I have thought about this (running at my age especially) but came up with my own solution- I just wear a waist belt/pack from SPIBelt.com purchased at a local running store. In it I carry my drivers license, insurance card, retired military ID card, and one of my wife's business cards with her cell phone # on it. I also carry my cell phone in there although my new smartphone really fills it up so I have to keep my keys (if I need them) in a pocket. I agree that the RoadID would be better because it would be visible (no one would have to look through your pockets, belt pack, etc) but right now I am trying not to spend too much extra if I have an alternative.

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GSDMIKE 1/26/2011 9:54AM

    I have a RoadId bracelet. Bought it in 2007 and it's like new. It goes with me on every run, ride, and walk. I went with the bracelet because that way I have a tan line on my right wrist to match the garmin tan line on my left.

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REEKU731 1/26/2011 9:42AM

    I bought a Road ID and I LOVE it! I picked up the Ankle ID since I usually am wearing watches, heart rate monitors etc on my wrists and didn't want it to interfere - but the ankle one is amazing!! Highly recommend it!!!

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SARASHAPESUP 1/26/2011 9:03AM

    glad you said something about it... finally got mine just now! I got the shoe kind! :)

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 1/26/2011 6:24AM

    We made sure our oldest daughter had a RoadID when she left for college. Probably need to get them for us as well.

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SOVERDAHL 1/25/2011 10:08PM

    If you order Road ID, you can use the coupon code "arr5783" to get $2 off. Just ordered mine.

Great post!

Comment edited on: 1/25/2011 10:11:29 PM

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KLS777 1/25/2011 10:04PM

    Good idea, I never even thought about this before!

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BOBBYD31 1/25/2011 8:15PM

    road id- my wife has it for running, one son has it for hiking and running, other son has it for running and biking. also wear to the gym

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AMYGOES211 1/25/2011 8:12PM

    I got a set of dogtags online and wear it whenever I run by myself. It's got my name, city, and husband's phone # on it. I think I used this website:

http://www.dogtagsonline.co
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YOGINI18 1/25/2011 7:59PM

    Great idea for a blog. I just ordered mine from RoadID.

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NDORRIS 1/25/2011 7:03PM

    Wow. Now I'm nervous. Never thought about carrying an ID. The parks where I walk are always so populated, I always thought I'd be found readily. I didn't think about not being conscious to help out (only thought of having a sprained ankle or something).

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KOEHNA 1/25/2011 6:58PM

    Thanks I never knew about the RoadID emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 1/25/2011 6:46PM

    Funny timing. I just mentioned this to my husband last night and I was SO not ready for his reaction. Apparently, he had never really thought that anything could happen to me while I am out running. After I mentioned getting the Road ID, he kept asking, "well, where can you run that is safe?"

Poor guy. He has no idea the cars and bikes whizzing around us runners.

SDJ

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FIRENUT34 1/25/2011 6:32PM

    I use the Road ID also. It also gives a reflective stripe.

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DMGABBETT 1/25/2011 6:07PM

    ROAD ID.

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TODDJAMES 1/25/2011 6:03PM

    Great question Jerome! A friend just send me a link to those the other day!

I personally wear a REALLY GROOVY Sterling Chain ID Bracelet from High School. Sure it has mom's old phone number in Illinois on the back...but I LOOK SO COOL...I don't think it matters! And...the extra .5 pound the bling adds to my wrist is an extra workout...WooHoo!

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BTRTHANEVA 1/25/2011 5:46PM

    Let me tell you a little story about a coworker who didn't.

Dennis was a troubleman for the electric company for decades. He was also a jogging enthusiast who made daily trips up and down a small mountain by his house. He went out on a jog one Sunday. I came into work and an hour or so after the start of his shift, I noticed he hadn't checked in. Dennis was Mr. Dependable, so something was wrong. I called his house, and his wife answered, stating he had gone for a jog earlier, then to her brother's to catch a football game on tv before work. She called her brother, Dennis had never shown up. A few minutes later, the police were at her home to inform her that Dennis had died while jogging, but he had no ID on him, so they couldn't notify anyone. They had to wait for all the vehicles to leave the ski area and his vehicle was the only one left. (I guess he drove there to start his jog.) They were able to make his id through the registry and his license picture.

This was a great post, Jerome. Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention.

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BILLALEX70 1/25/2011 5:39PM

    Road id here. Hope I Never need it.

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PHDMAMA06 1/25/2011 5:22PM

    I wear a RoadID on my wrist. It's been through hundreds of miles with me and has held up great, and very easy to clean up when it gets too grungy. Love it!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/25/2011 5:15PM

    Great idea! I am not a runner, but do some walking (fair weather only) and have never given it a thought, but for you early risers and runners, etc., it sounds like a very reasonable thing to do! Always better to be safe than sorry!! Kudos for bringing it up in your blog!

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JENELOPE 1/25/2011 4:53PM

    I wear a set of custom dog tags. One has my name, address, and blood type on it, the other has my emergency contact information on it. I got them at dogtagsonline.com for about $7, which is a lot less expensive than Road ID. Even with silencers, it clinks a bit when I run, but I figure people are more likely to spot the dog tags than a bracelet or shoe tag.

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LAURIE5658 1/25/2011 4:38PM

    RoadID for my shoelaces!! Stays on and does not budge.

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/25/2011 4:34PM

    I wear a RoadID bracelet when I'm out. Normally I also have my insurance card somewhere on me, too.

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GOGOSHIRE 1/25/2011 4:19PM

    I was in a 5k this past Sunday and on our # bib was a coupon for Road ID, and I'm ordering one. It's the smart thing to do, and I had just never really thought about it before until then.

Thanks for the reminder. The paperwork is on my desk, but I need to fill it out and get it in the mail!



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ELYMWX 1/25/2011 3:55PM

    My wife made me a small wallet that's just big enough to hold my driver's licence, a credit card, a Subway card, a $20 bill, and my house & truck keys. It's small enough and has a loop on the back that I can attach it to my iPod arm band. I also picked up his & hers RoadID's (wrist strap model) at Christmas for my wife & I, but I suspect I'll continue to use my little wallet too - it's just too handy.

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ARIZONAHIKER 1/25/2011 3:44PM

    Wow...I never thought about this. And I hike all the time! Guess what I'm going to order?

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CBAILEYC 1/25/2011 3:33PM

    Oops! Sorry for the double-post emoticon

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CBAILEYC 1/25/2011 3:33PM

    I carry my id in my pocket, usually with a few dollars just in case. I've looked at Road ID before, but haven't followed through. Hmm..

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TORTUETOO 1/25/2011 3:29PM

    I have the ROAD ID but I have the shoe model. Just velcros right on and I never even have to think about it, except when it's time for a new pair of shoes and I have to move it. Also, then it doesn't get all sweaty and uncomfortable when it's hot out (and I don't get a bad tan line - ha!) It's very durable - it's made it running outside through 3 Wisconsin winters (salt, snow, mud, more snow...) It even has a little reflective strip! Road ID is definitely the way to go - best $20 you'll ever spend.

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ANDREA0301 1/25/2011 3:17PM

    I have no response other than, WHY IN THE WORLD DO I KEEP GETTING UNSUBSCRIBED FROM YOUR BLOGS?!?!

Ok, now that I've gotten that off my chest, I'll wait to see what sort of answers to your inquiry you get.

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WESTCOASTGIRL2 1/25/2011 3:11PM

    Thanks for the food for thought....I don't run, but I do powerwalk, and I'm lucky if I have a cel phone on me. Good idea.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/25/2011 3:03PM

    I usually carry nothing although I know it is important. In fact, I may get a Road ID today. Accidents do happen.

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LEFTCIRCLES 1/25/2011 2:44PM

    I have the Road ID bracelet, I wear it every time I run. Sometimes I lace it through my shoe so it's out of the way. It's a MUST.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/25/2011 2:42PM

    ROAD ID - have both the ankle version and a wrist version and move the tag for style to style. Wouldn't run without it, unless I am in a race.

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