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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Itís been a long time. So much has happened and so much has changed. All I can tell you is that I try to be humble and grateful every single day. There are days when things arenít so great, but they could be so much worse than they are.

Iíve been running for a good part of the year. It was like starting over when I first began to run again, but Iíve made a little progress and I feel like Iím in a good place. Whatís funny is that itís been so long, I really donít miss racing. I enjoy every step of every run without feeling the need to sign up for a race ďjust to feel like a runner again.Ē

My goal for this year was to just start running again, enjoy every run, and improve my health. So far, Iíve made progress, although I would be the first to admit that itís taken me longer to work my way back in shape than ever before (as we speak, Iím nowhere close to being ďin shapeĒ, but progressing). July was my best month in a very long time, and Iím hoping to carry that motivation forward. Iím still way too heavy, but moving (slowly) in the right direction.

Iím still counting my blessings! Here are some recent photos:

Evelyn heading out to girl scout camp; dad proud but sad that she's growing up so fast

today's haul from the garden: cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and lima beans.

Bailey & the little ones on the trail in KY

Ethan at the apple orchard last weekend

Evelyn running the trail at the nature preserve earlier today

I love all my wonderful SP friends!

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MBSHAZZER 8/5/2013 3:08PM

    John, my dad has always been my running inspiration and he never really raced, just our local 5k a few times. Definitely not necessary to race in order to be a runner. That's the great thing about running. Nothing special needed, all you gotta do is RUN! :D

I'm glad you are logging the miles and hoping they are injury free and enjoyable.

Your little ones are getting SO BIG!!!! WHEN did Evelyn become such a little lady! Enjoy them!!!

OH, and PS - things could always be worse! :D I know that sounds so fatalistic, but really, most of us living in the US have so many wonderful things that we take for granted. It's so important to realize that no matter what is going on in our lives, it is not the worst thing in the world.

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SEEHOLZ 8/5/2013 11:05AM

    Ahhhhhhh.... Evelyn and Ethan go so big! And she's still running-LOL. Love it!

I love your attitude, I always appreciate your support and I am so glad you are still on this journey with the rest of us!!!!

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    Great pics! Best wishes!!

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CCSDESTINY 8/5/2013 7:10AM

    Congrats!!! I'm so happy to hear that you are back on track and doing well! Keep blogging :) It is always so great to hear about your progress and see the pics of your family! (I need to do the same.... ) Loving the garden goods too - those veggies are beautiful!!

Hope you have a fantastic week!! Make each day count..

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ELFITZPA 8/4/2013 8:58PM

    I love the photos, you have such a beautiful family. And your status messages have been inspiring, John - always flexible and on the go!! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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BEULAH45 8/4/2013 8:58PM

    Welcome back. An attitude of gratitude changes everything. As you said, it could be so much worse. Life is a journey; sometimes 4 steps forward and then 3 steps backward. As long as we are trying our best, that is all that matters.

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Brief Running Update

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I ran 2 miles a few days after my initial run. All went well and my pace was quicker.

The next weekend found me stuck on stupid, as I ran at an easy pace for about 4.2 miles. The cardio part was fine, but it was too much of a jump in distance (and yes, I am familiar with the 10% rule). I followed the run up by going to work and carrying a sprayer on my back for a few hours. That night, I was in a good deal of pain. So, I iced and took a week off.

I went out this morning and ran 2.5 miles. It felt great and everything went well.

I hope to get out there again in a few days. For now, I want to keep the distance under 3 miles.

It's wonderful to be a runner again!

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RKBABCOCK 7/10/2011 11:27AM

    Just remember that even starting over, you are still faster than me! Love you, babe! And I am so glad that you are getting back out there again!

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SEEHOLZ 7/10/2011 7:38AM

    I totally know how that feels... I was in that boat last year... one time I ran 3 miles, felt awesome and couldn't walk right the rest of the week... so 2 miles is great start.

I can't remember exactly, but you'll figure out how to ramp up the mileage slowly.... with a few errors here or there.

I am still not 100%. I am running pain-free, but I can only stay that way if I keep my runs at about 6-7 miles... so why jump up.. I'll just experiment and hopefully will be able to add soon :-)

I can feel your excitement- and I certainly remember my own. Just to be able to run is exciting, even if the total distance covers your old "warm-up", hahaha. It's just all about perspective, learning about our "present" us and what our bodies can do for us now, not last year, last month or sometime in the future.

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MBSHAZZER 7/9/2011 8:20PM

    WHOHOO!!! No shame in being excited to get out there! Glad you took the time to rest and are back at it! Way to go!

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CCSDESTINY 7/9/2011 8:18PM

    The turtle wins the race! :) So glad you have an update!!!


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SQUISHY0705 7/9/2011 1:15PM

    I think sometimes we can lose sight of the importance of recouperation after exercise.
Good to hear that you're out there pounding the pavement once more.

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After Almost 10 Months- I Finally Got to Run Again

Sunday, June 26, 2011

It wasn't pretty, but you couldn't pry the smile off of my face. After a very long absence, I went to the park with the kids today and ran 1.2 miles.

It was very slow and much harder than before I stopped running, but it was a joy. I'm just thrilled to be back among the living again. Every step felt like a victory and I can hardly wait for my next run. There's no rush on my part, but I am embracing my baby steps and living in the moment.

This couldn't have come at a better time for me. I am so grateful to be able to run again.

Yesterday, I was a volunteer at the first Hendricks County Park to Park 60-mile relay run. I spent the afternoon with my wonderful Sp friend, Mary, and her husband and parents. It was great to see the runners and feel like I was a part of things again. And I got to spend some quality time with Mary's husband, Brett, who is as good as it gets.

Have a great week! Many congrats to my SP friend, Sharon, who set a marathon PR in Seattle yesterday. You are amazing!

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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2011 3:42PM

    John, just back from my trip! Thanks for thinking of me.... and a HUGE congrats on being cleared to run! You will back in fine form in NO TIME at all! So happy for you!

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MARATHONER340 7/4/2011 1:06PM

    so happy to hear you got your first run back in!!!

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HEALTHYCHIC 7/3/2011 2:38PM

    Oh John, i'm so so happy for you. I COMPLETELY know that feeling. I bet it was such a treat for you. When is your next run?

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SEEHOLZ 6/30/2011 1:22PM

    WOHOO!!!!! Sooooo exciting-- soo happy for you John!!!

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CAROLCRC 6/29/2011 1:51PM

    So glad for you! A long lay-off is so hard to cope with. Makes us realize how much of a coping mechanism running can be. Hope you continue to make "great strides" in both running and on the job front.

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 6/29/2011 8:26AM

    This is so AWESOME to read!!!! I'd been waiting for a blog where you'd been able to run :). Hope the next run goes even better! :)

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L3DESIGNS 6/26/2011 9:31PM

    great job getting out running

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/26/2011 7:49PM

    HURRAY!!!!!! I wish I had been there, but I did the mudathelon in Anderson on Saturday, let me know when you sign up for a 5 k and we could run together!

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CCSDESTINY 6/26/2011 1:54PM

    WHOOOOOHOOOOO!! I am so happy for you!!!! You are such an inspiration for me, especially as I am laid up right now, with no end in sight yet, knowing I will be starting out with baby steps again too! I know how excited you are and I am excited to watch your slow and steady progress :)

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TPETRIE 6/26/2011 1:34PM

  What an achievement. You should be very proud of yourself for making this first move again. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Briefly, my sports podiatrist prescribed prednisone a few weeks ago and it seems to have helped. My heel seems to be improving, even though progress is slow. I no longer wear the air cast and have a little soreness at the end of the day, but nothing like it used to be.

I've had a couple terrific running dreams lately. In the first, I ran another marathon and broke 4 hours without even trying (my friend Mary and her husband, Brett, were running it with me). In the other dream, I was trail running without pain, which would be a dream come true in itself.

Here are some recent pictures:

Bailey on Easter Sunday

Madison in her Easter dress

Easter with the light of my life

Have a great week, SP friends!

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SEEHOLZ 5/9/2011 11:51AM

    LOVE THIS!!! I'm smiling ear to ear John!!! Wohoo!!!

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/7/2011 9:21PM

    your family is beautiful. Thanks for the update. I hope those dreams come true, they don't seem unrealistic. Sorry i've been so MIA! Life gets so busy working full time, DS with the rest of the time :). Making time for exercise has been a challenge, let alone spark time :). Miss you! Say hi to R for me!

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MARYMARY611 5/5/2011 8:02PM

    Sorry I didn't respond to your post sooner, I read it but couldn't log in on my phone....

Anyways, we ran a marathon together in your dream?! That is so cool! And I hope a dream that comes true in the future.

Very glad to hear that you've lost the air cast. And I hope things continue to improve and that you'll be running soon.

We sent an e-vite to Rhonda for a cook-out we're having on the 14th, hope your family can make it. Love the pictures!

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MBSHAZZER 5/3/2011 11:53AM

    John, that's great news! You're on your way! One day, we'll be running together and this brief period without running will seem like a distant memory.

The kids look GREAT! They are SO LUCKY to have such a great dad!

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BAKERICLISA 5/3/2011 6:42AM

    Glad your feeling better. Please watch for side effects while being on short term prednisone . . . even my husbands doctor took me aside and mentioned he was not right . . . his kidneys started to fail after a two week treatment that was prescribed for sudden hearing loss, but it was a high dose with a rapid taper off of the drug. Took over a month for it to fix itself.

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CCSDESTINY 5/2/2011 9:57PM

    So glad you are feeling better! You'll be back at in no time - keep the faith! :)

The pics are fantastic - those are some gorgeous girls you've got there! emoticon

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Why I Miss Running (Long)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As usual, I must apologize for being MIA with my SP friends. I wish I had more time to keep up with those who have stuck by me for so long.

I saw the podiatrist again last week and he was a little disappointed with my progress (or lack thereof). Long story short, he prescribed some prednisone to help with my tendon. I will finish it tomorrow and then go back in mid-May. I'm still in the air cast.

Some may recall that I lost my aviation job this past January when the company I had worked for during the last 9 years shut its doors. I wasn't shocked when it happened, because my income had dropped by more than 90% since 2007. High oil prices and the lackluster economy have put many pilots on unemployment since 2008. There are many more pilots than there are flying jobs. And many flight schools have closed their doors.

I started a landscaping job last August. In my interview, I was promised a managerial position and a nice raise this Spring if I did a good job last summer, fall, and winter. Well, I did beyond great by anyone's standards; the customer just raves and raves about me. However, I was not given the increase I was promised; instead, I've been asked to work harder and harder for very little money (which is why my tendon hasn't recovered). In addition, they've also cut my hours. I was also told that I would be eligible for benefits this Spring, which hasn't happened. Needless to say, it's been very disappointing and quite stressful.

I do what I'm told; I'm extremely dependable; I work very, very hard; I treat everyone the way that I would like to be treated. I don't know why I can't get above the poverty level when it comes to earning a living, but it's killing me, physically and emotionally. My wife and kids never complain, but it hurts them, too.

I could put all this past me for a few hours when I was able to run. Just getting out there on the trail with my music and the deer was better than any therapy that could be prescribed. And when I was PRing at races in my 50s, it gave me hope and confidence that I could achieve and overcome. All my hard work in training was rewarded. Running was my outlet and salvation. I really miss it.

I hope this doesn't sound like a huge pity party, because my life is not about me; it's about raising my children and giving them half a chance to succeed in life. I'm sorry for them and not for me. I'm just tired of feeling guilty 24/7 and not being able to sleep well (or some nights, at all).

I know my situation isn't unique. I'll keep looking for the right job. I'll work at whatever it takes until then to keep my family together. And maybe I'll get to go for a run again someday.

God Bless all of you. I'll end on a positive note with some family photos from Disney.

family photo before leaving

Ethan and Bailey by the fountain

the little ones pose for dad

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CCSDESTINY 4/24/2011 8:13PM

    Sorry I am just now getting to your blog. I know that you are discouraged right now, but everything happens for a reason. You have a beautiful family. Be strong and patient, I am sure something will come your way soon.

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SEEHOLZ 4/21/2011 3:12PM

    You know... I just adore your family and I know they are the luckiest bunch to have you- you are an amazing person who's going through a hard time and sometimes you just got to vent!

I really hope you can find some alternative way to find some peace and serenity even if it does not compare to running- without that type of outlet, I'd literally loose my mind-LOL! And I'm not just saying it--- I can't relate to what you are going through, so I don't want to give you some lame advice.

Instead I want to encourage you to take care of yourself, as lame as that might sound. Maybe some daily meditation or swimming might help you find a little bit of time to find that stress release and help you focus on keeping the eye on the prize and getting back to running. ( even if it seems so far away right now)

I wish you the best with all my heart!

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2011 10:17AM

    John, I'm so sorry you are having a tough time. And it's not a pity party at all. I have a lot of dissatisfaction and uncertainty around my job and my ONE salvation is running - so I completely understand how it must add to your stress to not be able to run.

Sending you positive thoughts that things will start looking up for you soon. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the BEST things in life.


And I cannot believe how big the little guy is getting! So handsome, just like his dad!

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PRINCESSNURSE 4/20/2011 9:36AM

    I have to agree with Mary. Your kids are so blessed to have involved loving parents like you and Rhonda. What great examples you are to them in the areas of fitness, nutrtion, love and perserverence. I am so sorry about your foot--I am sending healing toughts your way every day emoticon

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MARYMARY611 4/20/2011 9:20AM

    Oh man, I was really hoping that you'd have better news about your foot. It's something you've been struggling with for so, so long. I'm really sorry that it hasn't been improving. And I'm really sorry about your job situation. You are a hard worker and a terrific father. You are generous with your time and support. Try to keep in mind that kids love their parents no matter what. You don't have to buy them big fancy things. You being there and supporting them is what matters.

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