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Running from Dementia (article)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Alzheimer's runs in my family. I care for my mother, in her 5th year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My aunt and my great grandmother too.

I am running from dementia. It has been studied that vigorous exercise can reduce the chances of getting dementia. Now the Alz association is saying that running 15 miles per week can reduce the onset of the disease by 40%. Wow. Two years ago, I made a conscious decision to run from dementia by averaging 25 miles a week.

Great article on this very topic appears www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/
12/12/running-15-miles-a-week-could-sl
ash-alzheimer-s-risk.html


I will continue to run from dementia and gain all the other health benefits as well.

  
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PDQ1203 12/20/2014 9:20AM

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HOBBESIS49 12/18/2014 2:40AM

    Wow, Wow & MORE W O W...

More incentive to GET moving!!!!!!

You SPARK me.. I'm 51 and have been walking.. jogging.. crawling.. trying to get my feet off the ground. (I used to be a runner years and years and years ago when I was a much lighter and younger version of myself). I REALLY let myself go.. always cautious about the ol' knees and taking things slow, slow, slow.. Hope to catch up with you someday.

Jane

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 12/17/2014 8:15PM

    WOW! Thank you for sharing!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 12/17/2014 8:15PM

    WOW! Thank you for sharing!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/17/2014 12:16PM

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COOP9002 12/17/2014 10:35AM

    thanks for sharing the articles. as a fellow runner i found them very insightful and encouraging.

blessings

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Pumpkin Plod and Turkey day success

Friday, November 28, 2014

It was a beautiful, relaxing, hectic, fun day. I started out running the Pumpkin Plod 10K, in its 39th year, with my DIL! We both did incredibly well. She ran it in 49:48 and only had to wait 20 minutes for me to finish!
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I missed a PR by 1:30, which was amazing since I had not come close to PR in 13 months. I was happy.

My DIL is making me a grandma come June 4th! It is a Blessing and we are thrilled for this change in life.

We were down one son for Thanksgiving, but we talked with him, messaged him, and exchanged snap shots and snap chats all day. The new age of spending the holidays with family.
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I missed my son, but not so much. He was in good hands with good friends.

I Join @SparkPeople #fit2feast for a daily fitness challenge, aiming for at least 10 minutes of exercise every day from November 1 through Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). Total success and I blew the minutes out of this world. The cross training renewed my fitness for the holidays. I am taking 2 weeks off from running, a planned rest. I will continue to workout every day, no excuses.

I was the host for Thanksgiving, and the meal prep. As a vegetarian for 3 years now, this meal was hard the first 2 years. I had tofurkey the last 2 years, in hopes of keeping with the traditions. This year, new tradition. I made all the favorites for all my guests. My DIL brought two amazing home-made pies to top off all the dishes! I had been in the kitchen every evening since Monday, to my pleasure.

For me, I chucked tradition. I prepared my stuffing vegetarian style, adding turkey sausage for my guests, and saving a bit and adding clams with its juice to my portion. I topped a portabello mushroom with my stuffing, baked a sweet potato, and enjoyed the brussel sprouts along with everyone else, a popular veggie in my house. I did imbibe in a glass of wine, and a sliver of each pie. I appreciate the new tradition of not being stuffed with all the starches.
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It was a lovely day, spent with family, RUNNING, doing puzzles, watching football, talking about the pregnancy. It was a great day to slow down and smell the roses, or the turkey cooking!
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Thanks for visiting!

  
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DOGLADY13 11/28/2014 2:35PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day! Congratulations Grandma, on the baby, the run, and the fitness challenge!

Spark on, Sister!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/28/2014 12:12PM

    Truly a great day for you in every way. I love the comment, I missed my son but not so much! I felt the same way. He will be home for Christmas, at least. Cheers!

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MARYRUN1 11/28/2014 10:48AM

    What an awesome blog :)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/28/2014 9:44AM

    Congratulations on all fronts!

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Hero HM Oct 19

Friday, October 31, 2014



No cape or super heroes for me, although there were many runners adding to the fun. My heroes are the ones who serve our country. I was dressed in fatigues! Thank you, Amanda in the National Guard; Derek, in the Air Force; Chris, Joe, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, Mr&Mrs. D for your past service, to all the unknown and fallen soldiers, your efforts do not get by me.

I ran through 1.5 miles of mud and puddles to get a PR on HM clocked at 2:34:27. It was a slow course because of the obstacles, so I am nearing my goal to be under 2:30. I was very happy with PR!


I ran with my DIL who placed 1st in AG!
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This race last year was my 1st 10K! I have come along way since that milestone. This race completes my goal of 4HMs in the year 2014!

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My biggest fan was there to greet me at the finish line with water and much celebration.



The Lake shore was cool, but magnificent on a sunny day.


  
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HOBBESIS49 11/3/2014 2:03PM

    Just LOOK at that Smile!


WOW good for you... Now that's what it's all about... Be very proud of you..

Great pics and Great Job..

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/31/2014 6:33PM

    Congratulations on your Half Marathon!

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DOGLADY13 10/31/2014 6:21PM

    Congratulations. Looks like you had a great day for a run! So glad you did well and your cheering section was there to cheer you on.

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Chicago HM Race Report

Monday, September 08, 2014



The Chicago HM did not disappoint in any way. It was a fabulous race for me, since it is my largest one yet. I ran the 26.2 Challenge when I entered two of the three race series, the other race was in May. Both races were run along the beautiful famous lakeshore with the cityscape as a backdrop. This race was larger in participants (7,833) and they closed Lake Shore Dr (LSD). It started and ended in Jackson park, in south Chicago, so we did not come close to downtown, as in the Spring race we were a block off of the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave). The May race was on the beautiful bike path on LSD, and I feared runner congestion, but it was a scenic race, better than being on the Drive itself.

My DIL joined me, since she lives in Chicago. I gave her a VIP parking pass so we met at the YMCA across from the start line! Otherwise, no parking, only busing and the Bears were scheduled to play. I drove in from Indiana that morning, so this was a real perk.

RESULTS

DIL finished 35th of 733 in her AG with an impressive 1:43:34, 1 minute off her PR!! WTG! I finished 119/201 in AG with 2:35:53, a PR by 6 minutes!! I was happy, especially since the heat was a factor starting at mile 6.

PERFECT START

The weather looked so perfect for a good 10 days before race day. A 7 am start, the only thing I worried about was wind off the lake (the windy city effect), and a hot sun beating down on the LSD pavement. The latter proved to be a problem, and the heat moved in sooner than expected. So by 9 am it had already hit 70 degrees, but I will take that condition over rain.



There was a positive buzz pre-race and post race.



The corrals were large enough to handle the crowd of runners. DIL was in corral D and I was assigned corral K, and I was at the start line only 8 minutes after the gun start. That was really fast. Thank you race organizers!!



My splits were real good until mile 6 when the heat was affecting my HR. Not a problem, I could still see the 2:30 pace group until about mile 9. I almost hit the wall at 11M, but I pushed through. My garmin reported a pace of 11:21 (I was targeting 11:22 to come in at 2:29), however the garmin registered an extra .6 miles do to not running the tangents well. I have to work on that. I could not have done any better. This is exactly what I trained for.



This is a cool picture of LSD. The northbound lanes were used for the first part of the race, and this is a shot of runners coming close to the finish line.



POST PARTY

Great entertainment for the post party. They were serving Chicago style pizza from Malnado’s and Michelob beer. Pizza and beer never tasted so good, and it was Sunday well before lunch! The event was wrapping up as planned at 11am.



MY RACE BLING!

I still get excited for the finisher medal.



I am not sure why I am waiting to sign up for next year’s races. It is an absolute must to repeat. Great race organization. Runners were supportive. Crowds were controlled. Expo was fun (Navy Pier), and it was a big race (my biggest TD), with a small race feel upon completion.

My next HM is scheduled 7 weeks from now! Ciao!


  
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BOILHAM 9/12/2014 10:10AM

    Great job! Would love to have a guarantee of 70 degrees for my races, too hot down here.

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UWHK8STER 9/10/2014 12:38PM

    Great report - glad you had such a good time at what seems to be a well run race. Major kudos on your PR!

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ROXYZMOM 9/9/2014 7:06AM

    Way to go! You did fantastic! I have heard that is a great race. A lot of runners I know in Delaware run it every year.

Where is your next HM?

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PMRUNNER 9/9/2014 6:44AM

    Way to go! Great race and report!

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SASSYLJB 9/9/2014 6:39AM

    Awesome job! Congrats on your PR! Love the pics! I love race BLING! Congrats to your DIL sounds like an AWESOME day for all! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 9/8/2014 10:23PM

    Great job. Great report. Cool bling. Well done.

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JEWELS571 9/8/2014 9:38PM

    So excited for you! Hope my comment was ok, about the pavement, I have never forgotten that blog, so it says something positive about you and that I admire you!! Love ya!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/8/2014 8:08PM

    Woohoo! Way to go Mary! That is awesome! It sounds like a great race and pretty cool to have DIL there also! The bigger city races terrify me. I don't like driving into them and the crowds scare me. My biggest race to date has been about 1,100 runners. That suites me fine. Still, I would like to run in one of the bigger ones someday.
Congrats on a race well run! Woohoo!
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SLENDERELLA61 9/8/2014 7:20PM

    Great race report!! Really enjoyed the pictures, too. Hey, we could run a HM together. My 4 HM I ran in 2:26, 2:30, 2:37, and one much slower due to issues. Glad you enjoyed your run so much. Keep on. Run happy!!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/8/2014 6:24PM

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You did great! Thanks for sharing.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/8/2014 5:28PM

    Well done in all respects! I certainly can empathize with the challenges of the heat in a race. You handled it superbly!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/8/2014 5:09PM

    Sun must have been a problem but 70 degrees sounds lovely to me.
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Rave Run at Sabino Canyon

Monday, August 25, 2014

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I did this run 8 months ago for the first time. Last week, I did it for a second time.



I was fortunate that the weather was cool (70 degrees at 6 am) and overcast in beautiful Tucson, AZ. There were several water holes I had to run through, given the monsoon season!



And I ran up to THAT peak!



And this run was a warm up for my 6 mile hike the following day, where I climbed 1200 ft, there and back in 2:50:00. The road you see way down yonder is the road I ran.



I would say, I am just about ready for the Chicago HM on Sept 7th. YIKES, just 13 days away!

Keep on running, SparkFolks.

  
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PASTAFARIAN 8/29/2014 11:57AM

    Great pics, thanks for sharing. And your run was a warmup for your hike?! Love your sense of humor.

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BOILHAM 8/26/2014 1:27PM

    What a cool looking and challenging run! Good for you. Just rolling hills in Florida, nothing quite like that! But, at least it was cool. Now rest up! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 8/26/2014 5:29AM

    Looks like a beautiful run! We are both running a half the same day! Except I will be in Harrisburg, PA. Sounds like the training is done and done well!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/25/2014 5:49PM

    Beautiful! But time to taper.
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MJRVIC2000 8/25/2014 4:56PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love makes everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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