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Sadness in Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I had just gotten off of a conference call yesterday afternoon when my wife broke the sad news to me about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. While not the same size and scope as the 9/11 tragedy, a lot of those same feelings from nearly 12 years ago came rushing back. Sadness, anger, and fear all came right to mind.

I'm a BIG Boston Red Sox fan, and now being an avid runner, this incident hit closer to home. It will be a few years before I am ready for a marathon, but clearly Boston will be in the picture when that time comes. And thankfully, the Marathon will go on, albeit with lots of new security procedures starting in 2014.

What is truly sad are that the person or persons responsible for this. That they think this is "right" -- killing and injuring innocent people. That they have the kind of time and apparently the resources to carry out such a bad thing. That their life / lives are so unfulfilled with good things that this is where gone to. It makes no sense to me....


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RASPBERRY56 4/21/2013 9:39AM

    I had to redo this post as I was about to make some very politically incorrect statements - but it really concerns me that certain people's actions have resulted in a major American city FORCED to SHELTER IN PLACE - that had to have been absolute HELL ON EARTH for all - I can't even begin to imagine what people's thoughts must have been while essentially being trapped in their homes or wherever......

May we find all the answers ASAP so that we can work diligently to get this world to turn around and get back on the right track!

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TECH1960PS 4/17/2013 1:27PM

    It just makes me so mad, the senselessness of it, I pray for all those poor people affected by this horrendous act of terror.

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    The sadness and shock weigh heavily, the diabolism challenges comprehension, the loss will be felt forever.

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    It will be a long while before I could run much less a marathon, but it really saddens me that someone would do such a thing. I don't have tv, so I only know bits and pieces of what I've read online. I'll keep that situation in my prayers, and hope that this doesn't keep any of those people from reaching their goals in the future.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2013 9:07PM

    The world is changing and not getting any kinder. emoticon -- Lou

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HDHAWK 4/16/2013 8:19PM

    No sense at all. Hopefully the responsible party will be brought to justice.

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CHUBRUB3 4/16/2013 8:03PM

    So very very sad about this tragedy and all the victims and their families.
My prayers and heart are with them.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/16/2013 7:30PM

    Just like 9/11 and Oklahoma City, they'll be found!

Remember, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm"

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HANSBRINK 4/16/2013 2:23PM

  Yes, it makes no sense. I am remembering and praying for the families and those injured by this act.

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BRENDAGAIL9 4/16/2013 11:58AM

    When I turned on my TV to watch my soap opera I couldn't believe what I was hearing. At first I did not know what happened until I heard Boston mentioned. Then I was glued to the TV the rest of the day. I can't believe this is happening but from now on no one knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men/women.

All I can say is we have to be aware of our surroundings. It can/will happen anywhere.

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GETTO140 4/16/2013 11:24AM

    I can't make any sense of it.

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JIMDAB 4/16/2013 10:48AM

    I think this was done to hit us with the fact that there is no place at ll we can absoutely feel safe.It is sad that it takes bravery t attend a normal event...

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PDQ1203 4/16/2013 9:25AM

    i couldn't believe it when i heard the first news story - thought they got it wrong
than i saw the news footage

for sure... it makes no sense

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OOPS! Forgot the hat...

Monday, April 08, 2013

I was so excited to get outside yesterday and do yard work (it was sunny and in the 60's -- PREFECT yard work kind of day!), that I forgot to wear a hat! A year ago, there was hair on my head (granted, not too much!), now there is none! And the sun was VERY strong yesterday, so the head is a little warm this morning!

A good lesson learned before the sun gets even stronger....


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BARCONIUS 4/9/2013 8:49PM

    Yeah, I can relate. It looks like I have a full head of hair, but there's a definite bald spot on top, and I have to keep it covered. Ouch!

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CASEYSAUER 4/9/2013 7:24AM

    Sunscreen and a good hat are your best friends in the garden!

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MOBYCARP 4/8/2013 7:43PM

    Yeah, that happens with a shaved head. A couple years ago, I got sunburn from the sun shining through the holes in my bike helmet. Took a couple weeks to heal up, and I went out and bought a wicking cap designed to go under the helmet.

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/8/2013 12:02PM

    oh, jeez, Patrick, that's a bummer! Hope there's not blistering--that would be no fun at all : )

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JIMDAB 4/8/2013 11:02AM

    I know the feeling!

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CHUBRUB3 4/8/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Watch for those burns!

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CHRISTINASP 4/8/2013 10:33AM

    Maybe just carrying a large handkerchief with you at all times would help. In case you forget again, you could protect your head with the handkerchief...

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PMRUNNER 4/8/2013 8:12AM

    Hats and sunscreen!

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RUN4FOOD 4/8/2013 7:36AM

    Sunburn isn't a good thing. Be careful.

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WELLNESSME09 4/8/2013 7:28AM

    Oops, not a good thing lol, must remember that hat. emoticon

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Today marks 3 years since our first male greyhound, Gator, crossed the rainbow bridge. Thankfully the pain of losing him has gotten easier as the time has passed, and we know that he is truly having a better and pain free life. I sometimes have visions of him being with my mom.

He was a 90 lb+ boy, a great racer, but a cuddle bunny! His last few days on earth 3 years ago were tough, but we learned so much from him. 3 months after he passed, we adopted Tomas, and much like Gator, is a big goofy boy!

So Gator, if you can read my blog (and I bet you can!), we love you, we miss you, and say hi to mom for me!

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IUHRYTR 4/4/2013 10:50PM

    Won't it be a wonderful day when we're reunited with our family, friends and pets? Keep the happy memories of the time you two had together in mind during the sad times. Doing that has helped me often when the tears begin. emoticon -- Lou

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TEXASLYNN 4/3/2013 3:20PM

    My Precious Baby (picture on my Spark Page) has been gone a little over a year and my Tinker almost 17. I'd tell you it gets better but that would be a lie. It's just a different normal. My border girls help and we're planning their first birday party in less than two weeks.

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CHRISTINASP 4/3/2013 1:51PM

    Very touching. It's clear that you loved Gator so much. Loosing a dog and dealing with their pain is such a challenge.

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LABOSOXGIRL 4/3/2013 11:34AM

    Sorry for your loss, it's really hard to deal with losing a furbaby! It equates to losing a child. I don't know how I will deal with it when one of my two crosses the bridge.

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SHANALOUISA 4/3/2013 10:51AM

    I can totally understand this. Whereas I haven't lost my big guy yet, the mere thought of it is enought to get me all misty eyed (seriously I'm tearing up right now). I swear I'm going to need grief conseling when it's time for my furbaby to cross rainbow bridge. RIP Gator!

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LADYJ6942 4/3/2013 10:18AM

    I feel you. I put down my favorite dog when I was in my senior year of high school. It was a tough day and I've not met another quite like him. Hugs

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GAL7288 4/3/2013 10:03AM

    I lost my lab Fluffy not too long ago, we had him since he was a puppy and seeing him struggle the last year was painful, so it was a bittersweet feeling letting him go. It's always tough to loose your pets, especially when they are a big part of the family. But you do learn from them. So sorry for your loss, but I would also think of him as a gain, you gained a new pet, and the knowledge that Gator left you.

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Another Running Milestone

Sunday, March 24, 2013

So with now being able to consistently run 5K distance in under 30 minutes, one of my goal for 2013 is to compete in a 10K race. But as I did with the 5K distance, I wanted to set a time goal before I started looking for a race. My goal = under 60 minutes.

I had previously attempted the 10K distance 3 times prior today, each time in the 62 minute range. Not bad, but I knew I had to overcome the 60 minute barrier in my mind to feel I could really do it in a race (don't ask me why - my mind works in strange ways!).

So Sunday has become my 10K running day, as I don't have the urgency to get back to work like I do during the week. And in spite of being a day off, I was awake at 5:30AM this morning trying to figure out in my mind how I was going to break the 60 minute barrier today. Then it hit me: Like a complex project, I needed to break my run into smaller components. So my initial plan was essentially six-1 mile runs, with the 2/10th mile part at the end to get me to 10K. So my goal was to be at 6 miles at 58:00, leaving me 2 minutes to book the last 2/10 mile.

So for the first 3.10 miles, this worked like a charm. In fact, what I did was go back to running for blocks of time (10 minutes), then take a 1 minute "fast walk" break. Anyway, I was in the 29:30 range for 5K, so I knew I was in the hunt.

Then fatigue set in! As I had noticed in my previous 10K runs, the "voices" began to talk to me, telling me I was tired, and that this idea of running this distance in under 60 minutes was silly! So while I did not give in, I did start taking short 30 second fast walk breaks every 5 minutes, and that helped a lot!!

I hit 6 miles at just a little over minutes (I think it was 58:10) so I knew I could do it. Cranked the treadmill from the steady 6.5 mph I had run at to that point to 6.8, then to 7.0 for that last 10th, and happily hit 6.2 miles at 59:52!!

I was reading my previous running posts, and it was just a little over a year ago (2/28/2012 to be precise!), when I was able to run 5K in under 40 minutes! I remember how at the time that was HUGE! I found my first 5K race to run on April 21, and I have not looked back!

I'm pretty sure I was pretty tired back on 2/28/12, but today -- I am REAL tired!! But very happy! And now I'll start looking for a 10K race to run!!


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CASEYSAUER 4/2/2013 9:53AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! emoticon

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TEXASLYNN 3/26/2013 1:41PM

    Good job with the process analysis. WTG!

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MOBYCARP 3/25/2013 8:59PM


Now that you know you can do this on a treadmill, and spring is here, it's time to take this show on the road!

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IUHRYTR 3/25/2013 8:30PM

    "Good tired" is a nice feeling, isn't it. emoticon on your breakthrough! emoticon -- Lou

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NWFL59 3/25/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon glad you were able to achieve your goal and overcome your internal battle too. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 3/25/2013 7:44AM

    Congratulations! This has been a goal of yours for a while. Now off to the races.

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BBECKER1955 3/25/2013 6:40AM

    Great! Way to stick with it.

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PMRUNNER 3/25/2013 5:44AM

    Way to go! That's great that you ignored those pesky voices in your head and finished strong!

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CHUBRUB3 3/24/2013 10:31PM

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GREAT Vitals

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nothing like some GREAT vitals to put a smile on my face:

1) Weigh-in at my WLS's office this morning: UNDER GOAL!! (178)
2) Blood donation last Saturday:
- Non-fasting blood sugar: 101!
- Blood Pressure: 108/64!

Hoping come May that the last of my diabetes meds (metformin) goes away too! Feeling very positive!

Life is good!

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 8:58PM

    You're an inspiration for me that maybe one day I, too, can get off the diabetes and other medications. emoticon! -- Lou

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CLASSOF92 3/20/2013 4:53PM

  Congratulations!! I hope you achieve the med. free status. Great job.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/19/2013 8:38PM

    This is great, Patrick! Way to go.

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BBECKER1955 3/19/2013 4:54PM

    Fantastic Patrick! I'm jealous of your BP. Never thought I say that to another man emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 3/19/2013 3:48PM

    So happy for you Patrick!!

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SANDYCRANE 3/19/2013 11:37AM

    That is my goal also to get off diabetes meds. Now that I am exercising and eating better I think it will be possible. Congratulations.


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