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Thursday, January 10, 2013

My day stated well. My foot didn't drag during my short run this morning. Maybe there is hope I will be able to run long again.
I've been doing a lot of stretches and exercises, many from Jay Dicharry, plus squats and jumping rope. My leg seemed to be a little stronger today. Hope that continues.

Two incidents within a mile of each other made me see how blessed I am.
While driving my car I came upon a traffic circle. The car in the lane to my right stopped. I caught something out of the corner of my eye and stopped before getting to the pedestrian walk way. Out stepped a mother and two little children. They never looked my way at all. They just kept walking across the street. That situation could have ended tragically.

About a mile down the road, still thinking about what could have happened, I saw a policeman with a radar gun too late. I start to pull over, he waves me on and pulls over the car behind me.
I really don't know what speed I was driving. Thinking too much about the avoided tragedy.

I am very thankful three times already today.

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SYNCHRODAD 1/20/2013 5:15PM

    Nice blog. We can't hear the word "thankful" too much. It is a position word that a sincere issuer always speaks within a context of humility.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/12/2013 9:17PM

    Your guardian angels really earned their stripes today : )
So glad your running continues to improve.

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TXHRT4U 1/10/2013 2:57PM

    Yep, sounds like you have had a blessed day so far. I will pray that it continues.
emoticon short run this morning! That is great news! I have faith that you will run long runs again. Keep stretching! I have heard/read different opinions about when to stretch. It helps me to do it before and after. What ever is working for you is what matters. emoticon emoticon

Keep having a blessed day!

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Monday, December 31, 2012

With all of my health issues in 2012 I'm ready to start anew with 2013.
Still have to set out my focus areas for 2013, but have started lining them out.
The six areas I will focus on are: God, Family, Health, Work, Self and Others.
I'll try to develop the direction one focus item for each area, some may have two or more.
Then determine the small steps I can take that will take me in the direction I want to go.
Have some time tomorrow to do this. My wife is doing a half marathon and some in our group are doing the full. Hope to utilize this time wisely.

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HAKAPES 1/4/2013 4:05AM

    I like your "focus areas". Especially that you start with God. I think having focus on God is a good basis for all other areas.

Here you can get some free assistance:

I came accross it lately, and I want to try it, too.

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KNYAGENYA 12/31/2012 8:12PM

    You can do it. I have faith in you.

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Anatomy of this Runner

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reading the book Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry.
Jay is a physical therapist and sports clinical specialist.
He gives 10 tests you should do to see where your running weakness might be. Of the 10 tests I failed 3. He then offers suggested corrective exercises. Need to review these to see what might help me to be a better runner.
Actually, I was surprised when I didn't fail all 10 tests.
Hope something can help me improve my running.
Very difficult getting back into running after being off for about 9 months.

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/18/2013 1:52PM

    I will have to check this book out...Interesting!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/31/2012 8:56AM

    I'll have to find this book! Good luck.

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CAROLCRC 12/31/2012 8:11AM

    I just bought this too - looking forward to reading it as I have another big mileage year planned.

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SEABREEZE65 12/31/2012 6:25AM

    What a coincidence! I am also reading this same book. I am on page 143 - the chapter that talks about running gait.

What do you think about the minimalist approach that he advocates? I know I walk around with just socks on all day inside so zero drop at home, but I don't know if I'm ready to take this on the "road" as yet.

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RUNNERKDB 12/30/2012 11:19PM

    This sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

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SPEEDYDOG 12/30/2012 9:43PM

    Sounds interesting. I may need to check into this book.


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Goals for 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Every year about this time I think I should be setting my goals for the next year.
My problem is goals don't seem to work for me.
One of my areas of interest is running. A goal could be to run a marathon in 2013, and set a specific date. I may or may not accomplish this goal. If I push myself too hard I could hurt myself again. What usually works better for me is to set up some steps to running more. The steps might be add one minute of run time to my previous run or increase my next run time by X%.
I feel like I can accomplish the next step, not even really thinking about the long range goal.
My goal is I want to run more and my steps toward that goal are small, but this is how I usually accomplish things.
I want to eat healthier in 2013. I'll eat more fruit and vegetables this coming year. This week I'll add X number of fruits and vegetables to my diet. Eventually I'll be eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables per day.
I like to focus on areas of interest and grow each area in a direction but without too much definition. I feel boxed in with too much definition. When I can't reach that specific goal I tend to give up or start over. Taking small steps in a direction if I hit a wall I can take a small step backward and try to find a way over or around the wall.
This might be a matter of semantics, but small/daily goals work better for me than long range specific goals. My small steps keeps me motivated.
I get a lot of positive feedback from accomplishing those small steps.

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BOILHAM 12/29/2012 4:42PM

    Small steps are good. Whatever works for you and keeps you motivated - sounds good to me.

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KANDOLAKER 12/29/2012 9:27AM

    Best wishes! All those small steps add up!! Have the best year yet in 2013!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/28/2012 8:42PM

    I'm with you on the kind of goals that keep me going, RUN4FOOD. Like you, I find if the goal is too grand and I can see I won't hit the goal, my commitment peters out till I just quit. Meeting small goal after small goal keeps me going much more consistently.
Isn't it too bad it takes some of us till our Golden Years to realize that?

BUT: emoticon

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GREENGENES 12/27/2012 2:47PM

    I'm with you on the goals issue. Smaller, more manageable steps are better. Kinda how I trick myself when I don't feel like I can run much. If I just get myself to run a mile I usually end up running my usual 3 to 4 miles. Sounds like you've put together some good goals. Good luck!

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MPETERSON2311 12/27/2012 2:16PM

    great goals! I think you are very inspiring

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Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Had a good Christmas. Spent last evening with friends then to church.
This morning got in a short run, went okay.
Spent entire day with DW opening gifts and getting ready for dinner with friends.
Good conversation with friends.
Now relaxing this evening and starting to plan for next year.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/25/2012 9:14PM

    Happy planning! Sounds like a great active Christmas with wife and friends and a run. What more could we want?? Take care. I'm sure you will develop a great plan for 2013!!

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