ACTIVE_AT_60's SparkPeople Blog ACTIVE_AT_60's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Run across Rhode Island The other day I was invited to run across Rhode Island on November 15,2015. Depending on the route - we will run 27 miles. The participants will run either 27 miles or one or more legs of 9 miles. <BR> <BR> More details as they become available but the start will be in Cumberland RI/Attleboro MA and the run will finish in Chepachet RI/Putnam CT - in case you know someone in the area. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:57:39 EST North country run 2015 NCR was this weekend ... they offer a 13.1, 26.2 and a 50 mile run - all trail <BR> <BR> I am new to trail running so I did the 13.1 - and I am glad I went. It was awesome!!!! here is the 4-1-1 <BR> <BR> - about 400 miles drive to the event ... horrible traffic, orange barrels, headache (I actually had a headache) - frustrated.... <BR> - got my race package ... and went to get my campground set up <img src="">.... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:53:50 EST Thoughts of today - alternatives to gels. Runners and cyclists are often using gels for carbohydrates during a race. If you are one of them, do you know there are alternatives. <BR> <BR> One is to add Maltodextrin to your water bottle(s) - 4cal per gram. It is tasteless so you may want to use one of the effervescent electrolyte tabs for a little taste. <BR> <BR> One is to use either honey or maple syrup - make sure you get the real stuff . (don't recall how many calories each contains). Both have almost identical nutrition. <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:35:54 EST Race report - 15k trail run This morning I ran a 15k trail run. If you know me, you will know I have been a road runner for the past 10 years. . I have done a few trail runs a couple of years ago and this year I have done two. I must say I have taken a liking to trail running and if you are a road runner you should try a trail run. <BR> <BR> It is a whole different sport. It is a whole different challenge than road racing. The run was 'listed as very technical' that is trail speak for difficult I found out. Good thin... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:50:49 EST Thought of the day 4.10.15 April 16 is national health care decision day. <BR> <BR> if you are incapacitated to make decisions - have you identified a designated decision maker (power of attorney for health care) - do you have a living will? <BR> <BR> Take a moment to look at this website <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You might think you are too young for this conversation. When my sister in law had a bursted brain aneurysm that caused her demise, my brother and his kids did n... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:23:52 EST An addition I don't like. This addition is called metformin. <BR> <BR> Over the past two years I have cut down the amount of carbs I am eating - over the past year I have really cut down. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I had my physical! I am soon to be 62 and after the physical I had a long conversation with my PCP (new) about goals and what I am doing for exercise. We also looked at the blood work and weight over the past few years. Without going into details, my fasting blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C, and lipid panel ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:22:59 EST Thought of the day 11.27.14 So today is thanksgiving. You have probably already posted how you over ate and how you are now regretting it and yada yada <BR> <BR> The other day I listened to a program where a nutritionist talked about not beating ourselves up for eating too much. We do it every year! <BR> <BR> Eat what you want today and then start making plans for what you are doing from here on out. It is not important what you eat between Thanksgiving and what ever holiday you celebrate. It is important what you ea... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:08:15 EST Thought of the day 11.20.14 In a week we celebrate Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Before you go to your Thanksgiving event recite Chris 'macca' McCormack's words (Macca is two times ironman world champion) "you are the CEO of your one person company". Yes, I am sorry to tell you - YOU are in charge of what you put in your mouth. <BR> <BR> You also may want to think about - it is more about what you eat between the holidays than you eat during the holidays. <BR> <BR> And finally - if you are fortunate to celebrate Thanksgi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:10:56 EST New book Those of you who have known me a while, will have heard me talk about Cindi from Indi. Cindi is a remarkable person, who was an aspiring olympian (cycling) whose career was cut short by a head on collision - she survived and some years later she was diagnosed with breast cancer ... if you want to read a book about a remarkable person with an inspiring story - Cindi has written a book ... named after her 'trademark' - Determined. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:30:49 EST Thoughts of the day 9.3.14 Interesting study published in Annals of Internal Medicine today. Hopefully it not only will make a mainstream medical journal - but also the main stream press Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:10:54 EST Thought of the day 8.23.14 So, I went for a bike ride yesterday. Not unusual - but what is a little more unusual I haven't been on my bike for a while and BAM I went out and did 50.12 miles. Nice - but here is what is nicer - with the exception of my shoulders (a little tense from hunching over) I feel fabulous today. <BR> <BR> Looking at the data afterwards - my ride was about 50:50 in zone 2 and zone 3 <BR> <BR> What do I think happened. I have started to eat differently. Much less carbs and grains. Less carbs - hu... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:16:45 EST Thought of the day 8.15.14 I have had some issues with my glutes and my hamstring as of late. For a long time i felt one of my glute muscles was a cable. Yes, quite uncomfortable, and more recently discomfort in my 'hind leg' was added. <BR> <BR> Of course the simplest thing would be to use my health care back ground and diagnose myself. I sort of have some idea what it might be ... gluteal muscles, hamstring, sciatica, piriformis nerve, was it more a lower back issue and was the discomfort radicular. The more I thou... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:21:13 EST Thought of the day 7.12.14 What has happened. I went through all my spark friends and noticed none seem to update their status any more. Does that mean that they just don't update their status - have they succeeded - have they reverted to the life style they lived prior to SP. Have they left SP? <BR> <BR> I am just wondering. <BR> <BR> I was saddened as I went through my SP friends - I realized I have now lost two SP friends to cancer. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:20:39 EST Thought of the day 5.27.14 It is with heavy heart I am writing this. Last night my (our time) passed away. She was 58. <BR> <BR> A week ago she was admitted with an intracranial bleed as a result of an aneurysm. They did what needed to be done, but unfortunate the outcome was different than what we wanted/wished for. <BR> <BR> My brother made the brave decision to - in her spirit - to donate her organs. She was a very healthy person, so today because of my brother and his family there are someone in Europe who will ... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:15:08 EST Thought of the day 5.18.14 (half marathon) Another half marathon is now in the books. I ran Cleveland again. Done it a number of times, but this year was different ... <BR> <BR> This is my first larger event since the event in Boston last year. Not sure if it was comforting or scary to see all the bomb sniffing dogs and law enforcement officers, and a helicopter or two over us. To the officers including the K-9's who made sure we were unharmed - THANK YOU. <BR> <BR> Second- a new route. The organizers really have designed a great ... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:04:19 EST Thought of the day 5.17.14 Tomorrow is the Cleveland marathon and half marathon, and I am running it. I am actually looking forward to run. This will be my last longer run for some time, as I have a bike ride in about a month I need to focus on. I will be doing 24 hr of Booty raising money for the Livestrong foundation, and I have a lofty goal - when it comes to how far I want to ride. <BR> <BR> Clearly one of the challenges will be the nutrition, and I realize my practice is not for everyone, but I feel I want to sha... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:38:05 EST Thought of the day 5/10/14 To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. Quote from the Buddah Sat, 10 May 2014 16:23:52 EST Thought of the day 5.4.14 I came across a blog talking about 'getting motivation back' and gave it some thought. <BR> <BR> My weight has not changed that much over the last few years and I should be frustrated, have lost my motivation, or something ....but, I have not. Perhaps I am abnormal? <BR> <BR> My health insurer wanted me to get into a program in order to pay the lowest premium - but I did not have to enroll. My body fat percentage was below the required. OK, so then they tried to enroll me into the hypert... Sun, 4 May 2014 21:19:47 EST Thought of the day 5.4.14 Let me add to what I talked about yesterday. Time management. <BR> <BR> First. When you plan your workout, do it in a way so it flows into your daily activity. I.E. If I don't work out in the morning before work - I will bring my gym bag to work and stop at the gym on my way home. That way it gets done. <BR> <BR> I also sit down with my wife and develop a meal plan for the entire week on Sunday afternoon. Serves two purposes. Effective use of time when we go grocery shopping, and much less... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:42:31 EST Thought of the day 5.3.14 I some times joke when people talk with me about changing their life style and be healthier. I ask what is the most important 'tool' ? <BR> <BR> My answer is - it is a calendar!!! OK you are shaking your head - thinking I am nuts. <BR> <BR> A lot of healthy life style involves planning. Like Sunday you sit down with the family (or if you are single - just you) and plan the week. What should we have for dinner, when am I working out, when am I having solitary time (meditation, praying etc) .... Sat, 3 May 2014 14:37:33 EST Thought of the day 5.2.14 I have been doing long distance biking for some years now and for the last 10 years I have added running and a few triathlons. I have tried a lot of different fuel strategies and they have all worked … kinda. About eight months ago I cut down my carbs in what I eat, no more maltodextrin in my bottles when I run or ride, and no more gels. I have never felt better when I am out there pounding the pavement. I have not completely embraced the low carb - high fat diet or the ketotic diet and I pro... Fri, 2 May 2014 06:03:28 EST Thought of the day I went to conference related to obesity and management of obesity. It was interesting. One thing I learned (I think I knew it already - but forgot) was a lot of drugs used in different conditions will either cause weight gain or make it harder for people to lose weight. When you see your provider the next time, you may want to review your medications with him/her. <BR> <BR> Clearly some of these drugs may be necessary, but even within a class of drugs some drugs may be better from the weigh... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:48:47 EST Another reason to stay healthy Last year, a Danish professional triathlete (European champion on the IM distance) was in a bad bike crash. She was riding with a group and some kids ran out in front of her. Medically induced coma - ICU ... for almost 3 weeks, and when she woke up she was told she probably wouldn't be able to walk again. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to this weekend. She won another half marathon. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Camilla Pedersen's story has a message for all of us. The data suggest that being in good healt... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:19:37 EST Sparkers in Pittsburgh (part 2) Driving home I had a little time to reflect on this weekend. <BR> <BR> It was so good to see everyone and meet new folks as well as meeting people I only knew from SP. There was a lot of positive things exchanged and I loved some of the exchanges I have with some people I know well, even though they have have had challenges in the past year. <BR> <BR> The conversations were very personal, and I am clearly not going to share much of them. However, there are some bullet points I would like... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:19:32 EST Sparkers meet in Pittsburgh As I am writing this, the 5th annual SPARK get together in Pittsburgh is coming to a close. The Sparkers who participated are waking up with another set of memories to take home a share on blogs,with friends and coworkers. <BR> <BR> If you think this is about going out and running you are wrong! The run is really just to keep everyone occupied between meals! You don't have to be a runner to be here. You just have to be here to and feel the energy. <BR> <BR> What is unique about the event, a... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:42:59 EST Sparkers are getting together (JASR) Next weekend a group of Sparkers will be getting together for 'just a short run' - that IS the name of the event. This started with five of us going for a bike ride - the following year it was a run, and this year is the 5th year. I was unable to participate the last two years, but I am happy to say I am planning on being there this year. <BR> <BR> From 5 people - there is now 137 people in the group. Amazing!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have spent a weekend with a group of Sparkers, your li... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:22:09 EST Fueling for today's run I like to experiment with my fuel and is working on using cleaner fuel when I swim, bike or run. I modified a breakfast smoothie to my needs today by mixing Generation Ucan (my source of carbs), a whole avocado, a table spoon of chia, cinnamon, and unsweetened almond milk. <BR> <BR> The avocado made the consistency nice and smooth almost yoghurt consistency. It held me for the entire two and a half hour run without having a feeling of hunger. Where is the carbs you may ask - in the avocado... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:24:12 EST Tentative spring events Since I am back I thought I would share what events i am signed up for. <BR> March 8 I will be running a 50k as a 2 person relay with my running buddy Darryl. <BR> March 29 back to Pittsburgh with my Spark friends to run JASR. I am only running 8.1 miles <BR> May 18 Cleveland half marathon. <BR> <BR> I am not going to do as many events as I used to. 15 months ago I changed jobs and I have to be on call every other week which includes the weekend. I feel comfortable doing stuff in the gym, an... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:07:08 EST Back Sparking Friends, you may not have seen me as much as you used to. I decided to use a different website (same purpose) but I deleted it earlier this afternoon and will now be sparking again. <BR> <BR> I see a lot have not updated their status for a long time, and that makes me sad. I don't know if that is because they are not updating it - yet still sparking or what. <BR> <BR> The grass is not greener on the other side. In fact, the people here are much more supportive than the ones I met on the oth... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:02:42 EST New years wish. My friend Steve (husband, father, triathlete, coach, and leukemia survivor) posted this on his blog <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a good New Year’s resolution suggestion. Rather than living life through the I, me, mine lens, let’s practice the fine art of being humble but still proud. <BR> <BR> Rather than telling the world how hard you’ve trained, how fast you’ve raced, how fantastic your lavish gifts or vacations may have been, and how generally wonderful you are, l... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:38:59 EST Give back to Spark people I saw this on a friend's website - let us all give back to Sparkpeople. Feel free to tell others. <BR> <BR> Friends, thanks for your help getting to round 2 of Intuit's Superbowl commercial contest! Could you please continue to help us by voting daily? No registration, and it just takes a moment. We're a small business doing great to work to help America get healthy and have fun! Thank you for your help and support. <BR> <BR> you can vote once per day on computer and cell ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 05:54:15 EST Are carbs overrated? Currently I am reading "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable" <BR> <BR> Interesting reading. <BR> <BR> "The real question is whether limiting carbs will adversely affect your ability to exercise. The answer is a definitive NO. When carbs are restricted to the point of inducing nutritional ketosis, the body has a remarkable capacity to transition to burning fat, even during exe... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 04:59:44 EST What is happening I went through my list of friends and much to my surprise many of my SP friends have not logged on for a long time - lives change ... goals change ... people move to other 'networks' (i.e. Facebook, MFP etc) - perhaps it is time to re-evaluate what I am doing here! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:02:52 EST Trying a new formula This morning i tried a new combo - MAF training ( and Generation Ucan ( <BR> <BR> Why you may ask: <BR> It is an excellent way of training aerobic - most people train too hard/fast. It is a much more efficient way for the heart to work. WARNING - if you do the MAF method - you will find you are much slower than your normal pace, but with time that resolve. I have great app where I can follow the heart beat and it will gra... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:34:39 EST Gettysburg to DC relay run (4.26.13-4.27.13) Fellow Sparkers - at 7am next Friday (4.26.13) the 2013 American Odyssey Relay will kickoff in Gettysburg. It is a 200 mile relay run which will take the runners into Washington DC. The route can be found at <link><BR>interactive.html </link> and individual legs at <link><BR>legs.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you find yourself in the mood to cheer on these runners who do this for all kind of reasons check out the rou... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:34:15 EST Garmin and Sparkpeople I have been using a Garmin device for a long time. I sync it with a website (since I am not in to promotion of specific products - I will leave it nameless). <BR> <BR> I am sure I am not the only SP user who use a Garmin (or any electronic device to monitor walk, run, or bike activities) and download the GPS data for either record, or analysis. <BR> <BR> I love the spark community and want to help the SP website to stay competitive with apps and other website. So, I wrote to SP and suggeste... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 07:47:07 EST Support for Boston <BR> What happened in Boston yesterday have affected all of us. <BR> <BR> At the London marathon this weekend finishers will show support for Boston by holding their hand over their heart. <BR> <BR> Here is an idea - when you run a race and you want to pay tribute to the runners, the injured, the first responders - whom ever you want to honor ... run the very last part (30-40 yards) of your run with the hand over your heart. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:14:45 EST getting older ... I hate it Soon I will turn 60, which all of a sudden has become a challenge emotionally. The big SIX - O. <BR> <BR> When I turned 50 - I was a couch potato not active at all ... or, I had just started to get active. I have had a decade where I have done things I did not think possible. No records in the books, but records competed against myself (and perhaps a few people younger than I). <BR> <BR> What recently threw me off ... I found out that I within the next year will be placed on the inactive li... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:37:08 EST My friend Steve and his companion became acquainted a few years ago. The name of the companion is Leukemia. Steve's attitude was ' leukemia if you are going to be part of my life, we are playing by my rules". - Check out his website -- www. and you will find one inspiring tale. <BR> <BR> How many cancer patients have their wife drop them off at the Cancer center - and after chemo you run home. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:56:27 EST Change in screen name I have changed my screen name, still the same dude! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:44:09 EST I listen to a lot of podcasts. One of the ones I like for general healthy living is located at <link> </link> . They are very practical and educational, and frequently they make reference to Sparkpeople. In fact the most recent podcast has an interview with someone who is a Sparker. <BR> <BR> The podcast has had a hiatus because one of the hosts has been ill, and not ready to come back yet. However, the other has a new co-host, and is back again. <BR> <BR> I am sure ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:27:04 EST A couple of interesting quotes I belong to a few mailing lists related to health, and came across these two quotes this morning. <BR> <BR> "People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health & are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food. " Mark Hyman MD <BR> <BR> The second quote has a link to an article inside it. The article was published in BMJ (British medical journal). <BR> <BR> Sugar is addictive & makes us fat. But why is the British Dietetic Assoc. denying this?Indus... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:21:13 EST Senior Olympics 2013 (Cleveland Ohio) "The National Senior Games or "Senior Olympics" is a sports competition for seniors from the United States. It is a multi-sport event specifically devoted to adults aged 50+ (events are divided into age groups with five years interval). It is composed of regional competitions held yearly in all American states. Every two years a nationwide event is held in one state (the National Senior Olympics). <BR> <BR> The first Senior Olympics took place in 1987 and attracted 2,500 people. Recent atten... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:09:47 EST Tools and toys for work out. So, this was christmas, and Santa stopped my my stocking and dropped a few things. <BR> <BR> the first thing I opened (and I can't wait to acutally use it) is called Waterfi <link> </link> It is an iPod shuffle - it is coated so you can swim with it. I am sure that will make the laps a lot less boring. <BR> <BR> Then I opened a slightly bigger package - A Garmin 910XT .... a garmin for swimming biking and running - awesome (Thanks Santa - glad you got hints from my DW).... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:36:55 EST To all my spark friends For some reason my status update have hiccups. Therefore I am going this route to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas the the best wishes for a merry Christmas being mindful of why we celebrate it. (If you do not celebrate Christmas - may your celebration in what ever tradition be a celebration of honor to what you celebrate). <BR> <BR> I am on call this weekend and will be rounding tomorrow seeing families whose loved ones are in the hospital. The holidays will have a much different mea... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:14:18 EST New Years greetings. I got the quote below in an email today from Total Immersion. As we near the end of this year and start a new - I thought these reflections are appropriate. <BR> <BR> "Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist teacher and prolific author. Last spring I ordered her book Start Where You Are. The book is based on 59 Buddhist maxims and includes such guidance as: <BR> Accepting others starts with accepting yourself <BR> Embrace the painful, as well as the positive aspects, of life. <BR> Unclench you... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 17:34:51 EST Running the Fall Classic in Cleveland w. ON2VICTORY <BR> Yesterday I ran the Fall Classic with Robert (ON2VICTORY). The weather was superb, and I can't believe Robert (from the UP of MI) talks about it being cold. LOL. <BR> <BR> I have done this race a couple of times before, and it really a nice local race (although not the most scenic) that attracts a lot of people - from very competitive to people who wants to run their first HM. It is flat (=fast) so it is a perfect place for many to PR, and it has turned out to be a complete sell out ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:56:51 EST Thanks giving My friend John works for a local TV affiliate. He did a story on Emily which is worth every second <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/Cancer-survivor-raffles-gift-baskets-<BR>to-help-others </link> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 21:02:30 EST Marine corps marathon (sorry, no photos) Fellow sparkers. <BR> This weekend was the 37th Marine Corps Marathon aka MCM which is one heck of a marathon with 35.000 people - about 23500 finished. The event is divided in a 10k and a full marathon. <BR> <BR> I left home on Friday. Wen to my hotel and just chilled. The last couple of weeks at work has been very hard emotionally (although I don't do hospice - what I do is closely linked with hospice). <BR> <BR> Got up Saturday morning and had breakfast at the 'greasy spoon' of the ho... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:53:16 EST My hydration and nutrition strategies (continued) I just came home from a beautiful ride in NE Ohio, and again, I worked on my new fuel and hydration strategy. Today a little twist. <BR> <BR> The suggestions in this blog may not be for everyone, so like everything else - you need to find out what works for you. <BR> <BR> I forgot to buy yams (sweet potatoes) so my breakfast was sprouted bread with peanut butter. When we started the ride I had a GU roctane ... and that continued every 45-50 min almost religiously. My fluids - water and I em... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:47:30 EST