IPA-RAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IPA%2DRAY IPA-RAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Dream big. Work hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705962 That is my motto for my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>522</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:52:36 EST I can't believe I haven't blogged in 2 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672249 <em>198</em> <BR> I guess that is because of how busy I have been at work. <BR> <BR> I'm in a transition phase. Only 1 race planned before the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. I want to start my training for that race with a better base than I've had for any recent race. I got slightly over 150 miles of running last month and expect the same this month. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I plan to improve the quality of April's 150 miles. Maybe even start speed work... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:54 EST Sedona Marathon report. Great pictures. Not so great story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613715 <em>57</em> <BR> Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was in Sedona, Arizona to run the marathon in support of a nephew who was running his first. There were four of us running, my wife, my nephew, and his girlfriend were entered in the marathon. <BR> <em>522</em> <BR> <BR> The plan was to run, not race, the marathon. Initially, I planned to run at a pace of around 9:15 per mile. But since one of my training partners recently ran 13 miles under 9:00 pace, I felt compelled to run the first h... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:28:37 EST 2013 was good, 2014 will be great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579676 That's my story and I'm sticking to it! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had some good race results in 2013, some nice vacations including 2 bike trips, and got my skin cancer taken care off. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What I did not have are 12 injury free months. And any weight loss, except maybe 3 pounds. <BR> <em>273</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> In adding up my bike, run, walk mileage for 2103, I was not happy to be reminded that my mileage for February was: 11 miles biked, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:57:18 EST December goals for year's totals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555758 I added up my cycling, running, and walking miles to see what round number totals I could make for 2013. It was easier than I expected and 2 of the goals should be no problem. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> I have 975 miles. 25 more will give me 1,000. Not too much for real bikers but the most I've had in a long time. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> I have 1152.2 miles. 147.8 will give me 1,300. This might be optimistic due to an unplanned surgery on my chest yesterday. 100 will give me a t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:43:58 EST Today's words of wisdom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551337 I'm reading Holy Orders by Benjamin Black and the main detective in the story was given this advice in training: "Never jump to conclusions about a person until you know all the facts about him -- and the fact is, you'll never know all the facts." <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:55:57 EST 2013 road race report. 5 races, 4 awards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546787 I haven't been running many road races so I decided to run a few in 2013. I ran 5 and won an age group in 4 of them. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a report: <BR> <BR> 4/21/13 Burgh’s 10K <BR> 2nd 60-69, top 15% overall. 47:43 (7:41 pace) <BR> Started slow and felt unsure of what pace to attempt. Satisfied with result. <BR> <BR> 6/01/13 Run for Alex 5 mile <BR> 2nd 60-64, top 27% overall. 41:07 (8:13 pace) <BR> Very hot with some very tough hills. I walked on one! Next year, I wi... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:37:15 EST Don't forget the sunscreen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529328 <em>67</em> <BR> I love running in the heat of summer with no shirt (when my weight is under 190) or a light shirt (when it is not) and almost never wear sunscreen. But I will be using this blog as a memo to myself to wear sunscreen in the future. Why? You may have guessed already. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> I had surgery for skin cancer Wednesday. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But I'm pleased to report that all of the cancer cells were successfully removed. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:06:35 EST October goals: some met, some not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528162 <em>332</em> <BR> Biking: Goal was 400 miles, biked 403.2. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Walking. Goal was 31 miles, walked 42.5. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> Running. Goal was 140 miles, ran 108.3. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> Weight. Goal was to lose 4 pounds, lost 2. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Overall <em>244</em> but less than <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I set some pretty high goals and did okay. This was the most bike miles I'v... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:33:02 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to D.C. 10 pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l428065872.jpg"> <BR> Saying goodbye to the duck at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l202773978.jpg"> <BR> One of the highlights of the GAP trail is going through the well lit Big Savage Tunnel at the Eastern Continental Divide. 23 miles of downhill to Cumberland await you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743598273.jpg"> <BR> In Cumberland, th... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:04:49 EST My bike trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515910 I did it! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Total miles of approximately 356. Three days of <em>257</em> but more like torrential downpours. <BR> <BR> I hope to post some pictures over the weekend. Might break it up into a few blogs showing the changes along the way. There were some pretty boring stretches but many very pretty stretches. Interesting people and places along the way. I will definitely ride parts of it again. On a clear, or at least dry, day. <BR> <BR> The train back was nice bu... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:35:35 EST There is one main thing I want for my birthday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508742 A win by the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening! <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> Go Bucs! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:02:03 EST There's a 40 foot duck in Pittsburgh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507821 Sitting at Point State Park where the 3 rivers meet. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731923522.jpg"> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:04:38 EST Lots of exercise this weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506212 Saturday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 9 easy miles in the morning. <BR> <em>332</em> Biked 18 miles in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Run was shorter and slower than planned as my running companion was tired. Bike was nice except for a ton of gnats brought out by the humidity. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 12.6 miles in the morning. About 9:00 pace for half then ran with different people at a slower pace for the second half. Very humid but nice people to run with. <BR> <em>332</em> ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:02:49 EST Today's lunchtime run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504501 <em>57</em> <BR> Planned a new route from my office in Pittsburgh which I figured would be around 6 miles. Decided to start by going up what I call "Flag Hill" as it goes past a Flag Plaza into the Hill District. The last time I ran up this hill, it was about 12 miles into a 15 mile run and I had to walk a bit. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ever since i ran/hiked most of the way up Pike's Peak last month, no hill seems steep to me so I was determined not to walk this time. It also help... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:36:44 EST October goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503274 <em>57</em> Run 140 miles with some speed work. <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Bike 400 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Walk 31 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Lose 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:49:56 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502593 <em>108</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Later this month, I'll be biking from Point State Park in Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. I'm hoping the leaves will be colorful along the way and that the government shut-down will not create problems on the trip. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning to ride in Cuyahoga National Park Saturday but found out yesterday that it is closed. I guess the word "National" should have tipped me off. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I wonder if 5 days o... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:55:00 EST Quote of the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501171 I've not been active on Sparkpeople for a long time but am back for October, at least. I will be posting some blogs and possibly rejoining some teams. I thought I'd start with this quote. <BR> <BR> “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” <BR> <BR> ¯ John Len... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:54:05 EST Puns for Educated Minds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379307 I haven't posted anything in a long time. This is too good not to pass on. <BR> <BR> 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. <BR> <BR> 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. <BR> <BR> 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. <BR> <BR> 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. <BR... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:30:34 EST My new tracking calendar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199215 <em>282</em> <em>57</em> <em>30</em> <BR> First, I would like to let everyone know that my cold is finally going away. I was able to run a bit over 6 miles last evening, stopping only twice to cough. And it was not a doubled over hacking cough. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> I get a lot of calendars every year from various charities I either contribute to, or once may have contributed to. Most of them are thrown away. This year, in line with my resolutions, I am... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:45:11 EST The unfortunate irony of my last blog post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192723 <em>24</em> <BR> The Ray referred to in the article was Ray Graham, a running back for the University of Pittsburgh who was scheduled to play in his last game as a Panther yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <em>273</em> <BR> Unfortunately for that Ray, he has an injured hamstring and was not able to play. Unfortunately for this Ray, I am suffering from what might be the worst cold of my life. So the running back Ray didn't run at all yesterday and the runner Ray barely made it throug... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:51:14 EST It was in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette so the word is out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189618 I saw this on the first sports page of yesterday's paper: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071239555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They may not have been referring to IPA Ray, but I'm claiming it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:48:00 EST Resolutions and goals for 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185667 I have 5 resolutions which are fairly simple and obtainable. And 5 goals which aren't all as easy. <BR> <BR> RESOLUTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a multi-vitamin daily. So simple but I hate taking pills and this is like taking a pill. <BR> 2. Don't forget to floss. Those extra seconds in the morning can be found! <BR> 3. Eat fewer muffins. I eat too many. They don't seem to be hurting my cholesterol (175 when I donated blood last month) but can't be helping my weight loss effort. <BR> 4. Appreci... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:20:41 EST Mileage totals for 2012. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181874 <em>108</em> <BR> 800.5 miles biking. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> 475 miles walking. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> 1252.3 running. <BR> <BR> I don't believe that I set mileage goals for 2012 but will use these to set goals for 2013. I'm considering running 2 miles this afternoon to give me 125 for December. I'm also considering being satisfied with 123 for the month. That will make it a tad easier to do better in December, 2013. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> For good measure, <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:09:35 EST Sparkpeople may be free because of ads, but c'mon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159025 <em>24</em> <BR> I have found recently that if I am unable to spin the Sparkwheel because a cell phone lacks flash, I will be awarded "1 points" which is a number lower than any that is even an option when I spin the wheel on my desktop. I'm sure that is because I was not able to be shown an ad or two while the wheel was spinning. I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> What has me writing this blog is that I just read a Health article which had some words highlighted in blue a... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:41:15 EST I survived yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148131 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I can do these: <BR> <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am sore today but happy that the 75 minute class went well last evening. I actually plan to practice before next Monday's class. This morning I saw a YouTube video that has me even more psyched. I can't post the link because access to YouTube is denied at work but search "The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn't Give Up!" and y... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:11:49 EST My second attempt at Yoga begins tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147222 <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>416</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> My running club is having 4 sessions of Yoga starting tonight and going on 4 consecutive Mondays. Sessions are free and I've committed to going to all 4. We'll see. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My last attempt at Yoga was not free and it was a combination of hot Yoga and power Yoga. The instructor tonight is a young man who was on my Ragnar Relay team and he will be merciful. The instr... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:23:11 EST Parking in the Weight Watchers section? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134199 <em>226</em> <BR> First, let me say that my car does not even vaguely resemble this Emoticon. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ride a trolley to work and occasionally park at a space near the entrance to the parking lot rather than drive close to the entrance to the trolley pay booth. This makes me feel good because I am helping the environment by burning a little less fossil fuel while I am helping myself by burning a few more calories. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Recently one of my... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:42:15 EST SparkPeople Game Room gripe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128319 I hesitate to post this because it is my second griping blog and I don't want to become the grouchy old man that my wife sometimes accuses me of becoming. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It amazes me how many people are incapable of following the always simple instructions of posts in the SparkPeople Game Room. I just posted where the instructions are, "Change a letter or rearrange them." The posted before me had the word FLEES and responded with SLEEP. Which would be fine if the instruction... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:27:54 EST I can't wait until Wednesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125032 Every day I get 4-6 pieces (or more) of political mail. I probably watch less than 10 hours of television a week and still have seen more tv ads than I would have thought possible. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Too bad there is nothing I can put on my tv that deletes all those ads because I am not an undecided voter and no ad is going to change my vote. I have found a series I like but am watching it On Demand until the election is over. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It disgusts me that ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:55:45 EST Ali's recipe for a good life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106800 <em>149</em> <BR> I am reading The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. It is a wonderful book and I actually plan to buy a copy when I return the copy I'm reading to the library. It will be the first book I've purchased in a long time which tells you how much I love it. This morning I read a section that relates to my blogs of last week. It is Ali's recipe for a good life. <BR> <BR> Here is his suggestion... <BR> <BR> Take a few cups of kindness <BR> One dash of humility <BR> One sprink... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:50:35 EST One flight up or two flights down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105049 In the mid 1970's a friend of mine wrecked on his dirt bike and I ended up going to the emergency room with him at West Virginia University. While there, I noticed a sign on the elevators that said, "If you are going up 1 floor or down 2 floors, please take the stairs." <BR> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> I don't believe I have ever seen such a sign again but I have never forgot it. And I walked a lot of stairs today because of it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:58:35 EST Glasses or contacts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103635 I get my eyes examined this afternoon and am debating getting contacts. I wear glasses and have worn them since the 7th grade. I tried contacts in the past but never liked the idea of sticking a finger on my eyes. Seemed unhygienic. But I'm tempted to get contacts. And have until 5:00 to decide whether to get contacts or just a new pair of glasses. Glasses or contacts? That is the question. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> When I was running fairly competitively a couple decades ago, I bought ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:56:10 EST Who are your heroes? Here are 3 of mine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102690 Here is the basic Dictionary.com definition of a hero: <BR> 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. <BR> 2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. <BR> <BR> I think some may question my first choice but here are three people I consider heroes: <BR> <BR> 1. John Lennon. <BR> Born exactly 10 yea... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:12:15 EST 10 keys to a good life. Changed 1, added 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100833 Thanks friends for helping me get to 10. The order is somewhat random. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (and sometimes jealous) when I hear people talking about the benefits of their faith in their God. I am an atheist. But I have faith in humanity. <BR> <BR> 2. Hope. I once heard someone say that the worst thing you can do to a man is take away his hope. <BR> <BR> 3. Compassion. I originally liked the idea of starting with faith,... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:00:22 EST 9 keys to a good life. Looking for 1 more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100019 While I was biking this weekend, I started to think of future blog topics. Two topics came to mind. First, today's, is a list of keys to a good life. I started making a list of 5, then was hoping to get to 10 but didn't make it. I haven't given the list much thought so I figure by putting it in writing, I'll make myself give it some contemplation. My next blog will be about 3 people I see as heroes. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:14:24 EST I need to brag. You don't need to read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095187 I'm trying to convince myself that I can get back in shape and accomplish some new running feats. The first step is to remind myself that I used to be a decent runner. In order to document this (somewhere other than on a piece of paper I will likely misplace), I decided to put in a blog my 5 top running accomplishments. At least the top 5 I could recall on the way from Starbucks to my office this morning. This way I can always check the list when in doubt of my ability. These are in chronolog... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:42:31 EST Happy New Year to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093674 <em>411</em> <em>44</em> <BR> While I, like many, make resolutions for the new calendar year starting January 1, my real resolutions are for my personal new year, the year following my birthday. Which was yesterday. No need for birthday greetings. I got my share yesterday. More than usual even though I wasn't moving into a new age group. Some of my running buddies believe that birthdays which place you in a new age group are the only ones to celebrate. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:23:12 EST Do you think a button is cute? Some random thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083974 Haven't had either the time or the internet access to blog for a while so I thought I'd jot down a few thoughts. The first is to ask about an expression I saw this morning in a Yahoo article. The story said that J.Lo's 4 year old daughter is "as cute as a button." I checked the buttons on my shirt and my jacket and I must say that I don't see any of them as even remotely cute. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> <BR> One good thing about having little or no internet access is th... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:19:02 EST I ran 1.5 miles today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054937 <em>57</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I would have liked to do more but I haven't run in 4 weeks and decided to follow my doctor's orders exactly. As instructed by LIGHTNINGRUNNER. <BR> <em>282</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ran on a half mile cinder track and my splits were 4:55, 4:40, 4:30. And this felt easy. I felt no pain but iced my heel afterward as a precaution. Also walked 1.5 earlier in the day. <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:10:27 EST Quote of the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048184 I saw this on a wall at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC. Beautiful place. I might have stayed there if the cheapest room wasn't $339 a night, plus taxes. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305371175.jpg"> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:23:07 EST Walking, cycling, ellipticaling. Who needs running to get in shape? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047210 <em>311</em> <em>108</em> <em>231</em> [don't see an eliptical icon] <BR> <BR> Meb says it is possible to improve fitness through cross training while unable to run. This is something that never occurred to me. I always thought maintaining fitness was the best you could hope for. But in Meb I trust, so I am cross training like crazy in an attempt to be more fit once able to resume running. Also, trying to lose weight while I weight train. <BR> <em>23</em> <em>84</em> <em>9</e... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:10:18 EST Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Book review. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035211 <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> This book is very inspiring! Meb was born in war torn Eritrea, an East African country fighting a war with Ethiopia. He came to the USA after a couple years in Italy at the age of 12. Speaking no English, with nothing but the clothes on his back, and never having raced a mile, he became a graduate of UCLA and one of America's top distance runners. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> "Run to win" was Meb's slogan. Family and religion took precedence but Meb was... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:55:09 EST Biked 54.4 miles today after I met my little friend Jack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030792 <em>108</em> <BR> I biked 54.4 miles today, most by myself at a 15 MPH pace. But the real reason for this blog is to show yinz a pic of me and my little friend Jack. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511070003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is unfortunate that I don't have a pic of me and Jack's mom who is about 32 and a tall blue eyed blond who brings to mind this Emoticon: <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Then again, not having pics like that may be part of the reason I ma... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:12:58 EST Quote of the day. From Phyllis Diller. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025859 A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> And a bonus quote from the late comedienne, "We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up!" <BR> <em>246</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 05:44:41 EST Today is a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020871 <em>337</em> <BR> Today is my 33rd anniversary. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I checked my marriage license for an expiration date. After all, bottled water has an expiration date of two years. And I never checked before. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> No expiration date. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> <BR> Had a nice easy bike ride this morning. Followed by 3 blueberry pancakes. I ordered 2 but the waitress was in an unusually good mood so rather than tell her about the mis... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:57:27 EST The Liberty Mile is this evening. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019299 <em>57</em> <BR> <BR> A one mile road run on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh this evening. No corners, just one bend, and slightly downhill. Should be fast. $25,000 in prize money has attracted a number of runners who have run miles faster than 4:00 (men) and 4:30 (women). <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Runs begin with a fun run at 7:00; the elite runners start at 8:10. I qualified for the Winning at 40+ Wave which starts at 7:40 but due to my injured heel, I will not be competing. ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:47:30 EST No running for 2 weeks but able to bike. New podiatrist made a bad first impression. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015695 <em>24</em> is my overall sentiment. <BR> <BR> But I've been biking more this year and my bike miles are going to go up even more now that I can't run for 2 weeks. <BR> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Not impressed with my new podiatrist. First, I heard him talking to another patient about "the wife" not liking Mexican food and "the wife" this and "the wife" that. Seems demeaning to me. Then when he saw me he never asked me about my pain levels (at times, a 9 on a 1-10 scale). Not that I wanted ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:48:15 EST Congratulations, Keb! (And my heel injury) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011789 <em>57</em> <em>652</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Due to an injured left heel, I was not able to run this morning. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But I was able to watch the Men's Olympic marathon. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> It was a great race through London with a runner from Uganda throwing in a shocking surge at Mile 23 to drop 2 Kenyans and take a lead he would not relinquish. And American Keb Keflezighi, 37 years old, moved up steadily from 15th place to finish in 4t... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:38:32 EST They were probably not Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009872 <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Just finished a nice 5.7 mile run during my lunch hour. Part of the route went past an area where I walked Monday night after the Pirates game. The game was a great one. I got a good deal scalping tickets and my team won. After the game, I walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge and across downtown. Immediately in front of me was a young man with a little boy holding on to his shirt followed by a young woman holding hands with a little girl. Their running commentary... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:47:44 EST