April 9, 2015 — Leave a comment

sometimes hearing the details makes things worse

but details are necessary

stick to your regimen, no matter how long
sticking to said regimen delays you

unless someone’s life depends upon
you being on time of course

All stages of life have sucky parts

accept it. deal with it. seek out unsucky parts

writing a comment or response then deleting
it is both therapeutic and wise

making sure to delete the comment and not
hitting the return/enter
button is crucial

i love running in the rain

yep, yep

what is normal, anyway?


sometimes being an optimist is tiring


gut punch

February 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

this afternoon i got a one line text from my wife

a friend we hadn’t seen in a while passed away

even though i hadn’t seen him in years, it was a gut punch

in fact, Karen and i were talking about friends recently and he was part of that conversation. great memories.

but, things change. people lose touch, move, all kinds of other things

that’s life

but change…life…doesn’t lessen the punch to the gut when a friend passes

i have an assurance that i will see him again

but that assurance doesn’t remove the punch to the gut

though it should



December 26, 2014 — Leave a comment


The Marathon [great read]

November 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

great article by Dean Karnazes…

The Marathon isn’t about running; it’s about salvation. We spend so much of our lives doubting ourselves, thinking that we’re not good enough, not strong enough, not made of the right stuff. The Marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.

There is no luck involved in finishing the Marathon. The ingredients required to tackle this formidable challenge are straightforward:

read the rest at: The Marathon — Medium.

Three Years

September 12, 2014 — 2 Comments

Three years ago today, I went for my first run.

I’d lost about 100 pounds at the time (all without exercising…counting calories worked very well for me) and, according to my doctor, needed to get active if I wanted to keep it off…this time. “Find something you will enjoy,” she said.

Being basically lazy (ok, i am generally lazy) and not having a desire to do the gym thing, I didn’t know what to select that would last.

On my commute one day, I saw a 2011 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot billboard and thought, “Hmmmm, maybe I’ll run.”  [wow, that sounds almost Forest Gump-ish…]

So, I downloaded the Couch -to-5K app, bought some running shoes, and started.

Day One Workout:

  • 1.53 miles, “jogging/walking” at a 14:52 min/mile pace – for a total of 25 minutes.

I don’t recall how I specifically felt after that workout; but, as a life-long (at least that far) couch potato, I bet I was winded, tired, and probably wondering simultaneously: “what am I getting myself into?”, “how long will this last?”, and “Hey, I might be able to do this!”

So, I kept going.

I finished or “graduated” from the C25K program and I ran my first 5K

…and have NOT looked back, checking the 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and 50K boxes off progressively over the past three years – with a total of 5,347 miles logged along the way.

Fast forward to today’s training run:

  • 10 miler at an 8:35 min/mile pace, for a total time of 1:27:35.


Three years ago today, I went for my first run.

Dr. Chang, I think I found something I like…