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Posted on Aug 19, 2014 9:24:09 PM PDT
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"Please don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did."
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Posted on Aug 19, 2014 9:26:55 PM PDT
robb says:
I did a 4K a couple of months ago. I have a 5K coming up in a couple of weeks and a much longer run er walk at the end of the month. Walk because Lyn can't run so I will walk with her up in Bellingham. That and talk of the Pike's Peak Marathon have me thinking running. So ...

I wasn't always as slow as I am now. I used to be much slower! It took decades to become so overweight and out of shape that running a mile and running a half marathon (13.1 miles) were equally unthinkable.

For most of those years, I looked at runners as if they were some mutant subspecies of the human race. I thought my brother running down to the Seattle Center and back was wow. Turns out it is all of 4 miles though it is 2 miles of downhill and 2 miles of uphill. I looked not with awe nor with envy as runners in my neighborhood trudged through rain, heat, cold and wind. I looked at them with suspicion. What motivated them? What was missing in their lives that they had to punish themselves on a regular basis? I was quite happy with my bag of chips.

And then it happened. It wasn't the epiphany that some folks describe. It was simply a matter of looking down at a body that was becoming my enemy and deciding that enough was enough.

Those early days and weeks were a time of awakening. I bought a pair of running shoes, tied them on much too tightly and headed for the streets. Remembering the last time I had run, in high school gym class, I bolted down the driveway and into the future. That lasted about fifty steps.

It was at that instant that I realized I had the legs of an old person. Those youthful appendages that had served me well in my youth were now unwilling to run longer than thirty seconds. So I walked.

My guess is that my first humble attempt at running/walking/shuffling/panting lasted not even 600 yards and took nearly 5 minutes. I turned back, convinced that I had covered so much ground I would have a hard time finding my way home - only to discover that I'd barely made it down the block. But I had started.

Then Lyn and I joined a running club. They were kind to us. We mapped out a 2 mile walk/run course and at first, got back about 10 minutes after they finished 4 miles. I was amazed that my body was actually beginning to cooperate. That first "run" turned into a half-mile, a mile, then more. I was shocked at how quickly my body adapted to the new stresses. I was ready, or so I thought, for any challenge. Time to race!

Standing at the start of my first race, a local 5-K, I barely noticed the other runners. Filled with the confidence that only abject ignorance can produce, I wondered how many of them had noticed me and if they were worried about my presence. After all, I knew how slow I had been and how much I had improved.

At the start command, everybody bolted as if they had been blasted from a howitzer. I stood there like I was tied to a tree. Oh, I was running; I was running as hard as I had ever run. It was just that I was running very, very slowly.

I watched in stunned amazement as men and women, young and old, short and tall, ran away from me as though I had some medieval plague. The 70-year old man I had been chatting with before the start dropped me like a bad habit. The woman behind me nearly knocked me over. It was my moment of enlightenment.

I began laughing out loud at them and at myself. Off I ran, shaking my head. By the first mile marker, I was running nearly alone. I had run the fastest mile (a 10:30) of my life, and I could barely see the person ahead of me! But the smile on my face never faded.

I knew then that running was going to be something I did mostly for the joy it brought me. Watching the other runners move away, I realized that I could not undo the physical effects of years of indulgence in a matter of weeks or months. It had taken all my life to get to where I was; it was going to take the rest of my life to get to where I wanted to be.

I went on to finish... and to keep a promise to myself. By finishing that first race, I began undoing decades of unkept promises and doomed diets and quitting in general. Crossing the finish line, I knew that in my running, and in my life, the difference between success and failure would sometimes come down to a single step.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 9:28:16 PM PDT
robb says:
I will be in and out today.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 9:41:43 PM PDT
Robb, thanks for the start and the inspiration! Have a good day.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 9:46:01 PM PDT
robb says:
Well first I am going to try for a good nights rest. Bailey likes to get me up early. He says so what if it is still dark?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 10:05:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2014 10:08:41 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Robb
Thank you so much for taking this double start, and trying so very hard to inspire me .... but .... I am afraid that I still have to say, rather you than me ;-)
Hope you get a good sleep before Bailey wakes you up and wants to go for a run

You may want to remove the kinlib links from your starts, since they are not working

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 10:56:17 PM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thank you for starting us off Robb.

You have almost inspired me but I don't think the inspiration will last too long. I wish I had someone to walk with after work. It would make it easier. I don't like to walk alone, I don't think it is really safe where I am.

Of course what I should do, is join "Walk for Life" and get going.

Morning Red!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 11:07:06 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning Sally
Very sensible of you to not want to walk alone after all that you have told us about where you live, perhaps you could walk with your grands sometimes, or a neighbour, who knows if someone close to you is having the exact same thoughts as you.
Hope your day is good

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 11:08:25 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
(*_*) - Tired Dog

An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.

He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on the couch. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position on the couch and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: "Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: "He lives in a home with four children -- he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 5:16:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2014 6:19:14 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Robb for sharing your experiences....I never knew any of that, I guessed you just had continued your high school athleticism through your adult life.

It's very inspiring and the concept of taking that one first step and then the next works for so many other challenges we face in life.

I wasn't able to keep running short distances because of my pain issues in lower back, so I'm just trying to walk faster. I love my daily walks!!

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 6:42:42 AM PDT
robb says:
I loved gym in school or rather I had my definite loves and hates in gym. One of the hates was track. Turns out I am a distance person and not a sprinter or miler. I hated hurdles.

I want to thank you for recommending Olga. It has been an interesting read though certainly not an easy one.

I know when I watch The Ford Ironman that I always enjoy watching the 60 and 70 year olds compete. I think wow, I could do that. Then I remember that I would never make the swim time limit.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 6:45:04 AM PDT
robb says:
You bike to and from work. I am always impressed with that.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 6:49:59 AM PDT
robb says:
Walking with someone is good. For the safety factor but also because it is harder to blow off a walk if someone else is walking with you. I'll google walk for life but if it is a group walk then go for it. You won't regret it.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 8:02:49 AM PDT
I also thank you for sharing your story. At first, I thought it was something you had found . . . and then realized, no, this was YOUR very own story. I never liked track -- I might make a sprinter but never had the lung capacity for distance. One of the dozens of ways that I am "not normal" is that my diaphram does the exact opposite of what it should do when I breathe, greatly reducing the space in my lungs for air instead of expanding that space. It's some quirk with where the muscle is attached instead of where it should be attached. But, I've always been a walker. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone to walk with me and no sidewalks on a farm, but I do have a treadmill -- which is best for our hot weather anyway -- and a prescription to walk 60 to 90 minutes every single day. After the asthma flare-up, I'm finally getting back on track (70 minutes this morning!). I find that I have to set a scheduled time -- first thing works best for me -- or it's too easy to neglect. One of the many things I learned getting certified to lead exercise classes is that 90 percent of us need a workout buddy. I never really had one, which was one of the reasons I got my first Border collie. Like Bailey, he had to be walked -- and the longer the better -- every day. He probably would have been thrilled if I'd been a runner, but he put up with walking. We did four miles every morning.

I have really had my workout today. In addition to my treadmill time, I got a jump on stripping Magnolio Palomino's bedding from his stall -- due September 1st -- because I either needed to do it now or add a lot more that would then be tossed in 10 days. So, besides my hand weights, my stretches and my walking, I shoveled three 70-quart bucketsful of bedding material and muck, tossed 11 50-pound bags of bedding into the stall and wetted down the pellets and spread out the fluff that results. We also bought 20 more bags to replace my supply, so I got a bit of a workout from unloading some of those. Mr. Dirt helped, so I didn't get all the exercise there.

Now, I'm off to look for free books.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 8:57:21 AM PDT
Elle says:
Good morning Robb,

Thanks for the start and the story. I would love to be so inspired! I told my husband "i'm old and fat. That skinny person who used to hike up those mountain trails with you is a dim memory." I too enjoy my bag of chips but find trudging into work from the parking lot is more and more of a chore these days. I need to find a walking mate and get started. Maybe I'll ask my neighbor. She's always talking about wanting to go for a walk to get rid of her belly. Maybe we could both accomplish great things!

Have a great day!


Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:02:47 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 9:06:25 AM PDT
Elle says:
Good morning Plays - I don't know how you could possibly be out of shape with all the work you do on the farm.

Good morning Suze - I admire your stick-to-it attitude when it comes to walking, especially during inclement weather.

Hiya Sally! - I thought you were a walker as well?

Now you guys have all made me feel bad for ignoring this wonderful machine known as the human body. It is truly a gift to be blessed with such an amazing gift. If I wasn't at work, I would have to get up and go for a walk.

Good morning Red - like Robb said, you ride your bike to work all the time so you get your exercise.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:12:24 AM PDT
Robb, Very inspiring.. It is so true in anything that the best way to get started with anything
is to just start...

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:22:58 AM PDT
robb says:
The hardest thing in the world is to tell that imp on your shoulder to shut (Ammy delete) up and lace up.
There is no perfect time to start anything really.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:32:14 AM PDT
I know that a lot of us have been watching some of the clips of the
Ice Bucket Challenge and I just saw this... It is the story of the guy
that started it all.....

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:47:39 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Robb. I am in the contemplation stage right now of lifestyle change as I finally joined the high blood pressure and cholesterol club. Guess that's what happens when you avoid the doctor for 7 years. Doc wants me to increase my weekly physical activity but has not written me the magical note for an equal time off of work, so I'm thinking about it. I am of the opinion that perhaps I need to improve my diet more than increase my excercise; chocolate bar lunches I fear are a fond memory of my carefree days of last week!

From my watchlist today:
Indian Summer (Aspen Eyes Book 2) - Amy Elizabeth - Contemporary Romance
The Curious Case of the Stolen Stockings (Bureau of Burlesque Book 2) - T. A. Dufficy - Romantic Comedy

Other picks today:
Shadow on the Highway - Deborah Swift - Historical Romance
The Olympus Killer: A Greek Island Mysteries Thriller - Luke Christodoulou - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Love Song (Buckley, Texas Series Book 1) - Sharon Gillenwater - Inspirational Romance
Chronicles of Jongleur, The Storyteller - Sandra Gallimore - Historical Fiction
Black Venom - Dawson Howard - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
A Higher Authority - Barrie Hyde - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
CALIFORNIA LADY - Pete Palamountain - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Inspired by Night: - a sexy new age romance - L E May - Contemporary Fiction

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 10:02:17 AM PDT
robb says:
Don't have high blood pressure. It is well within the normal range. Don't know about my cholesterol level. I do know that you don't have to exercise for hours. That the most benefit comes from the first 30 minutes. That there are tabata routines that can shred you mentally and physically in 8 minutes. Tabata (google it) is where you do something like jumping jacks for 30 seconds ALL OUT with a 10 second rest and do this 4 times then do another exercise like squats. You do need to do some mild warm up because you don't want to go all out with cold muscles but the trick is you go all out. You don't save anything for the next set. And you don't do it every day. Maybe every other or third day. But there are some good routines that last 20-30 minutes. Or you can walk for 20 - 30 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2014 10:21:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2014 10:27:31 AM PDT
Robb, the stubborn part of me just doesn't want to do more than my treadmill 3 times per week, which I already do. In the summer, when I "take it easy" I do 30 minutes 3 times per week, 2 miles for 2 of those sessions, and slightly less on the other day when I add the fake treadmill hills. In the winter, I exchange one of the 30 minute easy sessions with my 60 minute tap class, so that takes me to 120 official minutes. Doc wants me to get to 200 minutes weekly. The lazy in me just doesn't want to do it. The little devil on one of my shoulders keeps whispering "what's the point if you're just going to end up on meds anyways?" However, I am considering adding some more walking time if I can just consider it to be pampering relaxing me time instead of compulsory exercise. Hey, it's Whiney Wednesday after all, lol!
ETA - father's side of the family has bad cardiac history. My day has had several heart attacks, quintuple bypass, is diabetic now, and stubborn. His baby brother lost both of his kidneys due to untreated high blood pressure, had a kidney transplant from brother #4, and died of a heart attack before he was 40. Brother 4 who now only has 1 kidney has had several heart attacks and operations. Brother 5 dropped dead of a heart attack around 50. Brother 2 has had mini strokes and likely other things he hasn't even mentioned. Grandmother had several heart attacks starting in her 50's, and died weeks after her youngest died. I can see the odds stacked up against me...
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