Monday, July 20, 2009



Monday, July 20th…….so many years ago man persevered and took a step on the Moon. The world held its collective breath.

4:00pm….I ‘m in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I have just came back from a spirited run on a beautiful trail that winds its way through the woods past marsh land and streams. I ran hard.

I come to this place from a weekend past in the great mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. There, I was once again reminded of what fruit great effort and perseverance can bring.
I had the pleasure of supporting 6 wonderful and athletic friends who had accepted the challenge of riding one of the most challenging 208 mile mountain bike races in the land.

The names John Radebaugh, Ed Agnoli, Josh Chavez, Jeff Hardin, Tom Heydan and Eric Gelly mean little to most of you. Some of you know them as members of Team Little Guy a collection of Credit Union folks who bike and run to raise donations for very worthy causes. They work hard to help other people. I know Eric as my son.

These six very regular hard working people have significant others, spouses and children and for the most part live the American dream of caring for family and friends on a daily basis.
Yet I know these six people as individuals who have taken on extraordinary physical challenges in order to elevate themselves to very special places that so few have ever attained. They have not accepted other people’s labels and expectations. They have not limited themselves to what others suggested they can and cannot do.

These six people arose at 3:00am on Saturday morning….packed their bags and loaded their bikes for the 1 and ½ hour drive from Chateau Gelly in Fancy Gap, VA to Grayson Highlands State Park in the Virginia mountains.

We arrived at before the 6:00am start and took in the early morning grandeur on one of the highest peaks at 5,300 feet. Soon these ordinary and regular souls would test their mettle riding as fast as they could from valley floor to mountain peak through these beautiful mountains.
John, Ed, Josh and Jeff made up a 4 person team. Tom and Eric divided up the 208 miles in two.

The day quickly progressed as these TLG riders whizzed down the treacherous curvy downhills at break neck speed and slowed to a crawl as the steep mountain peaks tested the fire in their bellies and their will to continue.

This was not to be confused with the Tour de France. No……this was better. Ordinary people doing extra ordinary things. Everyday working people who train after the kids are put to bed or in the am just one step ahead of the newspaper deliver person. These six committed to preserver and came through on the promise……to themselves. They rose above the ordinary for those very special mountain hours.

We must learn from these experiences. Our perseverance shines like a beacon of hope to those who find courage in our accomplishments to somehow light the fire of desire within themselves. We might never know what enormous good comes from our sweat…our tenacity…our perseverance.

Let us persevere together…..and never stop!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Need Faster Times---Go Unemployed! your marathon times have slowed....well the Wall Street Journal has the answer for improvement!!!


Run faster.....:)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Very Good Blog....



Monday, July 6, 2009

The Stretch.......

To stretch or not to stretch----that is the question……..

In life there are many stretches….. a stretch of road…..we stretch the truth at times…..there are stretch waistbands to accommodate the extra pounds we put on when we only eat and don’t exercise….we like to stretch out on our hammock under the shade tree…….the horses are in the final stretch. But the most important one for us as runners is the stretch we do after our run.

We all for the most part, live in a very busy world. Most of our time is usually accounted for.

Work….families…meetings….trips………you name it….morning ---noon and night. Accordingly, we usually squeeze in just enough time to get our daily run in with very little time to spare.

We finish our run…jump out of our running gear and hit the shower. Opps….now didn’t we forget to do something?? Now let me see…..

Oh…that ‘s right….you forgot to stretch. Couple that missed moment with all the other times you missed your post run stretch and that adds up to: future trouble.

OK….I hear you thinking, “that just isn’t my problem.” Well right….maybe not now, but it will all catch up with you in the long run. Why you ask? It’s simple.

That warm tendon and muscle you ended up with at the end of your run will contract quickly as it cools. Your five minute stretch will minimize the contraction and ensure that your precious leg tendons and muscles retain their natural elasticity.

Bear in mind that a lack of stretching will eventually affect your gait and posture. You may get away with not stretching when you’re young but nature’s reality will catch up with your legs as you get older.

Women have another consideration and challenge. Beware of high heel shoes! Constant wearing of high heel shoes will have a severe adverse impact on your Achilles tendons. The tendon will compress and shrink when high heels are worn on a regular basis. So if you happen to wear high heels to work and have them on for over eight hours, you really should stretch your legs at the end of the day. Not to do so can cause your Achilles tendon to tear when the heel goes down and the tendon has shrunk.

You now have your stretching advice. Be wise take time to stretch.

Remember: You can’t Make Dust with a torn Achilles!

Stretch on my friends!

Soon to come:
Best kinds of stretching routines……

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Six Word Stories.....

A wonderful 4th of July celebration to all!!

A mental challenge to all. Recently happened upon a great website that challenges to tell a great story in just six words. Go to and work on yours. I posted mine. Please do leave a comment here as to what you posted.

Mine is: Run To Live To Love LuLu.

:)......Have a great 4th!!!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Nutrition......Eating on the run.....Eat Well--Run Well..

July 1st, 2009--Montreux, Switzerland

So it's Wednesday and I've been in Montreux for the past 3 days. I've already shook off the jet lag and now wake up VERY hungry in the morning.

Normally I have my standard serving of yogurt---mixed with fresh fruit---a sprinkle of wheat germ and local honey on top of it all.

REMEMBER: You are what you eat! The yogurt gives me my calcium....for the strong bones I've needed for all these years of running. Also, as many scientific studies have shown, you age well with a daily yogurt ingestion and perhaps even live longer!

Local honey you ask??? Simple.....get addition to help with allergies!!! What does bees do??? Simple: pollinate!! So there is some cheap and useful allergy protection!!!

OK.......stay tuned......the scoop on vitamins to follow.......

Make dust my friends......:)

Bubba......Eat well....Run well!!!!