Saturday, December 18, 2010

Great photo in the CDT

Praise God!  What an awesome feeling I have today.  I got a call this morning that there was a photo of my son and I in the CDT from the end of "the run" last spring.  I've not been blogging in 3 months, but not because I haven't been thinking of JDRF or the challenges confronted everyday by all the diabetics.
I am amazed at the overwhelming emotion I feel today seeing my son so happy and showing the victory I so desire for all those stricken with diabetes.
I ran two trail marathons this fall and had a great time at both the Dam Full and the MegaTransect (only 25 miles, but a really hard 25).  I never wrote about the Mega and am somewhat disappointed in myself for not doing so.  The folks do an amazing job.    I have not been running consistently since the Mega, but have gained 20 pounds !  Is that a positive?   Not especially.  The cool part is that I still have new folks checking in every day.
This article in the CDT may be just the stimulus to get me out the door in the morning.  I still am harboring some dreams of 125 miles, or at least 24 hours on May 20-21.
Stay tuned.

More importantly, a week from now we will celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior.  Maybe you don't like hearing folks talk about the Reason for the Season, but listen to Linus quote Luke chapter 2.  Wow!  I haven't seen it in years and I get all trembly just thinking of it.

Thanks to all.  I am so thankful for the blessings I have been given.

Drop me a line.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What a Day!

Sunday was beautiful and the day was just fantastic.  The folks at the Dam Half/Dam Full were wonderful.  It was a very well run event.  Even better than last year !  Thanks folks!
I really did not know what kind of shape I was in for the Dam Full, but I figured that I should be good as long as I kept moving forward.  The hills were just what I expected, but the company was great and I got through the 1/2 way point (13.1 miles) in 2 hours and 42 minutes.  To put some perspective on this, last year I did the half marathon event and my time was 2:32.  So, I was going a little faster than expected, but not overly much so.  I began to think that my expectation of finishing close to 7 hours might be way over.
Then, as they say, the wheels fell off.
Not really, all was still good until about mile 22.  I think I should have stuck with Gatorade and taken some electrolyte tabs because I got a terrible headache and my belly began to, shall we say, sour.  I never actually got sick, but the same feelings I have at hour 13 of the 30 hour run came flooding back.  I walked VERY slowly up the Stairway to Heaven - it climbs about 700 vertical feet in a little more than half a mile - and was pleased to make it to the top.  Unfortunately, I got passed by about a dozen people during the climb.
Throughout the day I played leapfrog with a few guys and one in particular expected me to bomb the downhill the way I had been doing all day and catch him.  Alas, it was not to be.  I even quit looking at my watch as the wee thought of finishing under 6 hours seemed to slink away.  I decided that I had left most everything out there and would just focus on running reasonably comfortably to the finish.  As it turned out I crossed the line just over 6 hours in 6:01.
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I left a big pause in my typing - several days to be exact, but I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all the volunteers at the dam full for a fantastic day.  Next up is the MegaTransect in Castanea.
Next year maybe the Grand Slam ??

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ready? or Not.

It has been over a month since I have posted, but I will give you a really good reason (excuse).  I want to write, journal-like, to my wife and kids and I have not been doing this.  I really intend on doing this and, day after day I avoid it.  I realize that these entries need not be perfect in any way, but it is most important I get my thoughts, wanderings and wonderings recorded for them to read later.  I figured since I wasn't doing it for them, then I shouldn't be doing it for you.  Of course, the other side of that is that I can keep this blog and then everyone can read what is running through my mind.  Oh well, I'm here now and intend to get something out there for whatever reason or purpose.
So, the running has been tough lately.  I am still getting out several times a week, but the distances are not great.  I typically run 5 to 7 miles with one double digit run each week. It is not that I am out of shape, but I'm not sure I'm ready for the Dam Full which is coming up in just 12 days.  Tapering?  Who needs to taper if you don't get tired in the first place?   I am looking forward to the event because the food was great and the race was well organized when I did the half last year.  The volunteers really enjoy themselves and it shows in the great way that they treat the participants.
I've been listening to a lot of New Spring sermons and they are really hitting home.  Saved people serve.  Found people find people.  These sermons can get you convicted, so listen with caution !
Megatransect is less than a month away and I hope the weather is nice.  I am looking forward to a great day with fantastic support from the volunteers.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

In the Groove

I think I am back in the saddle again.  I've been running most every other day and have ridden the bike most of the other days.  I have even done 1 day of, wait for it, speedwork!  Hard to believe, but it is true.  I did intervals in the woods.  It was really more of a fartlek workout, but that is the most I've done for speed in years.
I have been debating doing the Tussey Mountainback or another event this fall, besides the MegaTransect of course.  The advantage of Tussey is that it is 50 miles.  The downside is it is basically roads.  Last year, I did the Dam Half in R.B. Winter State Park.  Yesterday, I signed up for the Dam Full.  It is a full marathon on the trails.  I was very impressed with the organization of the race last year and the care for the runners afterwards.  Besides the great food, the dip in the lake was awesome!
Thanks to Chris and Leslie and to Bob for the great support of the JDRF run.  It is so nice to see new people hitting the blog each day and making donations!
God is so good!  I hope that I can give Him glory in all if my efforts!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Slow, but Sure

I returned to the run on July 1 and have been pretty consistent at every other day.  Off days I have ben on the bike more often than not.  For once, the consistency is the good part.  The distances have not been overwhelmingly impressive.  The runs have varied from 3 to 6.5 miles, with most around 5 or 6.  It is hard to believe that 2 months ago that was the warmup for my workout.  I am sure I will be extending that into double digits this week (If I write it I have to do it, right?), as well as doing some interval work to increase the tempo of the runs.  I realize it is mind over matter, and I just have to learn not to mind so much.
I have been spending a fair amount of time in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  My dad had surgery to bypass part of his aorta and both femoral arteries.  The poor circulation is prevalent in his family and so I have to keep up the activity and make good diet choices to try and fend this off as much as possible.  The family lives into their 80's, but does not live actively, so motivation shouldn't be in short supply.
Pray for healing for my dad.  I ask this spiritually as well as physically.  I presented the Gospel to him yesterday and hope that he will see that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  It was much easier to talk once I got started, but the fear of talking about saving faith has stopped me many times.  My friend Dan used to ask if I was more afraid of letting someone go to Hell or of offending them here on earth.  It seems easy when you say it that way, but a lot more difficult when you are face to face with someone.  The big thing is everybody lives forever, it just depends on whether you live in Paradise with God, or in eternal misery with Satan.  Think about it.  If you have questions check out these sites
What is a Christian?
Becoming a Christian

Romans 5:6-8 . . .  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Back to it Soon

I've been off my feet for over a month now.  Maybe it would be better to say that I've been off my feet for about 10 pounds now.  That is how much I have gained since the run.  I have been riding my bike here and there, but no consistency.  It is time to head back to the roads and trails and begin the process of comparing for the MegaTransect and Tussey MountainBack.  I had actually considered trying to do the Mega twice in one day, but then realized that I would miss the social gathering afterward.  I don't want to do that!

For those asking whether it is too late to donate . . . NO WAY !!
I have still been getting a donation periodically and these have been much appreciated.  I know I still have a couple on the way as matching gifts.  The money spends just as well now as it did a month ago :)

If you are one of those who told me to keep bugging you to reming you to donate, watch out.  I'm coming, just like the tax amnesty program.  I know who you are and I will visit you !

I'll keep you posted on the recovery progress.

Friday, June 4, 2010

2 weeks later . . . recovering

Sorry I haven't posted anything new for the last couple of weeks.  I'm not sure why, just that each time I sat down to type, I found that I wanted to go and do things with Molly and/or the kids.  They put up with me being out running so much for the month or so before the event, I feel like I have been missing too much.
Many of you know that I had an absolutely fantastic time during the run.  I've tried to thank everyone who helped to get me going, keep me going, and who went along with me.  I never ran with fewer than 3 people from 6 PM until the arrival at the stadium.  It made it so much easier to not be moving alone.

So how about a recap, at least as best as I can remember things.  Those that were there can feel free to correct me, I will use time and tiredness as my excuses :)

The school visits were great.  The kids asked great questions and were so supportive.  I missed a turn on the bike trail between Houserville and LeMont and ended up running Pike Street.  Word of wisdom - never do this.  I was good most of the time, but had one very close call with a fast moving car that cut the turn way too sharply.  If you are driving through LeMont, please slow down.

Around the time that Clinton, my nephew, and I got back to the CMA church, several people arrived to offer encouragement and much needed attention.  Gregg treated my sore quads and the only other pain I was having was at the base of my right shin.  This would prove to be a problem throughout the run, but didn't stop us from moving forward.  The roller that Gregg used was amazing and allowed for lots more miles.

The roughest time of the run was between 9 PM and 10 PM.  I was really at a low energy spot and felt sick in my stomach with every bite I tried to take.  After about 20 minutes of sitting, nibbling, and drinking, I set out for a walk with several folks accompanying me.  Molly made John, Pat, and Tim promise to take good care of me before she left and they did a great job.  We walked and ate for a couple loops and then we got moving again at a nice pace.  The walk was at a pretty good pace, between 13 and 15 minute miles, but it felt good to get close to 10 minute miles for a while.

I had such great company through the night that I couldn't belie how quickly the dark hours passed.  Before I knew it, the Lutz boys and Tim were taking me into the daylight.  The only thing that slowed me was that rascally shin.  The quads and stomach had been dealt with early.

At about 9:30, we started for the stadium and passed through 100 miles along the way.  Molly and the boys had driven ahead to meet me and share this milestone with me.  I'm so glad they were there.  I was so happy to finally get there, but realized that I had promised to go 30 hours, not 100 miles.  The best was yet to come.

I simply can not explain the amazing reception that awaited me at Lubrano Park.  All of the JDRF walkers, committee members and many others applauded and made me feel so special.  Even now, I don't know how to explain the overwhelming feeling I had to have so many honor me so much.  All I can say is thank you.

We don't have a final total for either  the run support or the overall State College walk, but both are really wonderful.  The run total will be over $10,000.  In large part thanks to the kids at school.  They raised $1002.25 !!  The walk total will be near $65,000, nearly double last year's total.  This is good news for researchers and better news for those who might never need know the hassles and negative consequences of diabetes.

On Sunday, my shin had swelled pretty well despite icing, and I visited the doctor in the afternoon.  Not unexpectedly, I was diagnosed with a stress fracture.  I am taking it easy and plan to lay off from running for about a month.  I hope to get on the bike this weekend.  It is a fibular stress fracture, so is not a weight bearing bone.  I'm off crutches and am feel quite good.   If I hadn't seen x-rays that showed the problem, I am certain I would be running already.  But, the MegaTransect and the Tussey 50 miler are coming, so I want to be ready.  Rest now, enjoy later.

Once again, thanks to everyone.  I can't say it enough, you all helped me to do something I only dreamed possible.  God Bless.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Day After Yesterday

I had thought several times before, and during, the run about whether I would emerge a changed man.  Would I be more patient?  More insightful?  Believe that I can leap tall buildings in a single bound?  As far as I can tell, none of the above is true.  What I can tell is that I have many people around me who care deeply about me and who are extremely unselfish in their willingness to help accomplish my goals.  I cannot thank these people enough for taking such good care of me during the days and night of my run (and all of the events leading up to it),

Molly, Alice and Jeff, I can never say thank you enough.  I know you care about me, you have to, but you don't have to care nearly as much as you do, or do it so well.  I really love you, and appreciate you.  You all ran a great show and had everything ready to go as needed and to keep me up throughout.

Tim, I've got to say how incredibly glad I am that you were there through the night.  I don't make the effort I should as a big brother.  I am so very glad that you were able to share this experience with me.  It will be something we can always share.  In fact, you will probably have to tell me about some of the behind-the-scenes activities and conversations that went on while I was out running or simply out of my head.

Pat, John D., and Pete, thanks for putting up with me all the time, but especially thanks for during this project.  You provided exactly the amount of guidance, patience, and provocation as needed.  I know some hours were easier than others, or maybe I should say that some were harder than others.  It all depends on your point of view.

Gregg, that tool box of yours changed who I was beginning at 6:00 PM and continuing on and on.  The roller, conditioner, and liquid energy were just what the doctor ordered.

Ron, Kyle, Clinton, John M., Karen and Mark, Bob, Andy, Bass, Steve M., Steve C.,David G., Joe, Dale, Cody, Jessie, Riley, and Jim, thanks for running, walking, talking, distracting, and encouraging me at all the various points of the day and night.  I never experienced the emotional low points I expected because of your enthusiasm, kindness, and generosity.

Thanks to Scott DeShong and Nell Herrmann for getting the kids out to see me during the day.  It was wonderful to talk with the kids and extremely motivating during what would have been a very hot and tiring day.  Helping students understand diabetes, its causes and effects is a huge part of the purpose of this run.  Your enthusiasm is contagious.

Jabco-Maggi Mitsubishi was so generous in providing a support vehicle for Molly to drive.  It was so nice to arrive at a site and have a change of clothes, drinks, snacks, and a beautiful smile.  The willingness of this dealership to reach out to the community is indicative of the men who own the business.

Bruce, Heath, Rachel, Mary Ellen, and Allison, you are so wonderful!  I really enjoyed seeing you smiling faces and hearing your words of encouragement !  The posters you made are wonderful !  I looked at them over and over again throughout the night and morning.  Every time I returned to the church was an opportunity to to see them and to get excited all over all over again.  I love you so much.

The students at Park Forest Middle School did an awesome job raising funds for JDRF and having a lot of fun at the same time.  The way you all embraced this project and supported me is an honor.

Thanks to the Lutz family, the Yeomans family, Beth F., Kathy D., and others (I'll have to add some more here, I'm certain.) for coming to the church or for seeking me out along the course and providing treats, and company for me.  Your enthusiasm helped recharge me and keep me going strong.

I'm so thankful to all who helped make this project possible.  I'm certain I missed many people, and will try to post another time soon to add to the list.

By the way, we did make over 100 miles in the first 29 hours and I will add a photo taken at the 100 mile point as well as one at the end of 30 hours.  The reception I received at Lubrano Park was overwhelming.  I am so blessed by Christ my Savior to be honored by all of you.
Stay tuned, I will write more about the experience and the incredible contributions JDRF will receive form the 30-hour run donors in the days and weeks to come.  This is too big to quit now.

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's Time!

First, let me thank everyone who has helped get things ready for today.  Molly, my wife, deserves a huge amount of gratitude for being patient, organized and thorough in getting things prepared for what is going to be a great day.
I haven't posted over the past couple of days as I thought I would.  Just too much going on in preparation.  Thanks so much to the students and staff at Park Forest Middle School for their kindness and generosity.  Yesterday 4 teachers agreed to allow kids to duct tape them to the wall to raise money for JDRF.  The kids had a great time and so did the teachers.  Over $600 was raised during the lunches.
Finally, before I get ready to head out, I need to say to God be the Glory!  He has given me many gifts and allowed me to undertake many challenges.  I am so thankful.
There is no stalling now.  Time to get this show on the road!

Monday, May 17, 2010

running forever

I had a great 10 miler on Saturday morning and feel as ready as I possibly can.  The day was perfect and I have to say I hope that Friday is nearly as nice.  We went food shopping afterwards and Molly encouraged me to get all the items I thought I might need.  Even though I've made several lists and tried to play through the event many times, I still expect to forget something.  The good thing is that I will be running in town and will have someone to pick up whatever it is that I need.
This morning was a series of interviews on the stations of Forever Broadcasting.  I started off on Majic 99 and then went to WRSC, Froggy 101, and The Bus.  The DJs were all great and led me with great questions and encouraged the listeners to check out this website and the walk on Saturday.  I hope to see you all there as well.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Jabco Generosity

I just had to make a special post tonight about the generosity of Jabco-Maggi Mitsubishi.  After sharing their radio advertising time with me to talk about JDRF, they donated $50 for each car that they sold from that Thursday until Saturday at closing.  Today, I picked up the check from them and John asked, if Molly would mind driving a new Mitsubishi as a support vehicle on Friday and Saturday.  Would we mind?!!?These are some awesome looking cars!  I know they are well built because of the reliability ratings by Consumer Reports and because they are willing to back them up with amazing warranties.
There is only one disappointing thing about it - Molly gets to drive and I have to run.  Oh well, she is the motorhead in the family anyway!
Thanks so much to John Jabco and Todd Maggi.

One Week to go !

I want to thanks those who have given recently Gwen and Travis, Sandy and Jake, Greg, the Jacobson's, Tracie and Barry, and Pete (again - what a guy!).  The kids at school, and their parents, are really getting behind me now with a lot of kind words as well as donations.  Many people are asking me the big questions, "Are you ready? How do you think you'll do?  Don't you get to take a nap partway through?"  Basically the only one I can answer is that no, I don't get to take a break during the run except for the potty and to change clothes.  I feel bad for the people who are planning to run with me during the night-time hours, because I expect that I will be moving so slowly.  Hopefully, they won't be too disappointed in the effort. My closest friends have said that they understand, they are running a couple hours then taking a break before running again.  I will be going the full 30 hours.
The pain of diabetes has been on my mind lately as I've spoken to more people about the run and the disease.  I was amazed at the response of the Park Forest Elementary kids.  Many of my students and parents I've seen have said how the kids came home and talked to them about diabetes and the run project.  This is exactly what I was hoping for when this thing began, getting people more aware, talking about diabetes and its effects.  When people get involved personally things happen.
Speaking of being involved, I wish Teri all the best as she heads to Georgia for the Ride for the Cure event this weekend.  She and Mark have been great support here and it is awesome of them to make the effort to be involved back in the Atlanta area.
I'm sure this week will hold lots of posts, so stay tuned for more soon!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nerves of Jello

10 days to run day and I'm getting psyched.  Yes, I'm certainly excited, and scared as well.  I hope that these final days of fund raising go well, I would really like to see the total blossom.  I know I've got several friends who are going to come through and some who have been seeking donations from others on my behalf.
I got to speak to the kids at Park Forest Elementary School this afternoon.  That was a really neat experience.  You would think that, being a teacher, talking to kids would be no big deal.  But it was.  These kids are younger than I am used to working with and the looks on their faces was wonderful.  They seemed to be looking in wonder as I talked about diabetes, its causes and effects, and the duration of the run.  I hope that it helps to get them interested in getting involved.
Tim from TRY Chips emailed me today and asked for a photo and bio for their web page.  That makes me really happy.  I hope that I can be a worthwhile ambassador for all of these folks who have stepped forward to support me.
My brother-in-law, Jeff, and I drove around State College tonight planning the course from school to school.  I started working on this so long ago, it seems as though it should be solved, but things are still coming together for which schools I can meet and when. It seems like a long way to go from Park Forest to Mount Nittany Middle School.  It used to seem like a long way to run from the house to route 550 as well.  Now, the 12 miles home don't seem too bad.
 I'm excited that Molly will be following me throughout the day and that lots of others are going to be with me through the evening, night, and morning.  I really have a lot of special people in my life.  I've said it before and I will say it over again.    I am truly blessed.

Friday, May 7, 2010

2 weeks !

At this time, 2 weeks from now, I will have been running for 15 hours!  I have to say that will be pretty cool.  The WOW! part comes from thinking that I will be half-way through my run.  No, I didn't say "only" half-way through, I just thought that - or did I say it? :)
I am so happy to be involved in this adventure.  I am amazed at the number of people who have contacted me with words of support.  It really does help keep me moving when the feet get tired. I just was doing some reading and I found a blog about a woman running 50 miles per day in all 50 states and trying to accomplish this in 62 days!  I feel a bit like a wimp, but I'm not ready to try that one just yet.  She passed through State College and ran here on April 29.  Sorry I missed that.  It would have been interesting to chat with her for a while.
I had a great conversation last night with Ken Giornesto.  We talked about the tendency of people who get one auto-immune disease, like diabetes, to get another, like Celiac disease.  Ken is a member of the State College Celiac Support Group and had some really interesting information about the difficulty in diagnosing Celiac Disease.  He is happy to talk with anyone who would like to learn more.  You can email me for his contact information.  I plan to get together with him after the run and talk more about the connection among auto-immune diseases.  Its understandable, but still disappointing to think about the magnification of symptoms and effects. 
I had a few really nice runs this week.  10-12 milers each time, through the game lands, and a nice pace.  My main concern now is not to overdo it.  I don't think any major training is going to make any huge difference at this stage of the game.  I will still run steady this week and then try to rest and sleep a lot next week.  We need to do the shopping next weekend to get all the goodies that we will need to stay fed and watered.  I still don't know exactly the daytime route I am going to take.  I have tried to sort it out so that I can visit as many schools as possible at the times that are acceptable to them.  I can only hope that they are flexible. I just have to remember that 30 hours is a long time and the physical goal is just to get to the end.
The Builders Club at Park Forest is putting together some awesome activities to get the kids psyched up about the run.  I won't give anything away just yet because I don't want to ruin any surprises.
Well, onward and upward! We've raised about 1/5 of the goal amount, but this is the time when people are going to step up and give.  It doesn't matter if it is $1 or $1000, the important thing is to get involved and support the search for a cure.  It will make a difference!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Less than 3 weeks !

I had a great run in the game lands on Saturday.  A little over 21 miles in a little under four hours.  I realize that this is not fast, but if I were to continue at that pace, and it felt good, I would travel 150 miles in 30 hours.  I don;t see that happening, but 120 would be awesome.  I am continuing to get ready, and others are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as well.  Alice, Jeff, Molly and I talked logistics on Friday night and got some things sorted out for getting support together and getting me from point A to point B during the day.  I plan to visit several schools and really need to get this scheduled with them so that they know when to expect me.  I'm so happy that they are dealing with this, their minds can wrap around it so much better than mine can.
Steve and Steve from 3WZ interviewed me this morning on air.  I hope it went well.  I love getting the word out about the impact of diabetes and the efforts that people must put forth to stay healthy.  I can only hope that my small efforts are doing some good.
I received several contributions by check in the past few days.  Bob and Betty, Gwen and Travis, Ralph and Flo, Mary and Robert, Betty and Harris, Tom (one of my fifth grade teachers), and Restek Corporation all made very generous and kind contributions.  Thanks you all so much!
I have had literally dozens of visitors to the site over the past few days.  I am excited about the attention the run is receiving and hope that these visits produce more donations to fund research for a cure.  Is that a hint?  Yes, it is :)  That is the whole point of this project !
More soon.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Driving me Froggy

I am sitting here at Jabco-Maggi Mitsubishi doing a live action broadcast with Froggy 101.  Skeeter seems like a nice guy and has been really helpful with my interview spots.  The dealership has agreed to give $50 to JDRF for each car they sell now through Saturday at 2PM.  This generosity is typical of what I've learned to expect from John over our 20 year relationship.  He is interested in the person, whether it is matching them with the right vehicle for their wallet and lifestyle, or taking care of those in need.  I really appreciate his help in this endeavor.  I have to say that these Mitsubishis are looking awfully nice.  Then again, so are the Volvos and Mercedes.  I could really go for the Jeep Rubicon, though. I've always wanted one of those.  It may just happen somewhere down the road, but not just yet.
I've got 3 weeks to go.  I plan to do a couple more LONG runs, but primarily I will do from 10 to 18 milers a few times a week and then rest the last 5 days or so before the 21st.  I am really hoping for nice weather during the event.  I love to run for an hour or two in the rain, but overnight will be challenging.  I know, I shouldn't whine, just toughen up a little and deal with it.  I will do that, but I can still hope for sun.
Well,  enjoy the warmer weather now, get out and have some fun!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Over $5000 !

Hooray to all those who have generously donated to JDRF in support of the 30-hour run!  Together, we have put together over $5000 in contributions.  Thank you all so very much!
This last weekend was pretty exciting in Ridgway.  A smaller crowd than usual gathered downtown for the start of the run.  We set out on the roads on an absolutely perfect day for running.  Cool air, not too sunny or windy, and low key for most of us.  The people of Ridgway came out to cheer and support friends and strangers alike.  The road portion of the course is nice because of the varied terrain, but the real joy comes in the second half while running the rail-trail that follows the Clarion River.  Back in town, we made the transition to bikes and headed back out along the same route as the run, just farther South.
I had a really strange thing happen on the ride.  I was going up an incline and kept going faster!  I upshifted and went faster!  I felt great!  This happened in the first and second halves of the ride.  I had never experienced this before.  I guess maybe it resulted from TRAINING - a new concept!
So, both my run and ride were super.  Both happened faster than expected and felt good as well.  Then the canoe happened.  Thanks to Howard for lending me his boat again this year.  It is way nice to paddle a solo boat.  I had another offer of a kevlar boat, but with the low water, didn't want to take a chance of trashing Pat's baby. About 1/2 to 2/3 of the way in, I passed through a little riffle and hit a low water spot.  I thought it would be better to run with the canoe than push it along in a few inches of water, so I jumped out and ran pulling the boat behind me.  All was good until the water got deep enough and I pulled the boat hard to allow it to pass me.  As it came by, I thought that I would save time and just jump in.  MISTAKE !  You know, the Clarion River in April is a bit chilly.  The water quickly got deep enough that it almost became a run-bike-swim triathlon.  Fortunately for me, the weather was nice enough that my paddling and the wind dried me off and kept me cozy warm.  As chance would have it Doc and Thundercloud were right behind me and got to witness the whole episode.  Since they are kind, they only laughed a lot and passed on by with few disparaging comments.  It actually did feel good, but was very embarrassing.
I was so happy to see my cousin Corey and his son, Zach participating again this year.  Zach is a great runner and Corey an excellent cyclist.  Paddling is fun for them and they get lots of bonding time.  I am thinking of doing the event with my older son next year.  John, Brenda, Pat, Linda, Jonathon, Ken, Barbara, as well as Molly the boys and I went to supper together.  The food was good, the company great, and a fine way to finish the day.  Someone at the restaurant even approached me to ask if I was the one doing the diabetes run.  They offered kind words of support and buoyed my spirits even more.
Thanks to Jacob, Andy, Scott and Doreen for their donations.  You have been so kind.  Dick's Sporting Goods has donated a $20 gift card and the Steelers sent an autographed photo of Troy Polamalu as raffle prizes.  Thanks to them for their support!
I have several radio spots coming up soon.  Thursday night , I will be at Jabco-Maggi Mitsubishi for a remote broadcast with Froggy 101.  I have had several excellent transactions with John Jabco and really respect him a lot.  I believe that he tries to do the best for each person he works with.  I can remember in 1990 talking with him and he said that he didn't want to sell me this car, he wanted to sell me several cars over many years.  He has done that and has stood by every one.  I like the service after the sale.
I am going to do somewhere between 11 and 14 miles this afternoon.  I don't know how much because I enjoy meandering through the forest so much.  It's just nice to be out.
See you along the way!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tri now Pay Later

This weekend is the Ridgway Triathlon.  A great time and a nice chance for those non-ironmen and non-ironwomen to have a great day in Northern Pennsylvania.  Solo participants have a great time, too !  The people of Ridgway are just fantastic and support this event all along its nearly 30 miles of adventure.  I rode the bike today for 14 miles getting home just before the downpour.  My legs remember what they are supposed to do and almost how to do it. I am waiting to see if I am paddling a canoe or kayak in the race.  My buddy, Pat, has both and if the wind is bad, he will loan me his canoe, if it doesn't seem to be a heartbreaker, I will be paddling his kayak.  Either way, it will be a nice day out on the upper Clarion River.

I got several donations today for raffle items.  Qdoba Grill of State College gave coupons for free burritos, 2000º supplied a $10 gift card, and The Bicycle Shop gave 2 $10 gift cards.  Kissell Motorsports is putting together some items for the raffle as well.  A huge THANKS to all of these folks, I really recommend that you support them as they support the community.  These places all get hit hard by so many groups asking for donations, and sometimes it is hard to ask them to contribute more.

Nice bike ride today and good short, quick run, then soccer practice with the kids yesterday.  I'm not planning to do anything at all tomorrow if I can help it.  Just get everything loaded and get to bed reasonably early.  Away we go!

Monday, April 19, 2010

One Month

A month is a long time, and a short time.  I am excited and nervous about the run to come.  Closer to today is the Ridgway triathlon.  This weekend, we will head up to Ridgway and brave the elements.  I have really enjoyed the challenge over the past several years.  I don't know yet if I will be paddling a canoe or kayak.  My preference could go either way.  With the kayak you get 2 paddle blades, the canoe is a little longer.  I'm more comfortable in the canoe, but the kayak could make things fun and different.  Ah, we'll see what happens.

I need to thank some students for their donations.  John, Kevin and PSU student James put some seed money into a couple of collection jars today.  Let's hope they take root and grow quickly !  Betty and a friend of Pete's also provided some cash donations.  I will be mailing in all of the checks and cash that has come in over the past couple of weeks.  That will make the website total go up pretty nicely.

I've been getting a lot of different visits to the blog recently.  I hope that these visits turn into contributions for JDRF.  I'm really happy that the project has brought in the funds it has, so far, but I am pretty far from my goal.  Good things are coming.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Motivation is Good !

I feel so much better!  My runs haven't been as long (mostly around 13 miles), but they've been a little quicker.  I got into the pool on Friday, ran Saturday, biked Sunday and Tuesday, and ran a quick - for me- 6 or 7 Tuesday night.  I got a great donation from Dale and Kelly ! Thanks so much !  Dale is also letting me use his GPS watch so I can see just how far I'm going.  It is eye opening sometimes.  Both to see how far and sometimes, how not so far I've gone.

New pump today for Molly.  It came with a glucose monitor that will communicate with the pump.  Pretty cool!  It is not a continuous glucose monitor, that is still denied, but the letter from Dr. Ulbrecht convinced the insurance company to update the pump at little cost to us.  Thank you !  So Molly will be learning the new pump over the next week or so.  She gets some training that I believe she scheduled during a phone call this evening.

I keep forgetting to link to the Penns Valley Hope Fund.  The host family for our son at Centre County Band and Choir are some of the founders of this great organization.  Please check them out.

Thanks to Theresa, a PA with our kids' pediatrician's group for her generous contribution.  She is a great runner and an inspiration.  She has done several marathons as well as the MegaTransect.  I always consider it a good run if I can see her more than halfway through the run.  She runs with the Avocados during the Tussey MountainBack and I expect to see her there this year.  Assuming I survive this run in reasonable condition, I am going to do the MountainBack as an ultra - I am going to do the whole 50 miles.  It is 2 weeks after the MegaTransect this year.  That will allow a little more recovery than last time.

As I get closer to the big event, I am so happy to see the donors coming forward.  I see some light at the end of the tunnel.  At the same time, I've been realizing that this thing has got to get bigger than me.  I am really happy about the support my friends and family have provided for JDRF through the 30 hours project.  I am realizing that it is going to have to get bigger than me and my circle of friends to reach this goal.  Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an effort from all of us to work toward a cure.  I realize it seems silly to use these cliches, but I can't get over the fact that it is true.  We each have time, talent, and treasure that we are expected to put to use.  I've been blessed so much during this project, I feel as though I am getting more than I can possibly ever give back.  Thanks for that.  With that being said, tell your friends, ask your boss, your reading group, people you pass on the street.  Tell them you know this guy whose not so bright that is going to run all day, all night (and part of the next day) to try to make a difference.  
See you out there!  God is Good!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Wednesday was a great run through the game lands.  I cannot believe how much I love trail running.  The area that was burned last week was interesting to look at.  Not a whole lot of difference, just less ground clutter.  It is pretty impressive to see how exact an area can be burned.  I am not sure when the next burn will be done, but I hope to investigate the area afterward and observe the new plant growth as it progresses.

Thanks to Teri and Mark for their wonderful donation to JDRF.  Teri is planning to ride in a Ride for the Cure JDRF event the week before the State College walk.  Teri and Mark were able to come in to the school yesterday for our "Health Fair" and speak to students and staff about diabetes and JDRF.  I really appreciate their willingness to take time from their busy day to share with others.  They have been touched personally with the diagnosis of one of their children with type 1.

I went to the pool this morning and swam for a while.  I must say that it is way harder for me than running. If I can get a couple of days a week in the pool each week, I will be so happy.  I realize that I don't have to be good, just persistent and consistent.  It sort of takes the pressure off and keeps it fun.  I may even get to the point that I will try a swim triathlon.  I've done several run, bike, paddle events, but have never had the courage to try a swim event.  Maybe this is the year.  I know it is good to get a workout without any impact on the body, specifically the feet and knees.  I feel like I might even get a short run in today as well.  I certainly need to go long tomorrow morning.  The weather looks great, so I will be pleased to get out and hear the birds waking up.

I usually run long with a red camelbak on, so if you see me, honk or yell for encouragement.  I may be going slow, but I'm moving forward (most of the time).
Thanks for all the support of me and especially for diabetes research.  I think of this project as 100 miles closer to a cure.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Getting my mind right - Wow! That will help!

It is hard to believe that I'm having a hard time focusing, but that seems to be the case.  I have had a tough time getting up in the morning and getting out the door.  I love the minutes and hours that follow the first mile, but I haven't been able to get myself to do that first mile for several days.  In some ways, I'm certain that my body needed some extra rest, but that time is past and it it time to get it back in gear and keep moving forward.  There are fewer than 50 days remaining- 45 to be exact- and in reality the last week won't hold much running at all.  I'm still really excited about the run, folks have been really supportive, and I'm seeing results in the fundraising, so the motivation is there.  I just need to get out and get moving.  No excuses, just run.

I just checked my email and Matt, one of my students, made an awesome donation to JDRF !  That is so cool!  A lot of my students are runners and several ask often about how my training and how the fund raising are going.  I am so appreciative of the authentic interest they've shown and I want to thank them so much.  Matt is an awfully nice kid and I am so pleased that he is taking an active role in supporting diabetes research.

The Easter week was very good for fundraising.  My mom and my dad each made kind and generous donations, thanks for always taking such good care of me.  John and Evalene, Connie, and Pete (once again!).  Thank you all so much.  I am so happy to see the generosity and caring of all of these people.  It really does renew a belief in the kindness of friends.

I haven't been keeping track of mileage or even hours lately.  I think that I will begin doing that for a couple of reasons.  It will help me keep track of my progress and if I post it here, will add some pressure to perform.  That will be a good thing!  Do I have a training goal?  I hesitate to say, but let's think in the neighborhood of  300 miles before May 15.  Can it be done (by me ;) ?  Stay tuned!
Thanks and God bless.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Burning for a good run

I think I had perfect timing.  I ran through the Scotia game lands yesterday to get home from the church and it was absolutely perfect.  The weather, the time of day, the time of year . . . just absolutely wonderful.  As I ran through the woods I saw several traffic cones and a portable dump tank filled and waiting.  I knew that they were considering a burn in the near future, but hadn't paid attention to realize it was supposed to be today.  I must say that I toyed with the idea of telling all about my adventure run through the game lands today, only to end with an "April Fool!" but I bailed on the idea.  Sorry, wimped out.
I am excited about the beautiful weather we are to have the next several days.  I plan to get out and do, if not a single really long run, then a couple of semi-long ones. The advantage to that is not boogering up a large part of the day by being tired.  I am planning a full day of yard work tomorrow and need to get as much of that done as possible. I don't always give the yard the attention it deserves, but it is still a great place to play.  Sometimes I really need to remember the thing that brought me back to running after nearly 18 years - playing with my kids.   I love playing catch and tag and football and frisbee and hide and seek and  . . .  Just to think of where I was 10 years ago and the distance (not much pun intended) I've come is pretty amazing.  There is no way that I could be keeping up with them now, let alone even be thinking about this project.  So many people I chat with are amazed at what I am trying to do by running so long or so far.  To me, that is the small part of this.  To envision a cure for diabetes in the near future is a lot more amazing.  I can go try to run for 100 miles without a reason except to do it.  My real goal is to bring knowledge, awareness, exposure to what this disease does to its victims and provide some impetus for those fortunate among us to do what we can to try and provide relief.
Tomorrow is the day that we celebrate Grace.  We need not find a way to pay for our shortcomings.  We need to accept The Gift.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Disappointing - better times coming

Sunday was a low point.  I left the house at a bit before 4 AM and started on my weekend long run. Though it was chilly, I generated quite a lot of sweat which soaked my clothes pretty well.  At about 7 miles, I began to walk up a decent hill and chilled off quite a lot.  When I hit the top of the hill, I began to get crushed by the wind.  I started running and began to warm up a little, but not enough to prevent my chilling even further.  I was bright enough to start towards home without delay.  The further I went, the more brain dead I became until the only thing I could focus on was getting out of the wet clothes and in front of the fireplace (gas - instant heat).  I made it with little to spare.  I think it took a couple of hours to get back to what might pass for normal.
Since I missed that run, I will have to do a long one sometime this week, but not in the rain.  The later the week goes, the nicer it looks, so Thursday might be the day.
I started this post on Monday and had to stop to get some other things done.  The weather has broken and I am looking forward to a nice, long jaunt through the woods later today.  State College Magazine did a telephone interview with me over the weekend and she is going to meet my family and I later today to get some photos.  I hope that all comes out well.  I have to admit that I get a great feeling when the attention comes.  I appreciate the opportunity to share my experiences as well as the nuisances experienced by diabetics.
We recently got a call from someone whose insulin pump was pushing out the entire vial of insulin when it was supposed to be priming.  Fortunately, it was not hooked up to the injection site, but I have read about a few individuals who have had a large volume of insulin injected through the same type of malfunction.  A nuisance rapidly becomes a tragedy in that situation.
There are some really neat events coming up in the near future. The Hyner Challenge is full, and promises to be another fantastic event.  The Ridgway Triathlon is the following week and consists of a 5 mile run, 15 mile bike, and 9 mile paddle.  I hope the weather cooperates this year. Last year was beautiful, but it is often pretty nasty.  I am looking forward to it.  If you have a 16 to 18 foot solo canoe you would like to loan me for to loan me, I certainly would not turn it down.  The paddle is, by far, the most challenging portion of the day.
Well, get out and go play!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Long? Not today.

It seems strange to me that I could run for 15 miles (like I did today) and that would NOT count as a long run.  I had a really nice run today exploring the game lands, fortunately avoiding the rain for the most part.  I'm feeling good and looking forward to the next run.  I think that's a good thing.  I feel honored by the people who have so generously supported me.  It is humbling to have them respond to my requests this way.  I am so happy that the JDRF will benefit and pray that a cure can be found.  Sometimes it seems that that might be too much to ask, that simply better treatments might be a better way to hope.  I wish that I could share the anguish that I feel when I see and hear the frustration in Molly's voice and eyes for her high blood sugar readings. She can do the same thing two days in a row and get completely different results.  This is why I am doing what I'm doing.
Please help.  Send me an email, words of  support and encouragement.  I need them.
Thanks !

Monday, March 22, 2010

2 Months

Well, last week was awesome for fundraising!  I had an anonymous donor make a $250 gift to JDRF in support of the run.  Thanks so very, very much!  Your generosity is much appreciated.
Thanks also to the other generous contributors.  The Centre County Music Educators County Band and Choir Festival was this past weekend at Penns Valley.  Great job and congratulations to all of the kids, directors, and parent hosts.  Thanks to Joan and John, Jean and Jerry, Jo and Ed, Sam, and Dean for kindly and generously making donations to JDRF.
I am working hard to try and be even a little worthy of all the kind words of support and praise for the 30 hours run.  It seems like such a small thing when I hear of the trials long-time diabetics have to endure.  I praise God for the ability to draw attention to this dread disease and ask for support in search of a cure.

It is neat to think that I am running a marathon each week.  No, not total.  Each week I have been doing one run that is 26 miles or more.  Okay, so Saturday's run was 25.93 miles.  I don't want to misrepresent myself.  I just sort of figured I could round it off.  I'll do an extra .3 this week.  I'm feeling surprisingly good.  I am sleeping really well on run days and even stretch once in a while.  Weird !

We are now officially in springtime and the weather has been great.  It so much easier to get out when it is 40 degrees rather than 20 degrees.  Even getting out of the house at 4 AM doesn't seem as bad when you know the sun isn't that far away.  Sunrise on D-day is 5:49, so I will not be starting in the dark.  That makes me happy.  I am certain that I will have enough darkness overnight to deal with.  I'm pleased that I've got folks running with me to keep me motivated and safe.

I must be motivated.  I want to do speed work.  Maybe want is the wrong word, feel the need might be better.  Oh, well.  It is good to end with a joke :)

See you soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

The weather is looking up for the rest of the week.  I am sure glad of that.  Saturday was pretty miserable for the two hour jaunt that I took.  I was downright shivery by the time I got back home.  Sunday was a bit better, not quite so much coming down.  I got in about 17 miles by taking the long way home from church.
I try to appreciate the challenges of some runs as though they are preparing me mentally for May, when I just need to keep moving forward for a long time.  
Thanks to Dean and Deb for the very generous contribution to JDRF.  I appreciate your words of encouragement and kindness.  Nancy, thanks for your donation and your cheery disposition.  You keep me on my toes everyday at school.
I'm nearly to 10% of the goal!  I was pleased to see the total balloon last week after the newspaper article.  I am continuing to get hits on the blog so I hope those translate into donations.  Hint, hint ;)  The run gets closer every day !  67 days and counting!
Last night on "Celebrity Apprentice," I admit that I watch it, Brett Michaels was the project manager.  He is a type 1 diabetic and had been since he was 6 years old.  His team won the challenge and afterward he said, "I managed my team well today, but I did not manage my diabetes very well."  He had low blood sugar during the challenge and had a pretty rough time for a while.  He raised $100,000 for the American Diabetes Association.  Congrats for that!
Well, I need more days of running in the coming weeks.  The distances and times (duration) have been progressing nicely, but I've not been super consistent.  I think I may try some long intervals one day each week to break out of this slow, slogging along that I'm doing.  I don't need the speed for the diabetes run, but the Ridgway triathlon is just around the corner.  I would like to make a good showing there this year.    It is "only" a 5 mile run, 15 mile bike, and a horrendously hard 9 mile paddle on the Clarion River.  It is a great day and I hope the weather is better than it usually is.  Last year was warm, but much more welcome than slow and rain and wind in the face during the paddle.
Drop me a line ! Come along on the run (sign up here)!  Invite your friends !

Monday, March 8, 2010

Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times, our local newspaper here in State College, ran a really nice article on Type 1 diabetes yesterday.   It was nearly the whole front page of the Sunday paper and another full page on page nine.  I am pleased that the bottom of page nine was a nicely written story about the 30-hour run.  It ran across the whole width of the page and generated a lot of interest.  I had about 20 hits here on the blog and a few donations have already been made to JDRF.  I want to thank Barb, Pete, Steve, JoAnne and the Cutter Family for their generous contributions.  I hope that these are the beginning of a run, not much pun intended.
Panera Bread sent coupons good for a loaf of bread each month for one year.  I have other contributions waiting in the wings until I can put together a raffle.  I am still working on donations for prizes and getting tickets printed.  I think this will be a good way to raise some money and offer folks some good prizes in return.
I had a great run this morning. I got moving nice and early and was out for 5 hours.  I got in a little over 27 miles.  I have to admit that this was the second furthest run I've ever done.  Only the Tussey MountainBack was longer, albeit nearly twice as long. I am really pleased that I got in more than a marathon even before breakfast!  It is the rest of the day that will be interesting. I have to stay busy so that I don't crash and burn.  I am boiling maple sap and I need to go to the woods and empty the sap buckets.  It has really been a good spring for collection, and they are probably already running over today.  I have a full pot on boiling, so there is no big hurry, but I need to get there this afternoon.  I ate some pancakes Saturday and used some fake syrup.  Until a few years ago, I rarely ate the good stuff and claimed to like it better.  I couldn't handle it this time, though.  I am really glad it is boiling time.  I hope to make enough to last the year and give some as gifts. Good reason to get to work.
Well, 'nuff said for now.  Moving is good.  More soon.
Thanks again, everybody!  Hey!  Just as I was leaving the blog, I got notification of another donation!  Thanks to Mary Lou, Joe, and Lucy.  I miss you!  Come and see us.  I still have something really special for Joe!

Friday, March 5, 2010

What a lady!

Last night, Molly spoke at a Penn State Marketing Association event.  She, as expected, did a great job.  I won't give away the analog she used, but it was way cool and I'm pretty jealous, truth be told.  In a good way, of course.  I wish I had the mind she does. She can see the big picture as well as the details and puts it all together in an awesome package.  I often get the credit for being the character in this pair, but she has the character.
It was sort of funny last night as Molly was getting ready for the gig at Penn State.  We were talking about the dangers and predicaments encountered by diabetics, and her insulin pump malfunctioned.  Fortunately, Animas is a solid company and answered the service call.  They told her what to do and the pump service was restored.  She was great about it.  Just another bump in the road.
I had a couple of great runs this week and am looking forward to a couple of nice LONG runs in the next few days.  The weather is really perfect and the roads are a callin'.  It is hard to believe that one run now is more than I've been doing in a week or even a month just a year ago.  I feel great, though.  The increase has been gradual enough and God has granted me just the right apparatus to do a good thing for others.
I've been blessed to work with some great and generous people.  This week Sue and Sheryl came forward and contributed to JDRF.  Thanks so much!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

WRXV - RevFM 89.1

Saturday on RevFM was great!  Erik Lane is a super interviewer and had really done his background research.  He asked great questions that guided the interview in good directions to allow me to share what I am trying to do for JDRF, but more importantly to share about the effects of diabetes in the short and long term.  Thanks to everyone at RevFM for the opportunity to share during Saturday night's Centre Topic show.  On March 27 at 8:30 PM, the headmaster of Nittany Christian School, Anthony Wilson, will be the guest.  Tony is a man with vision and the desire to work hard for God.  His effect on kids is contagious.  He loves the Lord and loves working with children AND IT SHOWS!
Sunday was a great run.  I did 3 hours in the game lands.  The overall time was slow, but the workout was pretty intense.  I was often 3 to 6 inches deep into the snow, and sometimes much more.  This was certainly a tough day, but felt awesome.  Several times during the run, the weather switched from a beautiful blue sky to heavy snow.  It was really enjoyable.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sweet Day

What a day!  I got up this morning and hit the bike for 1 1/2 hours and some core work.  Tonight, ran the last leg of the Tussey Mountainback in reverse and parts of legs 10 and 11 as well.  The road was pretty snowy, but I saw absolutely no one and the footing was like running a trail.  That is a good thing. I felt great and am certain to be tired tomorrow.  For those not familiar with the Mountainback, the last leg is 4.2 miles downhill if run frontwards, so it was completely uphill.  Tough going up, but it was awesome coming back :)
I am going to be on WRXV, Rev FM on Saturday night at 8:30 PM.  The show is called Centre Topic.  You can find Rev FM at 89.9, 99.9, or 102.7 depending on your location.  Check out the website for exciting news about upcoming expansions.
I got an encouraging email from Anna Hughes at Ultra Running Insights.  She is based in Switzerland and her website is a great resource.  
With more days like this (just longer), things will be as good as they can be.  It's really going to be a good time.  
Don't be bashful, get involved!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3 months

Three months to go!  I am getting really excited!  The actual event just around the corner.  When I think about the taper at the end so that I am not too tired at the start of the run, I am getting down to the edge of my preparation.  I had a really nice day on Saturday.  I got in about 2 1/2 hours on my own and then Pat joined me for another hour or so.  I then ran another 20 minutes to finish up.   It was the perfect pace for me and I felt better and better as the run went on.  I still have to get in runs more than twice as long - which is pretty ominous - but I feel good about how things are coming along.
I'm sleeping really well and waking up ready to go, I just have to get my butt out of bed and go.  The weather is actually getting better.  Not quite so cold and the snow is plowed back away from the road edges.  I feel a lot safer than a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to all of the donors! I am over $2000 !  Some days things seem to be moving slowly, and then folks come through with more donations for JDRF and I feel good about what I am trying to do all over again.  I really appreciate the support so many of you have shown me over the past few months.  What am I saying (typing)?  I have had huge amounts of support all of my life.  I like to dream and I haven't been any reason not to do so.  I'm so blessed to have great people around me who believe in me and are not afraid to help me make my dreams come true.

I've had two runners come forth through the Nittany Valley Running Club that would like to run with me.  Coincidentally, both are named Steve.  My hesitancy in asking asking others to join me is that I will not be going fast enough for those folks.  Runner friends keep telling me that speed is not what I am to be worried about, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it.  I have strayed away from any sort of speed at all, but have enjoyed going further and further.  I suppose it is just another stage of life.

Oh well, I'm going to watch the team nordic combined and then hit the sack.  It would be good to get in a couple of hours in the morning.  God Bless you all.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympics and Inspiration

Wow! I can not even imagine the dedication of these olympic athletes.  The ones who are at least close to being amateurs, anyway.  They put in years of practice, hours a day, sticking to the plan.  I just shake my head when I think of it.  Honestly, there was a day, long ago, that I can remember considering that I might be able to dedicate myself to a goal like that.  I think I took the easy way out, always finding an excuse to avoid the long term commitment.  I had a couple of coaches in high school that seemed to be able to get me to push.  Thanks, Coach Smith and Coach Murdock.  I wish I could find the guts now to do the things that you got out of me during the early part of track season.

Thanks to my latest donors - April, Bobbi Jo, and Amy.  Amy makes this awesome fudge and had a sale that she donated a portion of each sale to donate to JDRF. Cool!

I spoke with a writer from the Centre Daily Times for about a half hour last night.  She asked me some good questions that really got me thinking.  I know I am doing this thing to try and make a difference with financial donations, but I think the understanding of type 1 diabetes is at least as important to me if not more so.  I watch Molly and others try to deal with the day to day fluctuations in blood sugars, trying to figure out the reason it is good one hour and bad a few hours later with what seems like the proper insulin dosing and physical efforts.  The endocrinologist sent a letter to the insurance company today explaining to the powers that be how proper monitoring and treating of blood sugars now avoids costly treatments and results later.  I would have to say that a CGM now is really cheap compared to the cost, monetarily, physically and mentally of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure.  Seems an easy call to make, but that's probably why I am not in charge.
I had a nice couple of hours on the treadmill this morning and hope to get something similar tomorrow.  I usually like running outside in the winter, but the amount of snow we've had makes it too dangerous.  I have been really happy to be able to do some long efforts on the treadmill.  It has to be good for the mental training as well.
Thanks to everyone for the kindness, donations, and words of inspiration.
More again soon!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Just keep running . . .

This week was pretty good as far as training goes.  I got in two 3-hour runs and a few shorter ones.  I even hit the weight room and did some reps of various activities.  I did a couple takes of a 10-minute video for the Fuel Up for 60 program at our school.  The plan is that these videos will be shown in the afternoon and teachers who desire to can turn on their tvs and the kids can get some exercise.  It is a product of a grant the school got from the NFL and the National Dairy Council.  It works nicely as well with a grant that I received from Highmark called the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge.  It has kids looking at the food choices they make and activities they do and trying to establish/maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I can say I don't remember having to think so hard about these things thirty years ago, but we got our first chain restaurant when I was in 11th grade in high school.  That may have something to do with it.
I sent about 70 emails last week looking for support. I'm hoping folks are just waiting for the income tax return before submitting their responses, because I got very few returns.  I am in a constant battle as to whether email is better or worse than traditional, hard copy mail.  At 44 cents a letter, though I feel like I need to try email first.  Thanks to the Shaner Group for their donation and to Appalachian Ski and Outdoors for their contribution.  I've been thinking of the canning idea, standing in traffic with a sandwich sign on hoping folks will be generous.  I hear that it is successful and, I am certainly not bashful, but I need to get the right place and the right permissions.  Maybe my crew can help with this.
I will be on WRXV FM on February 27 at 7:30 PM on a show called Centre Topics.  My wife is speaking at a Penn State Marketing Association event on March 4, and the Centre Daily Times has contacted me about a story and we should do some work on that this week.  Hopefully, with increased attention, more folks will become aware and knowledgeable of the long term effects of diabetes and feel a desire to help out.
Well, time to get ready for church.  Hope this week is as successful as last week.
Thanks for all the kind words of support.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sign Up Time

Well, it is 4 months until run day and I am getting pretty excited.  Sign up for a time to run (or scooter as the case may  be, Jim) here on this Google Form.  I had a great 3-hour run this morning.  Thanks, Pete for doing a couple hours with me.  It was pretty cold, 18º at the start, but a really beautiful day for a run.  Each week, I am planning to increase by 30 minutes on my long run.  I hope a 10-hour long run will do it for training.  I don't want to overdo it and get injured, but I certainly need to be on my feet and moving forward for a major length of time.  I will be slow, I'm certain, but as long as I average 18 minutes per mile I will make 100 miles.  I really hope that I can surpass that by a fair amount.
Thanks so much to Dr. Scipione for his donation from State College Family Chiropractic.  He's kept me moving for a few years now, and I'm sure I will be seeing lots of him over the coming months.  Kristin and Byron, thanks for your great words of support and your donation to JDRF.  It was super to chat with you last night.  I really enjoyed dinner at the Tavern restaurant with the State College Music Department.  You know when 30 music folks sing Happy Birthday that it is going to sound GOOD!  I don't remember thanking Marla for her gift to JDRF.  If I didn't - thanks!  If I did, thanks, again!  It is great to be so well supported by my friends.
I have a pledge form and information sheet available for those interested in joining me.  Just drop me a line and I will send you a pdf. so you can get started collecting donations.
Four months seems both long and short.  I know the time will go fast so I had better keep working hard.  Logistics are now a real thing to be considered, not just a dream on the edge of the vision.
Let's help find a cure for this nasty disease called diabetes.  I really hate to see the effects it has on people we love.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thanks, Brooks! and Bass!

Now I can run faster, jump higher, and stomp harder.  I had contacted Brooks running company a month or so ago with a donation request.  They do not do monetary donations, but have a Run B'cause giving program they use to make contributions to worthwhile organizations.  Because I am training a lot and using up shoes in preparation for the JDRF event, I requested a few pairs of shoes through the program.  Yesterday, I got three pairs of Brooks shoes in the mail.  Thanks so much to Brooks!
I have been wearing Brooks shoes since the early '80's.  I still remember my Hugger GT's with fondness.  They went away for a while, but when I returned to running in 2002, there were there for me again.  The Adrenaline ASR is the trail version of the Adrenaline and that is what I requested.  Not having to buy shoes frees up those funds for donations or other costs associated with the run.  Cool!
This morning we had some great basketball games and I got in my speed work.  Lots of thanks to Bass for his donation to JDRF.  If you read the blog early on, you would recognize him as the one who wants to go in front of me and taunt me so that I stay motivated throughout the night.  He will now be known as "Taunt-O."  What a great guy.  If I can be half the man he is, he will be twice the man I am.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Run with Me!

Don't blame me, it's his idea.  I can't say that about the time or money goals that I have set for the JDRF 30 for 30 event, but I can say it for the following idea.  Why don't YOU run WITH me ??  No, not for the whole time, but for a while.  An hour?  A half hour?  A few hours?  Whatever distance or time you'd like would be fine.  I will ask for one thing in return.  Collect $100 in contributions for JDRF and join me.  Is this a win-win, or what?  You get a t-shirt commemorating the run - these are in development right now, you have some fun, have a reason to get in better shape AND help JDRF find a cure !  What a bargain!  Besides, you know you made that new year's resolution to lose a few pounds or move more.  Trust me, I won't be moving that fast.  It is going to be a long day+.
Consider it, and climb on board.  You can pick the time of day or night.  It could be worth it just to laugh at me !

Monday, January 4, 2010


We got news today that Molly's request for a new insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor has been denied by the insurance.  Strangely enough, her diligence in controlling blood sugars is the reason she is not eligible.  If she had been hospitalized or treated by emergency personnel, she would be eligible for the new technology.
I talked with several folks today about fundraising.  I am going to need to get things in gear soon with regard to publicity.  If you read this and can share the effort with anyone, I know I would appreciate it.  That six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing is bound to work, somehow.  I've just got to make the connection with the right folks to set things in motion.
I have had a great start to the year for consistency.  I have run each day this year :D   It has been pretty cold and especially windy, but the 16º temps didn't cool my enthusiasm.  In fact, I really enjoy the nasty conditions.  I'm not Bob F., Jon D., or Jeremy F. who can carry a cement block for the 5K, but I am at least inspired by them to get my butt out the door.  I can only strive to accomplish "Feats of Strength" such as theirs.  100 miles seems pretty doable when I think about how hard others work.  It seems totally possible when I think about the daily ordeal that Molly and Mary Ellen deal with everyday controlling blood sugars.  I really admire them.
More soon. . . .

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well it is 2010;  is that two-thousand ten or twenty ten?  I don't know which way I will go, whichever I fall into the habit of saying, I'm sure.
We are watching Chariots of Fire and talking to the kids about dedication and the tough decisions people make.  "I believe that God made me for a purpose . . . When I run I feel his presence." Eric Lydell just said.    I know just how he feels.  I would love to have the sort of commitment he had.  I need to try to overcome my knack for avoiding the hard work and losing focus on the goal I am attempting to achieve.  Just like many other resolutions, I must work to complete the task I've chosen.  No one has forced it upon me.
My friend, Bob, has quite a drive in this way.  He and his friend, Jeremy, set out Feats of Strength for themselves.  I was honored when he emailed me to say he was excited about my "Feat."  I will use this as inspiration when things get tough.  Last night, Bob and Jeremy ran the First Night 5K carrying cinder blocks.  I'm certain they still ran faster than I would have running empty-handed.
141 days to go until the 30 hour run.  I got in a short run today.  I can remember when 40 minutes was unfathomable.  Now it is barely a start to what I need to do.  Strange to think that the Megatransect will not be toughest thing I do this year.  I registered for it today, just after noon.  In the first 8 hours, over 200 signed up.  The field is limited to 850.  I anticipate that it will fill in the next few weeks.  It is amazingly well run and I hope to keep this tradition gong for a long time.
Let me know fundraising ideas you've got.  I'm only 5% of the way to my goal, but a lot of good things are going to happen this spring.
All the best in the new year!  Let's go running!