Monthly Archives: April 2013

Change in comments policy…

Previously, I have only allowed comments to post after approving them first. I did this not to sensor, but to try to limit spam and eliminate inappropriate comments. Unfortunately, I think an unintended side-effect is that it tends to limit commenting overall. And fortunately, I have to date received only a handful of comments that I deemed inappropriate.

So I have decided to open comments to posting without my previous moderation. However, some words and phrases are subject to moderation, and there will be NO TOLERATION of derogatory comments of any sort. It’s really pretty simple–converse like a mature, civilized human being, avoid profanity, and your comments will appear immediately  and will stay. Flame anything or anyone and they won’t. If you happen to read an offensive comment before I moderate then please do not respond. Anyone commenting in an inappropriate way isn’t likely interested in a real conversation.

I really would enjoy seeing and reading more commentary and would love to hear others experiences as well as receive thoughtful hints and tips on whatever subject I might be moved to write about. You may even help me fine-tune my grammar–as long as you play nice doing it! Basically, I long to see this blog become a community of sorts–actually a community of all sorts–all sorts of people, lives, experience, and knowledge.

Looking forward to future conversations and growth! Peace!

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Five Miles

Five miles really isn’t anything. A very finite and relatively short number of steps and breaths. A tiny percentage of one’s life. Pick your feet up, put your feet down. Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat until you are done. And you are done almost before you know it.

Doesn’t that sound easy? To someone fairly fit or who trains consistently, it generally is. To a person that isn’t particularly fit–or that is positively unfit–the experience can be everything but easy.

I ran five miles today. In a race. With a number pinned on my chest. I am not terribly unfit but my training has been very inconsistent this year so I am not especially fit either. I was looking forward to the race, but also dreading it a bit. I haven’t fit five full miles together all year. Until today.

You need to know this for only one reason–that if I can do it, you likely can as well. Yes, there are people with real health issues that preclude them from running at all. I’m not suggesting that anyone who has a serious health risk just lace up and try to put in five miles. But most people don’t have serious health risks. Yet. Most people can run or walk or bike or whatever. They just don’t. They have other priorities. Trust me, I have been there. Motivation is a constant struggle. But the science is pretty clear on this one. While there are no guarantees and sometimes exceptions, the fact is active people tend to live not only longer, but better. By better I mean they enjoy their lives more. They feel better physically and emotionally. In the long run, it is a far greater risk to not move one’s body than to move it.

Five miles really isn’t anything. But for you (or me) it might mean everything. It might mean the difference between an old age spent with serious chronic disease or an old age without. I might mean the difference between actually living into a happy old age or not living at all. It might mean the difference between enjoying the other things one enjoys for years to come or having that enjoyment cut short. Five miles isn’t anything, but it could change everything.

So why not carve out some time this week and find your five miles? Maybe it starts with one mile. Maybe it’s just walking. Maybe it’s in a canoe or on a bike. Your five miles can be on whatever you want it to be. Running isn’t for everyone. You don’t have to be like anyone else. Just move. It will improve your life. It will give you confidence and relieve stress and give you better health. And chances are you’ll meet some fantastic people and enjoy some real fun along the way. You’ll have stories to tell about yourself rather than stories about others to watch on the television. You’ll come to find that moving doesn’t just improve living–it is living. I mean, on a primal level isn’t that what separates the living and the dead? The living wiggle while the dead can’t. Yet so many of the living squander this basic gift of life–the ability to move. To get out and live life.

My last post I encouraged folks to run for Boston. I still think that’s a good reason to get out and move. But if you do that, I hope you get the pleasant surprise of finding out that really, you are running for yourself. We can honor and remember and inspire others, but the only life we get to live is our own. So live. Actively. Actually. Five miles. Do it.

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Run For Boston.


Run tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.

Run for love and life and passion. I don’t care if you hate running and think it is the stupidest thing on planet earth. Just run. Because you are alive.

Then, run a race. You can walk 5K. Do it because you can. Find a race near you in the next week or three and pin on that number and run. 

Tell others you are running. Ask them to join. Run for health and better living. Run because right now there is someone who wants to but literally cannot. Run to feel better physically and mentally.

Run to show the violent that there not enough bombs in the world to stop you. Run to remember those killed today, and to show those injured that you will not forget them. Run to show the bombers that they will never win. Ever.

Run for Boston.


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