Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings

The time on the clock when the first bomb went off was sometime after 4:09.  The timing of this would place the bombings two hours after the front runners would have completed.  It looked like Team Hoyt was finishing on the other side of the street right as the bomb went off.  The stands would be filled with people supporting the common runners, many of whom would be running to support charities and non-profits.  Running the marathon in 2006 and 2007 I was struck with the community wide support of this marathon with the streets lined with locals who make this point to point marathon so very special. 

It is beyond sad, to realize someone timed these bombs to go off at this moment.  My heart goes out to the obvious persons, the victims directly affected, but also to the  middle and back of the pack runners whom had trained for years, raised thousands of dollars for charities, and who were just really good hearted people trying to make a difference in people's lives.

I called my cousin Toni who had hosted me in 2006 and 2007, and was relieved to hear her voice.   Our good friends Jana and Dennis Spencer had just left the area ten minutes earlier and are safe.  Our superintendent's son was down the street from the finish line supporting a friend who had just finished.  My thoughts and prayers are for everyone, and especially those whose were harmed.

My heart goes out to the runners who are now trying to connect with their loved ones.  It is chaotic at the finish when everything is perfect.  Now, runners are stretched out for many miles along the route, trying to connect with their rides and loved ones. 

The Boston Athletic Association gives so much of their time and effort it is unfathomable, how they feel at this moment.

This is a hard one to be merciful on towards the perpetrators. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Any exercise is going to bring some minor pain.  It is when it becomes a major pain that a counselor/physician/expert should be consulted.  After a six mile run, a recurring lower abdomen pain brought back memories of a swollen lymph node that was cancerous.  Choice was to keep this in the imagination/self diagnosis realm, or make a doctor appointment and get some other eyes on the pain.

Moving it out of the darkness of my own mind and into the light of a trained physician was the way to go.  It was hard to diagnose even for my physician.  It looked very much like a swollen lymph node and/or a hernia.   

It was neither.  It was a lower abdomen muscle strain.

When we think we know what is wrong with us, we could be very wrong. 

What pain are you facing that you need to let a trained physician/counselor/expert take a look at?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Heat happens

Managing heat is uniquely you.  One runner is too hot, while another has barely broken a sweat. 

What heats you up in running and/or life? 

Knowing this unique thing about you, will help you manage the heat when it comes.  

What cools you off once you do get hot?

Preparing for the heat of a run or a moment can help you avoid catastrophe.