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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Grete Weitz,Geoffrey Mutai & Adventure Sports

Just yesterday, runners young and old near and far are celebrating young Geoffrey Mutai’s performance at the Boston Marathon. Remember, his record time is 2:03:02 which is about a 13 mile-per-hour pace. I continue to be impressed. I don’t know what it is like to be able to run 13 mph but I do know what it is like to run 26.1 miles. Wow!
And today, I learned that Grete Weitz the Norwegian born world record holder at 3000 m died at age 57. You might remember that her first marathon was in New York City. She was supposed to be the rabbit or pacer. However, as it turned out she was not only the rabbit, she won the event and set a women’s world record for the marathon. Grete won the women’s marathon in New York City eight times. Wow! Cancer ,unfortunately won her final event. She is gone but her name and records remain. One moral of the story is to do it and not to wait for tomorrow.
Tony and I did our last tapering run before leaving for Malibu for my 50 K. and his 20 K. During our run today we talked about Mutai’s and his ability. We decided that even if we go to Kenya to train, we are unlikely to set the record for 26 plus miles. Oh well, just have to be satisfied with who I am and what I’m able to do at this point in my life. This does not mean that I don’t have to eat better and train more efficiently. I would like to continue to improve what I do. This means more hard work ahead. There are no shortcuts or magic substances. More about that subject –hormones and steroid treatment tomorrow.
I’m thinking that cross training might be a variable to consider. This is where being a kayaker comes in to play. This sport might provide another way to work on upper body and cardio along with a new sporting activity. Maybe, kayak racing is a direction to follow? Or, how about creating a biathlon that includes running and kayaking?  The event could it be advertised in California’s Adventure Sports Journal. As Tony is leaving, he mentions putting on events at Folsom Lake. The location is great because alongside are running trails.  I do not want to make a prediction at this point. Just want to tell you what’s on my mind


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