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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, November 1, 2011

Expectation,Stinson Beach,Western States 100, and Triathlons

Yesterday’s famous Amos quote had to do with belief or expectations.  Expectations can be a powerful motivator, depending upon how realistic we are.  Expectations can be influenced by past performance and/or experience.  Successes can lead to increasing our level of aspiration or expectations.  By the same token, failures can lead to lowering one’s level of aspiration or expectations.  The more realistic, we are, the more successes we have can lead to more and more achievement.  As a result successes are very vital in the expectation formula.
Today I took Digger with me on my trail run.  I ran the same course that Randall and I did on Sunday.  This time, Chris did not join me, but I had my wire haired terrier with me.  This run is easily 13+ miles, with plenty of elevation, especially Maine bar at the end. My tapering begins tomorrow for the Stinson beach half marathon.
Randall has a plan for Saturday.  He would like to run from my house and proceed to Rucky Chucky and back.  That distance is about 18 miles.  His wife Diane is going to bring the vehicle to green gate so we will have an aid station.  Since I am tapering, I am not going to run the entire distance. Chris indicated last week that he would join us for Saturday’s run.  Secretariat is scheduled to return home tomorrow and hopefully will join us.  For those of you that do not know, Rucky Chucky is the crossing of the American River for the Western states 100 mile run.   Randall has not been on that part of the trail and is looking forward to that part of the run.
The September 27, 2011, Wall Street Journal had an article about a college athlete track and field runner currently working in an office.  Michael Johnson entered the workforce in 2000 and found it difficult to sit at a desk for eight hours without exercising. In 2003, he found workout partners and began entering 5K, 10k and half marathon races.  He joined the Walt Disney Company in 2006 and last year joined their triathlon team.  After one year of training, Johnson competed in the Nautica Malibu triathlon and finished in one hour and 58 minutes.  Currently .33 years of age Johnson has found a new and better life.
Johnson admitted that he could not gain weight while in college because he was exercising so much.  He claims he now gains weight easily. So, he cut out sugar and cut his carbohydrates in half.  For example, breakfast muffins, bagels, and most bread are eliminated.  He also reduced his juice intake because of all the sugar.   For him, snacks are usually almonds, peanut butter, and apples.  PS, he also works out during his lunch hour.  It is good to read about people finding direction, goals and increasing their expectations.  He wants to be a terrific triathlon participant.   Good luck Johnson.


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