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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.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Eight (8) Principles for Finding the Fountain of Youth - Part 16

"The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world."– Bertie Charles Forbes
Today is a sad day, as I just learned about the passing of Secretariat’s mother at age 96.  My heartfelt condolences go to the Brickel family- sister Penny and brother Jim.  Unfortunately, I never met Mrs.  Brickel but I heard a lot about her.  It is no wonder that Secretariat has a fun loving, no nonsense, and a giving- personality.  He certainly takes after his mother who had those qualities as well.  She certainly enriched the lives of her kids, as her kids enrich the lives of others. The world has just lost a remarkable  spunky woman.

From Secretariat: Thank you for the kind words Frank. I added a picture and the rules she lived by.
Continued- The Eight (8) Principles  for Finding the Fountain of Youth

Periodically, I thought about how many miles I had completed, how many miles yet to go, and calculated my running pace. I also thought about the next aid station and the various things that I had to accomplish and take care of such as having water bottles filled, taking electrolyte tablets, applying sun screen and making sure I am eating.

 Positive self talk, which is our Psychological concept# 6 and * affirmations which is our Psychological concept # 7 both importantly came into play (I can). Keeping positive in thinking was necessary. Negative thinking or doubts affects running performance. It is very important to monitor, challenge and confront any irrational ideas. Yes, negatives do enter. I did not want to sabotage my ability to complete this monumental undertaking. The body communicates with the mind and the mind communicates with the body, which affect performance. Keeping mentally tough or having strong or not having strong willpower muscles is a key for success or failure.

It was now daylight, everyone was friendly, helpful and I am feeling good at this point. After leaving Chuck’s aid station, I proceeded and eventually reached Robinson Flat, the first major aid station, and met my crew- sister Beverly and my girlfriend for the first time at a distance completed of 24.6 miles. I was looking forward and thought about seeing them, and that was great motivator for me. I just completed approximately one marathon and now only had three more to go.

To be Continued :


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