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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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tony and Frank Have a TV Show

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."– Pythagoras
Tony and Frank

Hi  everybody , I’m going to share with you my philosophy of living that is represented in my book “It Has Nothing To Do With Age .” the following is taken from chapter 1.
I believe the individuals in this book, all ranging in age from 65 to 85, are interesting, inspiring, compassionate, driven, and disciplined people. Yes, they have accomplished incredible feats in their senior years, but they are also mortals faced with typical challenges we all confront in life-financial woes, family issues, divorce, health problems, and even death. As life deals out these cards, sometimes it’s those challenges that cause people to push themselves, ultimately escalating to ultra sports.
As I’ve experienced from writing this book, I hope we’ll also identify and draw strength from these inspirational stories. I encourage you to use the information to your advantage and let these role models assist you in establishing a roadmap for developing meaning and passion in your life. It’s never too late to begin.
Just because we age does not mean we have to retire or stop living productively. We can also evolve and become active outdoor participants in meaningful and healthy events. Noted attorney Eugene D’ Ablemont,age 70, was forced to retire from his New York law firm even though he was a partner there for four decades, and definitely didn’t want to retire. Essentially our society forced him to step down, pushing aside the facts that he was still productive, successful, and engaged in and committed to his profession. Our society views aging in terms of numbers rather than ability. The question remains, who should make the decisions? In my opinion, we need to challenge the notion of how this arbitrary, stand-alone number is the basis for retirement.
More from chapter 1 to follow:
Tony,Chris Turney and I ran yesterday. We discussed our new venture which consists of being co-hosts on Auburn Community Television. Our talk program might be called the Frank and Tony show or something else. Send suggestions. Our first program will be taped on June 6, 2013 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. We will make the program available on our webpage, blog page, YouTube etc. for your viewing. Our first scheduled guest is Mike Keller. Mike is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the A 11 Professional Football League.
Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling and deep breathing.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day and the Potential Hazzards of Running - Part 2

"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again."– Flavia Weedn

There is a lot of research that associates aerobic exercise with improved blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels and cardiac health as well as many other benefits. Currently, there are concerns that aerobic exercise, in serial marathoners, may be associated with increased vulnerability to atrial fibrillation and coronary artery plaque. This means that there is an association, some anecdotal findings, between some endurance athletes and aortic roots. In another study of 2,377 runners and walkers who had survived heart attacks, after  10 years, 526 of them died with 71 ½% of them from cardiovascular disease. It was concluded that the more these people ran or walked after a heart attack the less likely they were to die of heart disease unless they exceeded 7.1 km of running or 10.7 kilometers of walking daily. The study concluded that excessive exercise significantly increases mortality.
I am unable to evaluate, the credibility of, these studies without going to the original source. These studies may be significant and over time we shall see.
Both Tony and I have not had heart attacks but we both generally exceed 7.1 or 10.7 km daily of aerobic exercise. We will see how long Tony continues with aerobic exercise. His mother lived to 96 years of age. She did not eat cheeseburgers nor did she work out. My mother lived to age 93 years of age and she did not eat cheeseburgers nor did she work out either.
I experienced a condition of atrial tribulation after one of my Tevis Cup rides and was placed on medication for a few years. As I wanted to compete in the Swanton Pacific 100 Mile Ride and Tie, I was concerned about the medication that regulated my heart rate or my pulse during that grueling event. I consulted with my cardiologist Dr. Fisher, a marathoner ,and he suggested during my trail runs, that I stop  and check my heart rate  monitor to see how quickly  my pulse would drop .  I did this procedure numerous times (pulse rate dropped quickly) and we agreed for me to slowly withdraw from the medication. So when I, at age 68, competed with Jonathan Jordan and my Arabian mare Gypsy, I was no longer on medication. Incidentally, we won that race. Not only that, three weeks later Gypsy, my ride and tie partner Joshua  Steffen and I  won the Cool Ride and Tie as well. 
Last Sunday, Tony and I ran from Forest Hill to White Oak Flat on the Western States training run a distance of about 19 miles. On Tuesday, we ran, at a good clip, a short 6 mile loop.  In other words, I’m still going to run on the trail regardless of that Wall Street Journal article. So when I leave this earth, please do an autopsy to evaluate my aortic components.
See ya al on the trail. Remember to keep moving.laughing, smiling and deep breathing. It’s good for you.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day and the Potential Hazards of Running

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."– Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Yesterday, Tony and I participated in the Western States 100 training run. The last 3 mile climb from Rucky Chucky to White Oak Flat doesn’t seem to get easier. But, on the way, I met the new Western States aid station manager at mile 84 which is near my home. That’s a good thing.
Happy Memorial Day, unfortunately, too many who served in the military have been injured or have died. Some wars can be justified ,more specifically World War II ,while others like the Iraqi, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars  were questionable to say the least. Tony went to Vietnam and came back in one piece. However, he tells one story where he was covered in gasoline while gassing up a plane. Luckily, no one lit a match so he came out rare and not well done. On another story, he made some adjustments to this plane and the pilot made him accompany him on his mission. Thankfully, Tony’s adjustment worked for both him and the pilot.
Tony survived Vietnam, motocross racing, ride and tie, endurance riding with 10 Tevis Cup completions. And just the other day, he sent me an article that suggests endurance running might damage one’s health. Do you think that endurance running is going to contribute to his death?
On May 24, 2013, the Wall Street Journal had an article titled “The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger? According to the article, the once believed benefits of aerobic exercise are challenged. I must start with a stupid comment by running coach Mark Sullivan “there are guys who live to be 100 smoking cigarettes and eating cheeseburgers.” Where does this running coach get his data?
To be continued

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lew Hollander,Western States Endurance Run and Happiness

"Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is."– Aleksei Peshkov

 I’d like to share some of my thoughts about running, in the mountains, 100 miles in one day. First, allow me to present a brief description of the setting. This race begins at Squaw Valley, California the site of the Winter Olympics in 1960. The elevation at Squaw Valley is some 6,200 feet above sea level. From there, there is about 18,000 vertical feet of climb and about 23,000 vertical feet of descent. The race ends at Auburn, California some 96 feet above sea level.
As far as weather conditions, there is generally snow, during the early part of the race, and then temperatures reaching triple digits in the canyons. This means that you may start out with the light jacket or long sleeve shirt and then shedding to a short sleeve shirt applying a lot of sun block, a hat to protect yourself from the sun and so forth. Some runners have encountered bears, cougars and rattlesnakes. Fortunately, for me, I am pleased to say, I encountered none of those critters.
Lew Hollander in Chapter 10 of “It Has Nothing To Do With Age “tells this story when he competed in this race in 1984. During one part of the run, he became hungry between aid stations. Like other runners, he reached into his shorts or fanny pack for something to eat. He found his sandwich. however when he looked at it for some reason it was soggy and dirty from all the sweat and grime. He said “it looked horrible, unfit to eat.” What is often the case during this run is that runners do not always use their best judgment. We jokingly refer to this as oxygen deprivation. So Lew did not use good judgment and this scientist did the unscientific thing of simply throwing his sandwich away. Of course, after running a short distance he had second thoughts and criticized his rash decision.
For those of you that know Lew, he has lived a very charmed life. And that was the case in 1984 for him because within the next hundred yards or so, unbelievably there on the ground, he found a clean wrapped sandwich.  I forgot to ask him what kind of sandwich? In essence, Lew satisfied his hunger and completed the race.
For me, there were many highlights ranging from the difficulty of the day and night to the satisfaction and relief of completion. At about 98 miles or so my pacer Jerome Beauchamp and I reached Robie Point. To my surprise, and I do mean amazement, I found a group waiting for me. I didn’t ask them how long they’d been waiting, but I was happy to see them. In the crowd were my sister Beverly, a former girlfriend, Tony and Debbie Brickel and Bob Edwards. That was so neat that I’ll never forget it as long as I don’t have dementia. I probably haven’t told them enough how much I appreciated them being there for me. It’s good to have friends and family during these significant events.
Robie Point
Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling and deep breathing.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013 Western States Endurance Run

"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality."– Iris Murdoch

On Memorial Day weekend, the Western States 100 is having its annual training run. The first day, Saturday, the run begins at Robinson Flat and ends in Forest Hill a distance of about 32 miles. On Sunday, the training run begins at Forest Hill and ends At White Oak Flat for a distance of about 19 miles. On Monday, the training run begins at Green Gate and ends in Auburn for a distance of about 20 miles.
On Sunday evening, there’s a movie,”Desperate Dreams “and discussion by Jim King and Jim Howard with Tim Twietmeyer being the moderator. All three of these men are world-class runners and winners of this prestigious event. Jim Howard, I first met, competing in ride and tie. Tim Twietmeyer was gracious enough to write a marvelous review of my book “It Has Nothing To Do With age.” if interested, in attending, I suggest you Google Western States 100 training runs.
  • What: 1983 WS Desperate Dreams screening, followed by a discussion with Jim Howard and Jim King, facilitated by Andy Jones-Wilkins.
  • When: Sunday May 26, 2013, 6-9pm
  • Where: Canyon View Community Center, 471 Maidu Dr, Auburn, CA
  • Cost: Free
  • Food: Firetrail Pizza will be on site selling pizzas.
This weekend brings back memories of my introduction to Western States and the Memorial Day training runs. I remember qualifying in November of 2001 when I completed the Helen Klein 50 mile trail run under 10 hours. Incidentally this was my first 50 mile run. I started out that day with my training partner the young Linda Raposelli, and my younger friend Jerome Beauchamp. Linda being younger than me, had to complete the run in 9 ½ hours. We both qualified and entered the drawing for Western states for 2002. Later that month, we were both selected in the lottery.
My mother passed away in late September of 2001 and I broke up with my girlfriend in that month as well. The training for the run with my running partner Linda helped me with my grief and losses. Having a major goal that required a tremendous amount of effort and discipline also facilitated in dealing and coping with my emotional pain. Those 6 to 8 months of training turned out to be very enjoyable in spite of my losses and emotional state.  Linda and I got close, told a lot of stories, talked about relationships, losses, laughed and smiled a lot.  I learned what is said on the trail stays on the trail. I will never forget that important time in my life.
Linda and I ran the trails most days during the week and entered a few trail runs together. We did John Medingers 50 mile trail run in January, The Way to Cool 50 K. in March and the American River 50 mile trail run in April.
Linda and I also did the three-day Western States trail run in May. On the first day of the training run, her husband, at the time a Tevis Cup enthusiast, Michael suffered a horse accident shattering his leg. I remember visiting him in the hospital later that evening. His leg recovered but their marriage did not.
Last night, in honor of Penny’s triumph, after dinner we all went to Tony and Debbie’s home for brownies, ice cream, blue berries, cake, nuts, whip cream, chocolate topping,  and cherries. If I missed anything, Tony will add it.
Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling and belly breathing.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Amgen,Bay to Breakers,Double Century, and Juvenile Diabetes

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."– Booker T. Washington

On May 18, Tony and I entered the 10 mile trail run at the Cronin Ranch benefiting Juvenile Diabetes. Debbie entered the 10 K. and Michelle entered the 5K. I’m happy to say that Tony, Debbie and I are now wearing gold medals along with each receiving a bottle of wine. Tony was a little disappointed since he was about a minute off of his finishing targeting time.   He even told me that he didn’t stop at any of the 3 aid stations. He’ll just have to run those hills harder so he can accomplish his goal. I didn’t have a finishing time goal at the beginning of the race.I stopped at those aid stations. It wasn’t until the last four or 5 miles, that I started to push. My finishing time was okay. All in all, it was a good day however; I would’ve liked more heat on this run.

 A week from Sunday, Tony and I are running the middle day of the Western States 100 training run.  This   training run starts in Forest Hill and ends at White Oak Flat for a distance of about 20 miles. I expect next week to have much more heat than today.
Tony’s sister Penny started and completed her Double Century bike event in Davis, California Saturday .Congratulations Penny. Also, the Amgen Bike the event also took place in Livermore, California. And on Sunday, the second oldest running event/celebration in the United States took place in San Francisco. The Bay to Breakers is one big party with thousands of people participating. I haven’t run that one yet.Yea, Northern California.       .
An article in the Wall Street Journal on May 15, 2013 stated that low-salt benefits were questioned by the Institute of Medicine. A report from that group said there was insufficient evidence that cutting sodium intake below 2300 mg per day cuts the risk of heart disease. The article also stated that there was no evidence of people who already have heart disease or diabetes should cut their sodium intake even lower.
Well, I have neither heart disease nor diabetes but I make sure that I have enough electrolytes during trail runs. For instance, because of the relatively short distance and the weather conditions on the 18th of May run, my Gatorade electrolyte drink provided me with enough salt. Next week, I will have to add salt tablets to my Gatorade because of the 20 mile distance and  the more than likely hot weather conditions.
For me, I don’t add table salt to any of my foods or eat a lot of processed and packaged foods. As a result, I am not concerned about the recommended US guidelines for sodium intake. However, it depends on running distance, time of day and temperature conditions to determine appropriate sodium intake for me. So determine your own “grain of salt.”
Make sure that you are moving, laughing, smiling and belly breathing. I know I do.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How To Enrich Your Life

"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing."– William Butler Yeats

In my book titled “It Has Nothing To Do With Age “I wrote about a group of people 65 years of age and older who pushed their physical, mental and emotional limits to unfathomable levels. I have gained numerous new learning’s from that project.  From my insights, I prescribed seven prescriptions to combat declining life expectancy as a result of obesity, high blood pressure, stroke related issues etc.  Prescription number three, one of my inner truths, is extremely important for longevity   . Prescription number three reads “Enrich your emotional life by making physical contact, having friends, sharing interests, and learning about others by becoming part of a new group.”

This past week-end demonstrated that point. Approximately a year ago, Linda and I met this young couple and son at our community swimming pool. The Avasarala’s are originally from India. Madhu and Farah are both runners and talented in many ways. Madhu is an ultra runner and Farah is very speedy on the shorter distances (she also plays tennis, swims and bikes). Linda and I have learned a lot about their culture, eating habits, life philosophy and more about Thomas Paine. This past weekend we were introduced to two of their Bay Area couples –friends.
 None of us know how our story ends. Remember life is a journey. And there is no need to control or attempt to predict the end point.  Life is somewhat like going down the fast flowing stream (rafting) using oars and attempting to avoid boulders and other hazards while experiencing pleasure and excitement. Make sure your ratio of success is greater than the ratio of hazards by your choices.  Just remember to use your tools to your advantage and to stay afloat as long as possible.

My new friend Mike Keller is another example of meeting new and interesting people. He is one of the main characters of my second book regarding mental toughness. As I get to know him, I will learn more about his identity and his life space. His life space, for example, includes:  college football, professional football, fly-fishing, horseback riding, motorcycles and the creation of a new spring professional football league. So it is very clear that my life continues to be enriched. And like I said in prescription three,  my lifestyle  choices facilitates  how I’m aging.
On Monday, Linda, her Arabian Nails, and I did about a 5 mile trail ride and run. I recovered from last Saturday’s Quicksilver trail run and therefore want to do more heat training for this coming Saturday’s trail run  for juvenile diabetes at the Cronin Ranch.

On Tuesday, Tony, Linda Nails and I did a 6 mile or so trail run and ride.  Today, Linda, Nails and I  ,this morning, are going to run and ride again. This Saturday Tony and I have entered a 10 mile run for Juvenile diabetes at the Cronin ranch. Join us.
Remember; keep moving, laughing, smiling and deep breathing.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Friendship,Quicksilver,Bo and Woody

Friendship, Quicksilver, Bo and Woody

Thursday, Tony and I did our last the 5 mile or so tapering run/walk. We talked about high school, girls, football, present-day politics, and the media. What is said (a rule)on the trail ,stays on the trail.
Friday, Linda, Tony, Jonathan, Tara, Madhu, Farah and I left for the Quicksilver trail race in San Jose. I was happy to learn that Madhu, at one time worked in the Bay Area, and has entered the Quicksilver 50 mile race numerous times. Unfortunately, Farah is still recovering from an injury and will not participate in the run. Because it is Madhu’s 55th birthday this month, he facilitated and organized our participation. Tonight,  we’re going to meet at Bellagio’s for a pre race dinner.
Ride and Tie competitors Jonathan, Tara, Tony, Linda and I are lodging nearby the race site. If it wasn’t for Tony, I might not have become involved in this special sport nor developed a friendship with him. I first met Tony at  the ride and tie event at Mount Hamilton in 1997. And my first ride and tie event, in 1997, was at Quicksilver.
It might’ve been around 2003 or 2004, when I first met Jonathan. Guess what? I met him at the Quicksilver Ride and Tie. He came all the way from Southern California to participate in the event. I’ve stayed at Tara and Jonathan’s home many times over the years. Jonathan and I  have also partnered up for a number of ride and tie events including the World Championship in 2008 and the Swanton Pacific 100 miler in 2008 (incidentally we won it). Jonathan comes up and runs the Way Too Cool 50 K. with Tony and me.  Incidentally, a few years ago, Tara also came up to run the event as well.

Tara, Jonathan, Tony and I have entered the 25K. So I am looking forward to getting together with friends and especially participating in a trail run race. The four of us, I believe, are in different age groups (40,50,60 and70)for this run unless they stick me in Tony’s.  That has happened before and Tony got a big kick out of that.

Tony, in the 60-99 age groups, broke 3 hours, came in 2nd, got a medal   Saturday and was pleased.
On the way to San Jose, Linda and I met with Mike Keller the All-American from the University of Michigan and former Dallas Cowboys  NFL player. Mike is the man responsible for setting up and implementing the professional Spring Football League which will debut in 2014.
I told Mike that one idea for my book is to interview Wolverines and Buckeyes who played for  coaches Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. If you’re not familiar with those two names, I suggest you Google  them. My idea at this point, is to talk about their “ mental toughness “ on the football field. I’m also interested in exploring how “mental toughness” served  them later in life. Those two coaches battled and   in what were called by the media “the ten year  wars( 1969-1978). ”
Remember my friends, keep moving, laughing, smiling and belly breathing.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mental Toughness, Reason, Friendship and Football

Part 2
Frank on the left
I played football and baseball in my backyard, in front of my home, on vacant lots and at the schoolyard.  I was pretty good and often played with older kids. My main competitor in elementary and junior high school was Tom Smith. He was bigger and better than I was. He went on to receive All State honors, played under Dan Devine at Missouri in a few Orange Bowls, became a principal but unfortunately was killed in an automobile accident.
It wasn’t until high school, that my athletic achievement was noted and rewarded. As a freshman, in high school, I played on the reserve football team. I didn’t play my sophomore year because I was getting into trouble. I did play in my junior year until I broke a heel bone in my right leg (a non-football injury). As a result, I didn’t get to play in the Detroit city league championship. At that time the winner of the public school, my high school Denby played the winner of the parochial school De LaSalle in the Goodfellow   game   at Briggs Stadium (it is now called Tiger Stadium).
Denby high school was a football powerhouse in those days. In my senior year, we were undefeated and gave up two touchdowns during the season. In the first half of every game we were in the lead and I played right guard on offense and middle guard on defense. Coach Rutherford would substitute in the second half and I was moved to left guard on offense and remained at middle guard on defense. We were planning on playing Redford  high school  the public school champions of the west side of Detroit, when our athletic director, Mr.  Rhem discovered that one of our players (who later went on to play at the University of Michigan and become a lawyer) didn’t get an official physical examination. As a result we had to forfeit games in which he played. So are season ended.  That year, 1957, I was voted All City and awarded a football scholarship at the University of Detroit. I love football, the physical contact, the camaraderie, and being a necessary component to make a whole.

 One idea for my   book on mental  toughness is to write about Bo Schembechler ‘s All Americans and to compare them with either coach Duffy Doherty’s  Michigan State University Spartans  All Americans ; or special forces combat veterans; or female ultra runners ; or female triathlon athletes. I am interested in finding out and writing about mental toughness during competitions and after. Suggestions are welcomed.
Yesterday, Tony, Carrie and I did a short 5 mile or so tapering trail run along with dogs Porter and Jade. If I could only bottle the energy of those dogs, running could be so much different. Carrie is dealing with a new relationship and   residence issues. Thank goodness for PEA the neurotransmitter.

Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling and rhythmic breathing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Thomas Paine,Reason,Friendship and Football

Saturday was a day of tapering. So Digger, my wire haired terrier and I hit the trail. This time I ran my favorite, 10 mile or so, trail in a counter clockwise direction.  The only humans I encountered were James Anderson and then Betty Smith on the trail. I made sure to stop at every creek crossing so that my dog would be hydrated. The one advantage of running, with no humans, is that I can think about such things as my next blog posting. Including today’s run; my total for the week was somewhere around 50 miles.
On Sunday, Chris, Tony, Madhu and I ran a short 6 mile (10 k) tapering run. Tony and Madhu raced ahead while Chris and I talked about Gil Brandt, Michael Keller, the Dallas Cowboys and other football stuff. After our run, at my home, we continued talking about Thomas Paine and his contributions to our independence, rational thought and freedom. Madhu suggested, as home work, that we read some of his writings sip some wine and discuss.
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."

One reason that I’m enjoying interviewing Michael Keller is because football is my favorite sport followed by ride and tie and then running. And thinking back to my elementary school years, I remember liking sports both playing and reading about them. I read stories by John R. Tunis (about 64 years ago) that included: All American, The Kid from Tomkinsville, High Pockets, Rookie of the Year, and The Kid Comes Back. But I don’t remember the specific content of these books. However, my impression   is that they’re about individuals who were overcoming something. Overcoming obstacles resonates with me.  And they succeeded and were heroes on top of that.
More to Follow 

Friday, May 3, 2013

My Lucky Day

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results."– Herman Melville

Yesterday, Alpha arrived at my home early in the morning for our trail run. He finished building a ramp for Hope, his border collie, so that she can navigate the stairs. Unfortunately she is not doing too well. He told me that he wanted to run short today because he’s tapering. Short, for Tony, means a run of about 6 miles. I told him that I wanted to run longer today because of my rib injury. This hurt interfered and caused me to miss a few days of running.
So we started out by walking, one of my favorite loops which is roughly, 10 miles. We walked and talked and then I heard a noise. I turned around and here comes Madhu running down the trail with only pepper spray in his hand. No water for him today only peppers spray to ward off the wild animals. Madhu, incidentally, organized the San Jose Quicksilver trail run on the 11 Th of May. Alpha, Jonathan, Tara, and I are running the 25K. Madhu’s wife Farah also planned on running the 25K but withdrew last week because of an injury. Madhu has entered the 50 mile trail run and hopes to complete this tough trail run in about 10 hours. He is celebrating a 50 something birthday this month which is why we are partying with him.
On a side note, I met Tony a.k.a. Secretariat and a.k.a. Alpha at a ride and tie in 1997. At that ride, I was introduced to ride and tie and decided to enter a competition. As a result, my first ride and tie was at Quicksilver in 1997. My last Quicksilver ride and tie competition was in 2008.  A couple of years ago during a ride and tie competition at Quicksilver, Tony and I went up and ran part of the course. So I’m looking forward to returning next week even though I know about the difficulty of the trail and hot weather conditions.
Back to our run and walk. Madhu turned off to another trail while Tony and I continued on our loop. We talked, talked and ran. I was telling Tony this story about interviewing Mike Keller and a conversation about the mental toughness of Jack Youngblood and Jerry Rice.
I told him that Jack Youngblood would likely continue running into a tree to see if he could move it while Jerry Rice would run around the tree. Mike Keller said it was Jack’s job to punish people and Jerry Rice’s job to avoid people. Tony said Jerry Rice was still tough because he had to catch balls thrown toward the middle of field and then he would get hit. We all agreed that Jerry Rice was mentally tough.
 I just stopped running and as I was telling Tony that story, I looked down and saw my black glove that I had lost about three weeks ago. How is that for coincidence? It must be my lucky day. For your information, I run (in the cold) with one black glove and one white glove. I am now matched again.
Franks Glove
At the creek crossing, I told Tony that I was to go further (another 4-5 miles) and he could join me if he liked. He declined and we intend to run again on Sunday. For this last loop, I ran, focused on my breathing since I had no one to talk to. Today, Linda Nails her Arabian and I are going on a 10 mile ride and run. She likes to ride and so it is.
Remember to keep moving, laughing, smiling and rhythmic breathing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Beat the Heat

"It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts."– Oscar Levant

A week from Saturday, on May 11, I am running   a 25 k at Quicksilver in San Jose with youngsters Jonathan, Tara, Alpha. As the weather is changing from hot to hotter, it’s important that we get acclimated to the change in temperature. This means conditioning in and for the heat.  There is no other way of training for running in the heat without prior hot weather training.
Any training or conditioning having to do with the heat means the following: hydration, electrolytes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing. For me, that means taking an extra water bottle and making sure that I have enough Succeed salt tablets in addition to my Gatorade or Cytomax. I also make sure to use sunscreen especially around my nose and ears. If being in the sun for a long time, I’ll wear a hat that looks like I’m in the foreign Legion for my extra sun protection.
Some of the issues or health problems associated with not getting enough liquids, especially for people 65 and older and overheating and could increase the risk of include: 1. underlying diseases such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, and chronic productive pulmonary disease. 2. Trouble walking or moving around. 3. Dementia or other problems with thinking skills. 4. Overweight or obesity. 5. Age-related changes to the skin including reduced function in sweat glands.
According to Blue Shield of California Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2013, avoid drinking cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps .Further, medications may also cause dehydration or affect the ability of the heart, blood vessels or sweat glands to respond to the heat. And stay away from alcoholic beverages because they actually cause you to lose more fluid.
For me, I really notice the change in temperature prior to acclimating to the heat. I remember going up Maine Bar (a trail that Jonathan dreads) and simply having to stop during my uphill climb. When I have to stop and get my breath, I know that I’m not acclimated. Hopefully, I won’t have to stop and get my breath during our Quicksilver trail competition because there is plenty of elevation change. However, during the run I will quickly know whether or not I’ve had enough prior heat training.
Remember, keep moving, laughing, smiling along with rhythmic breathing.