Subscribe to It Has Nothing to Do with Age by Email Follow Tusk95664 on Twitter It Has Nothing to Do with Age
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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

 “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

James Bryant Conant

Chuck Mather, United States  Marine, Western States silver buckle holder, Tevis Cup top ten buckle holder entertained Tony and I on our “ it Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender ”  television show. Chuck talked about his mental toughness as it relates to his competitiveness. He tied mental toughness and  his competitiveness curse  to the quote by James Bryant Conant “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” Chuck knows and does stick his neck out.

Check has been running for years and told the story of  how he got introduced in 1978 to the historic Western States run. And ,while running, it seems that he runs with his head down looking for special treasures. He is  a finder of things.  According to Chuck, he has found over $62, over the years, on the trail. Not only that, he has found a Merkin and a dildo along the way. Of course, this collector brings these items home to his wife. And, he presented me with a recent finding-a square nail. What was the symbolism?

Chuck also talked about the worst day of his life that occurred after running with Tom Christofk and Tony . Check out the interview and join us in laughter.   One other story that Chuck told, was about his first horse and riding backwards because this gelding didn’t like taking him forward. His persistence in dealing with his  horse  also provides insight into his character.

Chuck also as another side. While running the Western States in 2002, Chuck, my pacer, was a tremendous help to me. We were at the Rucky Chucky aid station some 78 miles into the run. Because my quads were shot, Chuck, grabbed me by the back of my shirt and pushed me up onto the scale so I could be weighed. That was cool. Ironically, Chuck ,has a current quad injury that interferes with long distance running, especially going downhill. I hope that quad issue gets resolved so that Chuck can join Tony and I on trails. Who knows what we will find?

On a  previous blog, I wrote that Tony was doing speed work. I received an email from Chuck that said “Tony, doing speed work is like a snail going backwards.” That response by Chuck reveals his sense of humor. All in all, to know Chuck is a real treasure of a find. Thank you  Chuck for appearing on our show. As we know, humor and laughter are good for us, so keep it up.

Yesterday’s trail run, about 14 or so miles, took place at the Cronin ranch. Chris Turney , Tony and I were joined by Madhu  Avasarala. Madhu and his wife Farah  recently came back from their trip. As it turned out, Madhu and Tony ran ahead of us. Although not smoky , it was hot and humid. I thought it was a tough run, but that’s one of the reasons  to  do  it.

Enjoy your Labor Day and remember to move, laugh, smile, and deep breathing.


Post a Comment