August 5, 2018
I am nearly two months into a renewed attempt to return to running. It is a 3-day per week attempt in which I am exercising more caution than anything else. My Achilles’ tendon seems to be the ultimate determinant in my success or failure. I have learned to respect and surrender to it.
So the summation of it is that I coach myself through every run by saying, “I’ll do what I can, gratefully.” My course is a 3.4 km. coastal boardwalk here on Grand Manan Island. It is an out and back route that keeps me off road and in an absolutely beautiful environment. I rarely meet another person or runner.
My plan is to not alter my distance for st least three months, perhaps longer. Since beginning I have taken 2 minutes off my time consistently and 4 minutes at a best attempt. My first goal will be to reach a consistent time of 25 minutes for the run. Hopefully this will see me well into the re-establishment of a routine and a safer place with the AT.
It would escape most people as to why I have not been able to put this to rest but running has brought me good friends, sanity in some of the most stressful years of my life and a deeper experience spiritually.
So this is merely a hopeful status update. Most all the 6AM’ers are in their sixties by now and many still running.
If any of you have insight, articles or books on running in your sixth decade, please share them with me.
September 5, 2016
I’ve been away from running for nearly six years but I have never been able to lay the habit to rest. I have had bouts of enthusiasm when I nearly resumed my routine but they passed without incident.
In mid July I bought an app that provided voice coaching, a 3-day/wk. schedule and humbled myself to jump in as a beginner. Nearly seven week later, I am feeling progress and not about to quit.
One of the main reasons that I wanted to return to running was the sanity factor. I have never been healthier mentally than I was when this was an entrenched part of my daily routine. I feel this again and it is my primary motivation.
The early island mornings are incredible, the sound of the surf, so far eclipsed by my labored breathing, the solitude and unspoken prayers, the hope that I may reclaim something that I should never have set aside … these are wonderful things.
I miss my running buddies.
I found another walker friend who is an incredible person.
So this is just a status update for any interested persons. My mind goes to many severely disadvantaged people who face formidable odds to accomplish the impossible. My quest is nothing by comparison.
April 14, 2012
It’s been just shy of a year since I last ran. This morning I logged one day in a row in what might be a last-ditch attempt to run again.
My litany of excuses is exhaustive … chronic injury … atrial fibrillation … painful life transition … and I could go on. I have nowhere near the right to complain that some do. And those whose obstacles dwarf my excuses still press on. I think that this is what I admire most and what has been the predominant learning over 31 years of running … no matter what, you keep on going toward the finish line.
My soul cries for the regularity of this experience even more than my body. There is a life-framing that takes place when the mind and heart rule the body. When the body is master, life becomes a sluggish bi-product to self-destructive behaviors, whims, addictions. The pursuit of pleasure is one that turns sour in the end and brings regret as the birthdays stack up.
I am by heart and passion a follower of Christ. I don’t do it well and I am at peace with my imperfection in all areas of life. Calling myself a runner does not imply that I am an elite athlete and calling myself a Christian does not imply that I am without blemish or inconsistency. You don’t have to be an elite anything to be passionate about life. The “least of runners” can enjoy the sport as much as the “chief of runners”. So, for me, the least of Christ-followers, I enjoy the process of putting one foot ahead of the other and trying to keep Him in sight.
Inside of my heart, today, there is the flicker of hope that showing up and doing whatever I can that brings me to my limits … pushing the wall farther and farther from the starting line … this ultimately benefits me in many ways. It makes me see life differently. It changes my perspective on relationships. I learn to breathe deeply rather than the shallow stressed breaths that a non-intentional life serves us.
So for any others who have one day in a row under your belts … way to go! Let’s try it again tomorrow.
February 8, 2012
Cancer patients often undergo a slew of emotional and physical changes. Lack of physical activity and social life can make treatment and recovery difficult. This is why it is important that cancer patients exercise to improve mental and physical health. Regular exercise can improve quality of life by creating an outlet for stress and anxiety while at the same time, keeping patients in tip-top shape. Emotional difficulty surrounding cancer diagnosis and treatment is common. Mood swings and depression tend to create a lack of interest in physical activity. By pushing through these feelings and simply going for a walk, cancer patients can heighten mood and battle chronic depression by raising serotonin levels within the brain. Serotonin is known as the “feel good” hormone that stimulates feelings of happiness, satisfaction and excitement. Physical activity teamed with sunlight increase serotonin production, instantly transforming anger, sadness and anxiety into a sense of well-being. This is helpful for people with all types of cancers including breast, liver and rare forms like mesothelioma.
The physical benefits to exercise can increase cancer treatment effectiveness. When patients undergo radiation therapy or chemotherapy, nausea, fatigue and decreased circulation are common. Exercise counteracts these effects by increasing the heart rate thus causing circulation to increase and energy levels to be restored. The digestive system also kicks into gear, and helps reduce feelings of nausea and dizziness. Muscles and bones are strengthened by lifting light weights or using resistance bands, allowing patients to carry on daily routines and remain active despite a cancer diagnosis. This leads to greater independence and the chance to socialize more often, outside of the home. With these added benefits, patients are also less likely to gain weight or suffer from weak muscle function.
The American Council on Exercise recommends that cancer patients aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week. To stay motivated, patients can make exercise a family affair or friendly get-together. Exercising with a small group or simply one partner, keeps both individuals focused on the task at hand. The key to effective exercise programs is to just have fun. Activities that many patients enjoy can immediately spice up any exercise routine. Dancing, playing with children in the yard or a nature walk are all ideal ways to fit in physical activity and make it interesting.
Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.
*Liz recently contacted me with this great submission. Thanks for sharing these great thoughts Liz … keep up the good work. – KI (aka – Pumba)
August 22, 2011
No more holdin’ or foldin’ – the Dealer is back! Mr. Fenerty made his long-awaited return,after a serious bout with foot-problems, with much fan-fare and a great run. Welcome back Shawn!
July 18, 2011
Sunday July 24th at 6PM – and Hector’s House. Bring your appetites and meat 🙂
If you think you can come – please post a comment below…