It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over…

For-BlogIt’s over.

On October 26, I successfully racewalked the 39th Marine Corps Marathon.  Actually, in my own terms, much more than successfully.  On race day, I was certain that I could meet the pace requirement for the first twenty miles1, but just barely.  To my astonishment, I completed that distance twenty minutes faster than I ever expected. Overall, I finished the race in a very respectable time, and I had lots of energy and no significant pain or injury at the end. To say that I am proud of my  achievement would be an understatement, not just because I had such a good race, but because I met all my goals.2

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Does This Make Me Look Fat?

fat cartoon-bear-see-sawHow many times do you suppose this question gets asked every single day? For me, it wasn’t only an issue of vanity, that is, whether or not I appeared ironically out of shape in my technical gear, or just looked older because of a protruding belly and rounder face.

For years, doctors and nutritionists had urged me to lose twenty pounds for all the well-ed health reasons. So, because it sounded like a good idea, without any genuine enthusiasm I would follow  their suggested meal plans for a while.  Then I’d stop because I felt fine, my clothes fit me well enough, and my extra fat kept me warm in the winter. Like most people who perceive no immediate danger, I regularly opted for second helpings and dessert instead of responding concretely to the abstract, eventual threat to my well-being.

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We Choose To Go To The Moon…

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“… not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills … (President John F. Kennedy, 1962, Rice University) As a physical therapist and Feldenkrais® movement … Continue reading