Mixing pleasure with business

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With almost 2 hours to kill in between medical appointments last week over at UCSF, I decided to put that otherwise wasted time to good use and do something Ive always wanted to…. I racewalked the Kezar stadium! That’s right…. I racewalked 5.5 miles around the track, and I did it while wearing jeans and […]

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Boston training… off to a rough start

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I knew that jumping into a marathon training regime on the heals of a methadone detox wasn’t gonna be easy, and boy was I right. These first few weeks have been really tough and I haven’t even gotten into the longer distances yet. It’s bad enough that Ive had to shorten my training schedule to […]

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Farewell Jim

I just want to take a few moments to honor the life of a good, kind person. His name is Jim Cady. The husband, father and best friend of one of my racewalking buddies, Vickie. Jim was a very kind, soft spoken, but courageous person. An avid skier, Jim wasn’t a racewalker himself, but he […]

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I still have it !

Whatever IT is, I must still have it, because today I walked 10 miles. And I couldn’t be happier about IT! I think this tune kinda captures the mood for the day. I’m Alive (by ELO) Now, I’m not going to say it was easy, cuz it wasn’t. In fact, it was one of the […]

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Seasons Greetings from the City by the Bay

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Night walking

This past weekend Douglas and I decided that rather than stay home and watch the same old crap on Sunday night television, we would start a new hobby by picking a new an interesting location somewhere the city once a month, and then explore it on foot…at night! On this particular evening we chose upper […]

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A good weekend

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Had a great weekend, one of the best actually, in quite some time. On Saturday I was breathing so well, that I was able to go a full 12 hours without having to take a neb treatment. I did use my inhaler a couple times, but overall, I think it was the best breathing day […]

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GOOD LUCK SAN FRANCISCO MARATHONERS!

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Change of plans

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Last Saturday I did my first post-hospital semi long training walk for the new racing season, but it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. I was pretty much breathless the entire distance and had to terminate the walk at mile 7 instead of mile 8 as planned. Since […]

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It aint all bad

Despite all the difficult times, I’m very lucky to call this place my home. Close enough to the city center , so we never get bored, but far enough away so we can enjoy the quiet. My great great grandfather was one of the first pioneers here, arriving in San Francisco from Ireland in 1848. […]

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13 miles…. but at what price ?

OK, I’m starting to get a little frustrated. Ive been doing everything by the book in training for the upcoming marathon in March, but it seems that my body has other plans. It was an absolutely gorgeous Saturday morning and a perfect day for walking in San Francisco, but once again, a couple hours after […]

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Marathon training starts now

With my health kinda all over the place and now with the crummy weather , it’s been really tough to set an official start date for the Rome marathon training. Well, on Saturday morning in between storms ,I finally took the plunge and completed my first semi long slow distance training walk of the season. […]

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A special day on the Bay

(Dan, Millicent, and yours truly at Aquatic Park) Usually , I do my City walks alone, but yesterday was special because I got the opportunity to walk with two very very cool people. PLUS…I was back in the green! Fellow blogger and racewalking enthusiast Daniel Fort , who came all the way up from the […]

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