When I was in 2nd grade, one of the most popular shows on TV was Batman. Bruce Wayne, billionaire by day, and crime fighting superhero by night, ran crooks out of Gotham City with his sidekick Robin.
They were so popular, their names were added to the lyrics of Jingle Bells!
Nowadays it's not as popular for men to play dress up and and hang out with young men, but in my day, it was perfectly acceptable.
Robin had a pretty extensive vocabulary, but he was sort of religious. All of his expressions were proceeded with "holy." For example, "Holy Hoodwink" was the expression he used when the crooks tricked them. HERE is a site with the audio for just about every holy expression that was used in the original series (as far as I know). They have been collected by someone who can't spell, but I didn't notice.
It got me to thinking, Robin may have been a runner or health and fitness nerd like me? These are some of his actual lines.
Holy Almost (missing a PR by seconds)
Holy Apparition (speaking of someone who looks like Hal Higdon)
Holy Backfire (speaking of fartleks)
Holy Ball And Chain (DOMS)
Holy Blank Cartridge (when your water bottle is empty)
Holy Cinderella (speaking of the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon)
Holy Clockwork (when you had a good race time)
Holy Costume Party (speaking of the Halloween 10K)
Holy Flight Plan (when your race buddy beats you))
Holy Fork In The Road (when you see a sleeping race marshal)
Holy Fruit Salad (post race bananas)
Holy Heart Failure (speaking of me)
Holy Heartbreak (reference to big hill at the end of the Boston Marathon)
Holy Hole In A Donut (reference to a hole in a donut)
Holy Hoof Beats (speaking of an approaching runner)
Holy Interplanetary Yardstick (there is no good time to say this)
Holy Jelly Molds (post workout legs)
Holy Love Birds (couples crossing the finish line holding hands)
Holy Mashed Potatoes
Holy Nick Of Time (speaking of a race ending in something and :59 seconds)
Holy Nightmare (speaking of lost toenails)
Holy Non Sequiturs (you need to know what a sequitur is to use this)
Holy One Track Bat Computer Mind
Holy Rats In A Trap (people stopping to walk in the middle of a race)
Holy Return From Oblivion (speaking of a marathon finish)
Holy Sarcophagus (running shoes with a small toe box)
Holy Skull Tap (this is just cool)
Holy Slipped Disc
Holy Split Seconds (tenths and hundredths of a second)
Holy Stampede (a race start with thousands of runners)
Holy Ten Toes
Holy Uncanny Photographic Mental Processes (what goes on in my head every day)
What's your favorite?
As always, thanks for reading along!
And the photo is from the BBC website and taken by AP.
Posted on 2013-05-22 by dsjohndrow
Saturday I woke up and went for a 6 mile run. I cut my 12-mile long run short so that I could run a 5K race for cancer on Sunday. It was nice to just run without training; 2 miles of it was on the 5K course.I got back home about 9 and took a shower, because, well, if I don't, it's not pretty.
When I came downstairs a friend of the family had arrived. She brought coffee and muffins to celebrate packing day #5. Moving sucks!
After 3 moves in 10 years, we have stuff that we don't even know where it came from. I think the IRS has targeted us, putting stuff in the house when we are not looking.
After a couple of hours of work, I went and donated a car full of fat clothes at the Salvation Army. Size XXXL and XXL shirts, 36" through 42" waist-ed pants and belts.It felt good, really good!
In my bedroom I was packing some boxes and my chest felt tight. I thought my heart was racing but my pulse was only 62, which is not an unusual pulse rate at all. Once you've had a heart trauma, you don't play around. I went to my office and took my blood pressure, and it was 170/106. For just sitting around the house, it was not a good sign.I drove to the ER which is so close, I easily beat 911.
They took me in and hooked me up to the EKG. It's one of those times when men wish they didn't have chest hair. Actually, except for photos, there is no time we wish we had it. EKG = normal. Hmm... that's reassuring. I remember one time when the EKG put everyone into a frenzy. It was like chimpanzees having a poop fight.
Now that they thought I would live, it was time to check in. The folks working there kept spelling my last name wrong and had no medical records. Finally, they got it right. The triage nurse turned to me and said, "So what do you do for fun when you're not having surgery?""That's me," I said.
I got my own bay and johnny and then I underwent blood tests, x-rays and was hooked up to a heart monitor. My blood pressure was still high, 150/96. They gave me aspirin after which I spoke to 2 doctors and 2 cardiologists. The doctors had lots of questions for me: What have you eaten? What is your pain level? Your pulse seems a little low at 52 bpm, do you run? I got a little excited about that question. When I was fat my resting pulse rate was 72. What's going on in your life? We are moving. The room was silent.
Do you think that might be a reason that you have elevated blood pressure? I thought about it - well duh, yes, or course. All I know is my normal is 126/82. I guess I need to take it easy?
Well, your heart seems normal. It's not A-fib (huge relief!), and your enzymes (the ones that show heart damage) are normal. Let's keep you overnight for observation.Overnight, can I have a different doctor!?!
I spoke to the second cardiologist at length. We talked about my recovery from nearly dead to running a 125 miles per month. We talked about diet, training, weight loss, rest days and faith.
"Even though you are a poster child for turning it around, I am concerned about letting you go home to the chaos of moving." he said.
"I just want to be with my wife tonight," I replied.
"Is that good for you?" he asked.
"She's the best thing that ever happened to me." I said with a smile.
"You are going to take it easy and relax as much as possible?"
"Yes sir, I will."
"As long as your enzymes come back 'normal,' you can go home today.""Thank you, doctor. And one more thing, can I run tomorrow?"
"I don't see why you can't run 2 or 3 miles - but easy. You'll stop immediately if you have any pain, right?"I went home and had dinner with my wife and went to bed early.
When I woke up Sunday, I had a cup of coffee and took my blood pressure. 128/84. Caffeine is good. :) I got dressed for my 5K race and pulled on my Cancer Sucks
T-shirt. I drank some water, ate a mini bagel, put on sun screen, said a prayer for my health, and kissed my family goodbye.
This is my favorite race of the year. I run it in memory of my mother who died in 2001 from pancreatic cancer. (READ MORE HERE
) After I picked up my number and T-shirt, jogged a mile or so to warm up, I stood at the starting line checking my messages with the names of your loved ones. There were so many, and truthfully, it made me cry. Sorry, not very macho.
Then I ran for them. I ran as fast as I could go. And when my body said "give up," I thought to myself, my mother didn't stop having pain for months, I can run 10 more minutes. I passed the dog, the lady with the double stroller, and a guy who said he had run the Boston Marathon the day of the bombing. 7:55 for my first mile, 16:05 at mile two and I was hurting. I pressed on up the hill and onto the flat.The Boston guy and I were neck and neck and I turned it on for the last 400 yards.
Although it wasn't a PR, it was still under 26 minutes. It was 4:04 faster than last year, and my second fastest 5K ever. I think I was slower simply because I was carrying a bigger load.I love you and I miss you, mom.Thanks for all your support, for your votes and comments; it makes the journey a little lighter.
Posted on 2013-05-21 by dsjohndrow
It's probably politically incorrect to have fun house mirrors that make you look fat these days. I mean people are boycotting stores that don't sell fat-sized clothes. The practice of selling certain size
clothing ranges has been going on for a long time. There have been stores that only sell to big and tall men and plus sized woman for decades. Just sayin'. I doubt they have your size at Babies R Us either. I guess because some insensitive CEO mentioned it, now it matters.Your body image is your perception of your body - the same body you feel good or bad about.
You might feel fat and ugly, or you might feel thin and sexy even after your doctor says you are overweight or obese. You might feel buff if you have 6 little abs and not one huge one! You might feel pretty with your 70's perm, or macho in your 60's afro or punk in your pink Mohawk. You might not. The problem is that most of us don't believe the truth about our weight anyway.
We make excuses for our looks, our weight, and we can choose terms that make us feel better about things, which; deep down inside, we don't feel good about.I haven't met anyone purposely losing weight that did not initially connect it to their looks.
Few people who are losing (or need to gain) weight, have a realistic body image. Did you know that woman are smarter than men? That's right, a study
shows they are more perceptive about knowing they are overweight than men. Of course there is no category in the study to say, "I am just fine the way I am." Interesting, there is no right answer even if there is one.
I am done ranting, now I am going to give you my scientifically proven perception scale to calibrate your body image.Starting with your actual weight (you are on the scale every day, how about the one from this morning!):
- Ate a McDonald's burger +5 pounds to your actual weight
- Wore a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt to bed on your honeymoon +15 pounds.
- Just ran 12 miles -7 pounds
- Biggest #2 of the week -3 pounds
- Drank a smoothie and you are still hungry -4 pounds
- Drank a smoothie and you are not hungry +1 pound
- Attempted to try on your wedding dress/tux from years ago. +100 pounds
- You are at a table near old fat people. -15 pounds
- You are in Abercrombie and Fitch - never mind you are boycotting them
- Tried on a bikini and put it back +6 pounds
- Tried on a bikini and kept it -4 pounds
- Pants fell off on the treadmill -9 pounds
- Pants split running on the treadmill +4 pounds
- One notch tighter on your belt -5 pounds
- You can feel a 6-pack in there. -2 pounds
- You drank a 6-pack +5 pounds
- Ate a slice of 5-Layer Chocolate Cake +12 pounds, half slice +6 pounds
- Went to the high school reunion and saw the most popular cheerleader/quarterback and you are thinner than she/he is. -120 poundsThat's what you do in your head, just admit it.
Thanks for the votes and comments!
The book project that I am working on is getting closer to completion. You'll have a chance to support it on Kickstarter pretty soon. Be sure to follow the progress on the web, social media or join the email list. www.marathonproject.com
Thank you for your support!
Posted on 2013-05-14 by dsjohndrow
There are lots of claims out there regarding weight loss methods, diets and health and fitness products. If you skip church or stay up late enough, you can watch hour long infomercials about them! There is not a weight loss method on earth that doesn't require some effort from you!
Now that all the "I thought there was a magic pill" readers have reported me to the moderators for abuse, we can carry on. The truth is this: one study (WebMD
) showed that as much as 15 % of gastric bypass patients do not lose a successful amount of weight; some due to metabolic make up.That sucks!Another study showed
that subjects regained an average of 73.4% of their weight loss during the first three years.The really sucks! That means out of my 1000 friends 734 of you are going to fail.
I have finished 2 years of my journey and allow me to make some observations.- Some of the people
that fail can be found in the cookie aisle.- My friends
who have succeeded in really getting their weight under control are active, very active!
- I don't think any of my friends are really on a cheat meal regimen
. It's more like life that has parties and holidays.
is counting poop as weight loss.
- The ones who disappear
are usually defending their right to eat anything they want as long as it's within their calories for the day.
- The ones that win
seem to understand ditching the junk food, the soda and the oceans of processed food, are part of the lifestyle change.
- Losing weight
is only one part of being fit. It might have gotten you here, but it won't keep you here.
- There are lots of so called "answers"
about what to eat, when to eat,
who to eat,
how much to eat, and dying if you eat less than 1200 calories in a day. What matters most is what works for you. The question is can you sustain this for the rest of your life?
- Reading the label
can save your life. And not just if you are allergic to nuts. You can avoid too much sugar, sodium and other chemicals you can't even pronounce.
- Checking menus
for restaurants BEFORE you go out to eat is what successful people do.
is for runners who like to coast. ;)
- Eating salad
is healthy, but not with high calorie dressing.
- Most canned food
is loaded with sodium and so are frozen diet meals and even some "all natural" foods.
- Not logging
because it's boring, or it seems stupid will usually end you up in the cookie aisle. That's what I see everyday here on MFP. I want to be in the percentage that is successful, and I want you to be there too!
Thanks for the votes and comments.
If you like this blog, be sure to stay connected for the release of my new book, ICU 2 Marathon - Diaries of a Nearly Dead Man!
Posted on 2013-05-07 by dsjohndrow
I keep thinking about doing my best. There is a distant image of perfection of who I could have been in my mind's eye (Which, probably needs to be poked out.) Ah - if I had only chosen this path to fitness long ago. There are so many things I could have been. Well, maybe not a Kenyan, but a lot of things.
When we were a kids, we dreamed of being astronauts, doctors, fireman and cowboys. Later on it was rock musicians and sports greats. In first grade I wanted to be married to the girl next door, but she fell in love with Tomas up the street.
As you are probably well aware, I didn't become any of those things. Well. I did get married, but not to the girl next door. Actually by 4th grade I think she had cooties which made her yucky!
If I had to do it all over again, I would have started running way back then. My friend Tom says that you can achieve the same results in about 2 to 3 years as you would have with a lifetime of running. I don't know.Sunday I did the pastor a favor and skipped church to run a 10K race. He hates when I stand on the pews any way.
It was in the region known as the Worcester Hills, about an hour from Boston. Guess what? They have HILLS there; lots of them. From 30,000 feet it looks like a topless beach in the French Riviera.
As I look back over the last 2 years, I have come a long way in my running performance. My first 5K, the graduation of C25K took me 31:42. My best 5K time was 7 months later and was 25:08. That's 2 minutes per mile faster. About 10 minutes per mile, down to a pace of 8. You can convert to miles or kilometers HERE
. Runners use pace as a standard comparison - well, that and brightly colored shoes.
My 10K times have fallen from 1:05:37 last fall to 59:08 on Sunday. I have only done one half marathon and the next one is going to be under 2 hours! I have another one planned in August, and 2 more in September. Interestingly, my MFP pal, BigMech has been there for both my 5K and 10K PRs. He's like my lucky rabbits foot. Although he's lost 250 pounds (one of me), I can't keep him in my pocket.Maybe my friend Tom is right, in another year I will reach my running destiny and achieve my top speed and performance.
Honestly, I don't really care. I love to run, not for the competition, but for the heart and for the head. In the fall I am shooting for my first marathon. I just want to finish - to say I did it. And then we'll see what I do next.
I have already applied for a spot in the Boston Marathon and I am waiting to hear back. Why? Because finishing, for me, is winning.Thanks for letting me ramble. I appreciate the comments and votes!
Posted on 2013-04-30 by dsjohndrow
I have been a member of the local YMCA for over 2 years. I have worked out a few times a week since we joined. I did skip it while I was in ICU, after 2 surgeries I had, and while I was away on vacation. I like vacation better than surgery.
I learned a lot from being part of a gym and taking some classes.
The real reason I am leaving is not because of anything they did. It's not even because of the people there, many of whom are on the People Of Walmart site; it's just that after being unemployed for 9 months, I need to cut some expenses.
I can run outside, and I have perfected a home workout routine for strength training that I can do on the carpet - right after I shampoo the spots where the dog puked.
I will miss the ability to go run on the treadmill if the weather sucks. And circuit/strength training was really easy with their machines. I admit, I haven't taken a class in awhile, but I loved them because we had fun and encouraged each other. The staff was helpful in showing me proper form, and opened my eyes to the possibilities of various types of workouts.
One of the funniest moments happened in my In It To Lose It class. We had a fellow named Dick in our class, and he would often show up late. One day one of the other students came to class late. The trainer asked the late comer sarcastically: "What are you, pulling a Dick?" I just about dropped my Bosu ball.
Here are a few of my observations about the gym:
- Classes: If there is a class where people do sit ups while facing each other in a circle, one in which they give each other high-5s, I grantee someone will fart, and you will know who it is.
- Planks: A 1 minute plank is no different then being backed over by an SUV.
- Treadmill Use: If you use a treadmill, be sure to get one in the back row. That way if you step off it at 8 MPH, not as many people will see you. The down side is that it also might take someone longer to come to your aid.
- Cell Phones: If you are using you cell phone and taking up space on a machine, you deserve a freakin' slap. If you are yakking it up on the treadmill, someone needs to trip you.
- Skin: Modesty is well, not the motto of everyone there.
- Plastic Surgery: You will see at least one bad Botox job. There was one woman I was going to put back in the fish tank.
- Mirrors: The more muscles you have, the slower you walk by the mirror.
- Couples: Most men don't really want to work out with their spouses.
- Free Weights: Grunting is tolerable in the free-weight section, but screaming like you just had an orgasm is not.
- Attire: I suggest posting a picture of your gym attire on Facebook before actually going to the gym. You might get some constructive feedback.
- Spandex: If you have chub rub and run wearing Spandex, people will think you are lying when your pants catch fire.
Thanks for the votes and comments! (You can do both.)
Posted on 2013-04-25 by dsjohndrow
I have been around for pretty much 2 years. I love MFP - I mean there are some whack-jobs here to be sure - but I love MFP. I remember when I first logged on MFP, I didn't have any friends. I was a heart attack survivor trying to find a new lifestyle.
The community began to grow on me, and I tried to participate. I learned the lingo like "NSV." I felt dumb, I couldn't figure out what the acronym was. I would read: "Great NSV today, my pants fell off." In context I thought it was some kind of orgasm. Turns out it is.
As I spent time getting to know people, some came and went, but a few have really stood by me. By a few, I mean like over 1000. I have met some of you at races and from others, I received heart felt congratulations on my MFP orgasms. Last week when all hell broke lose in Boston, quite a few of you sent me messages and checked to see if I was OK. 210+ people voted for last weeks blog
I found this community receptive to my blogs. And because of that, I started writing a book. When I end up on Dr. Phil, it's your fault.
The book cover is in draft copy, and this weekend I'm running a 10K race in which we'll film some footage for the Kickstarter
video. In the promo there will be pleas for financial help, a couple of facts, a few lies, one off color joke, the use of the word "sex" and then it will be online. I owe that to all the slightly twisted readers I have on here. :)
is growing in popularity, the LIKEs on Facebook
are increasing, and I took a few insults regarding my masculinity for starting a Pinterest
page. Nothing quite like going to a Stella & Dot jewelry party for men; trust me.Even the YouTube videos of me
pole dancing finishing my first 1/2 marathon was viewed 22 times!Here is the preface draft from the book (which has pictures like the one above if you don't like reading too much):
In the two years prior to writing this book, I learned a lot about health, nutrition, faith and fitness. This is not another fad diet, it's not really a weight loss book, it's not a system, and I am not another guru with new and unproven science to seduce you with - it's none of that. I am also not an expert, but if I had the chance, I would play one on TV.
This is the story of a guy who was obese, became very ill and lived to tell the story. Despite what the medical community said, that man decided to make the most of life.
I have often said, "If I had only known." This book represents a lot of hard work sifting through the myths, the mystery, the unbelievable claims, the science and the practical day-to-day habits that make living a fit life possible.
It's a book about me, and I think in reading it, you'll find that it's really a book about you.
From the day I left the Framingham Heart Center in April 2011, I stubbornly desired to be healthy. On some of my morning runs my route passes by the hospital, and in my mind's eye I would see the monitors, tubes, and wires - then I would declare my health and wellbeing. My inner-voice said, "Never again, I'm never going back!"
I would also like to say this book is
the magic pill you've been waiting for! Maybe not. At the very least, I hope you'll find reading it as entertaining as a teenager finds a SmartPhone screen.
It's honor to be elected for the magazine rack in your bathroom.
Posted on 2013-04-23 by dsjohndrow
When you get to MFP you think, I'll lose some weight, get good looking and live happily ever after. I suppose some do.
It's been a couple of years since I thought about how freakin' hard it used to be to put on a pair of shoes. When I leaned over my fat belly crushed my diaphragm and I almost suffocated while trying to make a bunny ear in my shoelaces. To make matters worse, my lower back would occasionally go into spasms.
When I worked in corporate, I was a shoe addict (and ties and watches and drugs and cigarettes). I had loafers, oxfords, derbies, monk straps, and wing tips in various colors.
Then I got fat and bought a pair of slip-ons. To make matters worse, I got plantar fasciitis from cheap sneakers and high inclines on the treadmill - and excessive weight. The podiatrist custom made me inserts for my Merrill' and that was pretty much the last time I saw my feet for nearly 8 years.
Now that I am a
jogger runner, all that's changed.
I am still addicted to shoes, I have 8 pairs of running shoes; most with matching Under Armour wicking shirts and Nike Combat underwear. If you are a walker, a jogger, or a runner, here are my recommendations.
Training Shoes - Like training pants, but they go on your feet. :) These are for walkers/runners and they have more cushion than the super light running shoes. I like mine because I can go 6 or 8 miles and my feet feel great. Recommended for newbies - especially if you are overweight. They are good for easy runes and not recommended for super long distances.
Running Shoes - These are a little more expensive than the training shoes (yes, they also go on your feet!). They are made of lighter weight materials and are usually well vented.They run a fine line with a minimum of cushioning, yet they are stable. Most need to be replaced within 300-500 miles depending on many factors, including your weight. If you are a heal striker, I would stick with the training shoes.
Recovery Shoes - I know, some running company decided that since it's too expensive for most runners to have aprés ski boots, they should have post-workout shoes. My daughter got me a pair of Skechers GoRecovery, and you know what, I look forward to wearing then for an hour or so after I run or workout.
Flip-Flops - Some people call them thongs, but isn't that what porn stars wear? I like them because I lived at the seashore for many years. I usually wear mine from May until October. I know they are not recommended by podiatrists anywhere, but who cares. I'd be barefoot if I could!
Slippers - Because I needed a trick for the dog to do. My other daughter got me a pair - probably at Walmart the cheap skate, but since I telecommute, I call them work shoes.
And no discussion would be complete without saying this: GET YOUR RUNNING SHOES FITTED AT A RUNNING STORE WHERE THEY DO A GAIT ANALYSIS! How you run, how your foot stikes the ground, the height of your arches, how you pronate and your weight; it all must be taken into consideration when purchasing shoes! The bunny slippers? Use your discression.
When was the last time you saw your feet?
Thanks for the votes and comments!
This was my original post for Tuesday, but I wasn't feeling too witty after the tragedy in Boston - in fact, I still don't. As I ponder the title of this blog, there are 17 people that will never put on a pair of shoes again; 14 amputees, and 3 dead.
Please read yesterday's blog and vote on it and share it. I would like to see it one of the most popular blogs on MyFitnessPal. Thank you, David.
Posted on 2013-04-17 by dsjohndrow
Today I woke up. It's my short run day - an easy 5 or 6 miles. I should have been excited about the perfect spring weather, the sunshine, 2 cups of my favorite coffee, nature making its move before the run, and thinking about my next race.
Instead, as I got dressed, I watched the news, the horror, the images of the sidewalk I have been on dozens of times, and the Boston Marathon finish line strewn with bomb blast debris.
Yesterday started out perfectly. My wife and our 9-year-old got up and walked the mile down to the race route. We are at the 10K checkpoint (Mile 6.1 of 26.2). There we cheered and clapped for thousands of runners as we waited to high-five our friends (whose names will be changed).
My little one sat on my shoulders and my wife by my side. "What color is John wearing?" She asked.
"He's wearing a red shirt with white lettering and dark blue shorts; I saw them in the picture he posted on Facebook. And the ladies are wearing purple. And the Mark is wearing a dark blue Running Club tank-top."
My cell phone buzzed with a text message. Mandy was killing it. 44 minutes to the 10K checkpoint. She pulled over to the ropes for a quick high-5.
10 minutes later the next buzz and John showed up with a huge grin. "55 minutes," I shouted and high-fived him. It was his first Boston Marathon. Then Mark came through. "1 hour buddy, you are on pace for a personal best!" Another high-5 and off he ran. We waited another 5 or so minutes and Kendra shouted from the middle of the road, "Hey David!"
"Good luck!" I yelled as I waved.
We started our trek back home through the throngs of cheering Bostonians amidst the balloons and clanging cowbells. Then we stopped for lunch with a view of the race route.
All the way home we talked about the crazy costumes, funny t-shirts, and how fun it was to see our friends among 23,000 others - plus the hundreds of bandits running without numbers. If I didn't have to get back to work, I would have been one of them.
I sat at my home desk posting the checkpoint times of my friends to Facebook as they made the 1/2 marathon and 30K check points. I got my last one at 1:47. John had made the 30K checkpoint at 3:04:04. The others had past it a few minutes earlier.
I was expecting to get more updates around 2:47. Mandy had already finished in 3:30. The others were all on pace for a finish in about 4 hours.
I was checking the BAA website and no finish times were recorded. They must be overloaded, I thought. Then I noticed some one posted something on MFP about bombs going off at the Boston Marathon finish line. I Googled it and got the first news stories and 1 photo. I scanned it looking for signs of my friends. I saw the Mandy had LIKED a Facebook post and I messaged her to see if John was alright.
I texted the guys on my phone and left posts on their Facebook pages: "Just let me know you are OK."
At 3:42 I heard John was OK. Later I heard those from the purple team were all accounted for. Thank God. It took until early evening until Mark returned my text. He was safe in his Boston hotel.
For those of you who run, you know what the camaraderie between them is like. These are my friends. We run together when we can, we encourage each other, and we support each others fund raising efforts. And we see each other at other functions too.
How do I process all this? Today I am angry, tearful, thankful, and as I write this, determined. I dedicated my morning run to thinking and praying for those 3 race fans that died as a result of the evil that a very small group of humans seem relentless about perpetrating on others.
As an American, I have a response. As a Christian, I have a response. As a husband, parent and the protector of my family, I have a response.
My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, those who have lost limbs, to those who are scared, and to those who just freakin' care about their fellow man and are saddened by this act of violence.
As a runner, I also have a response. I am going to run. The first chance I get, I am going to run in downtown Boston. I am going to remember, and I am going to pray. I am going to be sad for those who worked so hard, only to be robbed of the victory of finishing the greatest race on earth: The Boston Marathon.
Go run or pray, or hug your kid, or call a friend, or do something nice for someone. Please.
Posted on 2013-04-16 by dsjohndrow
I can't believe that friend requests notes are so much trouble for some people here on MFP. I read profiles with all sorts of rules
. For example: I don't accept friend requests after 6 pm, when I am picking my nose, or on Tuesday. What is Tuesday, you're cheat day? And how many calories are you logging those boogers as? But what about a note? Didn't I ask for a NOTE!Here are the Top 10 excuses for not adding a note.1.
I don't have any fingers, I pushed the "Add a Friend" button with my nose. (You should see me swype on my iPhone using both nostrils.)2.
I don't speak English.3.
You looked so good in your profile pic, I was speechless.4.
I am a self-absorbed moron, and my note said, "You are lucky to have me as a friend." So, in moment of compassion, I deleted it.5.
I read your profile and we don't have anything in common except that we have an animal for a profile pic. Meow.6.
I can't read.7.
With both fingers I can't type faster than 22 words per hour and I misspelled "lose."8.
I couldn't think of a nice way to say: I saw your answers on the message boards, and they were just so stupid, I thought it would be fun following you.9.
I did, I accidentally used white as a font color.10.
I was laughing at your blog post and hit the "Add as Friend" button while I wiping snot off the keyboard.OK, so why don't you use notes with your friend requests?
Thanks for the votes and comments. And yes, I accept friend requests with or without notes - but I do like notes.
And for those who have been long-time readers, thanks for your support on my book project! The website is almost there.
Posted on 2013-04-09 by dsjohndrow
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