On October 27 I powerwalked and ran (about half & half) my first 5k, the Surf City 10 in Huntington Beach, CA, in 28:45.
For yesterday’s Oceanside Turkey Trot I had a goal: “25”…and I did it! Ran all the way and finished in 24:56. #576 out of 5,799 (top 10%) – #42 Age group Men – #48 Age group Men + Women.
Also learned this: keep your cool! Less than a mile in, two guys dumped right in front of me; I got mad, “flew” past ‘em—and spiked the left hamstring! Told my hurt hammy two things: “25;” and what my CrossFit & Olympic lifting mentor Jimmy Baker says: “C’mon now, I know you got it in you,” and enjoyed the rest of the flight…
Thanx to older daughter Michelle for the photos, and to my wife Joanne for getting me there, and joining Michelle in cheering me on!
“I love this plan!
I’m excited to be a part of it…”*
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Oceanside, CA, USA 2013, has thus far raised more than $102,000 in the fight against cancer. Proud to be a part of something like that…and hey, it’s not over yet: you can still donate through 31st August by clicking here.
The TRUPERS at Relay For Life, Oceanside, CA, USA, 04/20/2013
Everyone has their causes and things they support, and whatever you do that is positive, you’re making the world a better place. So I’m not here to preach or sell. What I will say is that if you’re looking for a fun, positive, low-pressure event that helps to save lives, I highly recommend the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. I’ve written about it here, here, and here, so I won’t reinvent the wheel in this post, but it is one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done.Continue reading
One humble opinion about Planned Parenthood’s well-coordinated media war against the Susan G. Komen Foundation: the issue is not that Komen pulled its funding from PP, nor that PP called its pals in the “news” media to tattle on Komen. The issue is that Komen was giving even a dollar to PP, or anyone or anything else, that is not strictly about breast cancer.
Of course, now after the trumped-up media controversy and the requisite/ obligatory “resignation in protest” by a Komen executive (which was followed by several others), Komen is right back in the business of sending money to PP again.Continue reading
[below: “Infinite Love,” living art created by Michelle & Heather Cotrupe in honor of their grandmother, Ramona Cotrupe, on the beach in Oceanside, CA, on a recent 4th of July]
My previous blog entry was about my Mother, Ramona Ann Cotrupe, who joined relatives and friends in Heaven just before Thanksgiving 2011 after a brave 12-year battle with colon cancer. Pretty much whatever I chose to follow it with would be so comparatively trivial as to border on ludicrous.
Except this: an invitation to join me at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life (RFL), 21-22 April 2012, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA, USA. This is not a cause we recently adopted after Mom passed away. RFL, which I have joyously referred to as “The Run For Your Life” around those I know best, has been a labor of love for my family since the early 2000s.Continue reading