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I am 69 years old. According to my birth certificate. But I run like a much younger person. And in many ways, I think like a younger person. But I'm proud to be old and value my experiences and lessons I've learned from them.

I am on no medication which is not that common at my age. I am planning a good year. Playing with twin grandsons born in August of 2017. Running and biking. Need upper body strength.

I love this quote: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein.

About running: "Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."- Steve Prefontaine

Member Since: 9/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 248,389

My Goals:
1. Lose 5 more pounds.
2. Be healthier and happier.
3. Run some good races.
4. Spend some time in Norway.
5. Become more fluent in French.
6. Do Yoga.

My Program:
1. Read.
2. Write.
3. Love.
4. Laugh.
5. Run/Bike/Walk.

Personal Information:
69 years old. Born and raised in Rhode Island but moved to the Pittsburgh area in 1971 and never left.

Ran on state championship cross country team while in high school then did not run in college or for a dozen years after college. Started running again in 1984 with a goal of running in the Boston Marathon. Have run that 4 times and over 50 other marathons or ultramarathons.

Married with 3 daughters and 4 grandsons. 6 sisters and no brothers in the house while I was growing up so I am glad to have some young men in the family. I do have a brother who is 18 years younger than me.

Other Information:
Love to read mystery novels.

Ever hear of my band Chronic Insomnia? And the cheery song "Put a Bullet in My Head" that I wrote for it? LOL.

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    I just reread your introduction.

    Thanks for continually inspiring. The roots I planted here at Spark run deep. I am not thrilled with my current weight because I feel like it holds me back and interferes with my energy and exercise. Its just those pesky 10 lbs...that are more like 14 lbs today due to weekend indulgences.

    I look forward to your popping up to NYC. I would love to join you along the Hudson...lets just try to do it on a day when the wind isn't blowing too hard.

    Boom Chukka Boom!


    Enjoy you upcoming travels and I know your retirement will be the beginning of new levels of fulfillment.

    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/30/2015 9:54:29 AM
    Thanks for bringing me over to Spark again. I still remember those stories you told me. I think of you each year during March Madness.

    Hope you injury is better and your running brings you joy and strength.
    1826 days ago
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    Ouch! That tops my creaky joints! Glad it is feeling better :)
    1827 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friends.

    Hopefully we can meet up again someday.

    1873 days ago
    Made my misogynistic crim law prof red in the face (after his unnuanced lectures on consent in sexual assault . . . ).
    2194 days ago
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