Detours are necessary

Team Disney Building at Walt Disney World
We often work on the weekends too. Try not to make it a habit.


Not a fan of going to the gym on a Saturday. But without yesterday’s workout, the week would have yielded only one gym workout. Flex when needed, but try not to need it.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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Remaining flexible in the midst of routine

Pennsylvania Ariel landscape
Pennsylvania landscape.


Pennsylvania landscape near Harrisburg and Three Mile Island.


Missed yesterday’s run and gym visit. Up at 4am to catch an early flight to Allentown.

Will i run this morning, a Saturday, in 30-degree weather or opt for the comfort of the warm and cozy 92-year old’s apartment?




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There is a time and place for healthy compromise

Valparaiso bridge
Start of run.


Unique small business entry way
Along the way.


Valparaiso University sports stadium
A gate was open.


Northwest Indiana Times newspaper
Big event from previous day.


Flanagin's Bulk Mail team
Breakfast meeting at Uptown Cafe.


Donna Flanagin of lanolin's bulk mail service
Donna, the owner, has applied countless Disney concepts to her business.


Flanagin's Bulk Mail team
“Team” photo.


Apple Watch boarding pass
Delta boarding pass on Apple Watch.


In the midst of focus and discipline is compromise and creativity.

The morning required more time than i hoped, so the run was cut short by 30 minutes. Still, at 50+ minutes, it was a run to be grateful for.

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Back to 100 feet above sea level

sidewalk adjacent to Tibet Butler Nature Preserve.
jeff noel’s world class track & field training facility


Back to 100 feet above sea level.

Last week in Denver it was nice to simply run slow and enjoy the new scenery.

No intervals. No gym. No pushing the pace or heart rate.

But back behind Disney’s Magic Kingdom, all that changes in an hour.

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Take what you can get is all we have sometimes

jeff noel at McDonalds pre-dawn
Two Egg McMuffins are full of protein to sustain the energy needed to teach remarkably until lunch


Take what you can get is all we have sometimes. Each day we do not exercise makes not exercising tomorrow more acceptable and probable.

Happy to only get in a one mile run. And happy McDonalds was a 400 meter jog back to the hotel.

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