Will Friday Be Fast?

I sure hope so.

Had active rest the past to days, meaning, no exercising.  Not even any stretching.  Complete rest.

I just applied 4 grams of Voltaren Gel to my left foot.  It’s an anti-inflammatory that Dr. Wagner, my podiatrist, has prescribed as another means of attacking this ever present heel pain.

Also picked up a new foot splint at Hanger Prosthetics yesterday.  I sleep with one on both feet.  After awhile, you get used to them.

So anyway,  I’m very excited about running five miles this morning.

Better get going, the sun’s about to rise. Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


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Do you think you pay attention?


Do you really think you do?

It scares me to think about my blind spots.

Blind spots?

Yes.  Like my health.  My finances.  My spirit.   My intellect.

It’s so tempting to be so busy that the really important things get neglected.


Maybe it’s just easier for me to not have to think about my deficiencies, particularly self-control and will power.

Hey, I don’t have the answers.  But I do have one thing.

Know what it is?

It’s a young boy I want to be an excellent example for.

I want to overcome all the crap and excuses many people, including me, make.  

All I can do is try and bust my hump.

I’d rather try with all my might and fail, than not try.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


Damn the Doubt!

Damn the Doubt!

First pain, then doubt.

Add in the underlying concern about expenses in both time and money, not only to travel to Finland, but the constant preparation.

It does wear on me.  A lot of things wear on humans.  We are all carrying a heavy load.

Yesterday’s “walk, stretch, slow jog, stretch combo”, for about 35 minutes, was relatively pain free.

A far cry from the previous day.  This added some hope, to what could have been a hopeless day.

Heading out for another run before Church, so I better get going. 

Make it a GREAT Sunday, because if you don’t, who will?  If not today, when?  Seriously!  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

Ever Think Like This?

Masters Track and Lane 8?

Yesterday, I had such a busy morning, I couldn’t find time to run, before taking our son to school on the way to the airport.

After my arrival at Hartford, Connecticut, I had the chance to do an easy 35 minute run.

Some left heel pain right away, so I jogged backwards for a couple minutes and that helped.  It usually does.  Not much pain while running.  Afterwards, during the evening, my foot was sore.

And so it goes.

Hope this doesn’t sound like complaining, because complaining is the opposite of my intent.

It’s meant to be a reality check, to the difficulties in this microcosm of life.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  Primarily because I need to purchase the plane ticket soon.

Using the creative approaches to challenges, I quickly thought of a “PLAN B”.

Enter the 1,500 meters.

Once I’m warmed up, I can run a very decent mile pace.  Which is why the 1,500 would be a good back up.

It is still unknown if I can get up on my toes, and shift into overdrive for some serious acceleration (for a 50-year old).  🙂

I emailed, and then spoke to, the USATF representative and had the 1,500 added to my 2009 Master’s World Championships profile.

I’ve run a near All-American standard of excellence time, and by August, should be an unlikely long shot to do well for Team USA.

It’s amazing the confidence and reassurance one can gain with a Plan B.

Plan B or not, hope you have a GREAT and Healthy day.  Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂


Blah, blah, blah?

Blah, blah, blah?


Dream Big.  Get There.  Stay There.

That’s what Lane 8 is about.   Staying there.

Ran into a Father of my son’s classmate, at the gym yesterday.

I asked, “What motivates you”?

He replied, with an apparent wisdom, that he has found it more difficult, now that he’s almost 30, to stay in shape and keep his weight ideal.

Please forgive me for thinking this, but all I could think of was, “You really think that you’re going to stay fit and at an ideal weight for the rest of your life”?

“Dude”, I wanted to say, “You have no idea what is ahead of you, but I can predict one thing for sure.  If you think it’s hard now, imagine it 10 years from now, or 20 years from now when you’re almost 50”.

How do I know?

Because I turn 50 in three weeks.  I’ve got 20 years of “wisdom and mistakes” on him.  That’s how I know.

Wisdom comes from experience, and experience comes from making mistakes.

I should be the wisest man on Earth, eh?  Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂