Couple quick updates

Received an email confirmation yesterday that my hotel request has been accepted.  Due to the volume of requests, it took the Lahti Travel agency a few weeks to sort it all out, on a first-come, first served basis.

The dream is alive.  It almost doesn’t feel real.   This is ten years in the making.   You might even say it’s been 50 years in the making.

The thing that brings me back to reality is the other update.

In a few minutes, I’ll be heading to the hospital, to the physical therapy/rehab center, getting a strength test to see how well balanced my body is.  

Are the quads and hamstrings proportional?    Lower legs and upper legs proportional?   Is my core strong enough?

All this to determine the chance of injury.

As a Master athlete, competing on a National and World level, a 50-year old man can very easily be tempted to exercise like they are still 18.   Let me tell you first hand, it doesn’t work that way.

Whatever you’ve been working on, whether it’s been 50 years or ten, make it a great day, and find all the reasons you need, to not give up.  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


Run, jeff, run

Heading out for a short run (two miles).  Wanted to do a five-miler, but not enough time in the day, eh?

How can a person possibly think about competing at the Master’s World Championships, when there’s not enough time in the day to “train”?

Not sure I have a good answer, except that everyone is fighting a hard battle.  We all have to figure it out.  That’s what makes it interesting and challenging to me.   What about you?

Carpe diem and here’s to your great health, jeff noel  🙂

Similar Differences

Hump Day?

In America, many people call Wednesday, “hump day”, for the middle of the work week, and once Wednesday is over, we’ve cleared the hump and are closer to the weekend.

I took “hump day” off from working out.  Worked too long and hard today and didn’t have enough sleep to fully recover from yesterday’s run and gym workout.  As a public speaker, I stand most of my day, which adds additional stress to my plantar fasciitis and heel spur.

I’m treating rest as an integral component to success this year.  As a Master’s athlete, I’ve learned the hard way that rest is a critical success factor.  A tired body is more prone to injury.  My mantra, “Stay Healthy, Have Fun“!

Run, walk, swim, peddle, row, roll or whatever.  Just do something to stay moving, because if you don’t, who will.  If not now, when?  The clock is ticking.  Carpe diem, jeff noel

Numbers, numbers, numbers


The day started at 5am and it’s 10:30PM now.   This morning’s five-mile run gets a “96.5% ready”.

Mile two had some minor left heel pain, which had me nervous.  The rest of the way, however, was pain free.  Mile four, I throttled up the pace and felt great.  This made me less nervous.  🙂

Overall?  Feeling 96.5% ready for sprint training to begin.  Tomorrow will be another rest day, due to work schedule and lack of rest tonight.   We had our taxes done tonight which threw my routine off.  No worries.

Can’t wait for tomorrow. Dream big!  jeff noel


Happy Easter

Happy Easter

If you don’t celebrate Easter, may I please wish you Joy in whatever makes you happy.  Diversity is what makes the world so special.  Thank you for respecting my beliefs as much as I respect yours.

Today is a day of rest, from training, and hopefully, from working.

Carpe diem.  Dream big, get there and most importantly of all, stay there.  That’s the ticket.  Staying at your goal.  jeff  🙂