17th BLOG: SYNOPSIS OF BOOK: “WHAT MAKES OLGA RUN”

June 2014 Introduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The following is a brief synopsis of the best selling book “What Makes Olga Run” by Bruce Grierson. For these who don’t know about Olga─she is simply a 95 year old, acting decades younger, super Canadian athlete, enjoying life to the full while breaking all the world records in 11 different track and field events. “Understanding ... Read More »

16th POST: THE SALUTE

December 4, 2013   “She took a ring form her finger─ Placed it in his hand─ And closed the lid of the coffin,” Of 500 year old African mahogany. The body had been transferred from the original bronze casket damaged in transit from Dallas.  .   November 22, 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy cut down by an assassin, Or  assassins? ... Read More »

15th BLOG: MY DAY IN COURT

A fine learning experience where grey hair wins over beauty Driving through a red light, my faux pas was caught by a little black box. Six months later I arrived to a packed court room─ hoping against hope, like many others here, for a major reduction in the fine.  A good reduction would make up for the interruption in my ... Read More »

14th BLOG: GREAT QUOTATIONS FOR ALL ATHLETES

  November 22, 2013 Here are some great quotations applicable to all athletes from the book: by Michael Lynberg, Winning! Doubleday, Broadway, NY, 1993. The book has nearly 300 quotes but the following 24 are my favourites.  The words in the brackets are my personal comments.   Be quick, but never hurry. John Wooden [Relaxation is the key to speed] ... Read More »

12TH BLOG: IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUES #1

July 7, 2013 Exercise assists insulin to change blood sugar into glycogen for muscle energy, and helps to prevent diabetes. When insulin becomes less effective ( insulin resistance) more blood sugar is stored as body fat or stored as blood fats (triglycerides) increasing risk of heart disease. This is one of the many advantages of exercise. But the main advantage─ ... Read More »

11th BLOG: A HUG A DAY

June 19, 2013 It cost you nought, and cannot be bought; With friends and loved ones it is widely sought. It wakens a tired soul, mends a depressed mind; You are rich when each day ─a hug you find.   A hug says: I care for you, no need to explain, Welcome back, farewell till we meet again, I share ... Read More »

9th BLOG: PRINCIPLES OF TRAINING AND RUNNING LESSONS LEARNED

May 24, 2013   Recently I experienced and then recalled  that swimming the day before a hard workout or a competition deadens the body.  I learned this decades before but had forgotten. This got me thinking that a good blog subject would be “training principles and running lessons learned.”   1-   How to avoid injury? Don’t do your friends workout.  ... Read More »

8TH BLOG: WHOLE GRAIN SUPER FOODS

May 7, 2013 WHOLE GRAINS   USDA researchers stated in 2010 only 7% of the population get the three recommended whole grain servings daily. Hence this lack of whole grains has become the single most common deficiency in the American  modern diet. Below I discuss two relatively new super food whole grains─ quinoa and chia seeds. Whole grain foods consist ... Read More »