Masters Track World Record

Guido Muller, Jack (Bear), jeff noel…minutes after Guido set a new Masters Track World Record in 2009…

Last week, Michael Sullivan of Gilbert, Arizona set an Indoor American and World Record in the M50-54 400m in 52.44 at the Masters Indoor Track & Field Indoor National Championships, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Had I been there, no doubt, I would have captured Michael’s world record, the same way jeff noel captured this one in 2009.

Amazing happens.

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Race Day 2009 At Lane 8 (respise)


This post has been copied from the Lane 8 archives and reposted here today:

Race day at Lane 8 – August 4, 2009.

Men’s 400 meters, 50-54 age group.  Call time 2PM.  Heat time 3PM.

By the time my preliminary heat is over (8AM EST), most of you back in the United States will just be waking up.

I visualize myself running and feeling God’s pleasure.  Running effortlessly, not to compete, but running simply because I can.

I don’t know why I run sometimes, all I know is that I enjoy it, and cannot help myself.

There is a popular misconception that winning is everything.

May I antagonistically challenge that?

Winning isn’t everything, doing your best is everything.

Don’t sell yourself short.  Be as great as you can be.  Even if you finish last.  Even if you are not a runner.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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Back To Health Basics, OK?

Let’s get back to health basics. Man, this seems so incredibly important, and basic.

Isn’t that what First Lady Michelle Obama clearly articulated in her June 23 White House Press Release?

Here’s the bottom line: We can never tire of the basics.

None of us are really in a position to tell the others what or how they should maintain their health.

But there are some who have found “something” and, “somehow“, to maintain it for over a decade, they are becoming your experts. And you can listen to them or not.

But the one thing you can not do, is deny that these people have accomplished much, simply by using the basics. There are people close to you that you should tap into. Find out what motivates them.

No drugs. No coach. No personal trainer. No easy job providing extra time to exercise. No convenient location next to a gym, a “Y”, or school athletic facilities.

Just a pair of running shoes. Wake up. Lace up. Shut up. Walk to the mailbox. And start running.

Running. Just one of many ways to stay active.

What’s yours?

Check Blood Pressure @ The Store
Check Blood Pressure @ The Store

26.2, 5k, or 400 Meters?

Yesterday At Walmart
Yesterday At Walmart

Are you crystal clear about why you do what you do?

Are you crystal clear about why you don’t do the things you do?

Most aren’t. It’s the difference between living “on purpose” or “going through the motions“.

Going through the motions doesn’t make a person bad, and it certainly doesn’t make a person thrive.

You have the opportunity to take a stand, for yourself, and live more on purpose than you ever have. Because if you don’t, it’s guaranteed that you will experience physical and psychological discomfort.

Not exercising feels rational and easy good at the time, but when you feel unhealthy, you realize you should exercise. There will never come a time when not exercising will suddenly bless you with good health.

Lane 8 Motivational Flashback

Last weekend, I met with a great friend I’ve known for over a decade. He’s really smart and asks the best questions. Plus, he’s a great listener.

Long story short:  While I was sharing the story on my 1982 cross-country bicycle trip, he came to a realization, and so did I.

When I said cross-country, the original intent was from one coast to the other. But for a variety of good reasons, it didn’t happen the way it was envisioned.

And for a moment, it started to feel like maybe I was misrepresenting the truth, and I questioned myself.

In summary, Derrick Redmond, an Olympic 400 meter runner, may tell people he ran in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but that may not be the “truth”.  You owe it to yourself to watch this, and then ask and answer the question that follows:

So, did Derrick Redmond run in the Olympics?