CHALLENGE ’20

 

online magazine presents

                               CHALLENGE 20

                                  “Silver Strider Strong”

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                                The Challenge:

      To continue a fitness program while safeguarding your health

In these times of social distancing, races being canceled, and minute by minute warnings of danger to those in high risk age brackets, we need something to rally us together.

The Silver Strider is introducing  a new feature in the magazine dedicated to encouraging runners and walkers over the age of 50 to stay healthy and active. Our purpose is to provide motivation to achieve these goals.

                           CHALLENGE  ’20 – SILVER STRIDER STRONG

We began CHALLENGE ’20 with an article featuring Judy Fisher.   In this article, Judy described what she is doing to meet the challenge.

What about you?  Are you working out at home, running daily, riding a bike, or engaging in other sports activities?   Are you following the guidelines for staying home?  Are you having groceries delivered? Avoiding gatherings? Are you keeping your spirits up by taking on projects at home or working in your garden?

You get the idea.  We want to exchange ideas about how we can live a full and active life no matter what the circumstances. 

CHALLENGE ’20 will consist of a feature we are calling PROFILES.  We want to hear from you.  Share how you are personally meeting the challenge.  Your profile will be published online and provide encouragement to other Silver Striders.

This is an opportunity for us to experience SOCIAL CONNECTION.   

The Silver Strider hopes CHALLENGE ’20 will bring us together during these trying times and inspire a commitment to FITNESS and GOOD HEALTH!

Take the Challenge and send us your profile.  You will earn credit for one Grand Prix Series race and 10 Grand Prix points. 

 

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                email your profile to:  jerry@silverstrider.com  

Share your fitness activities, diet, health habits, goals, words of encouragement, comments, remarks and what you are doing to stay safe.

There are 3 categories of safety measures. Designate which ones you are practicing.
1. Self Quarantine = Shelter in place. No outside contact with anyone. Groceries & goods delivered. Wear gloves & sanitize groceries, mail & other goods before bringing inside.  
2. Social Distancing = Allow at least 6′ minimum distance from others. 
3. Germ Resistance = Using sanitary gel, soap & water, & gloves/masks in public places.

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Jerry Dietrich 

Challenge ’20

Best quarantine times mixing at age 86:
1 mile – 14:26
2 miles – 28:59
5k – 45:25
5 mile – 1:16:45
Weight gain during quarantine = 8.8 lbs. (April 30)

Fitness Activities:
Solo jogging and walking mix 1 hour or longer in an isolated area 3 days a week. Weight training in my home 3 days a week.

Diet:
 Vegetarian with immune strengthening supplements and a daily protein drink (21g).


Safety Measures:
Self quarantined

Goal:
To be flexible, to improvise, and adapt.

Remarks
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I am amazed at the improvement in my fitness since I decided to self quarantine. I was growing weaker each week when I decided to add weight training last November. I began to feel stronger right away. To implement my quarantine I ordered weights shipped to my home. My fitness program currently gets my full attention without the distractions of outside errands.
I believe the corona virus is more harmful to older persons because our immune system gets weaker as we age. I strengthen my immune system by following this doctor recommended guide:
Get 9 hours of sleep. No alcohol. Eat broccoli, green vegetables, nuts, garlic, and citrus fruits. Exercise. Take vitamins E, C, and B6.  

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Roger Dean 

Challenge ’20

Travel Alert: On 3/20/20 Gov. Jay Inslee’s address regarding the covid-19 crisis stressed reduced road travel, an indication of human connectivity.  Any runs should be local and solo.
Motto: Don’t get emotional, get focused.
Cardio: Run every other day. Solo runs timed over known previous races like the Hot Foot Trail Run, Kitsap Park. Training mostly on forest trails. 30-40 minutes.
The Quarantine Cup: Over the next two months, plan to run solo six to eight known previous races. A personal Grand Prix Series.
Strength Training: Every other day. Heavy hands walking (a couple of walks a day). Dumbbells and 10 lb weight ball. Training for Senior Games – shot put, discus, javelin. Throwing things is great therapy.
Diet: Vegetarian. Evening meal light. Bitter melon (ugh!), beets (for nitric oxide), turmeric (anti-inflamatory), licorice (helps to block receptors on lungs that corona-virus attaches onto), monolaurin (has proved effective against many enveloped viruses. Corona is enveloped), l-lysine (another anti-viral), berries, coconut oil, lots of fluids.
Health Habits: Meditate. Record sleep. Weigh in every day. Journal daily – great therapy – a letter to yourself (also interesting to reread when this is all over). Avoid opinion news on T.V. Nap in afternoon. Drink more water, one glass on rising, before two cups of coffee. Pet the dog. Back reiki for Michele. Daily Stoic readings. Play piano. Yogic breathing for peace and calm. Breathe in through nose four count. Hold four count. Exhale four count. Repeat 16 times. At 6:30 p.m. Dr. Virender Sodhi has a pod cast with a group meditation and advice on dealing with corona virus. He plans to do this daily until the pandemic ends. It’s nice if everybody tunes in at 6:30 because there is power in group meditation, but still good to do later if necessary. I think it is on his facebook page. At the second day of the cast, thousands have already joined.
Remarks: Exile can work wonders. Major household projects getting done. Quote from the Victoria B.C. Parliament Building. “The virtue of adversity is fortitude.”

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Karen Lichtenstein 

Challenge ’20

Training runs self timed

March 14  – 4 miles in 55:20
March 16 – 4 miles in 54:37
March 18 – 4.7 miles in 55:04
March 20 – 4 miles in 46:53

Fitness Activities: Solo running from home every other day. Weight training in my home on days I do not run.

Diet:
 Fish, seafood, and vegetarian pasta.

Safety Measures:
social distancing and germ resistance.

Remarks:
I am staying fit, and my running helps me feel so much better in these difficult times. I am thrilled to see the new “Challenge ’20” program that you have developed for the Silver Strider runners. It is a great idea, and it will help all of us stay connected, healthy, and safe.

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Larry Larsen 

Challenge ’20

Training for races, I rotate between 3 and 4 mile runs since I usually just run in the 5K race distance. Before the coronavirus closed the gym down, I would walk every other day (3 days a week) and use the gym the other 3 days.
Feb. 11     3,18 miles     58:20  (walking)
Feb. 13      3.14   ”         55:08        ”
Feb   15     4.06   ”         l:08:38      ”
Since I cannot use the gym, I’m walking more.
Mar, 16    4.01 miles       1:15:38
Mar. 17    4.00    ”            1:14:12
Mar. 18    3.03    ”            55:09
Mar. 19    5.30    ”            1:45:40

Fitness Activities: Walking on the hilly B.P.A. trail in Federal Way 6 days a week, since gym is closed.

Diet:
Taking elderberry syrup daily for the immune system.

Safety Measures:
Using social distancing and hand sanitizer.

Remarks:
When groceries are needed, entering store early in morning when shoppers are lowest.

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Betty Dietrich 

Challenge 20

Cardio: When my gym closed, I ordered a Zumba Dance DVD and have been continuing my workouts at home 3 times per week.  I miss the energy I would get  from working out with a classroom of  fellow dancers, But the good news is that I have the whole room to myself.  No more embarrassment when I go the wrong direction and bump into others by mistake. I also run 3 times a week on the Cushman Trail In Gig Harbor.  This is a comfortable run.  I have been doing it many years.  I put on my shuffle, listen to my music, and zone out.  I maintain the 6′ recommended distance if there are other people on the path or change directions when necessary.

Strength Training:
Does carrying the groceries up the stairs count?

Diet:
 Vegetarian, low sodium diet.  Staying at home means I have more time to fix soup in my instant pot and make Jerry’s favorite – vegetarian chili.

Health Habits:
  I have been doing TM (Transcendental Meditation) twice a day for 6 years. It helps me to deal with stress.  I avoid the news as much as possible. I enjoy a good movie and read a good book for relaxation.

Safety Measures:
 Self quarantined. Groceries either delivered or picked up with curbside service.  Postal account set up with the USPS for stamps and pickup delivery. Sanitize everything before bringing inside. Mask and gloves when needed.  Family visits suspended.

Tip:
  Marco Polo is an app on my iphone that allows me to communicate live with my family. I get to see them on the screen and talk to them in real time.

Remarks:
  Make a new long range goal (Victoria Half Marathon in October), have faith, and be optimistic.

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Diane Martin

Challenge ’20

Training Runs
Mar. 16th 3 miles 40.10, Mar. 17th 3 miles 39.23
Mar. 18th Hill Work, 40 minutes, War Memorial Park
Mar. 21st Long slow run 8 miles, Point Defiance

Fitness Activities: Since TCMA training group ceased group training, they have sent out daily workout plans. This has helped to keep me focused and motivated. It includes short runs, strides, fartleks, hill circuit and slow long runs.
Diet: Lean meats, fish and lots of veggies. With more time in house, I enjoy going through cookbooks to find healthy recipes. Since I shopped early my cupboards and refrigerator is full; I should be fine for a month!

Safety Measures: 
Most of the time I’m self isolating at home. However, I do interact with a
Couple of friends for walks; we use the 6 foot apart distancing. My 23 year old grandson lives within my community and is working from home. I see him a couple times a week for walks or visits…no hugs! Just seeing his face brightens my day!

Remarks: 
I’m so grateful for good health and the opportunity to continue my runs
and exercise. Plus the news of what my Silver Strider friends are doing is super. Silver Strider rocks!

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Edythe Hulet

 Challenge ’20

Most of my training is done walking the Chehalis Trail

Fitness Activities: 
Walking and hiking.Safety Measures: Social distancing. Washing my hands

Remarks: 
I am an outdoors junkie, but now I am mostly staying at home and do a bit of gardening. Challenge 20 is a great idea.

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Dave Sherman

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I’ve been using the racing intermission to give my lame foot a chance to get better. I figure a few weeks of not running should do it. Once it’s better, I’ll resume running three or four days a week. In the meantime, I’ve been walking three or four miles daily, or whatever it takes to get 10,000 steps for the day. With the gym shut down, I’ve been doing some floor exercises, and have been glancing occasionally at the ten-pound dumbbells stacked in the corner. As a residual from marathon training, I still weigh myself daily. We have a good sized vegetable garden, and I have been working on getting that ready for spring.

Diet: 
We continue to eat good stuff, for the most part. Yesterday Charlea made a pot of really good Mayocoba bean soup. She has no recipes for her soups, but just wings it every time, and they always turn out well. We have some fresh kale out in the garden that we’ll harvest soon. We started using elderberry syrup a couple weeks ago as an antioxidant.

Safety Measures: 
We’ve been self quarantined for the last several weeks, with minor exceptions. If we need to go to the store, we go in the evening when the store is quite empty (the shelves are too, though). We wear gloves in the store. We avoid other people when out on walks. No more once-a-week grandson babysitting either for a while. We wash our hands a lot and continue to be amazed at how hard it is to keep our hands off of our faces.

Goals: 
I have several goals for the time being: (1) Be patient enough to let my foot get better, (2) Stay healthy and avoid the virus, (3) Keep fitness up and weight down. Our household has always been blessed with positive outlooks and good morale, so no special goals are needed in those areas. Come to think of it, there is one more goal: (4) Keep my hands out of my face!

Remarks: 
I have found Silver Striders to be highly motivated people that are consistently supportive of each other. Those traits will do us well as we go through these perilous and uncertain times. Stay safe and stay in shape. See you at the races, whenever they may be.

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Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: When they closed down our community center, I moved to outdoor activities.  I haven’t been pushing running activities since my recent fall and with all the future runs either being canceled or rescheduled, I have been doing daily walks with Larry.  It’s refreshing to breathe in some outdoor air and take in natures beauty that is sometimes overlooked when running, so I left my watch at home and eliminated timing my activities.

Diet: 
We are enjoying meals at home rather than dining out and probably get more nutritious foods into our diet.  We started taking elderberry syrup back in November to help build up our immune system (hopefully that is working).

Safety Measures: 
Other than a few trips to the grocery store or Marlene’s Deli for take-out meals/supplies and our outdoor walks, we are isolating at home. I have found some time to begin my Spring gardening duties; however, it is “pollen season”.  I have always enjoyed my garden and even though at times it’s a lot of work it takes me away from all the sadness that is happening in the world.  My church has gone to online services thanks to today’s technology, so it keeps me connected. I have been successful at home delivery from Fred Meyer and Costco so we are stocked up on necessary items for awhile.

Remarks: 
This life changing event really brings home what is important in every day life.  I’m saddened about all the working people who are being affected so dramatically at this time.  Stay safe Strider family I miss you and hope to see you again soon!

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Charlea Sherman

Challenge ’20

A novel idea to keep the family of Silver Striders connected through the 2020 Challenge.

Fitness Activities:
I start the day out lifting a cup of coffee to my mouth and paging through the local newspaper. After getting dressed I jump rope, use my baby weights, walk/run and end it with hula hooping. In our neighborhood we can see eagles, Canada geese, cows, goats and emus when cruising the area on foot.

Diet:
Eating is more of an event now. I am spending more time planning healthy meals and taking more time to devour them. It is a positive thing coming out of the Stay Home Stay Healthy (Virus) situation.

Safety Measures: 
My hands are raw from washing. Not a pretty sight. Dave and I keep each other in line on wearing gloves when we go grocery shopping or to the bank. You learn a lot about your spouse when self quarantined and that is another positive thing coming out of the virus chaos. Never take the other for granted in good times or bad times.

Goal: 
My goal is to stay alive so I can see my Silver Strider family again and my other loved ones. Stay strong.

Remarks:
Whether it is a 15-minute mile or a 7-minute mile—it is A MILE.

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Judy Fisher

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I’ve been running 8 slow miles daily since mid-February. I enjoy yard work if the weather is conducive (like bright sunshine!).

Diet: 
Vegan. Supplements include D3 and B-12. We eat home-cooked or frozen meals, sometimes with a glass of Riesling.

Safety Measures: 
Self-isolation and hand washing. No gloves, masks (would freak out our cat!) or hand sanitizers. There have been few changes made in the Fisher household due to the corona virus. Mainly, we don’t see much of our extended family. No family birthday celebrations, no taking care of our almost-four-year-old granddaughter, Sadie Mae. But we do stay connected by phone and email. They sometimes stop by with dinner and treats; we rarely need to go out in public for groceries.

Rest: 
I sleep 8 – 9 hours after I read. I just finished NO SHORTCUTS TO THE TOP, and I’m starting DEAD LUCKY, two mountain-climbing memoirs guaranteed to keep the reader awake.

Entertainment: 
TV comedy-dramas, such as “M.A.S.H.,” and the English shows, “Keeping Up Appearances” and “As Time Goes By,” and the inane “Modern Family.” I enjoy solving the New York Times Crossword puzzle; Bruce does Sudoku nightly and jigsaw puzzles. We occasionally play Scrabble. Eating Haagen-Dazs (non-dairy) brings me great joy!

Staying Informed: 
We have always watched the evening news and subscribed to a newspaper. We read THE WEEK, a well-balanced news magazine. I even listen to the news on my Sony Walkman while I run (how relaxing is that?!!).

Philosophy: 
Years ago, I read a book entitled, “You Can’t Afford the Luxury Of A Negative Thought,” by Peter McWilliams. So true, especially now. I try to stay positive and connected. Nietzsche said, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. Let’s hope this is true.

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Phil Sturholm

Challenge 20

Noteable Runs:  February 16thThe Heart Breaker Half Marathon, Hillsboro, Oregon:  A hilly first 8 miles and then it gets flat for the last 5.  The Race Director and Race Crew did an excellent job on everything!  This was before the Coronavirus hit but just wanted to share with everyone what a great race this was.  Highly recommended!
March 21st—Point Defiance Park, 8 Miles.  I haven’t run that in a few years, and I forgot how beautiful it was!
March 23rd—Lower Cedar River Trail, 3 miles:  Another place I have not run in ages.  This was a recovery run from my 16-mile-long run on Sunday.

Fitness Activities: 
Before this all happened, I was in training for the Mt. Si Marathon in North Bend on April 26th.  They decided to cancel it on March 12th. As it became apparent that we were in for the long haul for this emergency/crisis, I’m now training for the NODM Marathon.  I am putting in an average of 40 miles per week and I am using the Hal Higdon Advanced Marathon Training Plan.
Diet: Keeping away from foods and drinks that contains sugar.  For the most part I’m trying to keep it mostly high protein with fruits and vegetables.   Occasionally, there is a “Cheat Day!”

Safety Measures:
  I’m following all the guidelines, social distancing, washing my hands, etc.  However, with the shelter in place order I can’t journey to my favorite trails to run.  We are so lucky to have so many of the “rails to trails” to train on but doing it now with the shelter in place rule would be wrong.  Today it’s on the streets with my highest visibility clothing.  One of my biggest fears is being hit by a car and I do everything possible to be seen!

Remarks: 
My heart goes out to everyone impacted by the Corona Virus.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope for a speedy recovery and a return to everything being normal. This “Challenge 20” is a great idea!  It’s so much fun to learn about other runners who you might not get a chance to really talk to after a race. I feel so blessed to be a runner.  It’s a great sport and the running community is fantastic. Since running is a sport that you build on, training is never wasted even if they do cancel a race.  Another great thing about running is that our “gym” is no further than our front door and the street we are on. Be safe and healthy!

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Tiare Bailey

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: My fitness plan is to run 3-4 days a week. I have light weight weights I can use at home, and I have a core workout that works if you do it!
March 22nd – the first Sunday after standby unemployment, I delightfully headed to the scenic Larry Scott Trail and ran 9 miles starting at the Port Townsend Marina. I headed out along the salt water beach with sea birds calling, morning tide rushing in, and wet rocks glistening. Coupled deer grazed on bluff grass. It was early, cold, and meditative.
March 23rd – I used my home treadmill and walked for an hour.  My exercise plan is to try to get aerobic exercise on a daily basis. Tuesday the 24th, I ran 6 miles on the Larry Scott Trail, but started at another trail head. This time near Adelma Beach. No need for speed, but freedom from confinement and good for mental & physical health. I listened to woodpeckers foraging for food,looked for wild flowers and skunk cabbage, felt the stillness of ponds with no sound and no movement.
March 26th – I made another 6 mile journey on trails and will do the same on Saturday. The weeks to follow should be similar.
Diet And Mental Health: I have been reading uplifting daily devotionals,putting a colorful puzzle together, checking on older neighbors, & trying new recipes. My latest library find is a cookbook by Joy McCarthy called The Joyous Cookbook. Real food, nourishing recipes.  For immune support:  supplementing with grapefruit seed extract,elderberry,oil of oregano, & Herbal Resistance Liquid with echinacea.
Safety Measures: I am basically self quarantined, but leave home for dog walks around the area where I live, a run every few days, grocery shopping, and minimal necessary errands.  I wore gloves in the grocery store today and using the cash machine.  I am social distancing and staying away from groups of people. As for germ resistance, I clean at home with dilute clorox,wash our hands frequently, and we still have hand sanitizer.
Remarks: During this time of social distancing life is not as usual, however,being a dental healthcare provider my family did not self quarantine as early as others may have. Ten cases of COVID 19 had been identified on the Olympic Peninsula where I live and work, but our periodontal specialty practice continued to see patients until March 20th.
Thank you, Jerry for helping us stay in contact with our fellow Silver Striders at this time when social distancing is required to stay well and stay safe.

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Ed Heckard

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I’m sure many Silver Striders figure I have ‘met my maker’ by now. That is if you even remember who I am (or was). Let me assure you I am alive, well and getting better every day. I won’t bore you with stories of my injuries. Suffice to say I feel I am on the road to recovery. It’s been nearly 1.5 years dealing with a nagging Achilles issue. In early January, just when I began to feel my foot was getting better, I took a fall while jogging and  fractured a bone in my ‘good’ ankle.
Been logging (SSD) short slow distance for the past 4-5 weeks. Averaging around 32 miles per week. Have posted a couple of 7 mile runs to date. Usual route is around 5.5 miles which I can do easily jogging in just under an hour. Take a day or two off a week. However I still get out and walk/jog 3 miles, taking time to stretch & do squats, etc..
The BIG NEWS in our household is my wife, Gale! She has been jogging regularly since last fall.  She is averaging at least 35 miles per week. She has a Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch and she is motivated to get home in under 9-minute miles. Her standard route is 7 miles and her longest run has been 10 miles. You could have ‘knocked me over with a feather’ when last month she asked if there were any 10K races coming up.
Diet: I am on a diet! Had a wellness check Feb. 24th and that lying scale had me at 152.6. That’s 12-14 lbs. over what I need to be at to keep the likes of Arne Hales in my sights. My primary focus the past month has been watching what I eat (and don’t eat) every hour of the day. Every day I wake up and my mantra is Day 1. So far it’s working. Have already gone from belt notch #1 to belt notch #2. Highlight of my day is the morning smoothie my wife prepares for us.
Safety Measures: I did not realize until this past month that my everyday lifestyle had a name: self quarantined! Thank goodness we have a young active dog or I might not be quarantined, but actually frozen. We have 2 gentlemen in our condo community that have come down with the virus. Social distancing is not a problem! One of the men will be 100 on May 31st. He was cleared to go home last week. He is currently staying with a friend. The other neighbor is cleared to join the living this Sunday, the 29th.
Remarks: Thanks to Jerry, Betty and the many volunteers who continue to move Silver Striders onward and upward. Special shout out to Bruce Fisher who does a fabulous job assisting in 5K Updates. One other thing. It hit me during my jog this morning why I am feeling better every day. Next month I move into a new age group!

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Gale Heckard

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I began consistently running last fall. Initially my goal was to become more fit in preparation for a 2 week winter vacation in Hawaii. Ed and I have a time-share on the Island of Kauai. While at our time-share, a high priority is jogging on a 4-mile ocean side trail located just steps outside our door. I continued to run upon returning home. I work a 40-hour work week. I start work at 11, giving me time, 1st thing in the morning, to run on average 7 miles 5-6 times a week. This past week I have been on vacation. We have a large sitting area + future bedroom downstairs. We recently had new windows installed in the rooms. I have been busy giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. It’s been a workout.
Diet: Breakfast for years has been a smoothie I prepare for Ed and I. It’s made up of frozen blueberries and peaches, banana, yogurt and protein drink. Recently I have been preparing meals we can eat 3-4 times a week. An example would be the taco soup we are finishing tonight. Other recent meals have been pasta and rice with chicken. Aside from an occasional Papa Murphy’s pizza, we feel our diet is quite healthy.
Safety Measures: The seriousness of the coronavirus has hit home for us. We have two neighbors that have tested positive for the virus. Both are cleared to come out of being quarantined. One of the gentlemen is 99 years old and he just returned from having spent 18 days in Seattle’s Swedish Hospital. We wash our hands often, observe social distancing and keep trips to the grocery store at a minimum. While at a grocery store, I was picking up groceries for the 2nd neighbor and his wife who were quarantined at home.
Goals: I envision continuing my running program. Not long ago I wouldn’t have dreamed I would enjoy running as a form of exercise. Now, I look forward to getting outside for a run. I particularly appreciate that our community of Mill Creek has many miles of paved, safe paths to workout on. I have never entered an organized run. I anticipate entering a 10K when races are held again.

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Keith Lerew

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: Pretty much nothing has changed with the fitness program except no races to test us. Currently training for the NODM in June which hasn’t been cancelled yet. Running 5 days a  week with long runs at 17 miles and increasing. Thankful that the feet and legs are doing fine. Split 3 cords of wood this past week.

Diet: 
I don’t pay much attention to my diet. Deb is a great cook so I enjoy whatever she fixes. I thank her for the meal and tell her how good it was.

Safety Measures: 
Started self quarantine this past week. If a trip to the store is necessary I don’t touch anything I don’t need, keep some distance from others and use a sanitary wipe when I get back to the car. And don’t touch my face.

Goals: 
Running a good time at the NODM. If that gets cancelled I will run the virtual race on the same date, time & course, (supported with family). My next race will be the RTP Railroad Bridge 10k which is a virtual run. The course is marked and runs on April 25th at 9:30, but can be run anytime, anywhere.  Planning a 42 mile slot canyon hike in Paria Canyon, from Utah into Arizona, the middle of June and a 10 day Wonderland Trail hike in August.

Remarks: 
Whether this virus lasts a couple weeks or months I am thankful to God for all he has provided and know that he is in control.
Thankful for family and all my Silver Strider friends.

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Dennis Zaborac

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I’m back to regular training runs now that my plantar fasciitis has healed, and the Governor has closed Kent Bowl. I have turned the bowl into a one-man gym, fully stocked with Fireball and French fries. And I now know how easy all you retirees have had it for years.

Wellness Check:
 Run five miles as fast as you can uphill and against the wind. If you are breathing heavily at the end, you are ok. If you are not breathing heavily, you didn’t run fast enough. And if you are not breathing at all—–SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

Diet: 
No restrictions. I eat everything I like. I see no need to change the recipe for what has kept me healthy for 70 years. To stop eating donuts, or to start eating broccoli, may have dangerous repercussions. I feel running is the spice that makes the recipe work. It enhances the healthy food and neutralizes the unhealthy food.

Safety Measures: 
Stay away from danger!

Future: 
“This too shall pass.” Soon it will be summer, and once again we will all be able to line up shoulder to shoulder at the start line of a Grand Prix race. However, once the race starts, I will revert to “social distancing” and strive to run 6 feet ahead of everyone else. Until that day comes, I will focus on the three” R’s.” Running, Writing, and Romancing.

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John Phillips

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: My training has continued.  Studies say fitness strengthens the immune system.  However peak fitness decreases it. I have reduced intensity on my quality days.
Here’s my past week. March 22: 11 mi: 4@ 9:07/mi (192 W), 1@ 8:38. 1@ 9:18, 4 X 200 March<7:00, 4@  9:47     March 23:   3 mi: some Hills 10:17    March 24:   6 mi: end w/hill repeats 9:47   March 25: Rest day     March 26: 7 mi:  2@ 10:00 3@ 8:27 2@ 9:41     March 27: 3 mi: @ 9:20     March 28:  14 mi: @10:25
I miss the gym, that’s for sure. I could do some at home but I’m not.  My excuse here is that weight training was for injury prevention against lots of running.  But less intensity means less chance of injury.
Safety Measures: I am taking basic precautions such as grocery shopping early in mostly empty stores and skipping trips to Starbucks. Remembering to not touch my face now proves I don’t have Alzheimer’s (yet)!  Holly, my beautiful new wife, is a nurse. Her possible exposure is a risk I can’t avoid.
That confined feeling has increased as the days click by.  Cancelled trips, no dinners out, fear of the unknown and duration, possible irreversible illness; it all piles on.  It’s mental purgatory.
Having my business still operating and my people working helps and keeps me occupied several hours each day.  Better yet, outdoors there are more smiling and waving runners than I have ever seen before.  It’s nice to be part of this special group.  Lacing up does help keep me from feeling overly isolated.  My challenge will be staying motivated to keep doing it through a long period.
Diet: I believe diet is the cornerstone of healthiness. I took a metabolic test a couple of months ago which identified undernourishment.  I then got the My Fitness Pal app, linked it to my training app.  It varies estimated calorie and nutritional targets based on activities and compares them to the foods I record.  I was way too low in calories and my iron intake was well below RDA.  I thought with all the spinach and Teff Grain I was good.  Now I’ve learned that iron also helps fight the virus.  Smart food choices matter more now.
Goals: The Grand Prix race calendar was my racing schedule, with added races mixed in. The first big race this year was to be the Eugene Marathon.  I’d trained hard, aiming for a good result. Holly and I went to Eugene to check it out  just before its cancellation.  I ran the course over two days while she visited a friend there.  Running Pre’s trail was very inspiring, yet nostalgic. Finding solace afterwards in a “Pre Beer” at the old tavern he frequented seemed fitting.
The new Hayward Field being constructed for the Olympic Trials is huge, shiny and amazing. But with that marathon and Grand Prix races cancelled or suspended, I’m less inspired.
Remarks: Challenge ‘20 articles were just what I needed at this time of interruptions.  I wondered how some of us were doing during this shut down, not seeing each other.  Feeling separated, these writings brought the closeness back together again.  A very nice feeling.
Each of us has our reasons to run and many of these reasons overlap.  Honestly, mine were mostly to do a good marathon and our races especially NODM, Cornucopia, Lake Union, and the Labor Day Half.
Silver Striders are still the inspiration, accountability and measurement.  To belong to this elite group, we just need to show up. I need to keep showing up, even if alone. I want to come out of quarantine ready to race and chase again.
I think a challenge for all of us will be to avoid depression and withdrawal and embrace the  opportunity isolation offers.  I intend to undertake special home projects, already put off, and consider this the new normal for now.  When things open up again, it’ll be exciting.  Running at my age is a tremendous privilege and I shouldn’t let it waste away. That’s the plan.

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Diane Johnson

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities:  My method for staying healthy is I get a regular daily routine. On these wonderful sunny days, I thoroughly enjoy trails, and nature. I know we cannot go to the gym, so in the morning, I do my yoga stretches. I do 50 jumping jacks. At my age more or less hopping jumps. That’s cardio.  I have my weights and bands that I use almost every day.  I alternate my little workouts. I do not run very much anymore, but with my alternate walking and hiking, I have been averaging 7 to 10 miles every day. But I do have a plan for when the rains come. I still will continue with the hopping jacks🥴🥴, my stretching, and music.

Safety Measures: 
I turn the news off most of the time and play music. Good for the mental stimulation.

Remarks:
Just a little motivation keeps everybody active, healthy and  keeps a good attitude and smile. The flowers, daffodils, skunk cabbage, and the blossoms of the spring, bring so much  cheer. This all will pass. I am very much self motivated so I have no problem with these things. Stay happy and healthy.

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Linda Walker

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: Truthfully, I haven’t done any running since the self-isolation/quarantine has been put into place.  I did play disc golf at our local course in Shelton 3 times during the first week when we had glorious sunshine and were not in lock-down quarantine.  Playing 18 holes of golf accomplishes about 3 miles of walking distance.   I try to complete my activity and exercise rings on my Apple Watch every day. I will start putting running activity back into my daily routine.  I have a half-marathon goal for this fall at the Orca run.

Diet: 
I eat a regular diet with no special dietary concerns.  We were quite concerned when we ran out of ice cream, though!  The beef we eat is from the cow we raised on our farm and my daughter and I are perfecting our bread baking skills. We are getting our vegetable garden ready for spring planting.  I take my multi-vitamin and supplements daily.  I also try to remember  elderberry syrup and using essential oils by diffusing and a ‘flu-bomb’ roll-on to boost my immunity.

Safety Measures: 
I am limiting errands and have gone to Costco and the Post Office. They have put tape on the floor with 6-foot distance marks to aid in keeping the mandatory distance while standing in line.  I carry hand sanitizer with me (and use it!)

Remarks: 
The picture shows me in ”Isewlation”.  I have been finishing a lot of sewing projects and have also sewn over 30 face masks for nursing home personnel. I look forward to seeing all my Silver Strider friends soon.  As my Christian Faith is a huge part of my life, I am glad that our church is live-streaming church services on Facebook. (SheltonFBC.org).  The youth group and my Bible study group are using ZOOM to be able to meet ‘face-to-face’ and maintain a sense of community.God is good all the time!

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Ray Arrington

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I have been walking and running everyday. I have been staying busy in the yard and around the house.  I cleaned out the attic and the file cabinet.

Diet: 
No changes.

Safety Measures: 
Self quarantined. I have been staying home except for my daily running.

Remarks:
 I hope to see you guys at a couple of runs this year.  Please take care and stay healthy.  Thanks to the Silver Strider for all it has done and still does.

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Terry Wong

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I hope to be more consistent in my training now that Governor Inslee issued his proclamation on 3/19/2020 that dentists have to close their offices until May 18.  So because I have oodles of time to run in the next two months, I hope to increase my weekly mileage from the low 20’s to somewhere in the thirties.  I was getting into decent shape and all psyched up to attack the Lake Sammamish Half when it got cancelled. As far as strength training I know it is good medicine and force myself to do it 1-2 times a week.  As part of my routine I am proud that, at age 70, I can pump out 50 straight push ups and then shortly afterward, do another 40.

Diet: 
My wife Karen is a great cook so I am a very lucky guy.  We enjoy eating out but now that this activity has ended temporarily, we have been eating more home cooked meals.  We try to eat healthy with lots of fruit, veggies, grains, beans, seafood, antibiotic hormone free chicken, and produce from my large vegetable garden.  However I still occasionally treat myself to a bone in rib eye steak and a baked potato with all the condiments.

Safety Measures: 
Running solo until this thing passes.  Fewer trips to the grocery store, loading up but mindful not to hoard.

Remarks:
 Most of you don’t know me but nevertheless I have been so inspired by all your accomplishments and hope to participate more in the Grand Prix races starting this year. Thanks Jerry for showing everybody that at age 86 you still “have game” and for your role as the defacto leader of the Silver Strider community.  Also, you better get ready Dennis Zaborac, because I am coming after you!!

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Sandi Newman

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: I take the dogs walking at a distance and pace appropriate for each one and then for myself I go on a walk/run at least 3 times a week. I was going to Chambers Bay but now that it’s closed I go from my house. Lots of hills around so it can be as challenging as I want. Doing a strength training workout at home also with light weights, bands and my exercise ball. I have also started taking a friend’s young Lab out for a faster paced walk/run 2 to 3 times a week. Good for her and for me.

Diet: 
Vegetarian:  I do start the day with a cup of tea or hot chocolate using almond milk while I make the dog’s breakfast and plan our day.

Safety Measures:
I am practicing staying in place, using a combination of ordering online and some groceries delivered by my son.  Everything is delivered to the porch which I wipe down before bringing inside. I have had to go out to do a few things but use gloves, wipes and hand cleaner.  I wash my hands immediately after getting home.  I practice social distancing.

Remarks: 
I communicate with family and friends using Face Time and texting. I have many little projects that I have put off for quite a while so am spending at least an hour each day focused on getting those caught up.
This is great to keep in touch and see what others are doing.  Very inspiring.

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Ed Barney

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: Since January I’ve been nursing a sore Achilles tendon. So, I’ve been walking about 3 miles a day, stretching and massaging. This past week I’ve started running 3-4 miles every other day. Not too fast just taking it easy and trying to ease into the whole fast paced / racing speed. Time will tell.

Diet:
Typically two meals a day during the stay at home order. Cereal or waffles for breakfast. My wife continually tries to fix nutritious dinners, especially for herself. I try it, but don’t always like it so some days I get my pasta.

Safety Measures:
Haven’t changed a whole lot since I don’t go out much anyway. Since I worked in a thrift store I was always constantly washing my hands anyway. The saddest thing is that I don’t get to see the grand kids much. Lately, I have been practicing my social distancing when I go out and run. Since nobody else is out there, I’m doing a great job.
Remarks:I have been getting motivation from several running buddies, I’ve met online. As I have been working on my master’s program in management they have helped keep me going, not only with my running, but my course work as well. I’m going to graduate the end of June ’20. After that, my goal is to train to run a full marathon in 3:45 by the end of the year. Covid permitting of course.

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Gretchen Ramsdell

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities:  We started working out at the YMCA in February before COVID 19.  Our doctor said it would lower our Diabetes numbers, if we exercised more.  If I worked on core exercises, that would help support my new hip and Scoliosis in my lower back.  Doing weight bearing exercises would help the osteoporosis in my wrists.  We got checked out on the machines in the weight room and started trying out different classes.  Then everything came to a screeching halt after March 15, when the “Y” closed.
Now our exercise regimen has been running and walking on alternate days.  I set my clock radio at 6:12 A.M. so I (and Steve) can get to the Kitsap Sub Base Bangor around 7:00.  The key is to finish my 3 (5 K) miles before “Colors” at 8:00, when the speakers on base blare out “The Star Spangled Banner,” and everyone must stop.  I must say, when I do have to stop, though, I get teary eyed every time, because even the vehicles stop when they see me standing there with my hand over my heart.  On alternating days, we walk around our neighborhood for at least on hour and fifteen minutes.  I like to get it in early in the morning, but I set my alarm a little later at 7:15.  It’s always more relaxing and peaceful when no one is around.
Safety Measures:  The rest of the time, we stay at home.  A couple times a week, I have to run errands for groceries, post office, etc.  My turn signal burned out in my car, and I called ahead to our neighborhood auto repair shop.  When he found the battery, I drove up and sat in the car while he installed it.  We need some stuff done in our house, but that all has to wait. I’ve been washing my hands so much my thumbs are split. I try to keep surfaces wiped everywhere with wipes and wear gloves when I’m out and about.
Diet: Every day I’m trying to make sure we are sticking to a Diabetes diet for both Steve and I, to keep us healthy —– counting calories, carbohydrates, etc.  Occasionally, we get off.  It’s especially hard at night, when watching TV.
Remarks:  Our plans to see our kids and 3 grandchildren in Virginia are on hold.  We’ll miss our granddaughter’s college graduation the middle of May.  All the schools have already been canceled for the year in Virginia.  Our younger son’s plans to visit us have also been postponed indefinitely.  I’m trying to stay positive and not get too stressed out.  I miss all my Silver Strider friends terribly and miss running our races and then eating out afterward along with laughing and sharing stories. I realize how lucky we all are to be part of this group.  Steve and I wish all of you well but, for Pete’s sake, have some chocolate once in a while.  We’re enjoying all your Challenge ’20 write-ups.

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Susan Hall

 Challenge ’20


Fitness Activities:
Running outside 4 days a week and lifting weights

Diet: 
Same as always

Safety Measures: 
Social distancing and washing hands continuously, especially when covered in paint.

Remarks: 
What a great idea and way to keep us all connected! Enjoying this time as an artist retreat, something I have always wanted to do, and applications were not required! Go run, go paint and laugh frequently and often.

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Steve Ramsdell

Challenge ’20 

Fitness Activities: Now that our activities at the YMCA are gone, our exercises are running and walking.  Every other morning, when Gretchen’s clock radio goes off at 6:12, she issues orders, “Okay, Honey, it’s time to get up; we need to run.”  By arriving at the Kitsap Bangor Sub Base by 7:00, we can get our 3 miles in before “Colors.”  I like to run 2-3 miles (sometimes walk a little) around the track. Alternating mornings we get up an hour later to walk in the neighborhood for at least 1 hour, 15 minutes.  I find that even more challenging, because of the hills.  Occasionally, we skip a day, but I don’t remember when that was.  At home, I mow the lawn and work in the yard.

Diet: 
Gretchen is good about keeping me on my Diabetes diet.  She tries to make balanced meals and frequently writes down my daily calories and carbs.  I really like the Glucerma mini bar chocolates that Sandra Madden gave me for my birthday.  We found them at Walmart.  It’s hard to just have one for a snack, though.  Once in a while, Gretchen will give me a break, and we’ll have popcorn, cookies, chocolate, or ice cream.

Safety Measures: 
Most of the time, I’ve been staying at home.  I wash my hands all the time and wear gloves whenever I am out.

Remarks: 
I didn’t realize until all our races ended, how much I missed the camaraderie of all our Silver Strider friends.  There is definitely a hole in our lives without them.  Everyone is supportive and friendly.
I can’t wait for the day when we are with our Silver Strider friends again.  Stay safe.  Thank you, Jerry, for this wonderful opportunity to stay connected!

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Sue Wirsch

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: Exploring walking trails and neighborhoods near home with my Dachshund, Oliver. Edging out new areas of my garden, and moving sod to prepare for a patio in the backyard. Usually head out in the evenings to do a 2 mile round trip walk  to downtown core in Auburn to check out artwork, blooming gardens in the residential streets, and to just breathe. 

Diet: Not much has changed, except I am trying to order something once a week from a small local business to show my support. Definitely enjoying the opportunity to dig out old cookbooks and sharpen my skills!

Safety Measures: Unfortunately I recently lost my full time job, and consulting opportunities right now are non-existent, so sheltering at home has become the new norm. Without having to commute, I am certainly getting more sleep😁. I still go out once a week out for any needed supplies, and usually am picking up items for some of my self-quarantined neighbors, and dropping items on their porch. Using sanitizer, a mask, and social-distancing of 6 feet or more is a must.

Remarks: I have joined a Seattle-area group, Crafters against COVID-19, and have been sewing masks for medical personnel, as well as acting as a “Neighborhood Captain” to distribute kits and collect finished masks from others in the group. Have also dug out my fancy stationary, and have been sending notes to distant friends and family. Email and FaceTime are good, but I always enjoy sending a personal note when I am able, and now have plenty of time. Hoping all of you are well, and I cannot wait until we can meet again. 

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Allen Walker (orange shirt) and family

Challenge ’20

Fitness Activities: During the first couple weeks of the “stay at home” order I spent processing what was happening – and as a result, my activity level was thinking rather than doing. Up to that point I had been training for a local half marathon that was to occur on April 4th (Harstine Island Half Marathon), and when it was cancelled, I pretty much lost momentum on my run training plans. As a temporary replacement, I have been very active doing chores and tasks around the house and property. We have a 7 acre property (we call Sound Rock Ranch) which requires a lot of maintenance, and this time of “rest” has given me time to repair broken fence lines, remove unwanted stumps, and clean up and maintain the pastures. I’ve also knocked off several “honey do” projects around the house! Over the past few weeks I have begun running again, and am training for my next half marathon which will hopefully happen in June.

Diet: My diet hasn’t changed much, and I am still enjoying home-made bread and food cooked from scratch by my wife and daughter. I continue to take my daily vitamins and supplements, and try to keep up with my water consumption. I have found that, with my change of activity from running to household chores and property maintenance, I have gained a few pounds, and will have to work hard to trim back down!

Safety Measures: In the past month, I have been off our property only about four times – It’s a bit surreal to see our town so empty! The next time I go out I will be wearing a mask made by my wife. My group activity dynamics have changed from in-person to online video. We meet with our church online every Sunday, and I meet with our church youth group online every week via a video app called Zoom. My men’s bible study also uses Zoom, so I am still getting social interaction while quarantined at home.

Remarks: The picture I submitted captured the family on a recent sunny day as we all went out for activity. I ran a few miles while my wife, daughter and grand-kids rode their bicycles. Our Daughter, Son-in-law, and three grand kids are living with us while they build their own home. Our life has remained fairly normal through the stay at home mandate… I am working from home full time rather than part time, and spending a lot more time with family related activities. I go “camping” every weekend with my grand-daughters in our motor home parked in our driveway, and we all look forward to our first real camping trip of the year – hopefully it won’t get cancelled! I certainly look forward to getting back together with our Silver Strider family! It’s been disappointing to see run after run get canceled, and I look forward to the day we all can get back to our normal schedule. See you all soon!

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Arne Hales

Challenge 20

Fitness Activities: Walking 4 miles 5 days per week. Climbing stairs and ladders as we paint the interior of our house. I have chosen to curtail my running to rehab some aches and pains that never seem to go away. In mid-April I will begin to slowly rebuild my mileage. Plus add in some strength and stretch routines. Fortunately, I have always used light weights at home so the closure of facilities will not affect that.

Diet: Mostly organic fruits, vegetables, fish and chicken, with a 4 ounce steak or homemade pizza thrown in for good measure. Limiting myself to one or two dark chocolate salted caramels from Costco. Finish most evenings with two pieces of 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s.

Safety measures: Self quarantined to a degree. Our daughter’s family does our Costco shopping (chocolates and wine!). I venture to Trader Joe’s and Sprouts once a week early, maintaining social distance, and washing hands as soon as putting groceries away. My daily walks are with a neighbor friend which is the only ‘dicey’ thing I’m doing, and we keep good space between us.

Goals: With so many races cancelled and no end in sight, I decided to rehab and then concentrate on the races I have already signed up for: Lake Union 10K, and Labor Day Half. Keeping my streak of Grand Prix completions is still doable if we are able to race again by September. Somewhere I need to work in a Marathon. I seriously doubt NODM will happen, and I would not be ready anyway. I have already run that one without proper preparation. Not again.

Remarks: Challenge ’20 articles are helping me to stay focused. When we are allowed to race again, the M75 – 79 age group will be challenging. I’m looking forward to seeing all the Silver Striders at the start line and giving it my best shot.

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Challenge 20

Sandra Madden – (4/12/20) The Universe finally gifted me time to share with my Strider family. Most of you know I’m a Diabetes Educator in the Franciscan Healthcare system, three days a week. As the COVID virus stalked and advanced, non-essential medical visits were canceled. Diabetes appointments were among those affected.  Out of the blue we had no patients, no monthly classes, no support group to facilitate. As an RN I was reassigned to a COVID testing Franciscan clinic five days a week. Until a tent was erected people were screened at the front door then accompanied to an exam room to be tested.

Sandra Madden

I was assigned to the role of a phone triage nurse, dusting off skills I haven’t used for decades. I had no direct patient contact. Yet phone calls from frightened patients were non-stop and the clinic was a chaotic scene of constant activity.

After several weeks of ceaseless bustle life begin to slow down. Fewer  patients were entering the clinic or calling for advice. This was occurring system wide. So last Friday the organization issued voluntary furlough, likely to become mandatory. My services were not needed for triage anymore so I accepted the furlough and applied for unemployment. I had transitioned from crazy busy to inertia in 24 hours!

Fitness Activities: I now have time to run, walk and follow hand weight workouts on YouTube videos daily rather than mostly on weekends.

Diet:  No change in my lean protein and fresh vegetable preference.

Safety Measures:  Masking when grocery shopping, running early in the morning to avoid crowds on the trail. Hand sanitizer and gloves have always been in my car.

Remarks:  Being out of work without a schedule will be challenging. My Diabetes patients and my support group are my passion. I’ve never been unemployed. I intend to view this time as a gift. Organize and Spring clean my home. Enjoy longer runs and walks to fill my day and increase my immunity. Speak more frequently with my Chicago family. And look forward to a healthier, more confident and respectful world.

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Molly Childs

Challenge 20

Fitness Activities: I haven’t done very well the last few weeks. I use workout videos and take long walks.  It’s just not the same.

Diet: It is much easier to maintain my vegetarian diet when I am working out at the Y, doing long runs at Point Defiance, and attending races with The Silver Striders.

Safety Measures: leave the house to grocery shop always wearing a face mask, gloves, and maintaining social distancing of six feet. Policies at most stores have made it not too difficult. I wear a mask during my walks and only put it in place when I encounter others, which is not often. Point Defiance Park is closed but open to walkers, runners, and cyclists. I meet few people after a mile or so and most of them are going much faster than me. Social distancing is a problem I seldom encounter.

Remarks: I was fortunate to find a community garden a few blocks from home. I love digging in the dirt and the taste of a ripe tomato just picked off the vine. Yesterday I put on my mask, pocketed my gloves , and attempted to put on my “it’s okay to get dirty“ gardening clothes. Unfortunately, the pants that were too loose last fall, would not zip. I need to stop baking those “healthy” cookies, and buying the large bags of assorted candy bars at Costco.

I know we all are making the best of this crisis. We will race again, eat breakfast together, and try to score more points than our competitors. I just hope it will be soon.

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Patty Husko


Challenge 20

Fitness Activities: I have to be honest with everyone. Today was the first time I went for a run since the Foothills Dash. With the stay at home order in place, I’ve been working on outdoor projects, keeping me busy and out of trouble. Most of the projects have used upper body strength.
I have picked up more downed limbs from our trees than I can count. Not to mention, while running our sawmill, all the slabs and boards I’ve carried. Some days my arms were just plumb tuckered out. I’m not sure how many miles I put in on a day but I can tell you I slept sound after all the fresh air.
On a funny note, another thing the Huskos have been accomplishing on a daily basis is picking up fir cones from our yard and driveway. This may seem like a silly thing to mention but when your house is surrounded by trees there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of cones. Believe it or not we have picked up 11,117 cones thus far and yes the crazy in us counted them a hundred at a time.

Diet: 
As I have always been someone who has plenty of food in the cupboard and freezer we have not changed our eating habits. In the past I have not taken vitamins. On my daughters insistence I am now taking a multi-vitamin.

Safety Measures: 
Self quarantine is really hard to do especially when fresh fruit, vegetables and milk can be kept just so long in the refrigerator. I have gone to the Elma Thriftway store about every two weeks. I do follow social distancing protocol  and I wear a mask. I wipe down my cart before I shop and, when I get back in my Tahoe, I use hand sanitizer. Also when I get home I wash my hands to the ABC song as my granddaughters instructed.

Goals: 
To get back into running again and not use our hard work as an excuse not to run. Most important goal of all is to be able to share hugs again with my four grandkids,  two daughters, eight siblings, and my Silver Strider family.

Remarks: 
The “Challenge 20” was a really great idea. All the Silver Striders never cease to amaze me. Reading the profiles and learning a little more about everyone has been fun.
As long as we all stay healthy we will see one another again. It’s like running or walking a race.  It just takes one foot in front of the other and we will conquer.

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Kent Sizer


Challenge 20 

Fitness Activities: Started training for the NODM (June 7) following a few weeks of recovery from the Atlanta Marathon March 1. My plan has me running 7 days a week, except for 2 planned rest days before races. However, I end up with 1 or 2 unplanned rest days due to being tired or sore from other activities. One week I followed the plan is: March 30 – 5.1 miles in 36:40, Mar 31 – 8 miles in 58:20 with 3 X 1200 M repeats, Apr 1 – 4.1 miles in 32:52, Apr 2 – 6 miles in 45:11 with 8 X 100M striders, Apr 3 – 4.2 miles in 31:53, Apr 4 – 16 miles in 2:05:30, Apr 5 – 3.7 miles in 28:34. Short runs are in my slightly hilly neighborhood, longer runs are on the Cedar River trail. Never thought running would lead me to civil disobedience!

Diet: A typical day starts out with oatmeal and a few vitamin supplements. Cream of Wheat and no supplements works better for me on race days and Saturday long runs. Lunch is usually bacon and eggs with sautéed veggies and dinner is meat, starch and a veggie. Katie is a good cook so I have no trouble eating healthy portions.

Safety Measures: We do not self-quarantine, but practice social distancing and germ resistance. Mainly we believe staying healthy is the best defense and continuing to run and doing outdoor activities is essential.

Comments: After Atlanta, we visited my son’s family in Jacksonville. We returned on a Thursday evening and I took our boat out early the following Monday, March 16, from Des Moines to a boatyard in Seattle for scheduled work. It was a cold windy day, so I was quite disappointed to find all restaurants closed except a coffee shop. Luckily the marine repair industry is considered essential as I had some repairs to do on the boat. I returned to work on it for several days and followed the guidelines of social distancing. Katie had made us masks which I wore coming and going from the parking lot to the boat just in case. We also use hand sanitizer when we return to the car after getting groceries, etc.

Goals: NODM has become a virtual race with the possibility of the course being marked if the shutdown ends by June 1. I may sign up for the NODM virtual race, but will probably run the Green River marathon on June 6 due to it being close to my home. Either of these runs are intermediate goals to keep me in training for my ultimate goal of winning my age group at the Twin Cities marathon October 4.

Remarks: Enjoy reading the challenge 20 articles, but miss seeing all our Silver Strider friends as well as church friends and family.

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Steve Husko


Challenge 20

Fitness Activities: In the beginning of the COVID-19 social distancing, I only managed a few local country road training runs. Since then I have been taking advantage of the stay at home mandate to do some much needed outdoor cleanup of downed trees and limbs. With mowing season upon us I’ve also picked up rocks in the field to save my mower blades. Truth be told I am a homebody that loves working at home.

Diet: My diet has not changed much except I no longer eat out. No Silver Strider luncheons. The only issue I had was when I ran out of my Costco supply of junk food and k-cups. Thank goodness for daughters and Costco’s old people’s shopping hour. I am going to be alright for awhile. LOL

Safety Measures: I do a lot of greasy and dirty projects outdoors and in my shop and sawmill. Hence, l have always washed my hands frequently. Other then the one trip to Tumwater Costco I have been out twice for diesel for our sawmill.  Yes, I was a good boy and did my part in social distancing and wore my mask.

Goals: Now that we are taking a break from sawing logs, I will be lacing up my running shoes again. My plan is to run the virtual NODM.

Remarks: Enjoyed reading the “Challenge 20” articles. Missing our Silver Strider Family.

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Nick Bailey


Challenge 20

Fitness Activities: Since March 23rd, I have been running approximately three times a week. Two days a distance of 3-6 miles at an easy pace, and one day aiming for a longer distance. I run with Tiare and our friend Isabelle Noiret ,who meets us on one of the trails on the Olympic Peninsula. We are aware of distancing protocols.
Tiare and I entered the Run Amuk mystery race challenge. You run or walk 26.2 miles wherever you want either all at once or in shorter distances during the month of April. Upon completion you notify race director of your distance and time. Within days, you receive a package containing a race shirt from a previously held race, and a medal. you may request a specific shirt and medal and if they have it, you will receive it.
Tiare and I also entered the virtual Run The Peninsula series of 5 races. We go to the actual course and run the miles. It’s a good way to support the race director and the Trail Coalition to keep the trails maintained. With three rescue dogs , I walk daily and get plenty of resistance training holding them back when they want to chase something.
In addition to running, I have spent hours in the yard picking up and hauling fallen limbs the size of small trees, and cutting down a few trees that needed to come down. Most recently I have been cleaning the moss off our roof by hand with a rake standing atop a tall ladder. Imagine that!

Diet: I take a few supplements but mainly get my nutrients from a fairly healthy diet plus an ample supply of home baked goods that Tiare insists on baking.

Safety Measures: I basically stay at home except for necessary errands, running, and taking my Porsches out for a short drive .

Taking my Porsches out for a short drive

We also took our RV to a private campground near the Elwha River. Social distancing was being practiced there and restrooms and shower facilities were closed. WE self quarantined there for 2 days.

Goals: To get back to socializing and seeing our Silver Strider friends and our family.WE have stayed away from our grandchildren which is hard as they bring us so much joy. I have not been allowed to visit my 96 year old mother in dementia care as the facility is on lock down until further notice.
To stay healthy.

Remarks: I wanted to enter my profile in pictures only, but Tiare told me I couldn’t do that!

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Isabelle Noiret


Challenge 20

Fitness activities: On March 15 everything changed and I entered the virtual world.  Teaching became online and I started interaction with my students and colleagues through Zooms. Hopping from one zoom to the next, learning fast new technologies, has been for sure challenging and rewarding at the same time.

I have been running consistently three to four times a week with my friends Tiare and Nick Bailey (keeping our six feet distance) on the Larry Scott and Discovery trails.

We entered the five Olympic Peninsula Virtual races and finished the half marathon last week.  I really enjoyed those virtual races specially with friends.  It has been a good motivator to keep in shape.

The positive aspect of virtual racing is the lack  of pressure to compete but solely  enjoy nature and scenery. When I am not running,  I take my bike for a ride, or  go for a walk and do some gardening.

Diet: My diet has not changed during this period.  I always try to eat healthy foods, a variety of vegetables and meats.

Safety Measures: I use common sense.  When I shop,  I wear a mask, wash my hands, and keep distance from people.

Remarks: 
I am ready to jump back in the real world and interact with my friends again and be able to plan trips.  

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Holly Hall


Challenge 20

Fitness activities: Running is an escape from “shelter in place.” My venues necessitate using my car, which has increased in mileage to run rather than miles in running. Deans, who advised their venues, I’ve managed to run on trails affording less personal contact. Dollars’ examples added to my escapes. Thank you, Striders.

Diet: WhatsApp with relatives in Italy has reminded me of the Mediterranean diet vs. a “fast food” American way. Abode of one, my menu and prep is easy: raw carrot, cup of OJ = veggie and fruit. Meal?

Safety Measures: Only a N95 or equivalent mask will minimally protect me from others. Wearing other masks are thoughtful of others. A NC friend made 2 “Holly” masks I use at runs, P.O., and local grocery store. N95, from medical exam years ago, I reserve for more mass exposure to Covid-19. WA Phase 1 through 3 recommends continued isolation, which is my goal.

Remarks: Included photo is at a running venue after completing a slow 3 miles. Make up? Forget that! Hair? Hide it under a hat! More important is to avoid contact less than 6 feet and continue precautions. Stay moving…

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