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
Fitness Activities: Solo running 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 protien drink (21g).

Safety Measures: Self quarantined
Goal: To be flexible, to improvise, and adapt.
Remarks: 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 coronavirus 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 lots 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 coronavirus. 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 Coronavirus.  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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