Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gone, but not forgotten

I am SO sorry to be SO far behind. It's been, well, quite a time.

I'll try to fill in the blanks, but there's been:

1] seeing an old friend
2] playing with the grandkids
3] speaking at a memorial service
4] riding with the Kyle Petty Charity Ride
5] riding the legendary "Tail of the Dragon"
6] my father's bypass surgery
7] riding a GoldWing at the Honda Homecoming
8] Get from where I was to where I needed to be and back

Anyway, I'm hoping to get back to the laptop soon.

Play nice!!



Tanya O'Neill said...

Life sometimes flys by like the blink of an eye ... blog or grandkids, blog, grandkids, blog, grandkids ..... GRANDKIDS GRANDKIDS GRANDKIDS!!!! (can't emphasise that enough)

I was EXTREMELY fortunate and had both sets of Grandparents till I was about 25 (still have one complete set now), and absolutely treasure all the time we spent with them growing up - have tonnes and tonnes of great memories ...

So enjoy John, let them enjoy you too! You'll continue to be a very important person in their lives ... Grandparents are!

From Antarctic Tanya :)

Leila said...

Dear John,
My name is Leila Dali and I'm a fan of yours because about 5 or 6 years ago, I stumbled upon your book, The Courage to Start. I learned that it wasn't about speed (which I don't have!) or about distance (which I don't have yet. 3.1 miles today! That's my accomplishment after a 2 year injury that left me NOT jogging). I learned through your testimony and your book that ANYONE can jog. ANYONE.

I've been overweight from 3rd grade on. Weight has been such an issue with me especially when I’m with my sister and mom who are VERY SKINNY. I learned about exercise from my roommate in college and have been jogging on and off for 7 years.

The time it took (2 years) to heal from tendonitis and the weight gain (10 lbs) from medication has left me 30-50 lbs overweight (I'm 5'6", 25 years old). But today I jogged 3.1 miles (A HUGE accomplishment!). I actually didn't jog all of those 3.1 miles, to be honest. I walked the first half and just enjoyed myself. I then jogged the second half and forgot I was even jogging.

So thank you for writing your book. Well actually what I'm thanking you for is your honesty and vulnerability in sharing that you were once an overweight couch potato who learned how to waddle. Me too. I’m still 40 lbs overweight but I can still waddle too!

Waddle on friend! Or more like BIKE on!!

Amanda said...

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Mike said...

I'm wondering what protocol John Bingham Racing follows as far as post-race clean up goes. The following is from a Chicago runner's blog:

"Did a second run of 5 miles in the evening. My old cheap headphones
were lost at the half marathon so I entertained myself by counting the
trash I wrote about yesterday. I counted a 1.5 mile stretch of the
path: 40 Gu wrappers, 18 Power Gel wrappers and 27 wrappers from other
companies (cliff shot, sport beans, carb-boom, etc.) I didn't count the
ones I couldn't identify. It's not exactly a scientific study, but
apparently Gu is preferred to Power Gel 2 to 1."

This is from the same runner:

"There is still a ton of trash on the lakefront path from the weekends race. There are literally hundreds of gel wrappers and Gatorade cups along the 3-4 miles where the race followed the lake. I would think that a race that collected $55 from 10,000 people would be able to get someone to pick up all of the crap left behind. People probably shouldn't drop their gel wrappers in between aid stations, but I still think the race should be responsible for picking them up afterwards."

I think it's enormously irresponsible for a company to leave behind this much trash after a race. People live in these neighborhoods, and I feel you owe them the courtesy of cleaning up the mess you left.

Thank you,
Mike Salkowski

The One and Only Tigger said...


I found your book today at Borders (you sold another one,yea.) I googled your name and found your website, which I read just about every page with great appreciation that there are other people out there that are not fast or go a long distance like me. I have been looking for the motovation to keep me running, I currently get bored with it, and that is what I was doing at the book store. I added your slogan on my blog page, and gave credit to you, I hope that you do not mind. I will be posting regularly to my blog about your book, good or bad. I wish you the best of luck on your races, and hope to see you at the Rock and Roll marathon in Tempe, AZ. I hope to hear from you when you have the chance.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your books, magazine columns and website. To date I have lost 214 pounds and owe some of it to running. "The miracle isn't that I finished, it's that I had the courage to start". Now that I've started I can't stop. I'm loving it! I'm registered to run my first marathon in January. Disney World here I come! Thanks for all your encouragement. I hope to get a chance to hear you speak soemtime soon.

Waddle on Friend!

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