From Middleburg, Florida

Met some people from Florida. They have an alzheimers connection. Her grandmother is blind and the grandfather has alzheimers.
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Pictures from today

These were all taken at Amicalola Falls in North Georgia.

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The latest alzheimers news

http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2014/07/23/we-are-a-long-way-from-an-alzheimers-cure/

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Where am I and what am I doing?

In Holly Springs and trying to learn a lot about managing my resources. No running today. I did some light weight exercise. I feel like I want to do some more exciting stuff like the stairs this last Saturday.

Making some phone calls and trying to learn about the political process so I will know how to possibly help in that area.

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We have to get to the voters

2 ladies walk in a Senators office. He asked them to sit down. They take a seat and he listens to them for an hour. They are they’re talking about the Alzheimers problem and asking him for laws and money that may help in their fight. They get up and shake hands with the senator and leave. He calls the interns and his paid workers in. He tells them that two very nice people just left his office. They were very articulate and dressed beautifully. They were very polite and very well versed on their subject. He tells the interns to go find out if the problem they were talking about is on the radar, of the voters in his area. They come back in an hour or maybe even a couple days, and they tell him that it does not seem to be on the radar of his voters. He turns to other issues immediately.

An over simplification of the process, possibly but maybe not.

If it does work this way, then we need to get to the voters. They are the ones that need to know how bad alzheimers disease is getting, and how much its going to cost us in both people’s lives and in money.

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What a beautiful & Awesome picture

Just look at Wilson !! What a machine !!

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Will I do this again? Oh yes….I left something. I have to go back…..

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I left 2 quarters in a very special place. I will go back one day. Yep, I will get my 50 cents.

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A special thanks to my mom

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She never pays much attention when I thank her. She just says “you”re my son”. She never brings it up, that she has helped me, so much, with this fight with Alzheimers, and I mean never. She is very encouraging to me, and yep, you bet she worries. She worries every day. She has also helped me a lot with finances, you know money. We have an awesome relationship and talk 3-4 times every day. Mom will be 86 years old on October 28th. She does not look it, but she is.

Thanks Mom !!

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A drastic improvement for me

When you run solely for recreation and exercise, your pace is less important than getting in a good workout and meeting your distance goals. If you challenge yourself to improve your speed or to beat your personal record, your running pace becomes more significant. Meet your time goal by running with a pacer, who helps you to stay on track by maintaining a specific time per mile.

In 2011 when I went up and down the stairs at Amicalola Falls 50 times I maintained a pace of 1 round trip every 20 minutes. Saturday I went up and down those same stairs 55 times and this time I was able to maintain a pace of 17 minutes, per round trip. A huge difference. Both were done in July. That is big for me.

This year was different, and what a difference it was. Mark Lein showed up, unannounced, water in hand and his running clothes on, and ready to do something he has done many times before. He has been a pacer in the 100 mile races in the wild and beautiful mountains of Colorado many times. His knowledge of endurance sports, his upbeat personality and his own personal endurance made a huge difference for me. He kept me on track for the rest of the day.

Another physcological lift for me was the Riblet family and the Stormant family showing up, to encourage me. I can’t tell you enough, how important it is to be encouraged with words, body language and tone, by people you love.

A perfect ending to a tough day

I know my daughter well. On my final and very tiring last trip up the stairs at Amicalola Falls yesterday, I had a thought. She will gather up 4 or 5 or 6 people and ask them to cheer for me as I finish a pretty tough job. I was a little bit wrong. Look at how many and look at how awesome these people are. I never let them know about it because I walked away, just in time, but for whatever reason, I was very emotional. I appreciate my daughter and I appreciate all of these awesome folks. Wow, what a great ending for a long, hard day.

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