Monthly Archives: May 2015

5/31/2015

Arrived at Amicalola Falls and headed out immediately to travel a few miles and talk. A little over 13 miles for the day. It rained and things became slick. I stayed focused. I don’t need to fall. It’s a little humid.

My knee is doing well. The little bit of pain I experienced yesterday has diminished even more.

Rachel, your story is pretty awesome. You inspire me.

173 miles total for the Georgia project at the end of day 16
13,282 miles on my feet for the Alzheimer’s Association. Been doing this since June 1, 2012. That is 1094 days.

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5/31/2015 pictures

Some of these folks have an alzheimers connection .

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An awesome group of folks. I like em because they said I was something. …. lotsa laughs

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This young man makes beautiful carvings with a chain saw. This is just outside of the park at “Under the Hemlock”
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5/30/2015

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Started at midnight and ended around 9:00 am. The net was 9 miles in 9 hours. Stopped to rest on a bench for a few minutes and fell asleep for 2 hours. At Amicalola Falls you’re mostly ascending or descending. Almost 1,470 feet of climbing in these 9 miles.

I can feel a little bit of tenderness around my left knee. I think it may be from the damage to the front of the knee from the fall. I lost a good bit of skin.

I received my “The Longest Day” performance shirt today.
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160 miles total for the Georgia project at the end of day 15
13,269 miles on my feet for the Alzheimer’s Association. Been doing this since June 1, 2012. That is 1093 days.

5/29/2015

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Amicalola Falls State Park today to run, jog, walk and talk for 15 hours. Started at 9:00 am, finished at 12:00 midnight. 26 miles. 9,687 feet climbed today.

151 miles total for the Georgia project at the end of day 14

13,260 miles on my feet for the Alzheimer’s Association. Been doing this since June 1, 2012. That is 1092 days.

The photographers

These two stopped and asked if they could take a couple of pictures for me. I appreciate that very much.

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support group meetings

If you will, and you are dealing with alzheimers disease, please consider calling 1.800.272.3900  That is the 24 hour helpline at the Alzheimer’s Association. Your call will be answered by a trained counselor. Ask them about support group meetings in your area. Take a chance. It may help, it may not, but it may be worth at least attending 1 and finding out. A trained counselor will be there and folks that are dealing with this horrific disease probably will be also. Just try, it may help you as a caregiver and the person you are caregiving for.

5/28/2015 blog post

Headed to Alpharetta, Georgia early to see an old friend and have lunch with him. Bill Glass has a mom and she has alzheimer’s disease.

Started raining on the return trip to Holly Springs. Soon that was joined by thunder and lightning. 

I actually got a mile in by walking and jogging around in circles in Ryan’s garage.

1mile today. 125 miles total for the Georgia project at the end of day 13

13,234 miles on my feet for the Alzheimer’s Association. Been doing this since June 1, 2012. That is 1091 days.

My knee is starting to feel better from the fall yesterday at the YMCA in Canton, Georgia.

After pushing to hard yesterday, today feels good.

Little tired this morning

Ran a little over 10 miles with my buddy yesterday. She is always very accommodating with our pace. I usually just go how I need and she understands and stays near.

She is so strong and the pace she can maintain at age 45 amazes me. Yesterday, I lost a little control of myself and tried to stay at her pace to much. I can feel it this morning.

I have to remember to go to my strengths, not hers. I wish I could stay up with her, but those days are over for me. She is so strong.

I appreciate her always accommodating her “old” running buddy.

No harm done

No knee pain this morning from the fall yesterday evening. Lost some skin, so I have the normal pain that goes along with that if something hits it, but no joint pain.

Lost focus in an area where the road was pretty torn up and I needed to be focused on each step.

No harm done.

I fell this afternoon

I ran 10 miles this morning in Ellijay, Georgia. I thought that would be it.

This evening at at my grandsons soccer practice I did some more.

My foot caught a very raised area in the pavement. Usually something like this would not hinder me. I wondered at first if it was tiredness or not focusing. Thinking about it later, I remember someone speaking and giving me a slight wave. I think I lost my focus.

I slid on my left knee on rocky pavement.  I lost skin. Cleaned it up thoroughly. Looks worse than it is.

Lost focus. I need to get better. The other few times I have fallen have been focus problems. A lot of miles I did not lose my focus.