Category Archives: Across The Land

Mom wanted to visit someone that was just released from the hospital . . .

Mom is 91 years and I have been with her over 4 years. It’s not something I love doing, but it is my responsibility. I show up, I do the work.

Yesterday a friend of ours came home from a lengthy hospital stay. Mom wanted to go visit her. I objected. She was fine with that. This morning she brought it up again, and I objected again. She asked me to ask her doctor. Reluctantly I did, but I told her that no matter what they said, my objection would stand.

The lady that answered assured me that she knows who mom is and is qualified to answer the question.

Her answer . . . “absolutely not”

Covid-19, according to many, is extremely dangerous. I am taking it very seriously!

I do understand her wanting to see our friend, but we will not be doing that right now. Hopefully the lady will understand.

21,568 miles so far

This blog post will be viewable to all, but it’s to record information for me, about the miles on foot since June 1, 2012. Most of the time I have rounded down.

These miles are all unofficial, but a pretty good job of tracking has been done.

There are no “firsts” here, no “records” and I’m not looking for any endorsements. This is, I think it would be safe to say, my record of the miles for my use and for any readers to ponder about, or not.

From June 1st, 2012 until today, March 17th, 2020, my on foot miles have been at least 21,568 miles. That’s an average of approximately 7.5 miles a day for 7.79 years.

The miles counted during my full time advocacy were exercise type miles. That time frame was June 1st, 2012 until January 24th, 2016, approximately 15,000.

The miles counted on foot as a part time advocate were a bit different. I’m gonna call it total miles on foot, exercise or not from January 25th, 2016 until today, March 17th, 2020, 6,205.

During the full time advocacy the exercise miles were so many that there were probably not many that were not. During the part time advocacy Samsung Health recorded about half of my miles were considered “healthy miles”

With that in mind, here is another distinction. Approximately 18,100 of the miles were at a pace that was at a pace that probably gave me an aerobic workout. So for the last 7.79 years I have been getting at least, on average, a 30 minute aerobic workout daily.

There will be other races at other times

We met several years ago and we stay in touch.

Sometime in the last year or two, it came to my attention that she had participated in over 40 races. I knew she was a runner, but had no idea where all she had been and what all she had done.

She chose to take a long break because of new additions to the family.

A few weeks back she told me it was time to select a time and place to compete again.

She signed up and the training began, but then the virus showed up. Her race hasn’t been cancelled yet, but she’s thinking it may be.

Her attitude towards that possiblity is worthy of note, and extremely inspiring to me. She said there will be more races, at another time, and I will be there!

The oatmeal and the sciatica

The elderly man asked the cashier if they had a certain type of oatmeal. She went to look real quick, it wasn’t far. The man turned to the others in the line and apologized. The responses were all friendly.

It was easy to see he was in pain and he was using a cane.

Several minutes later he was struggling to put the bags of groceries in his truck. I realized then the pain must have been terrible. As he put the last bag in, I made it to him and asked if he minded if I returned the cart.

He thanked me profusely. He was extremely grateful! I assumed the pain he would have experienced, on that short walk, may have been horrific.

This post is not about a small act of kindness. It is about the sincerity and appreciation a man felt.

Some thoughts about the virus


I believe we have an extremely serious issue here. That statement is based on policies that are being implemented.

I’m pretty sure the experts use models that vary according to data entered. There’s probably a low estimate and a high one for infected, hospitalized, death . . .

My hope comes from realizing we can make conscious decisions that will affect those numbers.

We must manage this situation with a series of smart moves. Time will, of course, tell.

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate. This is the dilemma we face, but it should not stop us from doing what we can to prepare. We need to reach out to everyone with words that inform, but not inflame. We need to encourage everyone to prepare, but not panic.” — Michael O. Leavitt, 2007

Some words about a pandemic

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate. This is the dilemma we face, but it should not stop us from doing what we can to prepare. We need to reach out to everyone with words that inform, but not inflame. We need to encourage everyone to prepare, but not panic.” — Michael O. Leavitt, 2007

March 15th 2020

Things are good here. We listen to the stuff about the virus, use common sense and keep going. Sure, it’s affecting us, but there is always stuff coming at us. With all this stuff going on, somebody still has to wash the dishes.

This picture is from today.

An elderly friend, twenty years my senior, told me he’s struggling with his memory and having trouble walking.

The Slow Jogging has changed my life.

A book that contains the stories of 27 folks that crossed America on foot has been published and is for sale on Amazon.

Mine has been ordered.

I’ve been showing up, doing the work!!

Slow jogging is an extremely important part of my life

In 2016 a new chapter of my life began, and I became a caregiver. Shortly after arriving at mom’s, an accident occurred with her little dog and the fall aggravated my arthritic hip. Nothing broken, but the pain I had already been experiencing, while running, was more intense.

2017 was a tough year for me. It was becoming clear to me that the caregiving job would be a long one and that many things in my body were changing. I had been running, jogging and walking some monster miles for five years, but the total for this year was 710.

2018 began with me having a little more determination. No more running and most of the miles on feet for this year were walking, and some jogging. I went for many weeks with no jogging at all, only walking. The miles on foot increased to 2112. I felt like I was no longer getting enough aerobic exercise.

Sometime in the latter part of 2018 the jogging resumed, but slower and with a shorter stride. The pace was about the same as my walking pace. I donned my heart rate monitor and found the light jogging resulted in an increase in heart rate of about ten beats per minute over walking, and a better aerobic workout than walking.

The decision was made, slow jogging works for me. It made me wonder how many of my friends that felt like they needed to hang up their shoes, could maybe, put em back on again.

Here’s a YouTube video my daughter made. It shows my speed.

This is important to me, the steps . . .

This is a photo from a few months back. Mom’s house is off to my left.

The 10,000 steps per day is a piece of the foundation for my fitness. As I post this we are 73 days into 2020, and my per day average is 10,319.

In reviewing the year so far, there’s been 24 days of the 73 that I did not take 10,000 steps. That surprises me and I want to be more consistent than that.

It feels good to show up and do the work though.

COVID-19: What we know so far about the 2019 novel coronavirus – UChicago Medicine