July 4, 2015: Spent an hour and a half at the Harrisburg Oregon Fourth of July parade with two friends. It was my first time at the event. It provided a simple stream of visual sweetness. Some of my photos follow, unfortunately void of the sounds of delighted children. Please enjoy.
Half Marathon Walks (13.1 miles)
2014 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles
2013 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles
2013 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K
2011 North American Outgames 5K
2011 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles
2010 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K
2009 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K
2008 Michel J Fox 5K
2008 Portland Marathon Walk (almost completed, 20 miles)
2008 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K
2008 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles
2007 Eugene Half Marathon 5K: 49 minutes and 8 seconds
2007 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K
2007 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles
Wishing all Mom’s a mellow day, full of sunshine.
Some mothers who have passed on but remain in my heart’s memory.
Now for mothers still with us:
Tuesday May 5th, we walked (sauntered) a half mile more than the 13.1 miles of a half marathon. We started our casual stroll along the route at 10:30 a.m. and crossed the finish line at Hayward Field at 4:30 p.m. We needed to stop for traffic here and there so our actual walking time came in at 4.5 hours. With a faster pace, jogging the downhill segments and cutting a 1/2 mile off our distance on Sunday May 10th, we should complete walking the Half Marathon in 3.5 hours.
Our walk will start at approximately 7:15 a.m. and we should cross the finish line at UO’s Hayward Field at approximately 10:45-11:00 a.m.
You can follow our progress by knowing our bib numbers (Mary is #5547) and I am #5107. To follow our progress you will need to go to the Eugene Marathon Homepage at http://www.EugeneMarathon.com There will also be real time updates automatically posted to my Facebook and Twitter account (@oregonvermont).You may also watch a live video of the finish from the Eugene Marathon Homepage link above. All of you can follow the fun of the Eugene Marathon with the #BestofEugene hashtag
As we finish up on Sunday, you may spot us as we enter the track at Hayward Field at 15th and Agate or sit in the West Grandstands to watch us cross the finish line or meet up with us in Field Number 1 located just WEST of Hayward’s West Grandstand by entering through the Spectator’s entrance and looking for the RED balloons.
Please support Occupy Medical (Eugene); it provides free medical services to people in our community. They have been working at it every Sunday Noon-4 p.m. at the Park Blocks for several years now. I simply help by showing up at 10 a.m. most Sundays and helping other volunteers to set up three large tents. It takes about an hour and a half, quicker if it rains! Please see: occupy-medical.org for a variety of ways you can help.
I’ve been getting into shape to walk the Half Eugene Marathon again. I started my preparations on Valentine’s Day. As of today (April 20, 2015), a little over two months later, I have lost 7.6 pounds and have got my daily walking distance consistently in the range of 5 to 7 miles. I’m biking three times per week for ten miles. My treadmill one mile is down to 14.5 minutes.
I’ve got my outside walking pace down to 16 minutes per mile.
I now need to ratchet things up a bit as there are less than three weeks left before the start of the Eugene Half Marathon (May 10th, Mother’s Day). I am dedicating this walk to my mom, see photo below.
I am hoping for an official pace between 13.5 and 14.0 minutes per mile for the 13.1 mile walk. If I keep to this pace I should complete the half marathon in a little over 3 and a half hours. (I do run a bit on the downhill parts of the course, so my actual walking rate can be a little higher than my overall goal.)
Runners and Walkers from 48 states and 8 countries are planning to participate.
I hope some of my friends are either at the start line or the finish line (15th and Agate) along side of the famous Hayward Field. This year’s walk might be unique for me as I may just have a woman friend walking with me.
Stay tuned for the results come May 10th, 2015
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I attended a full day workshop titled PRESS PUBLISH held by WordPress in Portland Oregon on March 28, 2015. WordPress.com is a blog WEB hosting service provider owned by AUTOMATTIC and powered by the open source WordPress software. It provides free blog hosting for registered users supported by paid upgrades, advertising and premium options. It was their first (inaugural) conference dedicated to BLOGGING. You can see a list of the topics covered at http://presspublish.events/events/portland/
I enjoyed all speakers but two were exceptional: Erick Prince-Heaggans and Jerry Mahoney.
Erick’s topic was titled: “Around the world in 80 posts.”
He wants to be the first African American male to visit every country in the world. So far he has visited 73. He is a professional photographer and blogs to help make things better for others. His talk was full of passion and give-and-take with the audience.
His blog can be found at http://minoritynomad.com/minority-travel-blog/
I dined at his table at lunch; he gave me contact information for a man who has blogged about travelling the world – without ever flying.
Erick is also owner and CEO of MinorityNomad.com and Founder of A World Beyond Youth Exploration. You can read more about this organization at http://www.aworldbeyondyouth.com/
Jerry’s topic was titled: “Which Came First, The Book Or The Blog?” His blog can be found at http://jerry-mahoney.com/best-oblog/
Jerry’s first published book, “Mommy Man: How I Went From Mild-Mannered Geek to Superdad” is about the crazy road he and his boyfriend took to become dads. You can find more information about his book at http://jerry-mahoney.com/mommy-man-the-book/ His talk was humorous and substantive.
I learned a lot from the 15 sessions I attended which included technical topics on widgets, add-ons, use of statistics, phone camera photo techniques, videos upload tools, theme selection, comment management, blog customization, publicizing, monetizing, tagging, categorizing and more.
But more importantly I had the opportunity to listen to a variety of women and men share their passion for blogging, explain how they attained a wide readership and describe how much effort they put into their craft. Several speakers triggered specific thoughts on how I might do a better job with my own blog.
I even got one-on-one help (in the Happiness Lounge) with improving my own blog, including help upgrading (free for a year) to the premium version of WordPress.
Please note that my blog is now at journeysofaheart.com (no longer at journeysofaheart.wordpress.com)