Wednesday, November 26, 2014

THANKS

As a premature, late Autumn snowfall covers the ground here in Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Eve, it really is time to reflect and be thankful.

After I post this, I will go out for a four mile run. It will be slow, treacherous and tedious. I will receive strange looks from folks shoveling their sidewalks, sneers and jeers from motorists, and may have to dodge an occasional snowball from a precocious little kid.

But I will love it, because I'll be doing what I love. After have wallowed in despair due to an injury, I'm grateful to be out on the roads despite what Mother Nature may hurl at me.

Most of you have been there. It's ok to occasionally blow off a workout for whatever reason we may choose, but being forced to do so due to injury or infirmity?...I don't think so.

Be thankful for every training step you take.

Over the weekend, my wife and I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon. My daughter and son-in-law ran the marathon, and we got together with running friends from across the country,

For a good family and good friends I am extremely thankful.

I am thankful for you. Although I would love to run a few miles with all of you, that may never happen. I feel a bond with all those, from around the world, who read my running blogs. Thank you for reading them. How cool it is to write and rant.

Thank you to the many folks who have bought my books. To be able pass along stories, advice, and the accomplishments of some remarkable runners to other runners is a privilege for which I am thankful. Check out my books by visiting: www.muldowneyrunning.com

In my latest book, "Personal Best," I write about my personal experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon. After witnessing terror first-hand, I am more thankful than ever for the gifts of family and friends. After the events of that day, we have all become "Boston Strong."

Time to go out and slog through a slushy mess. And...I'm thankful for the opportunity to do so.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

                                                        Thanksgiving Snow




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CYBER MONDAY-$9.99

From now until Cyber Monday,December 1, if you visit my website, www.muldowneyrunning.com, you can purchase my latest book, "Personal Best," at the lowest price ever offered: $9.99+Shipping and Handling. My first book, "Running Shorts," is available for the same price. AND, I'll be happy to personally sign the copies for you and get them in the mail promptly.

My books make great Holiday gifts for runners, or for those who need inspiration to run.

Check out a description of my latest book, as well as reviews from readers of it at:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

THE HEARTH?...NAH...THE FINISH LINE

Many families gather 'round the hearth as the Holiday season approaches. 

For the Muldowneys, though, a Holiday family get-together took the form of a Philly foot festival.

And, no Holiday gathering could have been more satisfying.

On Saturday, at the expo, we met running friends Felix Shipp, Eric Koehler, Mary Landrigan-Ossar, and Chuck Ziegenfus, face-to-face, for the first time. Felix came up from Mississippi; while Mary came down from Massachusetts. For the past couple of years, we have become like family on a Facebook running community called, "Running For the Health of It." The page was started by personal trainer, now owner of his own fitness center, Troy Leatherbury. The aforementioned Felix Shipp's story of his running journey is featured in my latest book, "Personal Best." www.muldowneyrunning.com.

Our meeting was like a gathering of old friends. Felix exclaimed that "The world is like a golf ball," and he's right. The shrunken cyber world brought us all together. Each of these fine individuals had a terrific race at Philly.

The weather on race day was perfect, and my pre-Thanksgiving family outing was magnificent.

My wife, Crissy, who had never run a race longer than 5 Miles, ran in honor of her mother, who she lost to cancer in August. Her time of 2:16:39 for the half marathon, was terrific. My awesome  son-in-law, Mike Silverstrini, ran his personal best marathon time of 4:15:56, and my daughter Kelly also reached a personal best marathon time of 5:23:06. Words cannot describe how proud I am of their efforts. For me, on May 8, 2013, my orthopedic surgeon looked at the MRI of two torn hamstring tendons and proclaimed, "You might be able to run 5K races again." So, to cross the line at 1:53:13 for a half marathon was a post-injury personal best for me as well.

I love the City of Philadelphia, and I have raced more there in 38 years than in any other city.

The mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, not only delivers a pre-race pep talk, but remains at the finish line, "high fiving" runners as they complete their races..

Pennsylvania's Governor-Elect, Tom Wolf was there as well. His daughter ran the marathon.

The enthusiastic spectators, the legion of volunteers, and the support of city leaders make the Philadelphia Marathon one of America's premiere marathon events.

I enjoyed spending the weekend there with my extended running family.







                                                          Joe, Felix, Eric, Chuck, and Mary

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PEOPLE ARE TALKING


I am humbled by the reviews from people from across the country. Check out the link below.

This is a great gift for the runner on your shopping list. And, if you buy the book from my webpage: www.muldowneyrunning.com, I'll send you a signed copy.



http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Muldowney/e/B00PHI7ZG2


GREAT RUNNERS...GREAT WORKS

Mike Marsteller is an accomplished runner.

At an early age, he tragically lost his father to cancer..

Combining his athleticism with his dedication to a cause greater than himself, he established the HCM Foundation: www.hcmfoundation.org.The foundation has a single, simple purpose: to assist cancer victims'family in paying their everyday bills. He also travels to schools, offering motivational speeches.

Today, he and I toured America's Oldest Brewery, Yuengling, in my hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

It was great to spend an afternoon with a dedicated young man, who chooses to pay it forward, selflessly giving back to his community.

Mike's a great runner, but he's an even greater human being.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GEARING UP...AND...LOVING IT!

The sun was devoid of thermal energy today. The November 18 temperature reading was 21 degrees, and the 'real feel' hovered around 9 degrees. Trash can lids flew about resembling UFOs.

It was brutal out there.

Preparations were tedious. Body parts needed to be covered, petroleum jelly was slathered on the cheeks. It took a while to gear up, and...I loved it!

Don't get me wrong. I like cold weather about as much as I like a colonoscopy, but, as the late-January temperatures tested us today, I thought of my friend, Mike Dicello.

Mike, 52, has been an avid runner and competitor for over 25 years. Like all of us battle-scarred running veterans, he has suffered injuries, and has gone on to overcome then.

During last year's brutal winter, in my town, where the streets are riddled with potholes resembling the lunar surface, he stepped into one of the craters during a training run, and tumbled to the ground, injuring his hip. Possessing a runner's high tolerance for pain, he attempted to "run through it," until the pain became unbearable.

He finally broke down and visited an orthopedic specialist, and the initial diagnosis was bleak: he may need a hip replacement.

Although the diagnosis was modified and surgery was not immediately needed, running was out of the question, and still is.

Stunned, disappointed, yet undaunted, Mike rides an exercise bike two hours a day now, in order to maintain cardiovascular fitness.

So, amid today's polar conditions I thought about Mike. I also thought about Troy Leatherbury, founder of  Running for the Health of It, a Facebook group that boasts over 1,100 members. Troy recently underwent surgery for a torn achilles tendon.

Both of these men, who place a high value on fitness, would have been out there on the road today, conquering the elements.

 Injuries, not laziness, complacency or icebox temperatures, prevented them from doing
so.

Take that extra time to gear up. Stop the whining, get out there and do what you love to do, no matter what the conditions may be, because it can be taken away from you by the snap of a bone or by the tear of a tendon.



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My first book, "Running Shorts," is also available at 30% off.

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