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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 10

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THE GREAT OAK TREE

Welcome to Episode 10 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we learned more about good versus evil from Reverend Peterson. Then we followed Dad on the second leg of his magic tour. Today we’ll be in the audience when Dad attempts real magic before a packed house. Enjoy!

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 9

THE GREAT OAK TREE

Welcome to Episode 9 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we saw the photographic evidence that Reverend Peterson was at Lake Tahoe with his family on July 4th, so he couldn’t have been the evil magician who shot the crimson red laser at James and Dad. The we went with James, Mom, and the Russells to the Tabernacle where we learned new ways to bring peace on earth into reality. Today we’ll experience an additional taste of good versus evil during the sumptuous feast in the Tabernacle Parish Hall. Then we’ll follow Dad on the second leg of his magic tour.

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 7

Thanks for joining me for Episode 7 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we rode along the river with James, Grace, and Amos to the triple-trunk tree, where they found several clues that could lead to the identity of the evil magician. We also heard from Mom that she believes Dad has real magical powers. Mom then took the clues to Charlie Connors of the FBI. Continue reading Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 7

YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 6

Welcome to Episode 6 of Young Mister Wugidgem. In Episode 5 we saw James and Dad narrowly dodge a crimson red laser beam, fired by an evil magician. Today we’ll follow James, Amos, and Grace as they ride their bikes along the river to the triple-trunk  tree, where the beam originated, to look for clues. Then Mom enlightens James with her discovery about Dad’s magic. To listen to this week’s podcast, please click on the link just below:

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If want to read ahead, you can purchase Young Mister Wugidgem in paperback from the printing division of Amazon, Createspace. Here is the link:

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Thanks for listening to Episode 6 of Young Mister Wugidgem, if you did. There will be 16 more episodes. If you didn’t listen, go ahead, click on the podcast link above. I  believe you will enjoy those 25 minutes.

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Young Mister Wugidgem-Episode 4

Thank you for clicking in this week for the continuation of Young Mister Wugidgem. We’ve gone back to 1994 which marks the beginning of James Wugidgem’s own magical journey. For those of you who were with me for the previous 5 books in this series, you’ll know Mister Wugidgem is Debby and Michael Clark’s magical mentor.

Last week we raced along with James and his Dad on his 13th birthday as they eked out a victory in the father and son three-legged race. We also met Ben, the class bully. We won’t see him again in this story, but we surely will in the next. Today, we’ll run along the sideline with James and his best friend, Amos, as they cheer on Grace and Mrs. Russell in the mother and daughter three-legged race!  Here is the direct link: 

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In Episode 5 we’ll follow James, Grace, and Amos down to the riverbank across from where the July 4th fireworks will be launched, where they spot a suspicious person in the trees. Then, during the fireworks finale, James and Dad come face to face with evil! 

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YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 3

Welcome to Episode 3 of Young Mister Wugidgem.  Last week we saw James Wugidgem rescue Whiskers the Cat with imagined, or possibly real, tiny white beams of light springing out the tips of his fingers and thumbs. Then we learned the fundamentals of three-legged running, both physical and mental, as James and his Dad trained for the July 4th father and son competition. Continue reading YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 3

Young Mister Wugidgem-Episode 2

Thanks for logging on today! In the first episode, we went back in time to July 4th, 1994, when Debby and Michael Clark’s magician mentor, Mister Wugidgem, turned 13 years old. We caught a glimpse of the strange and weird happenings in James’ life. Today we’ll see the context of those events.

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Next week we’ll see the final results of the father and son three-legged race. Then we’ll watch Grace and Mrs. Russell compete in the mother and daughter three-legged race. Please join me then.

If you can’t wait to find out what happens over the next 22 weeks, please let me know, and I will send you the link to the complete paperback book site.

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Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life-Episode 27+Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom-Episode 10

Welcome to the latest post of Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life.  I am also continuing to include another Episode of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom.  If you would like to listen to this Running Post, please click on this link:

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Since I have injured myself last month, I have been exercising no more than just walking, that is until the end of last week.  On Friday I ran so slowly that I could have walked faster!  Just kidding.  But I did walk 60% of the time, however, especially going uphill.  During the 40% of the time that I did run, I felt a few twinges at the bottom of my Gastrocnemius Calf muscle and the top of my Soleus Calf Muscle, which connects to the Achilles tendon.  Whenever I did feel a twinge, I stopped running, and walked for a while.  At the end of the 3 mile run I felt very good.  It was great to be back running again!

On the following day I only walked, and then repeated the 3 mile easy run the next day, Sunday.  That time I walked about 55% of the time and ran easily for 45%.  On Monday I only walked again.  But I did another easy 3 miler on Tuesday, and that time I ran 60% of the time and walked 40%.  On Wednesday I played 9 holes of golf and was pain free.  On Thursday, I went to the track, warmed up well and then did some “speed play”; i.e. 8 alternating medium speed 100 meter strides, with 100 meter fast walks between.  I did not feel any twinges in either my right Soleus or Gastrocnemius Calf muscles.   Surprisingly I felt an occasional twinge in my left Soleus Calf muscle during the last few 100 stride repeats, which had not been bothering me at all!  I rested one day, and then did an easy 4 ¼ mile run.  This time I was totally pain-free!

I had remained injury free for over a year, focusing on long, slow runs and plenty of rest and cross-training (i.e. walking, stretching, push-ups, crunches, and golf) between the runs.  It was only recently that I added more than 10% to my long runs every 2 weeks, and I was running 2 days in a row, without resting or cross-training between them.  And the worst thing was when I did feel that first pain in my Soleus Calf Muscle last month, I did not stop!  I kept running up that hill at my tempo pace!  Just plain pig-headed…..

This brings me to my writing.  I have published and podcasted a Thriller and 5 Children’s Fantasies.  I have been including podcast links to the first 9 episodes of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom, the last Fantasy, in the posts over the last few months.  Today I am including Episode 10 of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom.  Here is the link:

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RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 22 PLUS EPISODE 5-MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE FACES OF FREEDOM

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Welcome to a “Double-Header” today.  First up is Episode 22 of my regular blog, Running, Writing and Traveling for Life.  Then stay tuned of Episode 5 of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom.

Over the past 4 weeks, I have done 1 day of interval training, followed or preceded by a long run, with no rest day between.  I felt fine during each of the workouts, but I was exhausted on the third and fourth days.   I only felt ready for my tempo run after resting on the third and fourth days.  This week I will rest one day between the intervals day and long run day, and then see if I can handle the tempo run after only one or two days of either walking or resting.  In fact, since I started writing this, it’s now later in the week, and I have done my intervals, rested one day, and then done my long run yesterday.  I feel much better this week than last.

There are some of us among the Masters Runners who can run every day and be able to handle the work load.  My guess is that they have been running daily for decades, and they’ve learned to stop running at this first hint of injury.  I have been running for decades, but have had several layoffs, due to injury or burnout, during those years.  For me, from time to time I feel tired and need to overcome inertia to actually get out there and run.  The majority of the time when I do don my running gear and do start putting one foot in front of the other, by the time I am warmed up, I feel good, and I do my workout.  There are times, however, when I don’t feel good, so I end the workout and surrender to recovery.  It is hard to truly discern when your body actually needs a rest day and when your lazy mind is playing tricks on you.

As I have mentioned recently, I am using the winter to focus on slow, longer runs to build up my strength.  It seems to be working, based on slightly improving interval training, with more reps, faster times, and lower rest times between the reps.  I have also adopted Jeff Galloway’s (www.jeffgalloway.com) exhortation to weave walking breaks into the normal running periods, particularly in the beginning and middle parts of the long run.  This way I feel I am able to actually run further and, of course, with less effort.  There is one route I run that has a steep uphill, six-tenths of a mile long, about 1.5 miles from the finish, and I do insert walking breaks here as well.  These walking breaks have also enhanced my enjoyment of the long runs, if only being able to absorb my surroundings more fully.   

Once again I want to encourage you to sit down in a quiet space daily to do affirmations, if you have not started to do it already.  I have seen some of the 22 affirmations become part of my automatic behavior already.  This is a slow process and is most effective if you repeat the affirmations at morning and at night.  If you would like to see my earlier comments on this powerful process, please click on:

http://allanwchapman.com/2013/12/19/running-writing-and-traveling-for-life-episode-12/

http://allanwchapman.com/2014/05/26/running-writing-and-traveling-for-life-episode-15/

 

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Please be with me again next time when I will report on the results of the day of rest between intervals and long run, but for now, stay tuned for Episode 5 of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom.  Enjoy!

 

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RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 18

Thanks for joining me today for Episode 18 in my running, writing, and traveling blog. For those of you who want to listen, rather the read, here is the link to the Audio Podcast: 

Picking up on one of my comments from the last Episode, it is extremely difficult to see the fine line between health and injury. Last week I ran a 600 meter time trial to get an idea how close I was to running a steady pace at my desired 800 meter race pace goal. I felt I was getting close to being able to race a full 800 meters at my goal pace, based on the 200 meter interval times at which I had been running. Was I ever wrong!

I thought I was running the first 200 meters at race pace, but I was quite a bit slower than I expected. I picked up the pace, but even at the 400 meter mark, I was still behind my goal pace. I increased my tempo in the final 200, but still finished well off my goal.

I just looked back at my training log, and I see that I had done a difficult tempo run 3 days before, and only walked the following 2 days. Therefore I did have 2 days of rest between the runs, but I may have needed a third day of rest.

I also may have needed to do my 200 meter interval training at a pace faster than race pace and/or reduced the rest interval to less than the 2 minutes I was taking. This week I think I will just reduce the rest interval and maintain the 200 meter pace at race level. The last time I did intervals faster than race pace, while maintaining the 2 minute rest intervals, I sustained a glute injury that took a long time to heal. Reducing the rest interval should be less stressful on the tired muscles, with less risk of injury.

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