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Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom-Episode 1

Welcome to today’s podcast and thanks for tuning in.  My favorite in the Mr. Wugidgem Fantasy Series is Book 5, Mr. Wugidgem And The Faces Of Freedom.  Today I thought I would repost Episode 1. Debby and Michael begin the day in Social Studies Class and finish it in a foreign country, several thousand miles away! 

In coming weeks I will be posting the balance of the episodes.

Enjoy!

 

 

RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE17

On Iffley Road Track, Oxford 2 weeks ago

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Two weeks ago I stood in my street clothes on the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where Roger Bannister first broke the four minute mile. I had resumed training, and became aware that I was way past due for posting on my running, writing, and traveling blog.

Since I last posted, I have had 2 eye operations. The first one involved an artificial lens that was implanted after my cataract afflicted natural lens was removed 13 years ago.  For some mysterious reason, on the flight back home from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco,  the artificial one decided to relocate and began to wander around my eye’s sclera instead of fixed under my pupil. Here a link to an eye diagram if you may just happen to be curious: 

National Institute Of Health Eye Diagram

My good eye was still 20/20, but I quickly tired of squeezing my 20/450 afflicted eye shut to see properly, so I bought a black patch for it and spouted a lot of Pirate “Arrrrrghs” for the next 10 days.  I was pretty grumpy.

Anyway the first operation went okay and when I went to the doctor week later I could see pretty well. But the very next day the lens decided to take another hike, so they had to schedule a do-over, 2 weeks later. 

As you might expect, those 2 weeks passed really slowly. The 13 year old lens gave up the ghost during the second operation, losing its connectors, so they doctor retired it to the open road and implanted a brand-spanking new one.  This time he not only sutured it in, he glued it in!  “That lens is not going to roam anywhere,” he said. 

So far, it hasn’t even hankered for greener grass.

Anyway during all the time, the doctor prohibited me to run, lift weights, play golf, or anything more strenuous than walking. So I walked, but it was hard when you are used to running.

So I finally resumed running just over 3 months ago, at the end of June. For the first 2 weeks I did nothing more strenuous than easy runs.  Then during the next 3 weeks, I introduced a 1x 5 minute tempo run and fast striding, along with an easy run each week.  I was resting 1 to 2 days between runs, doing only push-ups and crunches on the “off” days.

Then in August, I started a few interval sessions. Here is an excerpt from one of them:

“1 mile w/u (about 15 minutes); about 7 minutes of stretching (45 second bent knee stretches each leg, 45 second straight knee, turned-in foot, stretches each leg, 20 hamstring and quad full leg swings forward and backward each leg, 20 toe liftings and lowerings each foot); 2 x 20 step fast strides (4:51 seconds, rest 71 seconds, 4:50 seconds), rested 1:31, then 1 x 22 step fast strides in 10:52 seconds; rest 3 minutes, then 3 x 200 meters (45:11, 2:00 rest, 46:00, rest 3:30-the time it took my heart rate to drop back to 120, 42:94);  about 1.25 miles w/d in 20:42  Average HR 120, peak HR 159, burned about 450 calories.  These fast strides are about the fastest yet!” Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE17

RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE17

On Iffley Road Track, Oxford 2 weeks ago

Click on this link for the Audio Podcast Version of the written word below:

Two weeks ago I stood in my street clothes on the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where Roger Bannister first broke the four minute mile. I had resumed training, and became aware that I was way past due for posting on my running, writing, and traveling blog.

Since I last posted, I have had 2 eye operations. The first one involved an artificial lens that was implanted after my cataract afflicted natural lens was removed 13 years ago.  For some mysterious reason, on the flight back home from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco,  the artificial one decided to relocate and began to wander around my eye’s sclera instead of fixed under my pupil. Here a link to an eye diagram if you may just happen to be curious: 

National Institute Of Health Eye Diagram

My good eye was still 20/20, but I quickly tired of squeezing my 20/450 afflicted eye shut to see properly, so I bought a black patch for it and spouted a lot of Pirate “Arrrrrghs” for the next 10 days.  I was pretty grumpy.

Anyway the first operation went okay and when I went to the doctor week later I could see pretty well. But the very next day the lens decided to take another hike, so they had to schedule a do-over, 2 weeks later. 

As you might expect, those 2 weeks passed really slowly. The 13 year old lens gave up the ghost during the second operation, losing its connectors, so they doctor retired it to the open road and implanted a brand-spanking new one.  This time he not only sutured it in, he glued it in!  “That lens is not going to roam anywhere,” he said. 

So far, it hasn’t even hankered for greener grass.

Anyway during all the time, the doctor prohibited me to run, lift weights, play golf, or anything more strenuous than walking. So I walked, but it was hard when you are used to running.

So I finally resumed running just over 3 months ago, at the end of June. For the first 2 weeks I did nothing more strenuous than easy runs.  Then during the next 3 weeks, I introduced a 1x 5 minute tempo run and fast striding, along with an easy run each week.  I was resting 1 to 2 days between runs, doing only push-ups and crunches on the “off” days.

Then in August, I started a few interval sessions. Here is an excerpt from one of them:

“1 mile w/u (about 15 minutes); about 7 minutes of stretching (45 second bent knee stretches each leg, 45 second straight knee, turned-in foot, stretches each leg, 20 hamstring and quad full leg swings forward and backward each leg, 20 toe liftings and lowerings each foot); 2 x 20 step fast strides (4:51 seconds, rest 71 seconds, 4:50 seconds), rested 1:31, then 1 x 22 step fast strides in 10:52 seconds; rest 3 minutes, then 3 x 200 meters (45:11, 2:00 rest, 46:00, rest 3:30-the time it took my heart rate to drop back to 120, 42:94);  about 1.25 miles w/d in 20:42  Average HR 120, peak HR 159, burned about 450 calories.  These fast strides are about the fastest yet!” Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE17

RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 9

Copenhagen Mermaid Side View From The Boat

This week has had its downs and ups.  Sunday had been a total rest day, so I felt ready for my cross training session at the gym on Monday.  The mistake was that I did leg presses and leg curls on machines instead of equipment-free exercises I usually do for my quads, hamstrings and glutes.  To make matters worse, I set the machines with higher weight than I typically to. 

The net result was that I was extremely stiff on Tuesday, particularly in my knees.  I did an easy 3 ½ mile run in the morning, but I didn’t play my typical 9 holes of Tuesday afternoon golf because I was so tired and stiff.  I had terrible pains along both tendons in the back of my neck, probably from straining with the extra weight on the machines at the gym on Monday.  Aleve didn’t help much.

I did feel better by noon on Wednesday, however, so I was able to add one more 200 meter repeat than I had been able to handle in previous weeks.  The average time for the 200s was slightly slower than those of previous weeks, but the rest interval between them was less than in previous sessions. My left knee was sore during the warm-up, but was fine during the repeats.  I was particularly pleased because I focused on relaxing my stomach core and shortening my stride, and I felt relaxed overall during the repeats most of the time.  I’ll have more on this in a minute. Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 9

Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life Episode 3

Lana'i, Hawaii Pristine Southeast Coast

Lana’i, Hawaii Pristine Southeast Coast

 

RUNNING, WRITING AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 3

 

Welcome back for Episode 3 of Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life.  Last week I painfully enumerated all the details of the previous week’s workouts.  It was probably more painful for you to wade through than it was for me to write.  Anyway my conclusion was that you need to find ways of determining the rest you need between intervals and between vigorous sessions.  For the most part, we learn this by the way we feel, but a heart monitor is a good way to test our subjective rest evaluations.  By the way, the above picture of the deserted Lopa Beach on Lana’i, Hawaii is hard to get to, but worth it.  I only walked on it this time, but next time I’ll run on it!

After reviewing this past week’s training, I saw the value of more rest between the intervals, and more rest and cross training between the more strenuous running days.  I started the week off with 1 ½ hours of “weed-whacking” and raking in the back yard, which involved both upper and lower body cross-training.  The next day was complete rest.  The day after that was a 45 minute gym workout, focusing on quads, hamstring, glutes, calves, biceps, triceps, and hips.  The 4th day I played 9 holes of golf as a light cross-training and rest day.  Continue reading Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life Episode 3

RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE

Third in the 800 meters – 2012 California Senior Games

As I was thinking about this new blog on Running, I wondered where to begin.  The answer fought its way up from deep in my subconscious:   “At the beginning, Grasshopper!” 

I thought about that for several moments, and then finally the ancient Latin admonition from the Roman Poet, Horace,  drifted into my consciousness:  “In medius res, or in English, In the middle of things.  So ignore these two paragraphs, and let’s begin.

I am aching from yesterday’s gym workout.  This flu is sapping my energy.  It can’t be the flu because my doctor says I had the flu shot last fall.  Must be some other flu, like STP, or some other three letter designated disease.  Anyway, I’m busy thinking up excuses why I can’t run today:  I’m still sick; my eye pressure has gone up; got to go to Church this afternoon….

Hold it!  I’ve really got to think up excuses why I can run today:  I’m feeling better today than I did yesterday; my fever is gone; I feel even better after a run.  Don’t go away; I’ll let you know which side won the argument… Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE

EPISODE 6 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Thanks for tuning in today for the Final Episode of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey. Last week we left Alika on the floor after hitting her head on the table, with Kapono charging at her with his hunting knife. Today we’ll see the Mamos zoom into action, leading us into the dramatic conclusion.

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Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey

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I’m glad you joined me for the exciting conclusion to Mr. Wugidgem and the Phoenix Journey. If you would like to order a print copy of this or any other of my exciting adventures from a Division of Amazon, please go to http://www.createspace.com, and choose the store search window at the top of the page. Then enter Allan Chapman into the window. Please be with me again next week for my first blog on my life-long passion, Running. Thanks again for listening!

EPISODE 4 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Third In The California Games 800 meters-2012

I’m glad you joined me today.  Thanks for tuning in this week for Episode 4 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey. Before we begin, I would like your feedback on a new blog I am considering.  I have been running competitively since high school and college, rested a few years, then resumed running recreationally.  Over the ensuing years, this evolved into occasional competitions.  Then five years ago, I got serious, qualifying for the National Masters 800 and 1500 meters every year since then.  I don’t win, but it’s been a great ride.  I’ve been keeping a daily log and learned a lot about training, injuries and when to rest and when to push.  I am enjoying most of the whole process, but I still get very nervous when I get to the final.  Please email me at allanwchapman@gmail.com if you would like to hear more about this. Thanks!      Mr Wugidgem and the Phoenix Journey 300X300 Podcast

Getting back to our story, last week we journeyed with Golden Poppy on her amazing spiritual adventure.  This week Debby, Michael, and Mr. Wugidgem search for the Mamo Birds among distant relatives of the Phoenix Nation.  Enjoy!

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Please be with me again next time when Alika and Kapono come face to face.  If you can’t wait, you may order a print copy of this book at: www.createspace.com/3951665.   Also please email me at allanwchapman@gmail.com to let me know if you are interested in my new running blog and what sort of topics you would like me to cover.  Thanks!

Thanks again for listening!

EPISODE 3 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey

Thanks for being with me this week for Episode 3 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey. Today I am happy to announce that the first three books in the Mr. Wugidgem Series are now available. To order Book One, Adventures With Mr. Wugidgem, please go to www.createspace.com/3476205. Book Two, Mr. Wugidgem And The Dark Journey, can be found at www.createspace.com/3941653. Book Three, Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey, is available at www.createspace.com/3951665. Createspace is a division of Amazon.

Last week we met Golden Poppy and learned how manipulative she can be. However, she finally agreed to venture on her Spiritual Journey. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed the fantastic experiences of Golden Poppy. Please be with me next week when Michael, Debby, and Mr. Wugidgem learn first-hand about Mamo Birds, thought by everyone to be extinct. Thanks again for listening!

EPISODE 1 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Welcome to Episode 1 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey.  I wrote the original version in 2010 and podcasted it at that time.  I didn’t publish it then; I think somehow I did not think it was the whole story.  A few months ago I realized there was more to the story, so I began rewriting and expanding the original.  It is now almost twice as long.

Today fraternal twins, Debby and Michael, spot a pair of Mamos, which are supposedly extinct birds, in their back yard.  At the suggestion of their mother, they seek out their friend, Mr. Wugidgem, at his magic shop.  He is very interested, but is preoccupied by the urgent request from one of his old Native American friends to help a lost girl in his tribe. Michael, Debby, and Mr. Wugidgem journey to the Phoenix Nation Reservation to lend aid.  Enjoy!

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Thanks for listening to this Episode of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey.  Please be with me next week when Debby, Michael, and Mr. Wugidgem meet and try to save the lost Golden Poppy.  Thanks again for joining me!