Sunday, September 15, 2013
When: any time between TODAY and October 31st
Where: as the event name says, somewhere - your choice
Who: anyone, this event is open to the public, so please pass it on
A play on words, Destination Run Somewhere is not about traveling to another location or destination to run, rather running to a destination - " Destination Run" and "Run Somewhere", combined. The goal is to pick another location to run to, or to run home from another location. Walkers are invited too. This could be another city, town, or a landmark. The point is to get out of your normal routine run near where you live, test your limits, and expand your horizons, literally. Try something new. Logistics could be an issue, as you may require a ride home or to the starting point of your run. Otherwise a round trip may be in order.
I will post my destination runs somewhere on the above Facebook Event page as well as here, and I encourage you to do so as well, showing others where you have traveled by foot, and inspiring them at the same time. Post as many of these runs as you like - the more posted runs the better. A description of the run and the location of the start and end of it would be good. A link for the mapped run on RunKeeper or another mapping website would be even more interesting. Pictures would be great as well.
Enjoy your Destination Run Somewhere!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Due to the snowstorm hitting the area May 2-3, Mr. Parry's 24 Hour Run/Walk has been moved to Thursday, May 16th at 8am - Friday, May 17th at 8am.
The 2013 version of Mr. Parry's 24 Hour Endurance Challenge takes place from March 1st through May 17th. Participants are asked to exercise in any form for a total of 24 hours over those 8 weeks. For my part, I will be getting ready to complete my 24 hour continuous run/walk around Stewartville from 8am on Thursday, May 16th through 8am on Friday, May 17th.
See the tabs to the right for information about this challenge in years past.
Sign up here to show your commitment to an active lifestyle.
Those of you who are planning on joining me during my run and walk for a while will be able to indicate when on this form as well.
LIVE TRACKING IS BACK!!!...you now have the option to track my exact whereabouts in real-time during my 24 hour run for Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge. Go to the following link or click on the RunKeeper icon on the left. http://runkeeper.com/user/JimParry/activity/
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.
Stewartville Star article from April 16th, 2012 about last year's event:
The 2013 version of my challenge will have me again attempting the 24 hour/100 miles format. Students and others are again challenged to complete 24 hours of exercise over an 8 week period. That works out to only 3 hours of exercise per week for 10 weeks! Everyone should be able to do that!
My 24 hour run/walk around Stewartville will take place from 8:00am Thursday, May 16th to 8:00am Friday, May 17th, 2013. If you are in the area, please consider coming to run with me...evening, overnight, and the early hours on the 2nd day are always the most difficult, so I could use the encouragement of company.
The challenge itself is easy. Get out and complete 24 hours of exercise over 8 weeks. All movement counts, including running, walking, biking, walking to school, walking the dog, sports practices, etc. Again, that is only 3 hours per week. Hold yourself accountable and keep track of what you are doing.
Printable log here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-xFX5JuL4fDcmhRcW56XzQ2RzQ/edit?usp=sharing Print this and fill out what you are doing to keep active, the number of minutes, cumulative totals, and any comments on that day. This log is for you to keep and does not need to be turned in to me. Use it to hold yourself accountable. You could also use a calendar or create your own log if that is easier for you. I will have a follow-up Google Form that can be filled out at the completion of the challenge to tell me how it went for you.
Be sure to check back here often for updates and to fill out the follow-up Google Form at the completion of the challenge.
This run starts at 8:00am on Thursday, May 16 and will continue until 8:00am on Friday, May 17. Stewartville Middle School address is 500 4th St. SW. My run begins and ends here and will be passing by the school during each of my 4 mile loops. This 4.01 mile loop will be run counter-clockwise. I will have my aid station in my vehicle set up in the MS gym parking lot behind the school (NW side of the building). I will again be keeping a log of my miles and the time of day I last stopped by my vehicle on my last lap. See this log on the front passenger seat to figure the approximate time of my next return.
If you are a teacher and would like to share this challenge with your students or team, or organize a run at your school, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to expand the 24 hour challenge on to students in other schools. There are already several around the country that will be doing their own challenges. The best way for me to do this is to get other teachers involved. Challenge your students to complete 24 hours of exercise over an 8 week period. Sign up yourself, print out a log, fill it out, and keep it posted in your classroom for your students to see. You can have your students sign up individually, or sign up as an entire class - see the form link above for information. Finish it up with a run or walk as a class, grade level, or school to celebrate. It would be great if this were to follow the timeline of my challenge here in Stewartville, following the dates listed above. Let's see how many students we can get out, being active, and doing something good for themselves!
Aside from the known benefits of exercise on brain function, as well as the physical benefits, I try to focus on a few lessons that can be learned from this challenge.
1. How to set a goal.
2. How to make a plan to get ready to accomplish that goal.
3. Preparation to accomplish that goal.
4. Time to prove yourself - performance, contest, game, test, etc.
5. What happens if you succeed? Are you all done then?
6 What happens if you fail? Are you all done then?
7. Finding an activity that you are passionate about to do the rest of your life.
All of these apply to school, relationships, etc, as well as athletics!
More details to follow...
See the tabs to the right for information about the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 versions of this run.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Check back for updates, but a sign-up sheet should be ready any day at the Y. Join me for a few minutes on one of the other 2 treadmills that will be set up next to my treadmill in the lobby that day. You do not need to be a member of the Y to participate in this event. Also, please consider donating to this worthy cause. Every little bit helps!
See the other tabs above for information about this run in previous years.
Call 507.287.2260 to make a donation and/or reserve a spot on one of the other treadmills. Donations can also be made in person or at www.rochfamy.org Click DONATE NOW, enter your information, put in honor of Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge.
STEWIE DAY AT THE Y
This year we are pleased to offer those who are closest to me a special deal. I would like to offer those individuals who are Stewartville Public Schools students, staff, and all residents of Stewartville a family day-pass to the Rochester Area Family Y good for March 8th in exchange for a $10 donation to the Y's Annual Support Campaign. The family day-pass cost is normally $25. At least 1 person in your group must be at least 18 years old. Bring a current driver's licence or school ID for proof of eligibility. Print out a copy of this pass, fill it out, and bring it with you for access to the Y on March 8th.
Link to printable pass: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1oq4temv3Tla2M4cU8tbDROZ1E/edit?usp=sharing
Call 507.287.2260 to reserve a spot on one of the other treadmills and/or donate to the Annual Support Campaign and visit http://rochfamy.org for more information.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Here are a couple of great videos that I saw today. I see great lessons to be learned from both of them. What do you do to achieve greatness?
Congrats to George Zack on his win with Jack the burro at Sundays World Championship burro race. George and Jack ran 29 miles together, climbing up and down Mosquito pass in Fairplay, CO. I need to do this race someday!!!
I've also been following Marshall Ulrich's circumnavigation of Death Valley. He has been a hero of mine for a long time. I've followed his explorations for 17 years or so, beginning with watching his teams race in each of the Eco Challenges. Daily updates, including links to pictures and some video, as well as a link to live-tracking this expedition can be found here. http://www.marshallulrich.com
This after Marshall ran the Badwater 135 just a few days before. Here's a great recap video from this year's race.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Most of my runs the last year and a half have been with others. Although I really do enjoy the company, I thrive on the miles I run by myself. I see the need for both of these in my life and when things get all "lop-sided" I feel like something is missing. I enjoy the conversation and stories I get to hear when running with a partner, with my kids, or a group like the Stewie Striders.
|Running with Abbi on the summit of Pikes Peak last month.|
At the same time, I need to have time to myself when I can let my thoughts drift from one subject to another. Other times, I find myself lost in the simple sounds of my breathing and footsteps on the ground. This can go on for hours. Getting lost in nothingness can happen for me during daytime or nighttime runs. It is during these runs that I feel most refreshed and for at least a short time all the stresses of life don't seem to be as big. The best part of this is the fact that this feeling of peace can last for hours.
So, what do you think? Do you primarily run with others, alone, or a good mix of both and why?
Ran alone and with a group this evening. Ran to the Williw Creek Reservoir to meet up with Jim Mason's Tuesday trail running group. Did a couple of laps around the reservoir with them, then finished up the rest of my run into Rochester's south Target store. Started out way too fast, then ran too slow, then was forced to walking, but the foot felt good again. Another run that I would rather have suffered through alone, even though the company was great. 12 miles.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I will be pacing the Med City Marathon on Sunday for the MN PACERS. Pacing the 4:30 marathon group this year. Follow my progress on RunKeeper Live by clicking the RunKeeper link to the left.
Don't set your limits. Go out and find them.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
My run started out well. I cruised through the first 12 miles or so at about 10:00-10:30 per mile. Everything felt great and under control. I was already thinking about the number of miles that I might be able to cover. I wanted to bank a few quick early miles, knowing that it would likely rain, and that the rain would slow me down. I figured that once the rain let up, I would then be able to easily pick up the pace again. That turned out to never be the case.
The lesson of the day had to do with CONTROL. I could control my pace, my attitude, what I ate, what I drank, but I could not control the weather. The weather defined this run! It started raining at about 10am and would let up slightly at times, but never gave up all together. This made the conditions miserable at best, and likely dangerous for myself and those outside with me. Mike showed up late in the morning and stayed with me like he said he would. I was hearing from others that the rain would continue until midnight, and most likely throughout the night as well. There was no way I was going to be able to continue this for the next 16-18 hours!
We made a quick pitstop in the school at about 4:30pm to change into dry clothing. There were students waiting to join me for the next loop, but it was simply too cold, too wet, and too miserable out. I did not want anyone to get ill for this run.
I made the decision to walk laps inside the middle school/high school. 5 1/2 laps equals 1 mile, so I figured I could walk this for a while and re-evaluate my goals for this day. I was cold...very cold and had the shakes pretty bad for a while. But, on the other hand, I did feel ok, and did not want to let go of this, so we walked. It took me an hour or so to come to my senses and realize that my day was done.
We ended up resetting 2 possible goals - 12 hours, or 50 miles within a couple of hours after that. I was joined inside by students, staff, friends, and strangers for the final miles of my journey. I decided to call it quits at 46 miles. But then again "quitting" isn't really the right word for it either. I simply stopped because it would have been unwise to continue. I was ready to go home to a warm bed at that point.
You can't control everything. I am ok with how things turned out. Disappointed at first and not ready to let go, but fine with it once I made that decision. I don't dwell on that stuff...I can't...it's just not the way I am wired.
Don't set your limits. Go out and find them. On this day, I definitely found mine!
Just so you know, Kyle Amos had a perfect day in KS, covering 116 miles! Amazing! I am proud of him and what he does to help out the students in his school.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Jim, Kyle wanted to tell you he is sorry to hear about the battle with the weather. Congrats on finishing 50 miles!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Making It Better MN will be sending down the Modern Storytellers team again on Tuesday, January 24th to film a promotional video they are producing about some of the initiatives that are taking place around the state.
Pictures from today's photo shoot. Modern Story Tellers handled everything today, sending a team of about 8, along with a rep from the MN Dept of Health and Olmsted County Public Health.
Update: November 19th
I met the Modern Story Tellers team today at the Y. They liked the site so much that they decided immediately to use it. They will be back on December 10th for the photo/video shoot and to record my story for the radio ads. Sounds like the radio ads will air soon after that, with the radio, TV, and newspaper campaign starting early next year.
I will be meeting a team from Modern Story Tellers tomorrow to scout locations for the photo/video shoot for the Making It Better MN advertising. We will be looking at the Rochester Area Family Y and Stewartville Middle School as possible locations. We will be meeting again on December 10th to actually do the photo/video shoot and to record the interview for radio advertising. The plan is for the advertising campaign to include radio, newspaper, and TV ads.
Update: November 8th
More great news! I found out tonight that I won the Making It Better MN Challenge with 765 "thumbs up"! Because of this, Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge will be a part of the Making It Better MN advertising campaign next spring.
Please do me a favor and go to the following link at Making It Better MN and give Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge a "thumbs up" there for this contest. The winner will be used for their advertising campaign next year. Also, please pass this on to anyone you think will take the time to quickly vote. It is my goal to encourage and inspire others to get out and be active. Thank you.
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