FAT Summer!

Hey Kids,

Soooooooooo, After winning the NJ Marathon I told you how Eric and I immediately ate Garden State Parkway Burger King. This was the catalyst for a month of inactivity resulting in this:


Then Boston:


Joe Joyce Lunch did not help either:

Joy Joyce Lunch became a weekly event where we would pool our lunch money and Joe Joyce would surprise us with a very delicious take out lunch. As you can see it was very popular with the ladies.

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Waiting for JJ lunch looked like this:


You basically would gorge your self of a variety of High fat, sugar and fat and salt and fat; smile as your inner child laughed and reached for 3rds then spent the rest of the day on the verge of sleep, just sweating out the shame. It was pretty awesome.

Im not even going to mention the Ice cream sandwiches intervention.


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Basically my inner child turned out like:


I feel flabby, tired, generally sick to my stomach all of the time and bloated. Besides that Im great! hehhahahah! 100% diet and bad habit related!

So it is the end of June and I am getting ready to begin my NYC Training on July 5th! All kidding aside I did take a mental and physical break from running for a while very much on purpose. Probably not the smartest or healthiest way to do it but I was honestly afraid that if I kept going hard after the NJ Marathon I would not only hurt myself physically but I would begin to hate running, and I figured I earned it.

I have been moving (running) over the past couple of weeks and I am mentally ready to get going again. I picked out my training program for NYC and have some great events coming up this summer.

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This Sunday is “Eddie Day”. Eddies wife Yasumi has put together a day where all of Eddies friends and family will gather to celebrate his life and remember our dear friend fondly. I will post on monday with details.

I am also very close to our NYC goal but I will start actively raising funds again soon and the Blog posts are a coming  again!

Word of the day: Portly |ˈpôrtlē|

adjective ( portlier , portliest )

1 (esp. of a man) having a stout body; somewhat fat.

2 archaic of a stately or dignified appearance and manner: he was a man of portly presence.


portliness noun

ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from port5 in the sense ‘bearing’ + -ly1.

Unicorn of the day: 




I Won the 2016 New Jersey Marathon!!!!!!

…hearts and minds….I won hearts and minds 😉

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1055th Place

Whoo-hooo! SPORTS!

“What was the weather like that day Jon?” you say?


Besides the weather it was AWESOME! There were some high highs and low lows but overall it was a great experience. Eric and I wend down on Saturday afternoon and picked up our stuff at the Monmouth Race Track which is where the starting line was. This was only a couple of miles from our hotel. We got our stuff, Eric ate some pasta, mine got messed up so I sent it back and it never returned so I ate bad stir fry at Applebees which must have done something right because I did great in the race!

As it turns out Eric and I are a good team for races as we seemed to balance each other out in the attitude department. He is way too particular about arrival time and I was WAY too laid back. So we (I) did not give ourselves sufficient time to get there. Needless to say we hit some traffic on the way in. In trying to get around it (Bad idea number two) we got stuck in more, less moving traffic. So I told Eric, who was corral B (He crushed the NJ Marathon BTW with a 3:18!!!!) when we got close to jump out and head in on foot. I then parked in Upstate NY and worked my way in.

On my way in I was fumbling with all of my stuff, very disheveled, needing to use the facilities and rushing to not be late. It was at this moment that I cracked up saying “This is sooooo GRIFF!” Any one reading this is now who knew Griff is laughing too. Eddie had a propensity for being late and just being a general  mess in the morning hours. He was actually late to his own funeral, so was Fred so given the situation that morning I think it was a team effort ;-). But in keeping with typical Eddie fashion I was able to use the Porta Potty and made it to my corral (I was in H) with 2 minutes to spare ;-).

We had slathered ourselves with an obscene amount of Aquaphor


Highly recommended BTW, worked great!

I had a light rain coat that SAVED me from Dr. Weyl (THANK YOU STEVE!!!!) Shorts, under armor shirt, and My TEAM AFSP Jersey with Eddies Hat and Freddy’s Name tag on the back, which absolutely pushed me along the way. I stuck to my plan and it worked out great! Kinne-1626

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I never “Hit the wall” or Crashed. I had negative splits and averaged a 9:30 pace. I finished in 4:11 wind, rain and all which exceeded my expectations. Mile 26 was my fastest. Gonna Crush NYC in under 4 hours! 

Now, I’m not claiming anything about my abilities, I had a few, “What the heck am I doing / what is wrong with me!” moments. Oh and believe me I was done at mile 21 and actually cursed out “The wind” out loud, on a few occasions, but I actually was able to picked up my pace for the last 6 miles. I employed a trick I read about while training, I started dedicating miles.  Here they are:

  • Mile 21- To my RHS Students Past and Present
  • Mile 22- To everyone who donated to the AFSP
  • Mile 23- To Friends old and new
  • Mile 24- My Family and Extended Family
  • Mile 25-To Eddie and Freddy
  • Mile 26- To my Wife and Kids- Eileen, Ellie and Jamie
  • .2 was mine 🙂

Post Marathon we did what you are supposed to, ate Burger King on the Garden State Parkway and headed home to rest.

What an awesome experience this has been! I am going to take it easy for a few weeks and recover, I’m actually dippin my Wendy’s fries into a chocolate frosty as I write this..Oh washing it down with a Dr. Pepper and thinking about Quesadilla day tomorrow! Still I’m looking forward to getting started in preparation for the 2016 NYC Marathon. Im still raising money for the AFSP. link below and to the left.


Thanks to everyone who pushed me along! We Did it!!!!!

Word of the day: –Sore |sôr|adjective

(of a part of one's body) painful or aching: my feet were sore and my head ached.

• [ predic. ] suffering pain from a part of one's body: he was sore from the long ride.

• [ predic. ] informal upset and angry: I didn't even know they were sore at us.

• [ attrib. ] severe; urgent: we're in sore need of him.


a raw or painful place on the body: we had sores on our hands.

• a cause or source of distress or annoyance: there's no point raking over the past and opening old sores.

Unicorn of the day:

NYC here we come! 11/6/16!!! TEAM AFSP!




Penultimate Post!!!!! NJ Marathon Tomorrow!

Here we go baby!!!!!



Tomorrow at 7:30 am I will take step one of the 20th Annual NJ Marathon.

You can track me if you want https://register.chronotrack.com/event/tracking/eventID/13270

I am Bib number 1626!

The weather unfortunately is not “Ideal for running”

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But we are gong to take it down anyway. Heres what I got going on!


Ok I don’t have enough time to figure out how to rotate this but here is what I have going on:

  • TEAM AFSP Official Shirt
  • SLDR that Griff gave me at the Cabs Golf outing a couple of years ago, Its a great running hat, I use it all of the time!
  • Blue rain coat
  • Running shoes Asics Nimbus 18’s
  • Gels,chews, Pretzels and Craisins!
  • Full force Chafe less attack- Aquifer, two bandaids, and a bottle of goldbond
  • New I phone armband, got some great mixes from Shostakovich to the Killers with a little Biggie Smalls and Tribe Called Quest, cause thats how I roll…
  • And most importantly: Eddies Congressional golf hat given to me by Yasumi and Fred’s Name tag that was on one of his Duffel bags from Iraq given to me by the Fiumes.

I can thank everyone enough for coming with me on this journey so far. Words would fail to express how much I have grown from this whole experience. I can say that I have never felt so much love and support in my whole life so it is needles to say that I am very humbled and grateful. It is also a testament to the life force of these two great men who continue to bring joy to this world each day.

Thanks all -Jon

Word of the day- Thanks!

Unicorn of the day!


100% Baby!!!! Eddy and Freddy To NYC!

We did it!!! 102% for a total of $5089.92 for the AFSP!!!!!


I want to thank everyone who donated!!!!! (List on bottom of the post)

We did it but were not done yet! With your help we crushed our goal of raising $5000 for the AFSP in Running with Eddie and Freddy! I am so proud to be a part of this acomplishment that I’m going to keep honoring the lives of these two great guys and extend Running with Eddie and Freddy by running the 2016 NYC Marathon on November 6th and raise another $3500 for the AFSP! Just like NJ 100% of the donations go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and honor Eddie and Fred. Please see the Donate to Running with Eddie and Freddy link on on the left or go to https://www.crowdrise.com/afspnyc2016/fundraiser/jonathankinne
Im going to keep blogging about it too at www.jonkinne.com ! If you donated before thank you and I ask that you spread the word and encourage others to do the same. We also will be looking for donations or matching donations from businesses and companies.  Thank you for your continued support, it has been a great journey so far and Im looking forward to taking Eddie and Freddy on a run through all 5 Boroughs of NYC!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any and all questions and concerns:-) thanks again Ill be posting as the NJ Marathon approaches, the weekend of and results of course…
– Jon Kinne

Word of the Day: Gratitude 

gratitude |ˈgratəˌt(y)o͞od|noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness: she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support.

Unicorn of the Day:


Running with Eddie and Freddy NJ Marathon, AFSP Donors!
( in random order) 

JoAnn Hughes

Jen Wise

Diane Kinne

Tara Catanzariti

Cheryl DeFalco

Francine Giorello

Kelli Mest

karen witt

Inhye Kwon

Tom & Beth Osterlof

Laura Scotti

Lisbhet Garcia

Erin Monaghan

Cristina Bernotas

Joanna Sargent

Pat Germain

Bonnie donnell

Ericka Clouther

The Takara Family

Beth Toole

Jen Moloughney

Meg and Chris Olson

Angela Wilkos

Cristina Nicolau

Patricia Passaro

Rachel Cappio

Kathleen McCarty

Rachel Glatman

Michele Zimmerman

Frank Ring

Margaret Nastasi

Joe P.

Jessica Ferlauto

Clare Speck

jonathan yap

Dave Clary

Judy Yi

Brendan Lowe

Angel Rivera

Lauren DeMatteo


Carmen Palomino

Ellis Berger

Carol & Brian Majoros

Maureen Hensley

Robyn Cafiero

diane edwards luke

Diane Kinne

Anonymous Donor

Jeff Grosse

Michael Ryan

John E Brigante

Maria Artime

Jeff Adler

Kathryn Clores

Kelly Moore

Mike Mazzola

Jacquelyn BLAUVELT

Nicole Bowden

Blanchard Family

James Oliver Plunkett

Brian Grilk

Heritage Surgical Group- Dr. Stavros Christidious

Frank Nash

Kay Eltman

Ken Bledsoe

Stacia klui

Peter Olson

Matt Dodd

Toria Seetaram

Kelly & Bryan McDonnell

Maureen Hensley

Valerie Hunter

Joanne Fiume

Maureen Kinne

Lara Chard

Katie Hughes

Ash and Phil Parker

Andrea Tokarik

Marianne Kerr

Janette Merrill

Jeremy Steiner

Robert Olson.

Rachel Patti

Travis Kinne

Mark Spinney

Patricia Granados

Erin Lenik

John E Brigante


Deuce Deuce, Ho-Ho-Kus & Juking a Jack Russell

Thats a record kids! 22 Miles!

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I must admit that this map does not reflect the grandiose nature of my perception of this run but, Ill take that up with Sir. Rand McNally.

So the last big 20 mile run was on the plate for this weekend and honestly I really just wanted to get it over with for a few reasons:

  1.   I have set this as the benchmark of “Wow, if I can run 20 then I can do 26.2” to make the marathon real.
  2. Spring Break 2016!!! whoooo! 🙂 I worked Mon -Thurs at the Fiume House so I was already pretty physically fatigued, I figured it would be good for training.
  3. It was really nice out, kids were at school and I wanted a run free Saturday and Sunday.

So I set out to have an adventure for the first 10 miles or so and finish up on the Saddle River Trail. I mapped out a cool run through Glen Rock, Ridgewood ect. including some new parks etc. and familiar places from my child hood. It was great but I forgot to write it down so when I ran off of the trail into Glen Rock I got lost. So I doubled back and ran into Ridgewood so I would know where I was, unfortunately it was uphill.

Once I got into Ridgewood I knew where I was and I set out to run around vets field where when I was a kid, my Dad played in a softball league and we would watch the 4th of July fire works, and had a near death experience involving a heavy public bathroom door that I could push but not pull open. (Side story- As a kid probably around 4 or 5 we were at one of my dad’s softball games and I insisted on going to the bathroom by myself. So I walked, what I now realize is about 50 yards, to the bathroom and pushed the door open. When I was ready to leave I could not pull the door open because it was too heavy. I did try to shoot it open because I was strapped with my two Cowboy style cap guns on my holster belt. images-21

That did not work so I just started to cry really loudly. Fortunately one of my parents friends Jim “Bakes” Bakelar was walking by and opened the door which I quickly ran out of. I’m 37 years old and the story is still told, and Jim Bakelar is still my hero, that is why I named my son James… Not really, just kidding)

Any way, a goal on this run was to run by my Grandparents old house in Ho-Ho-Kus.

(It did not look like that when we were there, this is the reboot)


It was cool to run around Ho-Ho-Kus since I spent a lot of time there as a kid, good memories and I even ran into my grandma’s old neighbor Willie and as was able to say hello! I think she remembered me but she could have just been being polite 😉

After a couple of wrong turns and detours I ran around the town, then back into Ridgewood, back through Vets field and headed towards the Saddle River Trail via E. Ridgewood Ave. I definitely did not pack enough water for the run and that was a bummer.

I hit the trail and felt great until about mile 14. That is where the fatigue usually starts to set in for me. I also started to realize that my right ear was on fire. Then I thought “uh-oh” I’m not wearing any sunblock. I attempted to use my Chapstick with SPF 12 on my ears and face so that helped a bit but needless to say I have a classic spotty burn on all of the uncovered areas. But I have never not met a milage goal on a run so I was determined to hit the 20!

Around mile 17 I was in the home stretch when I saw a guy walking two small dogs ahead. He thought it would be a good idea to have his dogs meet some other dogs so he lead them by these other two dogs. This meeting did not go well and he pulled his dogs away quickly, and subsequently into my direction. I have watched enough Dog Whisper to know when a dog is ready to throw down so as the Jack Russell was coming to take a chunk out of me, 17 miles in btw, I juked that devil dog like Zeke Mowatt!


I got some advice from a friend of Eileen’s who has run a few marathons and he said to tack on a couple of miles after 20 if you can so you are not surprised by “Hitting the Wall” as they say so as I approached 20 I felt like I could do it so I did! Oh…and I found the good ol’ wall. It was tough but I did get to 22miles. I did feel like I could keep going if I had to so that was encouraging. Looking forward to the next two week step down!

But the best advice I got was from my friend Cristina Bernotas (Philly Marathon finisher) who I was texting with just before I left for my run. She said “Good luck today, your going to kill it, Just keep going!”  Which is a great motivator while your running but an even better one is laughter. Her encouragement made me laugh because it reminded me of this 80’s classic:


Which is actually just good advice for life really… 😉

Thanks all!

Word of the day: vitriol |ˈvitrēəl, -ˌôl| noun

1 cruel and bitter criticism: her mother’s sudden gush of fury and vitriol.

2 archaic or literary sulfuric acid.

ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting the sulfate of various metals): from Old French, or from medieval Latin vitriolum, from Latin vitrum ‘glass.’

Unicorn of the day: (provided by Mrs. Michael J. Fox Moulder Bowden)



find the second unicorn in this pic and not laugh…

Record Breaking End of the week!

Hey Kids!

Yesterday I set three personal records! No to brag but eh-hmm;-)

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I felt good besides an injury I have. I have a slight sprain in my right ankle/foot that flared up at around mile 11 ish so it definitely slowed me down for the last few miles and totally zapped my energy levels. The injury is improving though and I am confident through my stretching routine and help from the witch doctor Ill be all good for the NJ Marathon!

I had to stop frequently to stretch it out. When I did though, I would put both hands up above my shoulder level on a tree or post and twist into my prescribed stretch. Every time I did this I would scoff with disgust from the smell I seemed to be emanating. I thought to my self that there is no way I could smell that bad because I had showered and my clothes were clean etc. At mile 12 I won the “find the smell” contest and concluded that  it was definitely time for a new I phone holder.


Iv been running with , and consequently sweating into, the same one for wayyyyyyyy too long now and I think its just natures way of saying “time to move on buddy.”

To prep for the race I have been employing gels every 45 minutes which definitely help.  I want to try some different ones this week to see what will serve me best during the race. I also have become squirrel-like and mastered stashing water at the perfect location for these very long runs. Additionally, I have significantly increased my calorie and carb intake during the week which has to be helping. Basically I am just pounding Bagels!!!! It’s awesome.


Kicks are breaking in but I’m still not crazy about them. I’m very, very sore and tired but I am excited to get to the end of the training. This week I have an 5M, 8M and 3M culminating on a short 14mile on Saturday. The week after that is the big 20 mile! Keep spreading the word for donations!!!! Thanks for all of the support everyone!!!!!! Link to the left!


Random Thoughts While Running:

If I ever go out wearing matching, solid color sweat pants and sweat shirt, I really hope the people in my life will love me enough to smack me in the face.” 

Word of the day: Postulate, verb |ˈpäsCHəˌlāt| [ with obj. ]

1 suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief: his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes | [ with clause ] : he postulated that the environmentalists might have a case.

2 (in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect (someone) to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher authority.

noun |ˈpäsCHələt| formal

a thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief: perhaps the postulate of Babylonian influence on Greek astronomy is incorrect.

Mathematics an assumption used as a basis for mathematical reasoning.

Unicorn of the day: 


New Kicks!!!! Week 14

Hey Kids,

I took a quick blog break to give it a rest but it did not slow me down at all and a lot has happened since this:


That was a 5mile around my neighborhood that was a huge confidence booster. The next day on 3/19 I ran the Jon Kinne Half Marathon and did 13.1 miles. It was the longest run I have done since the last half I did in October. I did pretty well, sore abs and feet, but I definitely crashed at mile 11. I was still hurting from the surgery and I realized that I had to start increasing my calorie and carbs daily. But I finished and my splits were pretty good! (dont forget to be my friend on runkeeper)

 https://runkeeper.com/user/jkinne1/profile )

I had our musical that night and the next day so it was a busy weekend, also keeping my diet and stress levels in check has been something that I have had to manage better but I am proud to say both are improving!

Week 13! was great. I only ran 5 miles during the week as a result of sore abs and the 13.1 seemed to cause a strain in my right foot which slowed me down. I’m currently stretching it and having it treated by my “witch-doctor” (acupuncture, it works btw, he is a real doctor) and I’m getting back on track. Got to see Marissa Yoda biking on the trail rockin some aviators!

On last weekend’s long run I set a new personal record of 15 Miles! My splits were good and I felt much better than the 13.1. I employed some gels and was glad that they did not upset my stomach. I do not know if they helped or not but I will use them again this weekend.

Also, to prevent further injury I realized it was time for some new running shoes so I got these fancy kicks


They are the Asics Nimbus 18’s. I had the 17’s which I now think I like better. I also foolishly decided to “break em in” on my 15 mile run, not my best decision. I got them at Roadrunner SPORTS!  so I have 90 days to return them if I don’t like them but during my training runs this week they are loosening up so I’m going to give them another chance. I have found that spending the money on really good shoes is absolutely worth it. I did the family VIP plan at road runner last year too and also went back for new custom insoles. Also not cheap but again worth it to avoid injury, especially if you have Wilma Flintsone feet like me 😉


I am so grateful to have received sooo many donations and our campaign is at 76% of our goal!!!! The race is exactly one month from today so please spread the word and ask for donations to the AFSP! 100% of every dollar goes directly to the AFSP which does great work for our loved ones who need it the most. (Link to the left and below) even a dollar helps!



I’v got an 18 mile tomorrow!!!!!! See ya on the saddle river trail!!!!!!!!!!

Word of the day: Perfunctory |pərˈfəNGktərē|adjective

(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection: he gave a perfunctory nod.DERIVATIVES perfunctorily |-ˈfəNGktərəlē|adverb,perfunctoriness |-rēnis|noun

Unicorn of the day:



SPARTA Week 12!

Hi all,

I did 5 more miles yesterday and will attempt 13.1 today! Im Back!!!

I tried running for the first time last Saturday March 12 for the first time post surgery. Honestly I was nervous that I would not be able to run without pain and that I had regressed too much to continue. My biggest fear was that I had missed too much training and the Marathon would be in jeopardy.  So my goal was just to attempt a mile or so and reassess at each mile.

Mile one- Felt pretty good, slow and heavy but no pain.

Mile two- Pain, like a cramp, right abdomen but not bad enough to stop or go back.

Mile three- felt great to be out! I was still slow and heavy but I decided to see if I could do 5miles so I picked a route that I could bail on easily should the pain get too bad.

Miles 4-5- I DID IT! Smiling and laughing the whole time because of this:

In mile one I ran past this:


I find that Eddie and Freddy speak to me in ways that I can not really explain when Im running. I often think of them, hence the name, and definitely feel their life force often which feels great and is very motivating. So this one was the best! They once again encouraged me to push on and tap into my inner warrior spirt. So I listened, smiled as I planned to end my 5 miles at the site above.

To celebrate my return to the road and training for the NJ Marathon-

This is how I rolled home!


Thanks guys 😉

Word of the day: Endurance |enˈd(y)o͝orəns|noun

The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way: she was close to the limit of her endurance.

• the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

Unicorn of the Day:


Week 11

Greetings all,

It is officially 7 days since the ol’ GB and I parted ways. The past week has been interesting but I’m doing better every day. I am not 100% yet so I have put off trying to run until tomorrow at the earliest and honestly need some rest.  So just trying to take it as easy as possible over the next few days to get better faster.

I turned 37 on March 9th and I would like to thank everyone for all of the great Birthday Wishes this week and wish my fellow B-Day buddies (Erica, Chris, Kayla, Thein, Tricia L., Samuel Barber and Kato Kaelin) a happy one as well! Im sure I missed a couple of you, sorry.


I would also like to pour one out to my Homie Biggie Smalls


(Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997),

and wish my birthday roommate Amy a Happy Birthday on March 10th. (Our mom’s labored together in a hospital room on the days we were born. We then proceeded to go to the same nursery school, live in the same town and went to High School together as well 🙂

 I am a believer in that you get back what you put out there so I am grateful for all of the well wishes and positive feedback that has been sent my way from all of my Friends, Family, and Co-workers over the past week. I also got great gifts from my wife and kids which I will use to gear up for the Marathon on May 1st. I would love to hear Marathon tips (foods, gels, clothes, drinks, rituals etc.) So leave some comments!

The greatest birthday gift I could ask for this year, besides socks of course, thanks Nicole 😉  Would be a donation to my personal campaign for the AFSP (link on the left) if you have not done so already. If you have thanks! then tell someone else about it and get them to donate too! $1,$2 or $100,0000 anything is great and 100% goes to the AFSP who help those who are in need.

Additionally, Mrs. Joanne Fiume is running a beefsteak in honor of her late husband Fred (The Freddy in Running for Eddie and Freddy) Word doc and PDF flyer attached below. The Date is April 16th at the Elks in Rutherford. Deadline to mail in the flyer is April 10th.



Eileen and I will definitely be there so check out the attached flyers above and join us or just send a donation. Contact me if you need any help regarding attending the beefsteak.

Finally I would like to honor Mr. Michael J. Fox Bowden


for being the top commenter her on jonkinne.com with a life time contribution of TWO comments, beating out my mother in law Pat by 50% ! Thanks Mike! Remember- America,SPORTS! and Semantics sir… making it all great again.

Word of the Day: Feldspar |ˈfel(d)ˌspär|noun

an abundant rock-forming mineral typically occurring as colorless or pale-colored crystals and consisting of aluminosilicates of potassium, sodium, and calcium.

Unicorn of the day:


New Media:

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Week 10 is a 10 out of 10…ten ten ten tenten


Me Post Operation! 3/4/16

OK. SO, week 10 has 0 miles. As I said in week NEUN! I had to have my gallbladder removed, and that happened on Friday. Lets rewind to give credit where it is due. This all started around Thanksgiving while running a Turkey-Trot 5k with Eileen and my Sister in law Beth I actually, for the first time ever, had to stop and take a knee in the last .2 miles out of pain and nausea. Thought it was a stomach virus. FFW the symptoms would come and go but eventually gained intensity. In complaining one morning at school, Mrs. Nicole Bowden called it, “Gallstones” she said. After contacting my friend and MD, Dr. Stavros Christoudious and telling him my symptoms, he also said “Sounds like it’s your gallbladder, your text book”

After a few doctors, medicine, Sonogram, CT Scan, Blood tests, Nuclear HYDA Scan test, endoscopy and colonoscopy, all of which told me that my gallbladder looked ok and was not obstructed BTW, we decided that we have exhausted all possible causes and it had to be it since everything else looked fine. So we changed my diet, tried some antibiotics and there it was, big improvement in symptoms proving that something was up with the ol’ GB. This is a very typical story apparently. The symptoms are common with many other gastrointestinal issues so I have learned to make sure you communicate with your doctors effectively and push for what you believe is going on.

In removing my gallbladder we ( I say we because I was there;-) we found multiple small stones in my very twisted bile duct and good ol’ sludge bile in my gallbladder, thus proving that it was my gallbladder all along. Whats up now tests :-[  !

I am thankful for Dr. Christudious in telling me to trust my body and diagnosing me appropriately (quickly) while still exhausting all other possibilities. His first priority was my well being which I really appreciate. I also had a great experience at the Vanguard Surgical Center in Maywood NJ. Super clean, very attentive, and on schedule. I’ll be going there for all of my major surgeries 😉 Seriously though the nurses, doctors and staff were awesome and took great care of me. I closed my eyes and it was all over in a blink:-)


Any how, Im in a good amount of pain but it’s getting better every day and I feel like I will be all good in a few. I am supposed to be able to start running again mid week but Im going to take it day by day. Im looking forward to running and eating normally again but I am very grateful that all of this is really just a big inconvenience and not anything very serious. As a matter of fact, all of the testing and surgery has shown that I have very healthy organs! I am also grateful that I am able to get top quality medical treatment when I need it. I realize that is not a reality for a lot of people in our country and the rest of the world so I am very humbled by this experience and have an “enlightened” view of healthcare in the US.

Overall, I am grateful for all of the love and well wishes sent my way. I appreciate all of the support especially from my wife Eileen who has the privilege of dealing with me over the past few days ;-). My Doctor/Friend who fixed me up and all of my family and friends who have helped along the way.

I am especially encouraged by the donations to the AFSP! In week 10 we shot up from 35% to 60% of our goal!! That is huge!!!! I am confident that we will reach 100%+ by May 1st, I thank everyone who has donated so far and I hope we are all very proud that we are honoring the memory of two great guys along the way! (link to donate to the left)

Thanks all! Back to running!!!

Word of the Day: Efficacious |ˌefiˈkāSHəs|adjective formal

(typically of something inanimate or abstract) successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective: the vaccine has proved both efficacious and safe.


efficaciously adverb,efficaciousness noun

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