Blog :: 10-2010

White Mountain Milers' Half Marathon

Prison Break SuperwomanThis morning's chilly and windy morning was a great day for runners to participate in the White Mountain Milers' Half Marathon. I'm not sure of the exact number of runners and walkers but it sure seemed like a full field. For anyone who would like to do a longer race, keep this one in mind for next year. Well-organized, a relatively flat course and wonderful country views!

Making things a little extra entertaining today were some great costumes worn by brave runners. Not sure how comfortable they are but it added to the fun. Kudos to a few western Maine residents that I was able to reconize--Crystal Drew of Lovell and Sara Boucher of Fryeburg.

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White Mountain Milers' Half Marathon

Prison Break SuperwomanThis morning's chilly and windy morning was a great day for runners to participate in the White Mountain Milers' Half Marathon. I'm not sure of the exact number of runners and walkers but it sure seemed like a full field. For anyone who would like to do a longer race, keep this one in mind for next year. Well-organized, a relatively flat course and wonderful country views!

Making things a little extra entertaining today were some great costumes worn by brave runners. Not sure how comfortable they are but it added to the fun. Kudos to a few western Maine residents that I was able to reconize--Crystal Drew of Lovell and Sara Boucher of Fryeburg.

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Running

Although recent injuries have kept me off the road for the past few months, I have run many races including several (8) marathons. The next two weekends are big days on the marathon calendar. Tomorrow is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC and next Sunday is the NYC Marathon. Both of these races are well-organized and you get a chance to run through neighborhoods that you might not get a chance to visit (In NYC's race, you may find yourself picking-up the pace as you go through some sections).

Two recent New York Times articles related to running have caught my eye. The first story details how buying a lower-priced shoe just might be the better option for your feet than the higher-priced model. My first reaction was no way, but the conclusion is that your feet require the best fit and that all the extra bells and whistles on the higher-priced models may not have any benefit. Think about that before you spend an extra $50-75 dollars on your next pair. In Running Shoes, Get the Best Fit First and Price Last

The second article, Distance Runners Prove Are a Paradox for Insurers, suggests that although running contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle, when you start training for the long distance races that you may actually require more medical attention. The more popular injuries are the various stress fractures and plantar fasciitis. Even though you may develop some injuries over a period of time, the overall benefits are greater than just sitting around on the comfy couch. Besides, I think if you train properly and don't overload the longer distances, than I think runners can keep those injuries to a minimum.

And on a personal note, my son, Cpl. Benjamin Tupaj, will be running the Fallen Heroes 10k as part of the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of Lance Cpl Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor. Good luck to all and be proud of your accomplishment!

Running

Although recent injuries have kept me off the road for the past few months, I have run many races including several (8) marathons. The next two weekends are big days on the marathon calendar. Tomorrow is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC and next Sunday is the NYC Marathon. Both of these races are well-organized and you get a chance to run through neighborhoods that you might not get a chance to visit (In NYC's race, you may find yourself picking-up the pace as you go through some sections).

Two recent New York Times articles related to running have caught my eye. The first story details how buying a lower-priced shoe just might be the better option for your feet than the higher-priced model. My first reaction was no way, but the conclusion is that your feet require the best fit and that all the extra bells and whistles on the higher-priced models may not have any benefit. Think about that before you spend an extra $50-75 dollars on your next pair. In Running Shoes, Get the Best Fit First and Price Last

The second article, Distance Runners Prove Are a Paradox for Insurers, suggests that although running contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle, when you start training for the long distance races that you may actually require more medical attention. The more popular injuries are the various stress fractures and plantar fasciitis. Even though you may develop some injuries over a period of time, the overall benefits are greater than just sitting around on the comfy couch. Besides, I think if you train properly and don't overload the longer distances, than I think runners can keep those injuries to a minimum.

And on a personal note, my son, Cpl. Benjamin Tupaj, will be running the Fallen Heroes 10k as part of the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of Lance Cpl Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor. Good luck to all and be proud of your accomplishment!

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  1. sweetmeow on

    Jordan C. Haerter lived in Sag Harbor, NY -- in the next town over from where I live, and his death brought such sadness to this area. But -- he was a courageous marine, and truly was a hero... I didn't realize there was a web site dedicated to him until you pointed it out here. I hope your son signs the guest book to make known how he honored him in the Fallen Heroes 10K.
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      My son was very close to Jordan and was very near the explosion that sad day. Ben has visited Sag Harbor and still keeps in touch with Jordan's Mom. Here is a link to a CBS story that you may not have seen. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/20/eveningnews/main4816675.shtml
      • sweetmeow on

        I knew of the circumstances of Haerter's death. It's one of those things that gets told so all will know in a community. However, I had not seen that writing -- and there were things I did not know. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

        A Nice Place To Visit, But...

        Barnard\'s Campus

        Just returned from a whirlwind trip to visit my Mom in NJ and spent two days in NYC visiting friends and a college for Anna. The weather all weekend was spring-like. Had a great Chinatown lunch in a small and crowded restaurant where we let Anna order some delicious food for us. It was so nice to see Marcia and Dede again.

        We were up early on Monday for our train commute into Penn Station and the subway ride up to 116th Street. I learned long ago the NYC subway system and it really is quite efficient; not to mention the fastest and cheapest way to get around. Barnard College has a lot to offer. Not only is NYC its campus but all Barnard students have full access to Columbia's resources and courses. Had the tour, Anna attended a class and had an interview. The college process continues.

        Barnard\'s Campus

        On both Sunday and Monday we took NJ Transit trains into Penn Station. Like the subway system, the greater New York metropolitan area is blessed with a massive train system that daily brings thousands of commuters back and forth to Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey. When visiting NYC, my advice is to take advantage of the trains and don't bother with the major hassle (and $$'s) of driving and parking. From time-to-time there is a problem such as the train derailment that caused lengthy delays on Monday. We found that out when we arrived at Penn Station around 6:30 pm. There was nothing we could do about it but just hang out and wait like everyone else.

        Barnard\'s Campus

        And as for that old saying, I enjoy visiting NYC and walking around the old stomping grounds but it is always nice to come home.

        A Nice Place To Visit, But...

        Barnard\'s Campus

        Just returned from a whirlwind trip to visit my Mom in NJ and spent two days in NYC visiting friends and a college for Anna. The weather all weekend was spring-like. Had a great Chinatown lunch in a small and crowded restaurant where we let Anna order some delicious food for us. It was so nice to see Marcia and Dede again.

        We were up early on Monday for our train commute into Penn Station and the subway ride up to 116th Street. I learned long ago the NYC subway system and it really is quite efficient; not to mention the fastest and cheapest way to get around. Barnard College has a lot to offer. Not only is NYC its campus but all Barnard students have full access to Columbia's resources and courses. Had the tour, Anna attended a class and had an interview. The college process continues.

        Barnard\'s Campus

        On both Sunday and Monday we took NJ Transit trains into Penn Station. Like the subway system, the greater New York metropolitan area is blessed with a massive train system that daily brings thousands of commuters back and forth to Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey. When visiting NYC, my advice is to take advantage of the trains and don't bother with the major hassle (and $$'s) of driving and parking. From time-to-time there is a problem such as the train derailment that caused lengthy delays on Monday. We found that out when we arrived at Penn Station around 6:30 pm. There was nothing we could do about it but just hang out and wait like everyone else.

        Barnard\'s Campus

        And as for that old saying, I enjoy visiting NYC and walking around the old stomping grounds but it is always nice to come home.

        Lovell's 3rd Annual Chili Challenge

        Calling all chili aficionados! The 3rd Annual Chili Challenge: THE BATTLE OF THE BOWLS will be held on Sunday, November 14th from Noon-2pm at the Center Lovell Fire House.

        This popular event provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur chefs to compete for top awards and bragging rights. All proceeds from the Chili Challenge are donated to Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fund. This program helps local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs.

        Residents, businesses and organizations throughout western Maine and Mt. Washington Valley are invited to participate. If you would just like to sample the many delicious entries, admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under.

        For more information, call me at 207-925-1500 or stan@fairpoint.net.

        Lovell's 3rd Annual Chili Challenge

        Calling all chili aficionados! The 3rd Annual Chili Challenge: THE BATTLE OF THE BOWLS will be held on Sunday, November 14th from Noon-2pm at the Center Lovell Fire House.

        This popular event provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur chefs to compete for top awards and bragging rights. All proceeds from the Chili Challenge are donated to Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fund. This program helps local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs.

        Residents, businesses and organizations throughout western Maine and Mt. Washington Valley are invited to participate. If you would just like to sample the many delicious entries, admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under.

        For more information, call me at 207-925-1500 or stan@fairpoint.net.

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        1. Jean Royle on

          I can't wait to join in this particular tradition when we are home full time!!! :-)
          • Stanley Tupaj on

            Yes and I look forward to sampling your chili. I won a second place ribbon last year for my 'White Bean Chicken Chili' but I suspect that was because all of the other entries were red. It is a lot of fun and we are getting a great response so far this year.

            Mt. Washington

            Although the peak foliage has passed by, there is still plenty of color to enjoy. And when you add the contrast of snow-covered Mt. Washington, the vista is spectacular. These photos were taken last night, October 19th, around 5:30 on Christian Hill Road in Lovell.

            Mt. Washington

            Although the peak foliage has passed by, there is still plenty of color to enjoy. And when you add the contrast of snow-covered Mt. Washington, the vista is spectacular. These photos were taken last night, October 19th, around 5:30 on Christian Hill Road in Lovell.