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Sunday haiku

cael woodward haiku

For me, there is no greater joy than playing with my children. We play football, softball, volleyball,badminton, tennis,  krav maga, ride bikes , shoot pool etc,etc,etc. We are an active and competitive bunch.

Add to that, There is a special joy associated in competing with them on a level playing field. The fairest fights are in running.

My 16 year old daughter is a good case in point. We have run several 10k’s together and although she is more a sprinter than a jogger, we compete!  Sometimes she gets the better of it, sometimes not. Our styles are vastly different. I am slow and steady. Average abt 10.5 /min mile. She can burst abt a 7 min mile but struggles stringing a few of those together. Like most kids, she shuns advice of “pace” and “rhythm”.  I try to convey my notion of “jogging meditation” and to enjoy the grind of the moment at a pace both efficient yet challenging at whatever level your at. I actually get into a zen type meditation groove as I concentrate not on the distance but on the moment. It is sooo much more enjoyable when she runs with me because i realize the impermanence of our opportunities to do this as she gets older and i treasure every second of those competitive runs. She sprints ahead to open up abt a 1/4 mile lead then she shuts down till I catch up. She might spot me a few hundred yards then sprint past like she is lo lo jones. I smile and wave as she repeats these intervals.

When she was very little we used to read about the tortoise and the hare. I use that parable  now to try and council pace and rhythm.  Slow and steady wins the race,etc. She says “tell that to the Kenyans” and repeats an observation she had as a 5 year old. “That story is ridiculous anyway, who would take a nap in the middle of a race ?!?

I may can fault her running style, but I  certainly cant fault her logic.

Sunday Haiku

The human spirit

soaring with happy courage

defies  convention

The Kansas City Star is introducing the University of Missouri fans to their new SEC conference opponents. This is an excellent look at the traditions and blemishes of my wife’s  beloved University Of Mississippi. http://www.kansascity.com/2012/08/15/3764319/traditions-define-sec-football.html

I attended Ole Miss as well. So did our oldest daughter this summer. It’s a great school and a great atmosphere. We were at that game Tre’ talks about in this article. I had to separate my wife from getting into a fist fight with a LSU fan that night. It was an awesome night. Until Eli tripped over his centers foot on the last play. But thats Ole Miss football….Hotty Totty baby !!

And Now comes this-

Five universities have partnered with Kellogg’s on limited edition Pop Tarts.

The boxes feature school logos and are being labeled “printed fun.” As one can guess, the flavor coincides with the school’s athletic team. (Seems like folks like strawberry…. A  LOT)

The flavors are as follows: Michigan’s Pop Tart flavor is Go Blue Strawberry; Georgia is Bulldog Berry; Arkansas is Razorback Red; Florida is Florida Gators Strawberry; and North Carolina is Tar Heel Blue. ( GO BLUE STRAWBERRY ?!?)

And speaking Of Michigan (and Centers), In 1994, # 48 was retired in honor of 38 who became democrat enemy #1 for pardoning 37.

Confused? You wont be after you read this-


Ford played center at Michigan from 1932 to 1934 and was named team MVP as a senior. He would later become the 38th President of the United States of America.

Mo knows, and it shows


Mo Isom, the reigning LSU homecoming queen and  Soccor team goalie is again trying to find a roster spot on the LSU football squad.

Coach Miles said she is a strong candidate and a final decision will be made this week. She is quite an athlete and also quite a story.

“Finished her four-year career as the most decorated goalkeeper in the history of
the LSU Soccer program … Made 69 starts in 73 appearances in goal for the
Tigers from 2008-11 … Wrapped up her career as the school-record holder with
43 wins, 30 shutouts, 235 saves and a 0.86 goals against average for her
four-year career … Ranked No. 4 on the SEC’s all-time list with 30 career
shutouts at the end of her tenure … Set school single-season records with 15
wins and 12 shutouts as a sophomore in 2009 … Her 12 shutouts in 2009 is tied
for the No. 3 spot on the SEC’s all-time single-season list … Was a three-time
SEC Defensive Player of the Week and two-time SEC Freshman of the Week during
her career … Twice recognized for her performance in the classroom with a
selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010 and 2011 … Graduated from LSU
in December 2011 with her degree in mass communication with a concentration in
broadcast journalism.” http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=1382986

Mo was a sensation with her ” mo versus” series-

this is awesome-


“Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.

The 62-year-old Los Angeles woman was said to be comfortable, confident and steady at around 50 strokes per minute after a harrowing Saturday night of painful jellyfish encounters -”

Whenever I get to thinking I’m “fit for my age” or “strong for my age”, stories like this remind me that someone out there is stronger, faster and more advanced. It is both humbling and inspiring.

Best wishes to Ms. Nyad, an awesome athlete !!