February 12, 2014

    Winter in Maine is Alive and Well

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    It’s February 12th (Lincoln’s Birthday) and winter is showing no sign of quitting.  Big storm in the making as I type.  Reading between and above the lines, I think this year’s winter is going to make the runners of New England hungry for the spring road racing season which will commence with the Boson Marathon.  Winter Song and Strong!

    January 7, 2014

    The Big Chill



    Winter is back after the January 6th thaw.  Started my training for Boston on terra firma this AM.  Nice to have my feet back on the ground literally and figuratively.  Sixteen miles with temperatures below 16 degrees.  Won’t even go there with the wind chill.  Happy trails in 2014.

    July 10, 2013

    Fog Blog

    Well, the 4th of July holiday as come and gone and I’m just trying to get my blog going again.  I guess you could say that after a scorching hot holiday in Maine we are now back in a fog.  I guess I’m in a fog too with too many summer activities and projects.  No complaints.

    Anyway, bear with me and I’ll try to get started again with more regular blog entries.  The holiday was great.  I ran in two road races; the LL Bean 10K and the Cliff Island 3 Miler.  Both races were hot so I spent a lot of time swimming in Casco Bay after the races and throughout the weekend.  I also went to a few parties and spent a lot of time with friends and family.  As always, I tried to keep the weeds in the gardens to a minimum.  Yes, the peas were ready for the 4th and the beans will be ready to pick by the weekend.  Cool with the kale!

    Below: Running in the 4th of July 10K.

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    Below: Enjoying time with Scott, my brother, Andy, and Ryan cousins.

    Cliff Island ACE 3Miler

    Below: Photo time with an up-and-coming star-spangled runner.

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    June 27, 2013


    Delighted to hear that Team WEX is off and walking, jogging and running with their new pedometers.  “Living Well”  with every step!  How much can you step it up?  Every step in life counts.





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    June 26, 2013

    Inaugural Post

    Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?  We shall see in the days, weeks and months ahead as I start blogging. What do you think about “Joanie’s Jog Blog?”

    Summer has arrived in Maine in all its glory and the flood gates have opened for tourists in Freeport.  Easier to get around running than driving.

    Perfect summer day yesterday.  Started at 5:30 AM on the docks in South Freeport, and jumped aboard a friend’s boat to go lobstering.  Lots going on in Casco Bay early in the morning….ospreys swooping , seals bobbing, eagles nesting and fish jumping.  Caught a lot of lobsters too!  We nothched and threw back several “Lucky Ladies” (female lobsters who weren’t bearing eggs but had not been previously caught).  Once a lobster is notched on a tail fin, it can’t be included in any catch going forward.  A good example of sustainable fishing.  After we got back to port, I jumped ship and went for a run.  Into the garden afterward to harvest the first lettuce of the season.  After planting another crop of beans and carrots, I jumped into our cove on the incoming tide for a short swim.  I love to plan my day around the tides during Maine summers.  Thus the title of my first book, “Running Tide.”  Thinking of another book.  What do you think about another  book?


    Tide is coming in… Gotta jump in.  Great way to calm my back muscles after picking strawberries this morning with other Master Gardeners for the Wayside Kitchen.  We need to keep the hungry well fed.