Saturday, February 28, 2009

It seems to me that life is just a series of adjustments, or at least in order to move forward in our lives we have to keep making adjustments. I think Darwin said something like, adaptation is the secret to success in nature. We make plans and sometimes certain things are in place to make things easier, then these things may change. If we want to keep moving forward we need to adjust to the new situation. We must cheerfully accept the challenges in life and get on with it. Whatever life throws at us we can figure out how to go on. I said to someone yesterday sometimes you just have to survive for now and eventually things will improve.

Friday, February 27, 2009

It is so nice and sunny out there today and the temperature is mild, but things are supposed to change on the weekend. There is snow forecast for Sunday, which should make the 50k race kind of interesting. I have battled much worse, so it will be just a case of go out there, have fun and do my best.No point in feeling sorry for myself.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Due to having a lot of things to do when I got home from work today. I went out for my run a little later than usual. The result was that I got to see the night sky. It is very clear and the moon looks like a smiley face, but with a really thin smile and the pole star is like a huge bright shining diamond way above.
My run felt good, so once again I think I am ready for Sunday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yesterday was such a strange day for me. Just after leaving my house in the morning, I saw a lot of police cars heading down the street towards where I was going. Then a fire engine joined them. When I came near to a local park, there were maybe 5 or 6 police cars in there. I do not know what was going on and didn't find out later. When I got to the street where my work place is located another fire engine came by. There was a strange energy in the air. By the end of the day and even into today I felt very tired, I forgot to post anything on my blogs.
This afternoon an old friend gave me some disappointing news and that made me feel tired too. Maybe I'm reacting to the return of cold weather and the fact I have a 50k race in 4 days time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

So I have been having these conversations with my namesakes in Croatia and finding out, that there are so many connections to the people from my father's village. It was even said that the village of Donje Dubrave is the village of Jakovic's. It seems that a large number of the 30 or so Jakovic's I have found so far, have a family member from the village.
The morning was nice and brisk and I had a good run to start the day. I just have to stay loose and in balance for the rest of the week.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


It was an overcast morning for our Sunday run, but the temperature was around 40F. It was the first time this year that Utpal had run out with me to see the baseball stadiums. When we got there Shea stadium was gone. You can see from the photo that the view west from Willetts point station is completely different

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The 50k race is a week and a day away, so it was OK to run the 2 mile race this week. It was a little cold, but nice and sunny. Though I was running quite fast it felt almost like slow motion. I managed to maintain my pace and finished with a time of 15:55, which was only a few seconds slower than 2 weeks ago. I know that next week I will run a more relaxed pace, so I thought that this was a good race. I realized after the race that I am not fully recovered from my cold, but I have another week and it should not really be a problem anyway.

Friday, February 20, 2009

When I went to bed last night it seemed as though the heating in the house was not on, I didn't worry about it, but when I woke up this morning the house was cooler than usual. I checked the furnace and it seemed OK. When I checked the thermostat control the heat kicked on, I think for some reason it was stuck.
I did run early and it was cold and very windy out, the day was cold and windy, but with lots of sunshine.
Spent a few hours chatting with friends and family in various parts of the world.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Walking home this afternoon, I saw an old man sitting in a wheelchair and wearing dark glasses like he had a sight problem. There was a young woman standing next to him who I thought was maybe his carer. Another young woman came out of the store they were in front of, with 2 shopping bags. She approached them and said something. The old man got up out of the wheelchair and they put the shopping bags in it. The old man then proceeded to push the wheelchair, with the help of one of the young women. You see all kinds of things in New York.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Over the last 30 years or so I have accumulated a lot of stuff and now it is time to get rid of it. So things I will recycle, some I will just throw out, this should leave me with a few things to take back to Europe with me.
This afternoon is cool and rainy, it was strange because while walking home it had the distinct feel and smell of Autumn. Maybe it was just a Deja Vu moment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My day went quite quickly and before I knew it I was on my way home The afternoon was a little warmer than I expected. After checking out my e mails and stuff I went out for a run. Although I am not 100% it felt as though I had a bit more spring in my step. So barring any major setbacks I think with 12 days to go, I am OK for the 50k on March 1st.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Feeling so much better this morning, ran an easy couple of miles. Temperature just below freezing, but pleasant.
Got my laundry done. Sorted out some old clothes, some for recycling. some for the bin.
It was also time for me to finally do my taxes, my last US ones for a while at least. I will get a small refund.
This afternoon watched the FA Cup 4th round replay between Arsenal and Cardiff. Eduardo made his comeback after being away recovering from a broken leg he suffered a year ago. He scored 2 goals and Arsenal won 4-0. Nice game to watch.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Now that Utpal is back from his travels I had company for the Sunday run. I think not racing yesterday paid off, because I felt a lot better this morning. However it did feel colder than I thought it would, at least at the beginning of the run. We went out to Flushing Meadow park. With Utpal suffering the effects of jet lag it was decided to just run around the lake and back. I am quite happy with the run and actually felt fresh at the end of it.
I did chat with my cousin in Croatia and found out that one of the people in my group on Facebook, was actually a neighbour in the village there.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My cold felt pretty bad this morning, but I figured I would go out to the race and decide there if I would run. After trying to warm up it did not seem like a good idea. I felt there was too much of a risk it would make things worse and I only have 2 weeks to the 50k. I just jogged a couple of miles and went home. After resting for a couple of hours I do feel better.
Hey it's Valentines day! It's also FA Cup 5th round and in most of the games there were draws, so there will be replays.
Wolves continued their bad patch and lost at Burnley, they are still top of the Championship, just about.

Friday, February 13, 2009

After waking up this morning still a little under the weather I actually went back for a nap about an hour later. Woke up feeling much better.
I have been noticing that my computer keyboard as been acting a little funny lately. It is an old one I have been using for about 6 years. I have a new one that came with my computer that I bought about 18 months ago. So I decided to switch in the new one. Lo and behold everything is work much faster. First of all I think it is more compatible and also it's just more efficient.
Utpal is back from his trip ( he was in Bali ). He is majorly jet lagged but we did go out for a run this afternoon, though he mostly wanted to walk.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I woke up this morning with a deep croaky voice, yes I had a large frog in my throat.When I got to work my boss said it sounded creepy. It did get better as the day went on, but it reminded me of many years ago, when I sang bass in a choir, though I am really a tenor.
There is very strong wind out there this afternoon, but it is still quite mild.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The soreness in my throat has remained but is not getting any worse. Actually as the day went on my voice began to break up. It is quite warm out there, the temperature climbed all the way up to 54 F. Due to the late start of the England v Spain game, I managed to get a run in and came back 4 minutes into the game. England looked pretty good early on, but Spain worked there way into the game and took an errant pass from England in midfield to score the only goal of the first half. So Spain 1, England 0 at half time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Around this time of year, for the past 13 or 14 years I have been preparing for a trip to Europe, It seems that almost every time I get a cold or Flu, which on all but a few occasions is gone by the time I leave.
Well this morning I woke up with a sore throat and during the day I was sneezing a lot, though I must say, it did seem to get a little better as the day went on. The fact that we are supposed to have fairly mild weather all week should help.
However this also happens to me when I am preparing for a race and since I have a 50k coming up in less than 3 weeks maybe that is the reason. Could it be psychosomatic or something my body is doing to slow me down a little.

Monday, February 09, 2009

I got caught up in so many things today that I almost forgot to post something on my blog. I have been doing this search on Facebook for people with my last name. I found a guy named Dino Jakovic, who lives in a town close to where my father was from. It turns out his father is from the same village as my father. I will find out more later.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

It was a nice morning, with the temperature already at 40F when I left the house at 10 to 7 .I felt kind of sore and my left hamstring and knee seemed to be telling me something was a little tight. When I got out to Flushing Meadow Park, things were a bit different from last week, though there were still a few icy patches. Once again I went out to Shea stadium and Citi field. My run of 2 hours felt good, but still a little sore at the end.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Due to a lack of officials, I was the starter for this mornings 2 mile race.The other official stayed at the finish line. I was given his watch, which I started the race with and handed it to him as we ran by on the first loop. There were only 6 official starters, not sure why this was, as the weather was much better than in previous weeks. For some reason I was feeling a little sore when I left my house for the race, so I did a little extra warming up before the race.I finished 4th with a time of 15:52, yet another improvement on the previous week. So slowly, slowly I am getting some speed back.
I did a search on Facebook for people with the last name Jakovic and sent out friend invitations. So far I have about 15. I am interested to see how it goes.

Friday, February 06, 2009

I have been sorting through some of my things and the other day I found my diary from 2001. Yesterday I sat down and looked at a few pages, I was interested to see what I wrote on September 11. This is what I wrote;" The day started out so normally. When the flight got to within 3 1/2 hours of New York, we were told that terrorists had attacked. The plane had to go back to Vienna. We would land in London first.The airspace over London was closed, so we landed in Manchester. Then finally on to Vienna, arriving back 13 hours after we left".
My final note was; My running streak ended today
4 years 6 months 8 days.
I don't know why but that is what I wanted to post today.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Today was just a blur.Once again the temperature had dropped down into the low teens F. We suddenly became busy again at work, plus I think we are adjusting to the fact that we are short of guys.,. Anyway before I knew it the end of the day had come. I contemplated going in tomorrow for a couple of hours, then reason made an appearance and I decided not to.
I need to file my taxes and hopefully I will have the time to do that tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Woke up this morning with a sour stomach, don't know if it was something I ate last night or what. When I got to work I had a ginger tea and a short time later. a black tea and some plain chocolate cake. Shortly after that I was fine. This was all based on intuition, that's what it told me to do and it worked.
Once again the Sun was shining when I left work this afternoon and the snow is already disappearing off the sidewalks. Maybe it will be gone by the weekend.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I have been back in New York for 3 weeks now, a few days after that my boss went on vacation. Two days after that a workmate lost his battle with cancer. Yesterday I heard that the guy my boss left in charge, slipped on ice while walking his dog and has a compound fracture of his leg. This required surgery both yesterday and today. So things are a bit crazy at work.
The forecast was for it to start raining last night then turn to snow later and accumulate about 1 to 2 inches. It did not rain and the snow did not start until after 9 this morning. As a result it has snowed all day and we have about 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground at the moment.
While out running this afternoon I was reminded of one run I had in Slovenia, it was nice.

Monday, February 02, 2009

While family and friends are telling me there is heavy snow in the UK, here in New York it is like a beautiful Spring day. It feels mild and the temperature by midday has gone up to 47F ( 8C ). Most of the snow from last week has now gone, but just has it has done over the 3 weeks I have been back, it is supposed to snow tomorrow.
I have not been watching the Super bowl the last couple of years, but decided to watch it last night. I thought it was a good game, was not too impressed by the adds. Glad it went down to the wire, when it had looked early on like it might be a blowout.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Shea Stadium saying goodbye

It's been almost 3 months since I went out to Shea stadium and quite a lot has changed. You can see from the photo that about 3/4 of it has now gone. While I was there taking photo's I met another gentleman doing the same. He got quite emotional when we talked about the history of the place and we took each other's photo's, with the stadium in the background. I ended up running about 11 miles. Meadow Lake was almost completely frozen with just a small section on one side where a few ducks were keeping it open. When I started out it was 1 or 2 degrees below freezing and as I finished my run it was 1 or 2 degrees above.