I’m Published! Part 2

All Things Physical Therapy has published the second part of my journey.  I wrote this article a few weeks when I finally made it to 3 miles without any pain at all.  I also completed the run a few minutes under my goal time.  I always feel like I should be running 3 miles in AT LEAST less than 36 minutes, mostly because I can walk a 12 minute mile.

My ultimate goal time is 3 miles is 21 minutes . . . but that’ll be a different story.  This post is about my secrets to success and the changes I made in my training and nutrition.

Check it out here: http://allthingspt.com/2011/11/16/the-us-marine-corps-v-the-law-student-part-2/.



My family friend/uncle/physical therapist calls me “Hero.”  He also runs a physical therapy website and business.  On his website, he’s featuring a mini-series of blog posts about me and my attempt to become a distance runner without any real coaches, training, or help.  The first post was about my failed PFT (personal fitness test) for Marine Corps JAG (Judge Advocate General).  This week’s post is about my metamorphosis into “Hero.”  Check it out at http://allthingspt.com/2011/11/15/a-pt-finds-a-hero-at-lake-superior-provincial-park/.

Happy Veterans’ Day

Caisson Song (1908)

Over hill over dale we will hit the dusty trail
As the caissons go rolling along.
Up and down, in and out, Countermarch and right about,
And our caissons go rolling along.

For it’s hi-hi-hee in the Field Artillery, Shout out the number loud and strong.

Till our final ride, It will always be our pride
To keep those caissons a rolling along.
(Keep them rolling – keep them rolling)*
Keep those caissons a rolling along.
(B-a-t-t-e-r-y H-a-l-t!)*

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (1860)

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid’st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

The Shores of Tripoli (pre-19th century)

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By The United States Marines.
Wild Blue Yonder

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ’em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun!)*
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!**
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!***
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Additional verses:
Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue;
Hands of men blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!)
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before and bombers galore. Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Bridge: “A Toast to the Host”
Here’s a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow’s pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!


Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you’d live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!)
Flying men, guarding the nation’s border,
We’ll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on. Hey!
Nothing will stop the U.S. Air Force!

Semper Paratus

From Aztec Shore to Artic Zone
To Europe and Far East.
The Flag is carried by our ships,
In times of war and peace.
And never have we struck it yet
In spite of foe-men’s might,
Who cheered our crews and cheered again,
For showing how to fight.

We’re always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through surf and storm and howling gale,
High shall our purpose be.
“Semper Paratus” is our guide,
Our fame, our glory, too.
To fight to save or fight and die,
Aye! Coast Guard we are for you!

National Guard Song

I was a minuteman at Concord Bridge
The shot heard ’round the world
and I was there on Bunker Hill
When “Old Glory” was unfurled
And when my country called me
From within or from afar
I’ll be first to answer
Proud to be the Guard

Defending Freedom protecting dreams
This is the spirit of what it means to me
For my God and my home that I love

And in the eyes of my enemies
Or the eye of a storm
I face the dangers as they come
In any shape or form
I am your sons, your friends, your fathers
And your daughters working hard
To be the best and keep us strong
Proud to be the Guard

Defending Freedom protecting dreams
This is the spirit of what it means to me
For my God and my home that I love

Defending Freedom protecting dreams
This is the spirit of what it means to me
For my God and my home that I love

Guarding AMERICA


Meatless Mondays: Dumbledore’s Vegan Army

A number of exciting things happened this weekend.  I figured out how to take properly exposed photos.  I took part of the bar exam.  I also went to a Harry Potter party (because who doesn’t like it when Halloween is stretched out).

The Harry Potter party was exciting for two reasons: (1) I got to pull out a plaid, pleated skirt from high school for my costume, and I learned it still fit, and; (2) my dear friend made a bunch of the hors d’ouevres vegan just for me!  She said that she got them from a blog called Dumbledore’s Vegan Army.  Everything she made was totally fantastic.  Check out the delicious-looking (and properly exposed) photos of the extras I got to bring home 🙂  I bet these would be great Thanksgiving treats, too.  Or for an HP 7, Part 2 party.

This is the Christmas Mince Meat pie.

This is a Pumpkin Pasty.

PS-I don’t know anything about that blog except that my friend got these recipes there.  The writer doesn’t know me, and I don’t know him/her.

The Happiest Woman in America

Those Gallup polls have tried to figure out who’s the happiest man or woman in America based on a number of factors, both qualitative and quantitative.  USAToday announced that Marie Claire Orenic, of Manhattan Beach, CA, is the happiest woman in America.

For a full list of factors, check out their website.  The factors include things like having a professional job, a short commute, and a household income of $120,000+.

HOWEVER, it also includes fitness and nutrition information.  Ms. Orenic says that she exercises between 30 and 45 minutes, 6 days a week.  She has a gym membership, workout equipment at home, and she takes walks with her husband.  She also eats 5 small meals a day, but does admit she could eat more fruits and vegetables.  She’s a non-smoker, and she’s luckily free of chronic physical illnesses.  Last, her BMI is on the lower side of her weight bracket.

The conclusion: good physical health plays a factor in one’s happiness.  Is this a shocking conclusion?  It shouldn’t be.  But sometimes I think it is for all of us.  Personally, after a long day, it’s really easy to go home, slip into some yoga pants, and pour some pinot noir.  But I know perfectly well that if I head to the gym and spend even 30 minutes on the elliptical, I’ll feel 100x better.

So this is a two-pronged post.  First, I’m gratified that Gallup considered physical health in its study.  Having taking stats classes, I’m extremely particular about all the data that goes into formulas for results like this.  Second, I just wanted to highlight the important role that physical well-being plays in overall health.  I’m not a very holistic person who wants to push the mantra of “My body is my temple” on everyone, but I do think that it’s easy to forget that your body is something more than a pair of legs walking your brain around.