Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Superman's Not Brave
I found the above quote on the Internet today by mistake. i really enjoyed it. It is us everyday people that are brave and we don't realize it. Each one of us has something in our mind that we overcome every day in some way. Two weeks ago I could have easily been defeated when my knee dislocated and tore a muscle. Instead I have a panel of good people I have met with and said what do I need to do to get back as soon as possible. So today I continue forward. It was another great day of rehabbing my knee. 40 minutes of Yoga and strength training and then my skin treatment application. I honestly feel like I will be back to jogging by Monday. time will tell but i am healing fast and working the area hard. It is hard it is a day spent with exercise, hot baths, ice baths, stretching and then ice packs at night.
Miles for Miracles
After today's figures. So far we have raised $2560 for Miles for Miracles. Many people and places sent checks and they take 7-10 to show up on the website. That is why some things show up late on the Boston site. I am more excited to have raised almost $3000 then I am to run in the event. Thank you all for your support!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I May Be Down But Not Out
I remain optimistic despite the crazy week. The car was acting funny again so I took it in to the shop. I was told that they had a problem with who did my inspection? Then I told them that they did it. Dead silence fell over the room. I then found out that the person that inspected my car was fired according to them, "30 minutes" after I left. So my car was just passed on by and then when that tire blew out last week it was an indication of something going on. We could have nearly been killed because of their idiocy. Anyways it's still being fixed. Today I had a grad paper to do and then some yoga and strength training on my knee rehab. All went very well in that area. I applied the DMSO that Dr. Landers told me about and that was some interesting stuff. Smelled like rotten milk and burned my knee a bit. I don't condone using this stuff. Then the muscle stiffened up tremendously and then relaxed. Right now it feel really good and I am praying I'll be at least back to jogging for the Tipp Hill Run. So I may be down but I am not out. I will work my ass of to get back and run Boston. Only 9 weeks to go so time is of the essence. So I know what still remains to be achieved. The more important goal I set out on was running to raise money for those sick children and I am almost there! I have only $440 more dollars to raise in order to meet my goal! Very exciting!
That's all for today! It is only up from here!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Well a visit to Dr. Brian Landers yesterday proved what I was thinking. Dislocation in my kneecap and a problem with my tibia. Seems to be rotating in and out. So for now running is all but over. However I am still running Boston. There is a 6 hour time limit and I can make that limit with a torn knee. I am a bit disappointed because 2 weeks ago I felt like I was running this best I ever had been. I think it is moments like now that define who you are? Do you fold up shop or do you keep moving forward? Well my shop isn't folding and I will fight to get to that finish line even if it is 2 hours slower than I was training for. It's not about the speed for me. It is about bringing home that goal of raising funds and awareness for those sick children that attend that hospital. So far I have reached $2550 of that $3000 goal! To me that is worth more than any times run in a race!
I want to thank everyone for the support for the children and those who have been supporting projects of ours! Thank You so much!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Obstacles May Slow Me Down But Will Not Stop Me
Yesterdays run was easy. I just ran 2.15 miles easy to see how the knee felt. My worst fears are coming true only nine weeks before Boston. My left knee has developed what is called, "Runners Knee." It is basically in a nutshell the breaking down of cartilage under the knee cap. You also don't think of blood flowing through the knee but it does change that as well. Right now I can not bend it or I can't get up. Do I feel a bit down after all the work I put into training? Yeah a little but hey I have 6 hours to run Boston as a time limit. If the knee gives out I tie it up and push on until the finish line is crossed. My dreams of running for competitive time will be put on hold for the time being. I set out on this course to do this to raise money for sick children. Children like Zack Saurini that had surgery at Boston Childrens Hospital. I will beat that goal first and foremost and that is the most important to me! It's not about how fast you are, it's about what you do with the talent that you are given!
Anyone interested in runners knee information may go to:
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Passing the Pebbles in the Path
Well today was supposed to be another day of rest for me but I decided heck with it. I can't let the pebble that tripped me up last week take me down. I am going to have to come back slowly and be ready for whatever is left in the tank come Boston time. I would be a liar if I didn't say I was a bit discouraged at my knee. It always lets me down. Two weeks ago I was doing runs and feeling good at a 6:20 mile per minute pace through ice storms. Today it felt awkward to run but I was able to get back into my slower pace. I am hoping this will be broom I need to sweep the pebbles away. There are around 50 days until the Boston Marathon. I will be maximizing each hour of each day in order to make Boston a fun experience.
T-Shirts for Tipp
We got the wonderful run4life T-Shirts in for the Tipp Hill Run. Yep I am still running. I don't care what my knees say. I say, "I registered, I came, I conquered!" That and a good bunch of us will be doing it for fun! I think it will be a good time. Anyone still interested in registering go to http://www.tipphillrun.com and click on the register link.
Benefit for Zack Saurini
Anyone interested in helping or donating to the benefit for Zack Saurini please let me know. The benefit is being held on April 26th at the Sennett Firehouse from 1-5. Any type of donations are welcome! For more details on Zack go to http://www.myitaliandarlings.blogspot.com
Benefit for Jim Phillips
Anyone interested in helping or donating for the benefit for Jim Phillips please let me know. His benefit is being held on Sunday May 2nd at SK Post in Auburn. Jim has been battling cancer for many years and expenses have gone through the roof. For any other information contact my wife Jamie Gleason at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to thank many of my facebook friends. many of you staying positive with your status and many times like today I read that and use it to move forward! Thanks for being positive!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thank You For Helping A Strong Will My Friend
Well I talked to an old friend today for the first time in many years. I won't discuss the nature of their illness without their permission but I will just say I was very emotional after the call. I wasn't going to come back to running till Monday because of safety precautions for my knee. After that phone call I felt renewed life. I didn't think about the pain. I imagined how my friend must feel being in a wheelchair and that I am blessed with working legs. They go on vacation from time to time but still working! So I put on my new running shoes and went and battled the conditions. My feet were all over the place and I couldn't find a stride but a strong will pushed me through it thinking of my friend. The knees feel much better. Still a bit rusty from the tear but I am back none the less and I will not stop until I hit that finish line in Boston. I have realized that it isn't about how fast you run! It is about the journey and how many wonderful people you meet and run with along the way. I would trade speed for saving a life any day!
Here are a couple pics from my cold and icy run on the trail today! Yep I ran with a camera!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The deadline for the Boston Shirts is right around the corner! I have space for maybe 2 more logo's on the back of the t-shirt and plenty of room for families names! Today we had the check presentation at the local Wal-Mart in which we received a grant for $250 for Boston Children's Hospital. After today's additions it brings the total raised to $2260! That is amazing and I thank all of you for believing in our journey! I am not the fastest runner but I have the most heart! It isn't about how fast you run it is about what you do with your running!
I am finally healing well from the small muscle tear and issue in my knee from last Friday! I was basically told not to run for 6-7 days. So I am using the time to relax my leg. I have my new Brooks running shoes in and I am ready to head back out there on Monday! Which will mean that there are only 10 more weeks till Boston!
Anyone still wanting to donate may do so by going to:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The T-Shirts are in for the Tipp Hill Run. Sizes are S,M,L. Whoever is running for Therun4life Team in the event will get a free R4L T-Shirt! Anyone else interested in them can send $20 to the following:
Paypal as a service to: email@example.com
or Check or Money order made out to me at: 48 perry street Auburn,NY 13021
Here is the Shirt Again
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hi gang! Anyone still wanting to get on the shirts for the Boston Marathon in April can still do so? The deadline to go to the printer is February 28th. This is because I need time to work with the designer and arrange logos, families names etc. Anyone still interested let me know! We are almost at our goal of $3000. We are about $800 short. Special thanks to Knights of Columbus who donated $150 last weekend! Everyone who donates $50 or more will get a T-shirt. I would like to then sell any remaining T-Shirts and give all the proceeds to the Saurini family at their benefit on April 26th.
All the information is at: https://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/bostonmarathon09/pfp/Default.asp?ID=GV0003
Well my wonderful recurring knee issues are back. I had been training so well all year and them blammo! I have retraced my steps and I figured it was due to the new pair of shoes with built in orthopedic support. After walking in Hershey the last couple days, I can feel the difference in my legs. I feel this has lead to some changes in my knees and most likely the problem. I have decided no matter what I am running Boston. No one or no thing will keep me out of it! If I have to limp it or use a wheelchair, I am finishing. I am trying to show it is not about time, it is about coming through for the cause and the sick children I am running. Running for time just doesn't seem right given all the circumstances anymore. It feels selfish to me. That is just me.
Thanks to everyone for the continued support. Without you I would have most likely retired this week. Until tomorrow keep on running!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that." -Charlotte, "Charlotte's Web"
Why Charlotte's Web Helped Me Today
I got thinking of the movie Charlotte's web this morning for some reason. Don't ask? Being couped up last night with all the ice on my leg made me think. When we started Therun4life.org is was just a small concept to bring families together. I look back today and it has webbed out and still climbing. My wish is that I could find a lawyer who would donate their services to make therun4life an official 501c3 instead of always helping other organizations like my run for Boston that is for their 501c3. It made me think how much of a web we have weaved and encompassed so many good people within the string of the concept. For that I am thankful. I have been told by trying to lift myself up, I have lifted many others up. For that I am grateful. I don't think people realize the true power they have unless bad things happen to them. I set out each day to try and show that everyday can be a great day! A day filled with promise and inspiration. Many just don't believe it but it is true!
After a long night of ice, it feels much better today. There is still much pain in the join and tightness in the knee cap. It appears that the bursa sac that is under the knee may be what is causing the problem and infecting the area. Basically to give you an idea of what it feels like. Take some medical tape and wrap it tightly around the left side of your kneecap and then try to walk. You can't walk that is the problem. I will take babysteps to get back and am still looking forward to running Boston. If for some reason I can't run at 100% capacity, I am still running! Got it!
T-Shirts for the Tipp Hill Run- March 7th
The T-shirts should be in early next week. We will be away till next Tuesday so I will touch base with everyone after that about them. I still plan on doing Tipp Hill even if injured. I will walk it if I have to. I follow through no matter what!
This will be the last post to the blog for a couple days unless I can get some Internet access at Hershey. Thanks for everyone for the support!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Well first of all I would like to say,"Happy Birthday to Dino!" Last night was a fun night out and I hadn't been out with these guys in over 10 years I think. Thanks to Marc and Rhonda for pulling the whole thing together! I had a good time! Nice to see you finally out there Don Bob!
Pull Up For Safety Reasons
Well today was the first minor set back in my running. I had 16 miles scheduled for today. Around mile 4 I felt a tearing sensation so I stretched it out and kept going. About a mile later it got so severe I had to walk. Then I settled back into a jog. With about a mile to go all of a sudden whatever it was disappeared and I picked up my normal pace again with no problems. So I figured for health sake I better stop there. Normally I push through everything but I figure if my acl tears then I won't be running Boston. I figure I better be safe then sorry! Anyways it has been a good week and I still got in over 40 miles. I figure if the leg feels better I'll go back out there in a little bit. Though people have been telling me to use my brain when it comes to pre injured feelings. So for the first time I did!
Miles for Miracles Update
We are up over the $2000 mark. Senator Nozzolio sent a nice letter and donation yesterday to put us over that mark. So far I have run 325 miles over the 9 week span. Thanks everyone for there support! I am going to rest this leg up so I can represent you all well in 11 weeks
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I remember when I was a senior in high school in 1993, the speech that Jim Valvano made at the Espy awards. A man that walked up there cancer stricken would laugh and joke with the world. He uttered those words, "Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up!" College basketball season reminds me of that. His video on youtube inspires me just as much today as it did 15 years ago!
For those of you who have no idea who he is go to:
Shamrock Run 2009!
Whoever wants to run for Therun4life at the 09 Shamrock run in Syracuse,NY let me know! First 20 people who want to run with us get a Free T-Shirt! I just want to have a wonderful day and run 4 fun!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Different hormones, different fuel mix
According to Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, at McMaster University Medical Centre in Canada, men and women differ in the type of fuel they burn as energy for muscle contraction during endurance exercise. For everyone, the major energy sources for endurance exercise are carbohydrate and lipid (or fat). However, in an analysis of 16 different studies, Tarnopolsky determined that women derived 41% of their energy from lipid and 56% from carbohydrate, whereas men burned 29% of their energy from lipid and 65% from carbohydrate.
The reason for the difference? The female hormone estrogen. Estrogen increases the activity of enzymes involved in metabolizing lipids. Tarnopolsky believes that higher levels of estrogen in women translate to proportionally more fat burned during exercise compared to men and less reliance on glycogen (carbohydrate) stored in the muscle and liver.
Effective carbo-loading for both sexes
Given this finding Tarnopolsky wondered if men and women differed in their ability to carbo-load as well. Conventional wisdom holds that loading up on carbohydrates 3 to 4 days before an endurance event will improve performance by boosting muscle glycogen stores. However, most carbo-loading studies have been conducted using males. Tarnopolsky decided to test for differences between the sexes.
Not too surprisingly, when men tapered their exercise intensity for four days while simultaneously increasing their carbohydrate intake from 57 to 75% of total calories, they showed a spike in muscle glycogen stores and a hefty increase in the amount of time it took them to exercise to exhaustion. In short, it worked. The shocker came when women exposed to the carbo-loading regimen showed no increase in muscle glycogen storage or exercise performance.
It turns out that to boost glycogen stores, both men and women need to eat in the range of 8-12 grams of carbs for each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. For male athletes, this amount of carbohydrate isn't a problem because their caloric intake is so high. But for female athletes, caloric intakes may be too low to achieve the minimum carb intake needed.
The following example illustrates the problem:
Putting it into practice
Paul is a 170-pound athlete who consumes about 3500 calories daily, with 55% of those calories (or about 481 g) coming from carbs. This equates to about 6 grams of carbs for every kilogram of body weight, which is appropriate for light-to-moderate intensity training. To carbo-load he increases the proportion of calories coming from carbohydrates to 75% (about 656 g). This equates to about 8.5 grams of carbohydrate for every kilogram of body weight, which is within the 8-12 gram range needed to maximize glycogen resynthesis.
Amy is a 120-pound athlete and more calorie-conscious. She typically consumes 2000 calories daily, with 55% of those calories (or about 275 g) coming from carbohydrate. This equates to about 5 grams of carbs for every kilogram of her body weight. In attempting to carbo-load, she increases the proportion of calories coming from carbs to 75% (about 375 g). Unfortunately, this equates to less than 7 grams of carbohydrate for every kilogram of body weight, which is below the 8-12 gram range needed to maximize glycogen resynthesis.
At 120 pounds, Amy needs a minimum of 436 grams of carbs, or 1745 calories from carbohydrates. Those numbers may look good on paper, but in practice if she's only consuming 2000 calories daily, getting 1745 calories from carbohydrate (a whopping 87% of total calories) isn't realistic.
The solution for effective carbo-loading, according to Tarnopolsky, is that women may actually need to consume 30-35% more calories on carbo-loading days. So, instead of 2000 calories, during carbo-loading 2600 calories a day may be needed. Those 600 bonus calories equate to an extra bagel, a cup of oatmeal with raisins sprinkled on top and a PowerBar Performance bar each day. For those concerned about too many calories, no worries: the green light for extra feasting is only for the 3 to 4 days of carbo-loading.
Fueling during and after exercise
Because women use proportionally more lipid during exercise than men, it is reasonable to think that they might use ingested carbohydrate (from energy bars or sports drinks) differently from men. But that's apparently not the case. Women respond favorably to ingested glucose in a manner similar to, if not even more so, than men.
When it comes to recovery, several studies have shown that the rate of glycogen resynthesis is greater if carbs, or carbs and protein together, are consumed in the early post-exercise period as compared to hours later. Here again, gender differences in carbohydrate metabolism don't appear to be a factor. Men and women respond similarly to post-exercise glycogen resynthesis regimens.
When it comes to carbo-loading, what works for men won't necessarily work for women.
· Gradually taper your training 3 to 4 days before your endurance event.
· Simultaneously increase your carbohydrate intake. For optimal glycogen reloading, men and women require 8-12 grams of carbohydrates for each kilogram of body weight.
· Male athletes can usually achieve the higher carb range by simply substituting carbohydrate-rich foods for other foods that tend to be higher in fat.
· For female athletes, effective carbo-loading may require adding foods to the diet. As a rule of thumb, women may need to increase total calorie intake by 30-35% in the 3 to 4 days before the event.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sorry My computer has been down all day!
I am once again am updating everyone about Miles for Miracles that I am running for. One of the little boys from
Miles for Miracles Week #8
Week 8 is now in the books capped off by a 16 mile run today. So far I have run 285 miles in 8 weeks on the program and raised $1900! I am very excited to be running and helping save little lives! Only 12 more weeks to go to the Boston Marathon! I want to thank all of you for your support during training! Thank you to the Kozlowski's for their generous donation late Sunday night! It brought our total to the $1900 mark! I had miscalculated because I am still waiting for the Wal-Mart Grant next week!
Any person, business or anyone that wants to still get on the Boston Marathon shirt still may till February 28th. That is the deadline. All the information is located at:
Each sponsor of $50 or more will receive a T-shirt to commemorate the run. The front will have all the children I am running for on it. On the back will be all the families names and business sponsors logos! All proceeds go to a 501c3 children’s organization and are tax deductible!
Tipp Hill Run- March 7th
Anyone interested in running in the Tipp Hill Shamrock run, please let me know. I will be giving away free t-shirts to anyone that gives me their registration # and runs for the cause! Here is what they look like!
Thank You all once again and hope to see you out on the roads this spring! -Vin
Sunday, February 8, 2009
NO fancy quotes today. I am just writing myself a note about how good it feels to breathe again. Since Kaylei was born in 2001 and then Braeden in 2003, I felt like we never had a chance to breathe. Kaylei with her kidney issue for the first two years of life and then Braeden with the Surgery. Never did we get a chance to thank the wonderful doctors for saving his life! Thank you Dr. Tatum and Dr. Kristamurphy.(I know I misspelled it) It seemed like every time we would surface for air something would push us back under. I thought that the car accident three weeks before Christmas of 2007 was the end all. I blamed myself for my daughter getting hurt. The accident gave me severe PTSD's. So bad I couldn't attend running events. The first event I attended again was the labor day classic in Auburn. Before that I had given up. Beat up from the years in the hospital with the children, my own illness, and then the car accident. I really didn't think we would ever have a chance to breathe. My daughter showed me that Christmas what it is like to finish a goal even though you are hurt mentally and physically. I was truly inspired by her finishing her reading goal on that day. Not a day has gone by that I haven't remembered what it felt like. My intentions with Therun4life.org have been nothing but the best. What started out as a small idea and an informational website has grown ten fold today. Though I still wish I had a clue what to do with it! I still don't have the proceeds to make it an official non-profit, that is why I run for other 501c3 places. This year though I did at least make it an official business. I have prided myself of never taking one cent for us and only for a cause. I had my generous friends in Florida offer to bail us out when we were losing everything last month. I told them to donate to the cause and that I cannot accept one cent for us. It is just who I am. I learned and taught a valuable lesson over the last couple months. That you don't need millions of dollars in the world. All you need are your family and good friends. My children and I have had some of the best moments in life of late because we truly learned what it fees like to have fun and breathe again. These are the steps that I wish upon the Saurini family. I know they don't know us all that well but we feel intrigued by their story. We feel inspired by Zack's story and the truly positive spirit he possesses. To you my friends I will box up some air for you. You truly do deserve to breathe! So as I write this note to myself, I feel happy that we now have two healthy children #1! I am also happy that we got our taxes back and my money to attend grad school. We can have our life back and be confident that we will have a house over our head and good friends to invite over within it. It has been taxing these years in school but I truly believe this year will pay off and that we have learned together as a family a valuable life lesson. I know that I am just an average guy trying to change the world, but today for once I feel like I am on top of it! Thank you all for your support over the last couple months! Without all of my friends and I mean YOU! I wouldn't be where I am today!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today's run felt like a 16 round prize fight to me because of battling the flu. So I decided to write a poem about it within the 10 minutes after I finished!
16 Round Prize Fight
As I took to the roads today
With my salt laden running shoes
The cold air wisps my nose
No longer do I feel the blues
Each Mile like a round
In a championship prize fight
The first four rounds were easy
I was feeling just Right
As I boxed further into the match
Through rounds seven and eight
I could feel the sickness & fatigue in my veins
The positive energy kept me feeling great
I played rope-a-dope
Through rounds nine and ten
Keeping a constant pace
Saving energy because I have a message to send
Fighting deep into rounds thirteen and fourteen
I have my opponent where I want them now
Backed against the corner
It's time to show them how
Entering into the last Round sixteen
I picked up the pace and fought as hard as I could
It's time for one last push
From the little engine that could
As the bell sounded
and I hit the finish line
I had the eye of the tiger for one more day
This moment of victory (how very small) was all mine! (GET WELL ZACK!)
Wrote today after my 16 miler by Vin Gleason....man I am tired now!
P.S. Thanks to the guy who yelled the f-Bombs today. Nice to see the maturity of young adults in Auburn! Thanks for helping me run harder!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I want to extend our deepest warm wished to the Suarini Family. Their son Zack underwent surgery on February 4th at Boston Children's hospital. Zack is doing better and updates are being sent in daily to http://www.myitaliandarlings.blogspot.com Way to be a fighter!
Run4life Fielding a Fun Team for Tipp Hill Run
March 7th is the annual Tipp Hill run in Syracuse, NY. Anyone that I know that registers for this race and would like to run for Therun4life will get a team t-shirt FREE! Yes FREE! I just want to have a day where we can all get together for fun and run for our cause! Information can be found online at http://www.tipphillrun.com
Registration is $15 and there is a $3 fee for online registration! Once you have registered send me your registration confirmation # and your name and address and I will send you a shirt for that day when they are ready! They will be green and in the spirit of St. Patty's day!
GET THIS TO ME BY FEBRUARY 20th!!!!!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Please Put Zack in Your Thoughts This Week
I just wanted to ask for all my friends thoughts, prayers, runs or walks for little Zack Saurini tomorrow. Zack will be undergoing surgery on Wednesday. It makes you realize just how much each day is a blessing! I will be leaving this blog up for one more day! Anyone interested his mother Jodi is keeping a daily blog about it!
For more information go to: http://www.myitaliandarlings.blogspot.com
Good Luck Zack! Our thoughts are with you!
Monday, February 2, 2009
All it Takes is a Spark
When I was away at grad school last week I really thought back to late August and early September. I felt defeated. I had lent my resources to everyone and everything and felt like I had accomplished nothing in our vision. Labor day had rolled around and I was only 4 weeks into my rehab for a stress fracture in my foot. I think that week was the spark I needed. At the time people were asking me to run for a child or a cause. I ran in 3 races injured in 9 days for different causes. My foot didn't feel all that bad, so I kept going. Then about a month later I found out I got into the Boston Marathon. So the spark was ignited and literally grew into a bonfire. I am not encouraging you to do something hurt because not all of us can do that. However I am encouraging you to find something that will ignite that spark in your life. No matter whatever it may be. Keep on trying and eventually it will happen! Sometime each day there is a little thing that you can hold onto and use it to make your day much better!
Our Thoughts For Zack
Right now as I type the Saurini's are making their way to Boston. Zack will be undergoing surgery on February 4th. I really hope that all my friends and family can set aside some time this week and put the little boy in your thoughts. I am thinking of setting up an online fundraiser for him. If anyone is interested contact me.
You can follow their blog at:
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Good 16 Mile Run After the Layoff
Well I felt pretty darn good out there today. The weather was great and I could wear lighter clothes. I can tell that all the weight I have been carrying in the winter really helped. I finished the two loops of 8 miles each for a total of 16 miles. My overall time was very good for me at 2:05:04. I guess that the layoff for school really was the rest the doctor ordered. Apparently for the first time I administered in intelligently.
Enjoy Your Super Bowl tonight!