Jogger in pink and black

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Jogger in pink and black
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Upper East Side, Central Park – Jun 2008 – 085

These pictures were taken on two successive days when I had doctor appointments on the Upper East Side of NYC, and had the chance to walk along Fifth Avenue, and then through Central Park in order to return to my apartment on the Upper West Side, at Broadway & 96th

I had spotted this woman jogging in Central Park a little earlier — how could you not notice someone in a bright pink top and pink hat? She had been running south, while I was walking north, and she went by too quickly for me to get a picture.

But about ten minutes later, as I was approaching Columbus Avenue and 96th Street, she jogged past me again … she had to stop at Columbus Avenue, because of the traffic, so she was actually jogging in place when I took this picture…

Note: on Sep 26, 2012, I replaced the original version of this photo with a slightly edited one. All I did was some relatively minor adjusting of "hot spots" and "cold spots" — but unfortunately, I was unable to remove all the monochromatic blackness in the woman’s tights Unfortunately, the original photo was shot as a JPG image, before I learned about the benefits of shooting in RAW and making more subtle adjustments with my Aperture photo-editing program…

Note: this picture was published in a Sep 21, 2008 blog article entitled "Road Kill." It was also included in a June 6, 2009 photo mashup, as seen in the comment below, and as displayed in full-sized format on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 4, 2009 blog titled "What Kind of Music Do You Listen to When You Work Out?" More recently, it was published in a Sep 1, 2009 blog titled "How Far Should You Run In A Workout?", which was republished in a Jul 19, 2010 blog, and again in a Dec 17, 2010 blog. And it was published in a Sep 28, 2009 blog titled "Treadmill Vs. Outdoor Running," which was reprinted in a Jun 30, 2010 Bike Swim Run blog with the same title. It was also published in a Nov 6, 2009 blog titled World Run Day 2009 is This Sunday!" And it was published in a Dec 12, 2009 "Sweet California" blog titled "Tomorrow’s the Day."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Feb 25, 2010 blog titled "Is Less Exercise More Effective?" It was also published in an undated (Mar 2010) blog titled "My yeast infection cure." And it was published in a Mar 31, 2010 "Wellwire" blog titled "What’s My Motivation?", as well as a Mar 31, 2010 Suite-101-dot-com blog titled "Term Insurance Comparison by Age for Women Only," and an Apr 1, 2010 blog titled "Encouraging Activity With Group Health Insurance Discounts." It was also published in an Apr 22, 2010 Italian blog titled "Ti alleni con la musica? Apple sostituisce le cuffie che non resistono al sudore." It was also published in an Apr 23, 2010 Insured Life blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 27, 2010 Italian blog, titled Alternare i tipi di allenamento per migliorare i risultati. It was also published in a May 24, 2010 blog titled "How Physical Activity Enhances Productivity." And it was published in an undated (May 2010) blog titled "Exercise for Women." It was also published in a Jun 3, 2010 blog titled "How to Look Cute While Jogging."

In the second half of 2010, it was published in a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "Women’s Workout Guidelines Are Mostly Guesswork." A tightly cropped version of the photo was published in a Jul 14, 2010 blog titled "3 Reasons Not To Use An iPod Armband." And a very tightly cropped version was also published in an Aug 26, 2010 issue of the French version of Slate, in a blog titled "Ecouter de la musique pousse à s’entraîner plus fort." It was also published in a Sep 11, 2010 blog titled "Working Out in Maintenance Mode." And it was published in a Sep 26, 2010 ArticleTZ blog, with the same title (and notes) as what I had put onto the original Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (Oct 2010) Cool New York Group Health Insurance images blog , with the same title as the caption that I put on my Flickr page.

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Top Picks in Running Sneakers." It was also published in a Mar 15, 2011 blog titled "Ready To Race? Getting Started & Running In NYC." And it was published in a Sep 9, 2011 blog titled "Sport: risultati migliori cambiando ritmo."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 3, 2012 blog titled "5 Resolutions Diversity Practitioners Should Make in 2012." It was also published in a Feb 15, 2012 blog titled "High-Tech Health: Your Smartphone and the Gym." And it was published in a May 8, 2012 blog titled "5 Signs Your Exercise Habit Might Be Getting Out of Hand." It was also published in a May 31, 2012 blog titled "Five Practical Tips for Developing a Sustainable Workplace for Employees." And it was published in a Jun 1, 2012 blog titled "Workout Camp." It was also published in a Jun 17, 2012 blog titled "A hidden message of encouragement in my exercise playlist." And it was published in an Aug 30, 2012 blog titled "Tips To Help Avoid Yeast Infections," as well as a Sep 3, 2012 blog titled "Think You Can’t Do Anything About Your Yeast Infection? Think Again!" It was also published in an undated (late Sep 2012) blog titled "10 Most Powerful Success Habits," as well as a Sep 26, 2012 blog titled "Celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!" And it was published in an undated (late Oct 2012) blog titled "Ti alleni con la musica? Apple sostituisce le cuffie che non resistono al sudore." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2012 blog titled "Saving Money on Term Life Insurance."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2013 blog titled "Simple Way On How To Deal With Yeast Infection," as well as a Jan 7, 2013 blog titled "Alternative And Natural Treatments For A Yeast Infection," and a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "Tips To Avoid Yeast Infections In The Future." It was also published in an undated (late Jan 2013) blog titled "The 16 Most Popular Habits of Highly Successful People." And it was also published in a Mar 26, 2013 blog titled "Exercise With Music For Bigger Benefits." It was also published in a May 24, 2013 article titled "ランニングの際に使いやすいアームバンド," as well as a Jun 3, 2013 blog titled "Alternative And Natural Treatments For A Yeast Infection." And it was published in a Jun 24, 2013 blog titled "Stop Trying To Deal With Yeast Infections Without Good Advice. Read Here!"

Below-the-knee amputee Fields runs for berth in 2012 Paralympics 090721
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Image by familymwr
PHOTO CAPTION: U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Paralympic sprinter hopeful Sgt. Jerrod Fields changes his prosthesis before running a track workout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
(Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs)

Below-the-knee amputee Fields runs for berth in 2012 Paralympics 090721

By Tim Hipps
FMWRC Public Affairs

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Sgt. Jerrod Fields capped his track and field season by winning a gold medal at the 2009 Endeavor Games and setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympics.

Fields, a below-the-knee amputee sprinter in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, won the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 seconds June 13 in Edmond, Okla., site of the Endeavor Games for athletes with physical disabilities.

Earlier this spring, he finished second against an able-bodied field of collegiate sprinters with a 12.0 clocking in the 100 meters at the Occidental Invitational in Los Angeles.

Fields’ coach, Al Joyner, believes his sprinter will flirt with world records on the road to London for the 2012 Parlympics.

“I think he’s a potential world record-holder,” Joyner said in early February. “I would put my money on him in both the 100 and 200.”

There’s little reason to doubt Joyner, an Olympic gold medalist and Jim Thorpe Award winner who helped his late wife, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and sister, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, sprint and jump for Olympic gold during their illustrious careers.

Joyner, Team USA’s sprint and jump high performance coach, began working with Fields last November at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

“In terms of track and field, he’s just a baby,” Joyner said. “He’s just now starting to learn techniques. He may be that one athlete that ends up changing the barrier as far as how people look at things.”

Joyner became the first American in 80 years to win an Olympic gold medal in the triple jump at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. He and Jackie were the first brother-sister duo to strike Olympic gold in the same event. And he coached 100 and 200-meter women’s world record-holder Flo-Jo to five Olympic medals.

“In my family, we have a total of 12 Olympic medals,” Joyner said. “And I have been coaching for the past 27 years.”

Among Joyner’s current crop of athletes, Fields received a special nod of approval.

“If I had to pick a most-improved athlete, he would get the award,” Joyner said. “He’s getting better and better by the second, so it’s going to be really great to see over these next three or four years as we get ready for London. He’s going to surprise a lot of people.

“He really has improved in leaps and bounds with his mechanics. If somebody came out and watched him run from afar, they could not see that he had a prosthetic leg. But if you saw him the year before, he was falling all over the place. It’s really like night and day.”

Fields is chasing the world marks of 11.3 seconds for 100 meters and 22.48 for the 200.

“I’m almost there,” he said. “This is my second season and my first real year of training. Everybody else that I’m competing against either was born without a femur or foot or something. I’m just coming on brand new. I’ll catch them by London Games. I’ll be ready.”

Fields, 27, who played football, basketball and baseball for Carver High School in Chicago, encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq, in March of 2005.

“I was out on a routine reconnaissance with my platoon and we got a tip that there were explosives inside of a dog,” he said. “At that time, they were cutting dogs and cattle open and placing explosives in them. We got the call for the mission to go out and to handle the situation. We saw the dog and kept our distance to see what the situation was. We didn’t want to get too close to it, but it turned out that was a decoy.

“We got the call to return home. I was the trail vehicle in the convoy. As we turned around, I became the lead vehicle, and that’s when an IED went off underneath it. The first IED took the floor plate of my Bradley out. The second one got me in the leg. It took from the calf muscle all the way down to the heel of my foot – the Achilles tendon and muscles. I was able to continue the mission. I didn’t feel it really at first. I just felt a lot of fire.

“To be honest, when I first looked down to see what happened, I laughed, because I thought I had dropped a grenade. I was thinking to myself: ‘Man, these guys are never going to believe what I’ve done.’ I finally heard over the net that it was an IED and that I had been hit. When I looked at my leg, I saw that it was mangled.”

Fields returned to the States and reported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on March 1. After six rounds of surgery and six days of miring his most difficult decision, Fields requested amputation below his left knee.

“It would have taken 22 surgeries, and they were going to fuse my ankle,” he said. “I would not have been able to play basketball anymore.”

Fields resumed walking on April 2. By mid-June, he was playing basketball in a Chicago summer league.

“I never got down or angry about this injury,” said Fields, who since has graced the cover of “ESPN The Magazine” for his “streetball” prowess. “I just felt that it was a new step or direction that I had to go in. I try to go back (to Walter Reed) as often as I can to mentor some of the others.”

Fields said he never considered leaving the military, as long as it would have him.

“I saw more support by staying in the Army,” said Fields, who suffered the injury at age 22. “That’s when President Bush signed a bill for us to stay on active duty pending a PT test to see that we were fit for duty and could return. That was my intention. Then this program came along.”

Fields received a call from John Register, a former member of WCAP and a Paralympian in both swimming and track and field who now serves as director of community and military programs for U.S. Paralympics.

“He told me the Army had something for me if I wanted to continue active duty and also become an athlete,” Fields recalled. “He faxed me all the paperwork. I got in contact with WCAP, they looked into it, and we went from there. Now, I think I can retire from active duty and come back as a coach to work with some younger Soldier-athletes coming up.

“I was a career Soldier the day I signed up.”

Fields suggests that wounded warriors get active as soon as physically possible.

“I would say to get out here and face those fears, if any, and have fun,” he said. “This beats sitting in a house and being depressed, or being off your leg or your arm, or thinking how people might view you because of your disability.

“Just get out and have fun.”

Fields is still learning to run on the prosthetic.

“When next season rolls around, I’m going to be ready to roll,” he said. “I am more focused and I’m finally able to put my workouts together – transferring the benefits from the weight room to the track. I just feel more confident in what I’m doing. The prosthetic is starting to be a part of me. I’m still learning how to get full usage of it, and it’s showing on the track.”

And on the field, where Fields recently began dabbling with the long jump.

“I’m going to let the event find him,” Joyner said. “He’s going to run the 400 to keep his strength. Getting ready for the Olympics, it’s mental, so I’m going to attack his body to let him know that he can do anything he wants as long as he puts his mind to it. I look at him as a dedicated athlete, and he just keeps raising the bar. My job is to get him competing against himself.”

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