Jeff’s marathon

Guest blogpost:  Jeff Goad’s thank you letter after finishing the Chicago Marathon. What an experience! My wonderful brother Brad and I crossed the finish line in 5:55:18, but more importantly, thanks to all of you we raised nearly $3,700 for MMRF! This was the 10th time that I have crossed the finish line for a…

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What a difference

What a difference a year makes. What a difference courage makes. It was June of 2010 when my brother Jeff first used the word cancer in a phone call.  “I’ve got multiple myeloma and I have to start treatment immediately.” I responded with optimistic strength in my voice, encouraging him to beat it.  After we…

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E-ticket to ride

Gather round young whippersnappers. In the old days, Disney theme parks used to sell paper tickets for rides throughout the Magic Kingdom.  When I was eleven years old, I remember my parents buying a pack for each of us, with tickets marked A through E. The E-tickets were for something really awesome like Space Mountain.…

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Chase or be chased

I play mind games to motivate myself on long runs.  Coach Jeff Galloway encourages this practice to keep your right brain engaged and your left brain from talking you out of reaching your goal. When you hit mile 18 in a marathon, it can become all out war between the hemispheres. One of my favorite…

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16 steps

There are 16 steps on the staircase to the second floor of our house. I was just walking up to my home office when I stopped. The concept of turning 50 suddenly hit me and I was glad I was holding the handrail. I looked down at my feet and the steps leading back to…

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