The source of inspiration

Where do you find inspiration? Do you search for it in books, speeches or feel-good movies? I do. I am also sometimes surprised by inspirational people who pop up in my life, seemingly by accident. Now I’m defining “inspirational” as someone who restores your faith in humankind and makes you want to take action of…

Fight your way back

A friend of mine recently shared how tough the past few years have been for him.  He was underemployed for a long time and had to regress from owning to renting a home for his family. He eventually got back into a higher paying job and is slowly recovering from the years of hardship. And…

Something to add

My comments on previous post “Jeff’s marathon” I am not the only person who has a loved one fighting for his life right now.  As I have shared Jeff’s story I have been touched by so many of you sharing similar stories… of those who still fight and of those we have lost. It is…

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…

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…

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.…

FIght, FLight or FRight

I learned this in 6th grade science class. When an animal in the wild is face to face with a predator about to eat him, one of two instincts will take over – fight or flight.  The animal will stand and fight, or take flight and escape (by running, flying, swimming, whatever.) Even curling up into…

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…