Basketball Jones

A key part of growing up in Indiana is a love for all things basketball. If you’ve seen the movie “Hoosiers”, it’s hard not to root for the underdog team from Hickory High, but the thing is, it’s loosely based on a true story, where the Milan Indians (a school of under 200) outlasted over […]

Soda Spritzer

I’ve always loved going to the movies. The dark theater was a break from the everyday, with the sights of coming attractions, the smell of popcorn and the spectacle that was about to unfold on the big screen. As a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money, so ti was a big deal to […]

Take the Stairs

Having just finished the C.R.A.S.H.-B. sprints on Saturday, I took the Amtrak train up to New York for the Empire State Building Run-Up. It was an exciting event, from the training and fundraising leading up to the climb….to the event itself. I had one fundraising goal – to raise $2500 for the MMRF. That’s what […]

Get Out the Door! (the book)

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete, and to look at me, you wouldn’t think so, either. In 2012, I was 51 years old, 80 lbs overweight, depressed and dealing with a ton of personal challenges. By 2014, I went from being a complete couch potato to achieving several goals that would be the envy of […]

New Years’ Revolution

This past year, 2014, has been quite something. I did a better job of setting and tracking goals than I have in the past, and looking back at the calendar, it shows. The year was filled with lots of ups and downs….and as if I were to use one word to describe the year, I’d […]

Get Out the Door…

This past week, I ran in the 39th Marine Corps Marathon. It wasn’t my 39th…..(only my 3rd)….but it was the first marathon I ran since a motorcycle accident in 2004 fractured my spine. At the time, I didn’t know if I would walk again….in fact, that was the last thing I remember the doctor saying […]

The Long Run

For the past 6 months, I’ve been training for the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m doing it for a lot of reasons – it’s the 10th anniversary of surviving a major accident, 20th anniversary of the first time I ran the MCM, and the 25th anniversary of my first marathon (NYC in 1989). A lot of […]

Hump Day

I’m sure lots of us have seen the GEICO commercial where car insurance customers are ‘happier than a camel on Wednesday’. The middle of the week is a place where we’re more focused on the upcoming weekend than the start of the week. Thursday and Friday, things seem to go just a little bit smoother […]

Happy Anniversary!

July 9, 2004 – A normal day, or so it seemed. It was a sunny Friday. The kids were watching TV, the babysitter had the afternoon off, and had gone off to a concert. I was casually practicing riding my motorcycle in the elementary school parking lot. I didn’t have my license yet, but  was […]

Tri, Tri Again

As part of my ‘anniversary’ year, I’ve been trying all sorts of new things. 2014 started off with a (indoor, thankfully) rowing competition. Following that, came the Empire State Building Run-Up, then the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, and recently, the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. It’s been a busy year.  One of my other bucket list items […]