I heard this song today for the first time and immediately thought of my lovely bride. Continue reading Then
Why oh why must this stuff all come together at once! Like the great philosopher George Costanza once said “Worlds are colliding and George is gettin’ upset!!!“. This weekend I had the opportunity to walk a mile in my wife’s shoes. Before you think I tried on a pair of her high heels, it’s a phrase, not literal. I am so glad she had the opportunity to attend “She Speaks” for the third time. It is a time of renewal for her and she really deserves it. It does, however, leave me in charge of the troops while she is … Continue reading Self Seeking, Easily Angered
This is the first birthday I will celebrate since my Mom passed in March. From what my Sister and Dad have told me, she very much wanted to make the trip from Houston to Columbus to celebrate my 40th birthday. Just knowing that it was that important to her is so special to me. While I miss her, I am so thankful for the time we shared over these 40 years. Last night, my Wife presented me with this letter. While the keystrokes came from her hand, I believe it was a message sent from Heaven. I cannot express how … Continue reading A Message From Heaven
Below is just a quick sampling of our 13 year journey. To my bride I say “thank you”. Words cannot express my appreciation for your love, your grace, your understanding and your support. As Montgomery Gentry once sang..”Lord knows I’m a lucky man”. 1 apartment 1 townhouse 2 different houses 10 different vehicles 4 different jobs 3 amazing children 2 different dogs Countless fish 1 marathon together 8 half marathons together Countless dreams and memories Countless grace, understanding, patience and support Happy 13th Anniversary to my lovely bride. After all these years, you are still the grace of my life…… … Continue reading 13 Years!
In one week, my wife and I will embark on an incredible 4 week journey. Actually, the 4 week journey will mark the completion of a journey we have been on for well over a year now. The journey has taken us to cities like Charlotte and Phoenix for half marathons. This will also mark the end of a whole lot of training. While most would say we’re crazy, the reality is that we’ll actually run less miles the next 4 weeks than we do on a “normal” week because we will be recovering on the weeks between races. Next … Continue reading A Little Crazy…
Because nothing says “I love you” like…. Continue reading Something Special
Here it is..the training is over and all that awaits now is the race itself. I am really excited about this one for some reason. Maybe after running one already, I have a small idea what I am in for. Overall, I enter this one on Sunday in a better place mentally and physically than the half marathon we did in May. I am most excited that Heather and 2 other friends are running the race Sunday too. Next time I post, it will be a recap of the race. Pray for us Sunday as we push off around 7:30 … Continue reading Time's Up…
Here it is..the training is over and all that awaits now is the race itself. I am really excited about this one for some reason. Maybe after running one already, I have a small idea what I am in for. Overall, I enter this one on Sunday in a better place mentally and physically than the half marathon we did in May. I am most excited that Heather and 2 other friends are running the race Sunday too. Next time I post, it will be a recap of the race. Pray for us Sunday as we push off around 7:30 … Continue reading Time’s Up…
I’m early on this, but we’ll be on the beach when our Anniversary is official and no where near internet connections. To my wife I wish you a Happy Anniversary. Thank you for 12 years of “Beautiful Chaos”! You save me. Continue reading Happy Anniversary (Early)
WOW! What a 48 hours that was. As I mentioned Friday, my sister was kind enough to register for us on Saturday. I received a text message that read “Congratulations, you are now signed up for your first Marathon”. It was at this point that the reality started to kick in. I think it was better that I didn’t have time to really think about what was waiting on us at 7am Sunday morning. It is very hard to get your head around 26.2 miles and at least 4 hours straight of running. Driving up to Cleveland (from Columbus) on … Continue reading Cleveland Marathon Recap
I’m sure you read the title and think I am going to make some analogy about how marriages are like a marathon and not a sprint. Okay, I might mention that, but there are a few other things I came up with today that reminded me of the continued lessons I am learning through this training. 1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – With apologies to Aretha Franklin, I have learned my share of respect for my wife over the past 6 months. It wasn’t long ago that I stood at the finish line as she finished another half marathon mildly taking a few … Continue reading Marriage and Running
We’ve hit the road ! We’re in downtown Louisville, Kentucky this morning for the Anthem 5K run along the river walk. Temps are currently 60 degrees so it’s a perfect day for a quick run. Last night we had a nice dinner at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse and went on a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown Louisville. Over 9000 people are registered for the race this morning so it should be packed at the start. We’ll post an update on how we finished later next week. Based on the street signs….it appears that there will be no stopping on … Continue reading No Stopping Saturday!
Many of you have been following my wife, Heather on her blog the past several months. She has become quite the blogger! After discussing it, we have decided to join forces! We learned early in our marriage that things usually work better when we work as a team. This even includes our most recent adventures in running. If you look around you will see that we have already brought her posts and comments over to this blog (blogger imports very easily to wordpress). We’ll be making a few changes around here and we can’t commit to a schedule of posting, … Continue reading Two Blogs, One Site!
It is officially 2009 and this is my first post of the New Year. What an interesting spot I find myself in tonight. There is so much to look forward to in a new year. There is the known (Cabo in March, Outer Banks in June) and yet there is so much unknown (economy, new President). We started off the new year on a positive (but cold) note this morning with the “First on the First” 5K. The results are posted (HERE) but my wife had a great run. She finished 73rd overall with a 23:49 time and a 7:41 … Continue reading First Post of the Year!
Distance: 4.11 Miles Time: 39:43 Pace: 9’38” Per Mile Finishing it together with friends: Priceless! NOW LETS EAT!!! Continue reading Before and After
Somehow I let my marathon running wife talk me into this 4 mile run on November 27th. I can’t think of a better description of a “Turkey” trot. The good news is that I’ve been in training for about a month already. The bad news is that there is a long, long way to go. I’m not a runner. However, there is something to this entire process. Kenny Chesney once sang: The bodies a temple that’s what we’re told Well I’ve treated this one like an old honky tonk I have committed myself to cleaning up this “old honky tonk”. … Continue reading 20 Days Until
“I will follow you will you follow me All the days and nights that we know will be” – Genesis It took me 11 years but I finally realized something. To those of you that know my wife, what I am about to say won’t surprise you at all. I realized recently that my wife would follow me to the ends of the earth. If I said “let’s go to the moon”, she would have the bags packed, kids ready and snacks for the journey. Her commitment and trust in my leadership as the “Head of Household” (a title I … Continue reading Follow You, Follow Me
I like the commercials for ATT Small Business where the actors say “Welcome to my moment“. I couldn’t help but think of them today while I was cutting the grass. No, I didn’t have “my moment” cutting the grass. Actually, I was reflecting on Austin’s “moment” on Thursday night when they won the Hilliard Little League World Series. During the big rally inning (came back from down 12-4 to go ahead 15-12) Austin had a key double in the gap to clear the bases. When I looked in the stands his Mom and his Aunts were both crying with joy … Continue reading Your Moment