I am currently ramping up for the 2019 race season and my first stop is next week in Delta, Ohio to run Dave’s 10-Miler. Dave’s is one of my favorite races, not only because of the amazing community it has created since its inception in the mid-70s, but because it gives me an excuse to visit an old friend who knows what it means to survive in one of the harshest climates known to humankind...the human mind.
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What mom taught me about running marathons
Desire. I don’t really think I understood the word’s meaning until this morning.
I woke at about eight o’clock at the hotel room I was staying at in Lansing, Michigan, took a shower, got dressed, grabbed my bags and drove down the road to the memory care unit where my mom lives. Mom is 86 and has lived in this home for about two years now. I live in Wisconsin and try to get over to see her as often as I can. This time, in addition to seeing mom, I was also in town for my annual trip to run the Grand Rapids Marathon.
When I walked into the front door of my mom’s home I was greeted by a young man named Chris who I had met before. He told me that mom was in the dining room for breakfast. I thanked him and started walking back to find mom. There she was sitting with two other folks waiting for breakfast. I sat down with them, said hello and looked at mom and said, “Hey mom, it’s your son Joe.”
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