Inspire Yourself.

The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that.

Marc Parent, Runner’s World columnist 

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Remembering My Uncle


A week ago, I lost my Uncle. He was an amazing person, who taught me many things over the years. He taught me the value of a good joke and the subtleties of humor. He taught me tons of amazing history: Most of which was true. Most importantly, he showed me what true strength is.

For the majority of my adult life he was fighting cancer (20 some years). True strength doesn’t come from training or practice. It is your Will to keep going, no matters the odds, no matter how tired you are, no matter the pain, no matter the obstacles. He fought through too many obstacles to count. Persevered through pain, procedure, and set backs again and again. He simply kept going.

That is the last and most important lesson I take from my dear Uncle Bobby. Be Relentless!

I will.

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Finding your Push

Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be. If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting.

– Desiree Davila 

This quote sums up what I’ve discovered in myself through running. I started with small goals “put one foot in front of the other and get over this hill”, “keep it up to the next cross street”, or “keep it up to the top of hill”. Almost every time I kept going after that impromptu goal. Now I think “I hope I can make it through this intersection without stopping”.

Every time I think well that’s not possible: I’ve adjusted my goals and beat it. I’ve placed 2nd in my Age Group in two 5k races! I’ve run 2 half marathons: 1) 1:39:30 (avg. 7:30/mi) 2) 1:34:18 (avg. 7:11/mi). Not every run is a winner, but the majority I enjoy myself.

What I love about running can be summed up simply

Running forces me to find my inner strength, and launches me beyond the things I said weren’t possible.

I hope this helps you tap into your inner strength. It’s there: you just have to find what gets you in touch with it. It might not be running. But I promise that the longer you dig deep and “push” yourself in anything, the better you’ll feel at the end. That little victory is yours. It lasts for several hours after said workout. It doesn’t matter whether you tell anyone or not: That’s up to you. Stop reading this and go challenge yourself.

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