so it has been a month since my last blog entry about the Kiawah Marathon.... Well yesterday was a special day... A month after my brother's first marathon to the day, his third child and only son was born @ 8:54 Central time in Chicago weighing in at 9LBs and 6 ounces.... Congrats to J&J, Elizabeth, and Anna. The irony of it all was that my sister-in-law's Sister had a baby the same day so we welcome little Lily into this world as well on 1/11/11...should be easy to Remember for future Birthday parties....
Where do I begin? First of all I ran my 5th marathon yesterday with my Brother John, who was running his first marathon. Secondly, I am here with two other great friends, Brian Wilcox and Frank Lilley - http://hurryslowlybuthurry.blogspot.com
I will put up pictures later, thanks to Frank. Brian missed qualifying for Boston by 30 seconds. My brother and I crossed the finished line holding hands together at the 5:45 mark! It was very emotional for both of us. I'm proud of him for running as he trained a lot for this race, but then 10 days prior to the race twisted his ankle bad and didn't know if he was going to be able to run the half, never mind the full. He is a true warrior and we had a blast together!!!!!
Kiawah Island, SC - http://www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/marathon is a great place to race. The volunteers, the post race party were awesome! They only had 750 marathoners and 1500 half marathoners. I'm thinking I could easily get a PR in the half here next year ;-)
I'm up EARLY....couldn't sleep. Still on a runners high
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" Friedrich Nietzsche
This is a Thanksgiving Prayer written by Katey's Great Grandfather (My Father-in-law's Grandfather)
Today is Thanksgiving Day. A day set aside for the giving of thanks to the Maker for every blessing that comes to us.
Each day of the year we should be thankful and let the One above know that we are grateful for our daily blessings, but today especially, we should make a special effort to show our appreciation for all things.
Personally, I am grateful to my God for the care and love and protection of my parents and brother and sister, for my friends of whom I have a number. I am glad for the opportunities of proving myself a friend to everyone and am glad also for the esteem of my friends, and will try always to hold myself straight and worthy of their esteem.
I am thankful
for my means of sustenance and will try to do nothing that will cause me employers trouble and thus impair my position, and the happiness and welfare of my home.
I am+ thankful+ for all flowers and plants and animals, and that I am capable of seeing and hearing and admiring all things that are beautiful.
I am+* *thankful+ for my country and flag, and for peace which we now enjoy during this time of war and militarism in other countries. But should the occasion arise, I will do my best to prove myself worth of my country.
I am +thankful +for the average amount of common sense, for the power of discriminating between right and wrong, and choosing the things that will keep me straight and off the road to ruin.
I am thankful for my excellent physical condition, for my strength, for a body free of disease, and will strive always to keep myself clean morally, mentally, and physically.
I am +thankful +beyond the power of my expression, for the love, trust, and honor of one who is as pure and good as any that exists, and will hold that one and her love and honor and trust as something as sacred nearly as God himself.
Lastly, I am +thankful +for my God and His Son and the love and care and protection of both, and will try, not so much in words as in actions, to show my appreciation for the goodness and mercy shown me. I will try to show proper living and doing that I regard their protection and influence as something to be deeply desired and held sacred above all else.
I am +thankful +for the days that are gone and for the days that are to come, and hope for strength to make each day bigger, better, broader in every way than the one before it, and closer to the model life set by Jesus through God the Father.
Today happens to be a date that reminds us that we can all count to 10, and most of us to 100, and 1000, and keep going....My Autistic Son, Brandon can count to 100 on a good day, but this day reminded me of how they are very good a memorizing, but if you asked him what 8+9+10 = 27, he would have no idea. See he is 7 years old now and is making progress, but still has a long way to go. I was looking at my blog today and noticed that I had not posted since May (come one hinshaw, that is lame)....And usually I'm posting about Running or Sales, but never about Autism or Brandon. For the longest time I kept very private about this struggle. Most of my close friends know about Brandon, but I try not to wear it on my sleeve. All parents have challenges, but ones with Disabilites have a tough road. This is a journey and I have learned so much through this process. I am grateful to friends such as Holly and Rodney Peete, who I'm reading the book "Not My Boy" have written about their experiences.
One of the best things about Brandon is his smile and his out goingness (is that a word). He is very social and verbal, and for that I am grateful. I don't have all the answers, nor do I think I ever will. You may be asking God, why me? How about Why not me? God will never give you more than you can handle. He has placed these children in our lives for a reason and we can be a difference. I encourage you to get involved somehow in either http://autismspeaks.org or http://tidewaterasa.org to show your support. I love Brandon very much and I am grateful to Grant and KT for being there during the good days and bad. Brandon you are an amazing young man and I am amazed by you everyday! Just this past weekend you pulled out your tooth on your own without any help. It is the little victories in life that make all the difference in the world. I hope this to be just the beginning of me blogging about Brandon. I will most likely set up a separte blog since this one is intended for the running, sales folks, but heck I may never do it. Hard enough to keep up with one blog, never mind multiple ones ;-)
Lorriane was my adopted grandmother....I still miss her today! She actually got my parents together way back when. She also bought me my first car - 1973 Plymouth Satellite Station Wagon. I owe her a great debt as she actually started me and my brother cutting grass at 8 years old. What an awesome lady. Miss you "Ra na" Can't wait to see you in Heaven one day!
NORFOLK - Lorraine Velvin Glazebrook, 91, a Surry County native, died Tuesday, May 11.
Miss Glazebrook retired from Norfolk Christian School in 1966 as the first faculty member emeritus. She was an educator for 47 years, including positions as principal at Laurel School in Henrico County from 1943 to 1953 and at Richmond Christian School from 1955 to 1957.
She attended Farmville State Teachers College, later earning a bachelor of science degree from Richmond Professional Institute. She also attended Temple University and the College of William and Mary.
Miss Glazebrook also owned and operated E & E Used Furniture Store in Norfolk. She was a member of Tabernacle Church of Norfolk and the Senior Citizens Fellowship of the church.
Survived by a brother, W.O. ``Johnny'' Glazebrook of Richmond; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Purviance Funeral Home, Wakefield. Funeral at 11 a.m. at funeral home by the Rev. Rich Hardison. Burial in Johnson Family Cemetery, Route 601, Surry County.
This post is long overdue and I have thanked him personally, but this is a shout out to Dr. Dale Gibson, My Sport Management Prof, who NOT only taught me in the classroom, but taught me about life. He use to tell me to always make ONE EXTRA mortgage payment per year on a 30 year mortgage and you will pay it off in 15 to 20 years. That has rung true for me so far. The pratical stuff about life and what to expect outside of the classroom is what I really value about Dr. Gibson. Even though he is no longer @ Liberty (www.liberty.edu), we still keep in touch. We are not as close as we use to be, but his simple approach to teaching and the way he challenged us to think about our future and about life was awesome. The best thing about Dale, was his personal faith in Jesus Christ and the fact that he was always and still is a family man first and foremost. The other thing I liked about "Dr. G" as we affectiontely called him, was that he pushed us to be our best and to do our best. His classes were always hard, but you wanted to earn an A for him. You felt like if you weren't giving it your best, that you were NOT only letting him down, but yourself down. I cannot say enough about this man who taught me almost 20 years ago.
If you were reading last week, you’ve already dissected your last year by figuring out what you did and what you didn’t do. This week I’d like to take it deeper.
Project into the future.
Here’s the question. Who are you trying to become?
Here’s another question. What are you trying to achieve?
These are questions about purpose and fulfillment. And through the years I’ve found that if you concentrate on purpose, the detail tends to handle itself.
The paradox is most people concentrate on the detail. They have endless lists of “things to do.” You probably have some kind of electronic device that lists everything you need to do everyday of the week for the next year.
Is that helping you on your quest of who you want to become? Or is it simply about meeting your deadlines and commitments and making “quota”?
One of the big differences between me and you is that I have not had any kind of day planner or appointment book since 1998. Oh sure, I have a calendar online that tells me what I have to do and when I have to do it. And yes, I’m fortunate enough to have someone else make a schedule for me, but I didn’t start out that way.
In 1998 when I decided not to have a day planner, I didn’t have anyone do anything for me. I did it myself. All I had was a database of all the people that I knew and their phone numbers (it now has their email addresses as well.)
Now I’m not saying that’s THE way, I’m just saying it’s MY way. Some of you are saying, “Oh Jeffrey, I could NEVER do without my palm pilot.” That’s the problem. You spend more time fiddling around with that thing than you do with your own success -- much less writing about your own success.
Why don’t you browse through your day timer device and note how many times you recorded the word “think” or “read”. My guess is probably none.
Next question: How important is thinking and reading to your success? Let me answer that rhetorical question for you; 100%. Fatal question: How many entries do you have for think and read in your 2004 calendar? Answer: None or not enough.
Want to know why your New Year’s resolutions fade to dust on my birthday (February 11)? Because you have not set aside the time for personal achievement.
So here’s what to do, and it has nothing to do with the way you’ve been doing it.
1. Start with the big things. Who do you want to become? What are you trying to achieve? The answer to those two questions will set the stage for your actions.
2. Start at the beginning. Before you can take an action, you have to have a philosophy and an attitude. It took me 10 years to develop what I consider to be a philosophy that I can “live”. You don’t have a philosophy, you live a philosophy. Attitude took longer. That’s taken me 35 years but only because I work at it everyday. Whatever success you are trying to achieve, attitude will be at the fulcrum point of it. Whatever failure you encounter along the way, attitude will help you emerge from it with the proper frame of mind.
3. Think more and read more. Why is it that the things you put off due to “lack of time” are the very ones that will create time?
3.5 Find one good mentor this year and begin building a relationship with him or her. You have heard the statement, “don’t reinvent the wheel.” So why do you continue to try? Find someone successful, wise, and willing. Figure out a way to build a friendship without asking for a handout. HINT: “Will you be my mentor?” is asking for a handout.
I have issued you the challenge. I have asked you the hard questions. I have given you the answers.
All you have to do is take the actions. Come on -- it’s a new year. Turn over a new leaf. One that leads to your oak tree -- not someone else’s.
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Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The Little Red Book of Selling and eight other business books on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development. President of Charlotte-based Buy Gitomer, he gives seminars, runs annual sales meetings, and conducts Internet training programs on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development at www.trainone.com. Jeffrey conducts more than 100 personalized, customized seminars and keynotes a year. To find out more, visit www.gitomer.com. Jeffrey can be reached at 704.333.1112 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
So this is overdue...The Richmond Marthon was November 14th, over a month and a half ago. Who has time to blog. One of my new years resolutoins for 2010 is to blog more. Not just about running, but more about life and the good times and the bad. Speaking of good times. I'm thinking back on Richmond. I trained hard for this race. My long runs were 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20.....so I knew I could finish my 4th marathon, but my pace was what fell apart.
I was pacing with the 5 hour group for the first 13 miles and then once I got past 13.1, I mentally fell off and my body started to really feel it around mile 15.... I finished the first half in 2:30 (so I should have been able to do a 5 hour marathon), but then things fell apart. So much for my goal of a 5 hour finish and a PR. My Marathon PR is 5:07. There is always next year. I'm going to do either Marine Core (Oct. 31st) and/or Kiawah (December). I'm already signed up for the Richmond half ($45) in November (don't want to do the full again, already done it twice).
It was great to see my friend Brian Wilcox, who ran my first marathon in Richmond with me in 2007. He ran with a friend and they finished in under 4 hours!!!!!
Having run the OBX full last year, I knew what to expect for the half. The half is somewhat of a boring course compared to the first 13 miles of the full. The weather was perfect. The day started out @ 45 and warmed up to 55 degrees by 10am. We left to go down to OBX on Saturday morning with the Norfolk Y running crew of Nancy, Tina, Ted, and myself. Frank (Lee) from Rocky Mount North Carolina Runners Club (we met @ the Richmond Marathon in 2007) joined us later that night. We had a great time relaxing the night before the race. I finished OBX in 2:20, which is not far form my 2:13 PR. Tina and I ran the half together and Ted was ahead of us. Nancy ran the whole marathon, her second one in 5:14, which was a new PR for her. We had pasta dinner the night before with salad. It was a great weekend. We came back on Monday, but Frank had to leave after the race on sunday. Ted got his PR in the half and he brought some awesome lunch meat for sandwhiches. David (speaking in 3rd person) really enjoyed the evenings watching football as everyone else went to bed @ 9pm both nights. The Moon was set low over the water and the stars were awesome to see on a clear night from Duck.
A life devoted to things is a dead life; a stump; a God shaped life is a flourishing tree.
Proverbs 11:28 (the message)
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord....They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)
"It's not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were place on this planet, you must begin with God. Your were born by His purpose and for His purpose." (taken from the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren). If you want to know the rest of the story, you will need to get the book.
Hmmm....another blog entry. Sunday morning and I finally have some down time. I'm mainly updating this for Frank, since he is the only one that checks this thing on a regular basis
I finished the RockNroll 1/2 marathon in 2:26 this year. I beat my time from last year (2:32), but this is still NOT where I want to be. I have to realize that in my training, I've been running a lot of 11 minute miles, which will NOT get me any faster, but will help me when running the Richmond Marathon for the 2nd time (2007 was my first). Recently, I've been running with a faster group @ the Y like yesterday that runs 9 minute miles. While i'm sore today, I believe this speed work will help increase my time. My ultimate goal in a half is to get UNDER 2 hours. I'm hoping to run Richmond in under 5 hours!
My running friends are getting ready for the Philadelphia Distance Run today (1/2 and whole). Good Luck Nancy, Jack, Ted, Colleen, and others! I can't wait for tonight - the Dallas Cowboys open their new stadium against the Giants on Sunday night
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!
Please tell me that my favorite half in Tidewater is gone by the wayside??? Rumor has it that the budget was cut for the MWR (Morale, welness, and recreation) by the Navy (the new administration). This is hard to believe. Runners, what are we going to do in October? Let's try and find another half, but in the meantime, somebody help me get to the bottom of this.
I got my PR at Fleet week.....you run along the Norfolk, VA Naval base, the weather is cool, and the race is one of the best. I'm sad to hear this news.....very sad and now MAD!