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Every Day Is Today

I miss teaching.
Especially on days like today.

But, if I was… this what I would say:

You don’t remember. That’s okay. You were a baby. Maybe you were not even born yet. It doesn’t matter.

I’m not going to tell you stories about the day. You’ll get those from someone else, and from TV, the radio and the newspapers. You don’t listen to the radio, do you?  You should. And you should read newspapers too.


I just want you to walk a little softer today. Can you do that? And talk a little more. Especially to people you don’t normally talk to. Today isn’t a normal day after all.

And look both ways. People will come at you from the left and the right. Offer them a smile. It helps sometimes and if it doesn’t help… you will be smiling and that’s a good thing. We need more smiling today.

Less shouting please. No shouting actually. Open a few more doors. Don’t honk your horn either. Yield. Slow down for that yellow light today. Listen to some music.

Give out some hugs. Remember, you may even get one back when you do. That’s a pretty good deal.

Tell the people you love that you love them. Some words are more than just words. Love is one of those words.

I know you don’t remember that day 16 years ago. But you can remember that some people will never forget.

Today is September 11th for you and I and everyone else. But for some people yesterday was September 11 and tomorrow will be September 11th all over again. Every day is 9/11 for some people.

Remember that.

Thanks for listening.

The rest of class is yours.


A Little epic

My run today stunk. I was tired when I started, and once my body warmed up and adjusted to the run… well, I was warmed up, adjusted and still tired. Sure, by the end, I was happy I’d run. But I was most happy to just be done with the run.

Sometimes a run is just going to suck. For me, that sometimes was today. I know that I wasn’t running a marathon. I wasn’t pushing myself to the brink like the Eliud Kipchoge, Lelia Desisa, and Zersenay Tadese of Breaking2 will.  The run today wasn’t even the run I wanted to do. It was just the run I could do. But believe me when I tell you that today’s effort seemed epic to me.

I could have cut the run short. I could have skipped it completely. But I didn’t. I did the run and I had to break through some barriers along the way. To me, that’s what makes a run epic. Every run is a barrier broken. That invisible starting line we cross with our first stride every day? It’s a barrier.  Somedays it’s a pretty easy one to run through. Other days, that first stride is the most difficult of the entire run.

We need to remember that not all barriers are sky high. The most difficult barriers don’t have to involve racetracks in Italy and EPIC moon shot attempts at crazy times over grueling distances. Some barriers are way…down…low. Right at the start. And if you don’t look out, it’s the little barriers that trip you up.

So maybe the run I got through today – a run that started and ended crappy – doesn’t deserve to be called EPIC in all caps. But that doesn’t really matter to me. Because all caps or not, EPIC means the same thing as epic. And that’s what brings us all together as runners.

You. Me. And yes, Eliud, Lelisa and Zerseney in Italy pushing themselves to make history by Breaking2.

We are all meant to be runners.

Epic ones.

The Rundown on The Run

I need to coach more. 
I mean straight up coach. So, for the rest of January I am going to do just that. Fundamentals! 5 guys on the floor. Don’t get caught watching the paint dry! Wait. That’s not right. That’s from the movie Hoosiers. Let me start over.

I need to start coaching Runners again on here. Me. You. And to begin this stretch of Coaching we will start with the all important…Recovery Run. 

You may know it as…a Run. 

It’s basically every single run you do that’s NOT a speed workout or a Long Run. It’s what you do when you leave work to run in the park.  Or wake up to run before school. It’s just that run you do because it’s nice out and you’re a badass. And it’s also the run you do because it’s not nice out and you’re a badass.

It’s. Just. A. Run. 

A Recovery Run.

So, what does that mean? It means the run has a purpose. It’s called a Recovery Run because that is one of the main purposes of the run – to RECOVER. And you accomplish that purpose by understanding how to run a Recovery Run. 

Most people run their (Recovery) runs the wrong way. They get all excited to go for a run. (Which is great) They put their headphones on. (Which is fine) The bass kicks in and off they go…way too fast.(Which is the wrong way to start a run)

Blame your playlist. 

What a Runner should do is start easy. Start relaxed. Let the body adjust. Because the body has no idea what you are doing. Are you running to catch the bus? Running to the bathroom? You have to give your body a chance to get going…to warm up. Because you were not running. And now you are.

You don’t need to start fast because you shouldn’t start fast. As you naturally adapt to the effort of running – as you mentally and physically warm up – you will naturally pick up the pace. And if you run the Recovery Run the right way you will end with your best running.You will end feeling like you could have gone longer and faster. That’s how you should end a Recovery Run. 

OK. This all works best if you go for a run now. Yes. Like right now.

Next time I will talk about how to get over yourself so you can get through the first run.