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In the footsteps of greatness
Monday, December 08, 2014      6 comments

Along with hundreds of others, I stood on the sidewalk, the air more than crisp , the sun peeking in and out, teasing us of warmth that never came...waiting for my turn to come, for my turn to run. It was still a couple hours away before I expe... Read more
I got nothing...
Monday, September 29, 2014      9 comments

mental freeze....mental constipation....writer's block....I have all of that. I got nothing to blog about. There is something wrong with that picture. Should I blog about running? Nah, nothing. Should I blog about my rollercoast... Read more
Monday, September 01, 2014      7 comments

So there I was on Saturday morning, doing an intentionally slow run, feeling good, music blaring through my iPod....approaching mile six, feeling I had another 4 slow miles in me....when.... foot hit uneven concrete....and I saw sidewalk qu... Read more
Catching the Cali Wave - Hello SP, Nice to See You (Again)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014      9 comments

We stumble, we fall, we get back up again. That's how we roll. Oooops, rather, that's how we spark. Hello SP, the prodigal son returns. There are so many country songs about being gone with my shotgun and my hound-dog that any title ... Read more
Wednesday, October 02, 2013      9 comments

I remember once blogging about looking at the reflection in a bus window and seeing the grey hair, the road-mapped face, the wrinkles etched here and there and here again...and I laughed and realized "That's just me." The beauty of that time wa... Read more
Update on Daughter - Night of the Hummingbirds
Friday, June 14, 2013      13 comments

As many of you read, my 14-year old daughter was in a rollover car accident in late February. First, thanks to all of you who reached out to me whether via response to my blog, sparkmail, or prayers...all are appreciated. Many of you have ... Read more
There's been a horrible little accident...
Friday, March 08, 2013      21 comments

Friday night was date night for my wife and me. To be transparent, things haven't been so good between us for a while. There's been emotional distance, stubbornness, and maybe just plain forgetting the good things and good times....so a date n... Read more
Ugh...Same Old Story? Somebody Slap Me!
Thursday, November 29, 2012      14 comments

I run and then I run some more...and then run more...and I love every step! Really! I enjoy the run, not just the rewards of running, but the actual act of running. It frees me, it liberates me, it helps me soar! Even when the gnats fly in m... Read more
Race Report: Lake Natoma 4 Bridges Half Marathon AKA...Freakin' hills!
Saturday, November 03, 2012      11 comments

So I haven't run hills since I can remember and the last time i did, I stared up at this THING, this massive pimple of earth and gravel and thought, really, who thinks of finishing a 10k with this Everest-sized cardio-killer? I just stopped, se... Read more
The last time...
Saturday, October 27, 2012      10 comments

The last time I faced this hill at the very end of the Run for Nature 10k in 2011, my heart sank, and my body said "no". It was the first time in a race that I stopped to walk someplace other than an aid station, but I was simply done. I walke... Read more
For the love of running....
Monday, September 24, 2012      52 comments

Why do I run? Why does anyone run? Do I run because the family of runners is so supportive? Do I run because of the high fives, mid fives, waves and thumbs up I get as I pass other runners? Do I run to see how fast I am? How fast... Read more
There it is! There it is!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012      13 comments

The crowd noise grew substantially as I neared the final turn of the First Elk Grove "Running of the Elk" Half Marathon, seriously, it was like a wall of sound, welcoming us to cross the finish line which was still over 100 yards away. People b... Read more
In the 'Hood, thought I would say Yo
Wednesday, May 16, 2012      10 comments

It's lunchtime, a spicy Italian sausage awaits me, so not Sparklike....nope nope nope. It's been about 2 months since I started my SP sabbatical..had some minor weight successes, then some slippages and I am right back where I started. C... Read more
Goodbye...for now....and thank you
Sunday, March 11, 2012      29 comments

I started this journey in 2008....I "met" so many special people....I achieved my goals easily, almost fearlessly...from couch potato to exerciser to 5ker, 10ker,HMer, gym rat, and then marathoner.... and it all went downhill from there...... Read more
The Man Who Stared Back...
Friday, January 27, 2012      15 comments

I have never been the type to look in mirrors much. I am not generally fond of the man I see staring back at me, never really have been. I see the flaws, the history, the pitfalls, even more history and I turn away. I don't take to compliment... Read more

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