The Phoenix Inside …

In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically reborn – dying in flames and arising from the ashes.   The most engaging stories and symbols have their foundation in truth and application to life.   The pine barrens along the Atlantic coast of the Midwest and northeast US occur on dry, acidic, infertile soils.  To thrive and survive, the various pitch pine trees and other indigenous flora require periodic fires to clear-out the less fire-resistant species.  The natural flora is reborn from the ashes and continues to thrive.   The pine barrens continue to thrive, if … Continue reading The Phoenix Inside …

Numbers don’t lie …

2015 was a strong year for me. Raced my first 70.3, saw some material gains over 2014 race times, and managed to make it to the podium in some thinly-attended events.  I raced my first half-marathon and finished within an untied shoelace of my personal goal of 2 hours. But like Oprah says, “When you know better, you do better.” This year, I have a coach. In the past 8 weeks I have run more “logged runs” on Strava than in 2015 in aggregate and covered about half the total distance with those runs.  I’m nearly 15lbs lighter, running a … Continue reading Numbers don’t lie …

Moonlit solitude …

   No cars.  No barking yard dogs.  No streetlights.  All is silent.  Breathe. Relax. Pace. Build. I’m tired and thinking it might be in my best interest to skip this run.  Getting an extra hour of sleep sounds nice. Everyone is sleeping except me.  Is this considered “today’s” run if it’s after midnight?  Doesn’t matter.  The moon is so bright that I don’t even need the headlamp that is erasing any suggestion of night. That was a slow mile – I can still turn around and get some extra sleep. Mile two was slow too, more excuses.  I’m tired.  That’s … Continue reading Moonlit solitude …

The taste of progress …

   We all want to see those “immediate” results and sometimes it happens.  It wasn’t there and now it is.  Like the management parable of The Chinese Bamboo Tree, results can be swift and noticeable … But they all began long ago as a seed or a notion that was properly nourished through dedication, patience, perseverance, and love – then all at once – life.  These “immediate” results become the landmarks of our efforts and progress. To the untrained eye, results were swift, tangible, and easily replicable.  The prudent (wo)man knows better. My “first” run began about five years ago … Continue reading The taste of progress …