Take The Baton

Several Years ago, I was in a 12 person relay race called, RAGNAR. The race territory covered 200 miles. One runner would pass a baton to another runner. Then, we’d drive to the next destination, and wait for that runner to pass the baton so that the next runner could go. Then, on and on, and …

That’s One Small Step For Man…

July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil walked on the moon. THE MOON! It was small steps that were celebrated. He didn’t run hundreds of yards. We celebrated a small step. And, still today, it is considered a massive feat. But, …

Explaining Love Through Rock And Roll Lyrics

In the month of February, there’s always a lot of talk about, “Love, exciting and new…” Well, I am going to try and explain it with a little help from rock and roll. You may be asking, like Foreigner, “I wanna know what love is.”  Perhaps, like Whithey Houston, “The Greatest Love Of All” is …

The Closing Credits

You’re watching your favorite show, and it comes to that one gripping, powerful scene. The plot twist. The Hero Conquers. The Villain dies. The show ends, and the credits begin. This is generally when you turn the movie off, and miss the closing credits. But, there are so many people behind the scenes that bring …

Sometimes Life Brings Some Pretty Tricky Footing

Living in Michigan, if you want to run outside, it means that sometimes you have to run in the snow.  The other day, I was running on a path that I’ve run hundreds of times. It’s paved, but when its snow covered, it makes for some very tricky footing. It turns a normal 15 foot …

I Was Told I Had 10 Minutes To Live

January 24, 1982. West Michigan was hit with a snowstorm with high winds. 5:45am. I was sound asleep in my waterbed, when I heard a very loud noise. A noise I had only ever heard during the daytime. Immediately I knew something wasn’t right. I walked outside of my bedroom door, and heard the smoke …

You Really Should Build A Snowman

In West Michigan, kids, and some adults, can’t wait for the very first snowfall.  There’s something magical about it. The other day, after said first snowfall, while running through my neighborhood, I saw a Dad and his two kids building a snowman. Well, Dad was building, and the kids were making snow angels.  As I …

The Sticker On Your Car

Runner stickers. I’m sure you’ve seen them. Us runners kind of have a thing for ‘em. They’re the oval shaped stickers that runners put on the back of their car. 5k, 10k, 13.1 or, the biggie, 26.2.  These all represent running distance accomplishments.  Let me ask you a question, what would an oval shaped sticker …

Be Grateful For Yellow Snow

I’m Tommy, and I run by faith. Recently, I was out for a run after a fresh 5 inch West Michigan snowfall.  With the thick snow hanging from the tress, it was a blanket of Pure Michigan white . Well, except for the little pile of yellow snow. Sorry to ruin your Normal Rockwell moment, …

Craziest Christmas Ever!

Hall and Oates once sang, “You Make My Dreams Come True. Ooh Ohh. Ooh Ohh.” Do dreams really come true? Dreams are weird. Sometimes, dreams feel very real. Sometimes they’re terrifying. Sometimes, they’re are just…odd. Like the time I dreamt that the only way that I could move was by swimming through the air. My …