Short stories from long runs

This blog about my run and training

Yeah, yeah, yeah… RE2PECT. Epic, classy, legendary… the Derek Jeter goodbye tour at the All-Star Game. Yada, yada. The ad is cool and I was this close to sharing it… until I saw this Jimmy V Award acceptance speech from Stuart Scott.

Honestly, I didn’t realize Scott even had cancer, but having spent every single morning of my childhood getting up for the 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 AM airings of SportsCenter before school, he holds an especially special place in my heart.

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Years ago, when I worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, a longtime Team member said how much it bugged him when people used the phrase “lost their battle with cancer,” because it sort of implied they hadn’t tried or fought hard enough — obviously not the case. That really stayed with me, so when I heard this quote from Scott, it was especially poignant:

“When you die it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

This video, which was the lead-in to Scott’s award, is pretty fantastic in and of itself. It gives a really good sense of the how, why, and way in which he lives. Just some food for thought (because shouldn’t we all strive for that always?) on a Friday afternoon.


And just because lists are fun and easy and I’m in hyper-nesting, list-making mode, I’ll wrap up the week with Tina’s suggestion from Carrots ‘N’ Cake:

25 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me. (It’s my favorite part of US Magazine)

  • I’m happiest when running. I mean, I’m pretty darn happy doing just about anything with my husband, too, but that seems like a cop-out answer.…
  • especially if it involves a surprise water stop visit when Nik drives the course to check on me or if it’s where I grew up at the shore on one of my favorite stretches of boardwalk.
  • I’ve always wanted to do the unexpected. It’s what inspired me to run my first marathon. I like to prove people and expectations wrong.
  • My husband and I love Formula One racingVermont Cremery Cremont cheese, taking walks in our neighborhood, and spending Sundays slow-cooking and watching football!
  • I was a terrible soccer player growing up.
  • My first job was babysitting, but my first real paycheck came from The Arbors, my family’s senior home where I worked as a waitress.
  • I could probably eat nectarines or a White’s Bakery cupcakeevery day. The definition of balance.
  • I stole … ??!?! No seriously, I’ve never stolen anything. Ask my sister about my black tank top though and see “I’m still mad…” below.
  • I was born on the same day as George H.W. Bush and Anne Frank.
  • My all-time favorite film is anything by Wes Anderson (especially Rushmore) followed closely by Finding Neverland, if we’re going in a completely different direction.
  •  I do a pretty mean Indian accent. Better than my husband. Who is Indian.
  • I’m still mad at my sister for jacking my favorite black tank top in high school. She won’t fess up, to this day.
  • I met my husband at Fenway Park.
  • I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I had one job where it was my official title, but now it’s just for fun. Nulla Dies Sine Linea.
  • I’m not afraid to take on a ridiculous challenge or dare! I ate an orange whole, rind and all, because my 10th grade bio teacher said I wouldn’t. Bad idea.
  • I make the best stove top popcorn.
  • I have almost no ability to drive by pan-handlers without giving. Except the chick outside South Station who says she’s trying to catch a bus home to Western Mass in the same intersection every afternoon
  • I always cry when I watch “A Four Year Old’s Bucket List.” Oh my gosh. Every. Single. Time.
  • I’m a Jersey Girl, but I don’t really care [at all, even a little bit] about pork roll. Gross.
  • I spent 4 months in Galway, Ireland during a semester abroad.
  • I wish my folkswere as into Facetime as I am. It’s so much more fun to SEE who you’re talking to!
  • At 5, I was deeply in love with Dire Straits “Woo Hoo” song (Walk of Life and yes, really) and playing dress-up. Old habits die hard.
  • I believe if everyone had an ice cream cone the world would be a better place. Seriously, who would fight with an ice cream cone in hand?!
  • I can’t stand one-uppers.
  • Whenever any of the Bourne movies or Italian Job are on, I’ll watch.

Play along! Hit me with one or three or ten of these in the comments, and have an OUTSTANDING weekend.