I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Race

I know its been awhile since I've posted to this blog -- So much is going on these days and once again I find myself a bit overwhelmed and unsure where to start.  Gracie is back in the hospital with a virus that has made her miserable and was causing a valve in her heart to leak and have too much pressure.  She's recovering and will be fine and hopefully will be back home someday soon.  My training has taken a back seat -- I'll be honest, Its probably because I got down on myself for not being ready for the full Twin Cities Marathon.  My good freind Dave who was going to run it with me, followed through with his end of the bargain -- I am so proud of him, but find myself often pouting and questioning what it is inside of me that stops me from following through?  I hope to make a few blog entries soon and ramble about some of the things going on in this head of mine, but until then, a friend posted this video on his facebook site today -- its footage from a race that I actually have shared with others before.  Everytime I see this, it brings tears to my eyes -- I really see this as a metaphor (if that's the word I'm looking for) for Gracie's life -- this whole journey we've been on is tough and has had its setbacks, but in the end, I just know that little girl is going to excel.  I also hope some day that I can do the same -- despite the countless number of reasons that have kept me where I am physically over the recent years, I am still working (harder at times than others) towards my goal of running a marathon before I'm 40. 

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