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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

30 Week Marathon Training 1st run tonight

Today will be my first official run of the Hal Higdon’s Supreme Novice 30 week marathon program.  According to this plan, there will be 148 running workouts between now and October 7th when I accomplish my goal of completing the Twin Cities Marathon.  When I put it that way, it scares me a lot - it kind of seems impossible that this number of workouts will be enough to get me ready, but I am going to give this my best effort and hopefully I can finally follow through with something.  I plan to use this blog to record this attempt as I go.  Above you will see a pic from the “run” that I did on New Year’s Day – You’ll notice the “playoff” beard that I started somewhere around the time we went to Boston for Gracie’s last surgery -  I’m keeping the beard for awhile – I use it as a daily reminder of what I’m working to accomplish this year.  It’s gotten much bushier since then, and frankly, it really helps keep people from sitting next to me on the bus to and from work.  I should only resemble the guy in this photo when I cross the finish line on Oct 7th.  Please wish me luck – I’ll really need it. 


  1. YAY,... I'll be cheering for you and wishing you luck. You TOTALLY can do it! Keep us posted on how it goes. Love the beard...

  2. Of course you will accomplish this goal!! You are the "BULL" !!!!!

  3. you're an inspiring man Rich! good luck, I know you'll give it your all! You've got a beautiful family and 2 cute little girls!

  4. I've been on the fence aboput a marathon (last year's half-marathon woke me up to the erroneous thought that I had reached my limit.) You are inspiring me....thinking....thinking...
    Do it man!