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Examining results

Today is the final day of this Ultimate Blog Challenge. The challenge was to write a blog post each day in the month of January. By that measure, I only made it about two-thirds of the way through the challenge. But as I look back

 
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Learning how to rebound

My beloved Kansas Jayhawks are flying high on an 18-game winning streak. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I never WANT to see the Jayhawks lose. But this is the time of year when a close loss to good team can actually be a

 
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Defining a victory

Yogi Berra once said that “baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” A lot things worth doing are that way. I went this morning and ran with SMR, my regular Saturday morning running group. I was slow, and I didn’t even

 
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Tomorrow’s a big, big day

It’s pretty amazing how time really does fly when you are having fun. Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the day Melissa and I got married. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful service. I remembered all my lines and

 
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Running buddies

I sure have been missing my running buddies. I didn’t realize how much until I went and ran with a few of them yesterday. I have two groups of running buddies, actually. One is the Red River Road Runners. They are an actual sanctioned club,

 
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Great lessons in leadership

I got an email today that made me very excited. It was an invitation from John Maxwell to join him at this year’s Chick-fil-A Leadercast event. OK, so it wasn’t a personal invitation to sit backstage with him at the event. That really would be

 
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Fighting fatigue

I have learned this month that writing and running are teaching me some of the same lessons in my life. I signed up for my first half marathon a few years ago because I needed a motivational boost to get physically fit. I find that

 
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Heroes fall, but grace remains

It seems Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace finally hit bottom this week. Nothing about this week’s news comes as a surprise, not even the fact that Armstrong would choose a platform like Oprah Winfrey’s show to make his confession. No, for most of us the

 
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The Day the King Said “Aloha”

Published on January 14, 2013 by in Life

Today is the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ Aloha from Hawai’i concert. Here is my gift to you: Let me say that I completely appreciate Elvis’ place in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll and American culture. I just can’t say that I am a big

 
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Sometimes, getting there is more than half the fun

Published on January 13, 2013 by in Life

Yesterday’s post got me thinking. I realized I did have an grand adventure to write about. When my family traveled to the Marine Corps Marathon, we decided to take a road trip to get from Shreveport to Washington, D.C. We had thought about taking the

 
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