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Sad Stuff, Happy Stuff, & Runspiration

Sad stuff: Today in the States is always a one for reflection. It’s 9/11. That was a sad day. Made even sadder through the fact that at the time I was a producer for a network that made training videos for first responders. I knew a lot of firefighters very well.

At a shoot. I had to get geared up for safety (and for fun).

Years ago at a shoot. I had to get geared up for safety (and for fun).

Happy stuff: Many years later I was flown to NYC by a firefighter friend to make a video about the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. That was an amazing experience. We got to meet some great people from NYFD and shooting some cool stuff around the city.

Brooklyn in da house. Takin it to the bridge.

Brooklyn in da house. Takin it to the bridge.

Fast forward a couple years and I got to produce another video about 9/11. I was also able to incorporate footage we shot in NYC. I’m really proud of this video (it even won an Emmy). Give it a watch if you have a few minutes HERE.

More sad stuff: I just learned that a old friend from high school has passed away from cancer.

He was a senior when I was a freshman. I always looked up to him because he was like all-state or something in Track, Cross Country, and Swimming. I also thought of him a lot because his freshman year of college he had an unfortunate incident which left him as a quadriplegic.



Happy stuff: It never slowed him down. He was always living life to the fullest and inspiring others. You can read his obituary HERE.

He would even come to our high school track meets in his wheelchair and cheer for us. Can you imagine a former champion runner, who was just permanently assigned to a wheelchair, instead of retreating from watching others run, but rather seeking them out?!? Amazing.

Some of my HS friends have been going on tribute runs this week and making makeshift memorials.

From a friend's Facebook page.

From a friend’s Facebook page.

I have many forms of inspiration, but to this day, there was nothing more of a “runspiration” than seeing him sitting behind the fence yelling encouragement. I still think about that on runs sometimes.

Me in high school.

Me in high school.

OK, I hope I balanced enough happy stuff in with the sad. If not, then here’s a bunch of gifs of dudes getting hit in the privates: Enjoy (only if you’re immature).

How bout you? Do you love NYC? Any runspiration stories? Did I balance the sad/happy enough?


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Bucket List Running: New York Edition

So today is 9/11.  Seems like every year the anniversary doesn’t get any less remembered.  But obviously it will.  Especially the younger generations who weren’t alive or were very young when it happened.  There is a group of firefighters that are trying to do something about that.  And as a video producer, I was honored to be part by making the video below.  Watch it if you get a chance, I’m pretty proud.  We shot it in NYC and Texas.  I also edited and wrote the script.  Spent some time on it to make it right.

Anyway, when I was in New York shooting some of the video in this project (the original video was for another project by FireRescue Magazine…they were kind enough to grant permission to use it in this project), I got to check off a bucket list run – Central Park.

What had happened was I met up with some friends who live there.  They like to run too.  They took me to a local running store that had a social run going on one Saturday morning.  It was awesome.  The hosts were very cool and laid back.  They gave us distance options (I chose the 5 miler) and we were off.  I didn’t know where we’d be running, but to my delight, we went to Central Park and through some of the trails there.  It. Was. Awesome.

We ran past weddings, tourists, sun bathers, an actual road race, monuments, hot dog stands, everything you could imagine.  The miles seemed like NOTHING.  I think I had a smile the whole run.

Brooklyn in da house!  Selfie while crossing the bridge (not on the run).

Brooklyn in da house! Selfie while crossing the bridge (not on the run).

Anyways, after the run it was the same as any other run – swap run stories and get breakfast.  Yes!

I’ve been to NYC a few times, but this was the first time to go on a run there, and threw the park no less!  If you ever get a chance, go for it.  This time of year we are all reminded what a magical place New York is, and running there is no less magical.


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