I am surprised that John didn’t chime in that it wasn’t the technology’s fault that I sent it to the wrong address. It was all user error. Guess he was too busy making cakes or something geeky like that…

I would like to thank all you for your concern on my lack of blogging without letting you know that I was just Traveling. It means alot, truly. But now that I am back in action, and I am trying to catch up with everything. So let me catch you up with what’s going on with me…

And they’re off…

To Louisville KY. We left Tuesday for a short workshop and event with Anne Newbury. You won’t have heard of her unless you are (or have been) connected with Mary Kay. Anne just recently retired this past January (my San Diego trip), but what makes Anne special is that she has broken all kinds of records in the company. Her most recent accomplishments before Retiring is that she was the first woman in company history to earn $1,000,000 in commissions in one year. This doesn’t include any prizes nor does it include any of her personal sales. So she is doing something right and to be in her space is an honor.

I left Louisville as a different person, or rather the same person but with a whole new mindset. It’s hard to explain because Anne didn’t say anything specific that turned on a lightbulb in my head, but something changed me. I am ready to leave the job I currently have and do something more rewarding in my live. Why am I choosing to be unhappy in my work life? Money? Convenience? Perhaps… but you know what, if you aren’t taking risks, you aren’t living life.

Louisville is a nice place. It was clean, the people were friendly… I would consider moving to Louisville if the chance arose. But will see.

Rub, Terry, Rub

I sure wish that I could say that I was running again, but sadly I am not. It’s been 18 days since I ran any distance. I was blessed to have walked a bunch during our excursion in Louisville, but for running… nothing. In fact, my total mileage for ALL of April was 10.7 miles.

Despite the lack of running, for some reason, I am okay with it. Perhaps it’s the fact that I have an internal mysterious injury that involves my lungs. I would hate for my lung to collapse or burst or something else traumatic. But what i’s doing is making me rethink my fall marathon plan.

As much as I like to think that I could jump right into marathon training in the middle of next month for a September marathon. I have to serious rethink my intentions of running the Quad City Marathon. I am not sure that this year is the year to run this course. As much as I want to run this marathon especially since my father lies in rest near the 20 mile mark in the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery, this might not be the time.

So if I decide that it’s prudent to reschedule my fall marathon. What marathon would it be?

Chickamauga Marathon (I have run their unadvertised 18 mile race)
Rocket City Marathon (Huntsville, AL ~4hrs away)

are two that come to mind. I will check out for a complete listing of fall marathons. If you have any suggestion let me know. I would entertain the thought of having someone fly me out somewhere and running a marathon with them.

I was asked why I called it a “rub”. In my non-medical doctor description, it is called a rub because the lining of the lung either doesn’t touch the chest wall or slides easily. However, when there is inflammation of the lining it “rubs” up against the chest wall. When it does that, it creates the “crackling” phenomenon that I can feel and hear within my chest. So I either have inflammation of the lining of my lungs OR there could be something in there that is causing the “rub”.


Last year, I said something to the effect of “sure, I will help out with that”. Well, that “thing” became the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon and I was dubbed Sir Plant3rry, no actually, I was dubbed a co-Race Director. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I can tell you it was totally awesome! We had just short of 300 finishers and 10+ countries run in our event – a virtual half marathon held around the world at the same time!

Well, it’s that time again. We are gearing up for this year’s Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon, to be held on the weekend of October 13th and 14th. Once we have the official release, I’ll talk more about it then but until then, I will just leave with: It’s Bigger, Badder and still just 13.1 miles!

Speaking of Phedippidations

You can catch my submission on Episode 95 of Phedippidations called First Marathons. The show description reads:

The stories about a runners first marathon are filled with emotion, well deserved pride, and a sense of satisfied accomplishment. You will hear how they set themselves a seemingly impossible goal that, through hard work, persistence, and an indomitable spirit they were able to achieve. These are changed people who have come to understand that nothing is impossible if they have the desire and dedication to run, quite literally, towards their goal.

My contribution doesn’t recap my first marathon from start to finish, but it describes my interaction with a 82 year old family friend at a funeral that inspired me to sign up for the 1999 Crestar (now Suntrust) Richmond Marathon. You can find the podcast at

But apart from listening to my story, all the stories are very inspiring. You’ll get to experience what it is like to run a marathon but Be Warned, you might just be inspired to run YOUR first marathon. You laugh and jest and say never me… but let me Warn you a second time, running is infectious!

I think I had noodled with this entry long enough… time for me to move along… see you in a bit!

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon