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September 8, 2022

Zach’s Journey - Friday September 6, 2022

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Written by: Bob Guere
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I’m headed out for marathon training on a beautiful Friday morning! I ran a half marathon on Wednesday, which really kicked my butt! I’m just not a “born runner” and I’m going to have to work extremely hard to pull off the full marathon. I did the half in just under two hours, which is great but almost couldn’t imagine having to DOUBLE IT! I did get new shoes, which help immensely and allow me to just run, without worrying about my stride.
Running provides a unique opportunity for reflection-sometimes negative, sometimes positive, but always intense because its just you, the road and some pain. Oddly enough, when I run my brain finds its way to friends that I’ve lost. Chris, P.J., Donny, and Blaze where on my mind Wednesday. It’s NOT bad though, or morbid or morose-it’s just real and allows for immense feelings of gratitude and even happiness. I always think about Chris, because I run by his house, but P.J. dominated my focus on this Run. I remembered times that I had forgotten altogether, I thought about his smile and, most of all, I thought about how similar we are-save for the fact that he isn’t of this Earth anymore and that our disease claimed him while somehow sparing me. His legacy is in our reflections and remembrance of him if which I have many which are all positive. The memory of when my brother took me to meet him in Tucson after prefacing the intro with “you’ve got to meet this guy, he’s my new ‘best friend’”. I thought I had forgotten that but somewhere into mile 9 the entire memory, almost the entire night, came back to me. It was great to “be there” again and remember, fondly and with little regret, what an impressive guy he was. I cry sometimes when I run, which probably sounds weird, but it’s a happy experience-a release that I’ve only been able to accomplish when I run, or when I write (like right now…). This probably means my brother will shed a tear, which perhaps I should apologize for-sorry bro. But remember what Jim Valvano said? That being moved to tears every day (as well as laughing everyday) is the key to a good day and a full life! I look forward to more long runs that unlock more emotion while at the same time connecting me to those we’ve lost. However you find their legacy, hold on to it for a moment and try and reflect, I think you’ll be happy you did.
And in case you’re wondering, Jacob is doing well and nearly over his respiratory infection. He woke me up wailing like a gospel singer to let me know that he had to go to the bathroom. I though he was having an aneurism but he just had to pee! Good boy, Jacob!
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