1000 Miles of Memories

2017 journey to run 1000 miles honoring those with Alzheimers and the loving people who care for them.


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March 1 – 4, Skunks, Snakes and a Man

  •       5.88  –  Miles Run Today
  •       5.00  –  Miles Run 3/3
  •   212.19  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $425.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          27   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Well March has arrived and I’m trying to get back into the swing of this running thing.  Since the journey started in January I’ve had a lot of time to think about how the brain works.  It’s been two weeks since the marathon and I remember finishing it.  I know it was extremely hard.  I see the finisher’s medal hanging in the living room.  But my mind tells me I’ve never run a day in my life.  My body tells me that I’ve never run a day in my life.  Lies, lies, lies.  My daughter, Christina, who has been running for a long time tells me this is normal and she goes through it also.  I hope things change soon.  This doesn’t make sense….

Okay….I’m done whining….Let’s talk about what’s been going on the last few days.

First of all.  During tonight’s run at Town Lake a skunk ran in front of me on the path…stopped…and looked at me.  I froze for a moment and then ran away as fast as I could.  I’m sure I don’t smell that great after a run but that would have been over the top!!

Second.  Yesterday I almost gave up on my run after one half of a mile.  As I mentioned above, it started out as a bad run – like I hadn’t ever trained before.  Luckily Christina called right then, encouraged me and off I went.  I thought maybe a change of scenery in my route might make things better.  This is what I saw on the way back…

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Maybe I should stick with my old routes!!

And last but certainly not least…..One of the joys in my life has been being a dad to four wonderful girls.  So many wonderful memories.  But how does my baby Elizabeth (who looks like this in my mind)…….

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become such a lovely young woman who is ENGAGED to such a fine young man!!

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CONGRATULATIONS Elizabeth and Ryan!!  I am so excited for you as you start this journey to build your own memories together.  You both make me proud….

I’m tearing up…so that’s all for now…

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/

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February 27 – 28, 200 Miles!!

  •       3.52  –  Miles Run Today
  •   201.31  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $425.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          27   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Can it be that the month of February is already over?  The run this evening pushed me over the 200 mile mark this year.  Only 799 more to go!  I better get busy with the fund raising now that the marathon is over.  Help me spread the word!!

I’m proud to add Evelyn Carter to my tribute book and a special purple ribbon with her name will be added to my race gear.  Her son is running thirteen 5Ks in 2013 to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research.  Visit  his blog at  http://rifflewader.wordpress.com/ and encourage him on his journey!

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Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/


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February 26, 2013 Retirement

  •            0  –  Miles Run Today
  •   197.79  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $425.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          26   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Memories….Like the corners of my mind…..Misty water-colored memories…..Of the way we were

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of…….my ASICS!

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  • Six Months
  • 498.1 Miles
  • Three Half Marathons
  • One Full Marathon
  • Texas Cities – McKinney, Plano, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Allen, Austin

In honor of this momentous occasion, I will donate $20 to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of the person who most makes me laugh the most completing this sentence:

Old running shoes never die, they just……..

Leave your answer in the comments…the winner will be announced next week!!

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/


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February 16 – 25, 2013 Austin Marathon

  •       2.02  –  Miles Run Today
  •       26.2 –   Miles Run 2/17
  •         2.38 – Miles Run 2/16
  •   197.79  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $425.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          26   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Well….the Austin Marathon is over….and I finished!!  Yay!!!  I’ve spent the last week recovering physically and mentally but am ready to get back to the running, blogging and Alzheimer’s research fundraising world.  There is so much to do!!

Before I start, please join me in thanking Doreen Christensen for her generous donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Your support means the world to me and a ribbon in your honor will be added for my next race in March.

The trip to Austin was just an incredible weekend with so many unexpected twists and turns, achievements, highs and lows.

I was so restless on Friday night.  My mind was in overdrive and I could almost feel it buzzing.  I was up at 6 and out the door at 6:30 for a run.  Just what I needed to calm my nerves and get the blood running.  Then back home for.a quick shower, pack for the weekend, send out a couple of emails for work and out the door for the 3.5 hour drive to Austin.

I’ll share more details later but for now here are a few pictures of all the fun!!

Saturday Night: All the ribbons are in place:

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6 am walk to the starting line at the Texas Capital

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Making out with a beautiful woman at mile 8

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26 miles down….only .2 miles to go

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Success!!!  Still upright but need a Slurpee bad!!

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Don’t we clean up nice?!!  What a joy to run with daughters Ashley and Christina!  A total of 65.5 miles for the Waite family!

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Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/


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February 12 – 15, 2013 Call the SWAT Team

  •           0  –  Miles Run Today
  •       3.52 –   Miles Run 2/14
  •   167.19  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $400.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          26   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Valentine’s Day 2013

The next to last run before marathon weekend.  I was planning to run the three miles on Wednesday night but felt a little queasy after dinner out and ended  up falling asleep in my running clothes.  I awoke at 3:30 am and decided to go ahead with the run because I knew I wouldn’t get back up if I fell back to sleep.

It was pretty cold outside – 36 degrees.  So I put on my black running pants…and my black skull cap….and my black running jacket.  Get the picture?

I’m out the door at 4:00 and ready to get this run over with!  The pain in the legs started after one half mile and my frustration rose.  That’s when everything got interesting.  Over the horizon I heard the whirring of helicopters flying over the neighborhood.  My tired, edgy mind went into overdrive.  I imagined the helicopters were scouring the area looking for an escaped convict who was now probably going to come out of the shadows and hold me hostage.  They were probably looking for the fugitive that stabbed the policeman earlier in the week and had yet to be found.  Well crap….now I’m a mile and a half from home so I might as well keep going since it’s almost time to turn around…and the choppers are flying away.

Nope….the copters are coming back…and now it hits me.  Maybe someone has called in a report of a man all in black running in and out of the shadows of the neighborhood at 4am.  Maybe they are looking for me!!  Double crap….and I have no ID…just my death bracelet that has my address and wife’s telephone number.  What should I do if they come for me?  I guess I’ll just lay on the street and point to my death bracelet…..but my imaginary SWAT team of government ninjas is flying away…for good this time…..

Two and a half miles now complete and I’m heading home.  The skies are empty except for a few stars here and there.  All is quiet.  HOW BORING!!  Unbelieveable….that is what my crazy brain told me….HOW BORING!!  I can’t even imagine what will be going through mind for 26 miles this weekend!

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!  This will be my last post until after the Austin Marathon.  Keep me in your thoughts…you are in mine.  I am pleased to add six new names to the tribute book and each will have a purple ribbon added to my running gear this weekend in their honor:

  • Helen Kaylor
  • James Bullock
  • Hazel Hord
  • Rene Bullock
  • Georgia Smith
  • Joyce McCallum

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/

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February 5 – 11, 2013 Nervous Energy

  •        6.0  –  Miles Run Today
  •       6.19  –  Miles Run 2/7
  •       5.04  –  Miles Run 2/8
  •   163.67  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $400.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          20   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

My nerves have been on edge lately.  I’ve logged on to post a couple of times this week but just couldn’t write.  It has been a week of ups, downs, excitement and doubt.  This blog was meant to be an uplifting chronicle of my journey this year so I hesitate to post anything that isn’t positive.  But it is what it is.  Thursday’s (2/7) run was so uncomfortable and painful that I considered quitting.   I questioned why I was doing this….and my mind gave me an answer as I was putting away the tribute book….If not you, then who?  So I continue and will give my best as I attempt to complete my first marathon in Austin this weekend.  My mantra for 26.2 miles will be – If not you, then who?

If you would like for me to add a ribbon honoring an Alzheimer patient or care giver please leave names in the comments below.  I’d love to add more ribbons to my race gear like the picture attached from my last race.

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/

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February 1 – 4, 2013 Race History

  •            0  –  Miles Run Today
  •       5.85  –  Miles Run 2/1
  •       10.0  –  Miles Run 2/3
  •   146.44  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $400.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          20   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Your continued support emotionally and through donations to fund Alzheimer’s research means so much to me!  Thanks to the Scudder Family, my grandkitten Jackson (through darling daughter Elizabeth Waite?) and my Anonymous donor for your contributions!

Yesterday was the last race before the Austin Marathon on February 17th.  The Too Cold to Hold 10 Mile lived up to its name as it was nearly freezing when we left the house to drive to beautiful White Rock Lake in Dallas.  Thank goodness for La Madeleine’s for providing hot chocolate while we were waiting to start!  The weather warmed up nicely so Ashley and I had a wonderful run.  See below for a picture at the finish line with all the purple, white and green ribbons.  I was very fashionable!

Ashley and I talked during the race about how far we had come in the past year as we were actually enjoying a ten mile run.  Let me share with you some of the memories that have lead to this 2013 journey to 1000 miles:

  • March 2012: Firefly Run 5K  with wife, Kathryn and daughter, Ashley – Had to walk the entire race due to a leg injury but the family helped me through it.  A beautiful night and so much fun that I got hooked!
  • June 2012:  Wounded Warrior 10K with Ashley – The world was upside down as my triathlete daughter, Christina, was on the sidelines cheering us on instead of running.  It was very inspirational to see our amazing service men and women running with all their gear.  Thank you to Ryan McCoy for his recent service and to Trenton Rath who is currently deployed.
  • July 2012:  Too Hot to Handle 15K with Christina – My first run at White Rock Lake and it was a beautiful course.  Christina was so sweet to  come back to run the last mile with me after she had already finished.  The funniest part was that they ran out of Slurpees right after I finished.  Hence, the saying – Run Faster – was born.
  • August 2012:  Melon Dash 5K with Ashley – Hot, miserable day and hardest run all year for some reason.  The beneficiary was the North Texas Cat Rescue where we got our kittens Mookie and Tippy and our grandkitten Jackson!
  • September 2012:  Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon with Ashley (5K) – Oh my goodness….I was so tired and whiny when this was over!  There was a wonderful food tent provided for the runners but only two pieces of bacon and a bran muffin were left when I finished – note to self – Run Faster!  And I will always remember my angel wife finding me a COLD iced tea when the one I got was warm….like I said…I was very whiny!!
  • October 2012: Sea World San Antonio Run for the Fund 10K with Ashley – Ran six plus miles in the morning then played the day at Sea World.  How could it get better?  That’s right….Ashley was the winner for her age group…such a champion!!
  • October 2012:  Vampire Run 5K with Ashley – I never thought I would run three miles in a PacMan costume with Pinky the Ghost running beside me….but then again life is full of surprises!
  • November 2012:  Believe 2012! 10K – My first run in freezing temperatures but it started/finished a block from my house and the course covered many of the areas where I train.  No place like home!
  • December 2012: Dallas Half Marathon with Ashley – Such a special day to run with Ashley as she completed her first half marathon!  I was so proud of her and we got to run on the Margaret Hunt Hill suspension bridge!  My other random memory of the day was sharing fried raviolis from the food truck afterwards….so good…
  • January 2012:  New Year’s Double Half Marathon with Christina and Ashley – A cold and rainy day to start the year and my 1000 Miles of Memories journey.  I do love to run with my girls, however….they inspire me.  I did learn a lesson on this day, however.  Never try to outsprint someone thirty eight years younger than you to the finish line….it cannot end well!!

Thank you for allowing me to remember the past year from a running perspective.  I am so blessed to have such a supporting family that has lets me spend the time and energy necessary to keep moving forward.  And thanks to all of you for joining me and lifting me up in 2013!

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

Consider making a donation for Alzheimer’s research at http://www.crowdrise.com/1000milesofmemories/

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