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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April 26 – 30, 2013 GE Irving Marathon In The Books

  •         7.36  –  Miles Run Today
  •       13.10  –  Miles Run 4/27
  •    334.09  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $640.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •           28   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Four months down…eight to go….still on track for a thousand miles this year but just barely!  I’ll have to step up the pace this month to have a little cushion for the rest of the year.  We’ll see how that goes!!

What a great weekend with the family.  Daughter, Ashley completed her first full marathon!!  She was adopted by some wonderful ladies who are members of Marathon Maniacs.  What a fun group!!

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Daughter, Christina came from out of town to run with us and completed her millionth? marathon.  She is amazing!!

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And then there was me….only ran the half marathon…but that was more than plenty!!

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Daughter Lauren led the cheer team with wife Kathryn, parents (care givers) Carl and Phyllis, and Matthew.  Thanks everyone for your support!!

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Dance party…celebrate!!

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I am so blessed!!

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

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

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April 24 – 25, 2013 Remembering Big Tex

  •        3.75  –  Miles Run Today
  •   313.63  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $575.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          28   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Countdown to the inaugural GE Irving Marathon – 2 days!!  I’m kind of jealous of Christina and Ashley who are running the full marathon but I just haven’t recovered enough from Austin to train properly.  I’ll be cheering them on after I finish the half!!

Had a nice run after work this evening.  Does anyone know what it means when a fox crosses your path?  I had a quick encounter with one about mile three.  He ran across the trail, stopped at the edge of the brush, looked me in the eyes then ran away.  Has to be good luck…right???

A couple of weeks ago on a Thursday night, daughter Ashley came to me with what she considered was a brilliant idea.  Two days later we were running a half marathon.  The Big D Marathon started at Fair Park in Dallas, wound around White Rock Lake and finished through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in town.  I had the opportunity to discuss the need for Alzheimer’s awareness and research with several people which was heart warming.  One runner was a physician who thanked me for remembering care givers.  We had a nice conversation and then he raced on ahead.

So,,, Ashley was right….running another half marathon was a brilliant idea….except for two things.  The first was that I was spit on twice!!  What is it with Texas runners??  No one in Florida spit on me!!  The second issue was the horrifying memory of the last time I was at Fair Park during the Texas State Fair.  This is what happened:

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Such a shame…..rumor has it that Tex will be rebuilt even bigger this fall….he just won’t be the same….

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

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


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April 23, 2013 Dress for Success 5K

  •        3,61  –  Miles Run Today
  •   309.88  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $575.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          28   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Happy Tuesday!

The day started out at 4:30 am with a quick run around the neighborhood.  Just four days until my fifth half marathon at the initial GE Irving Marathon.  I’m so proud to be running with daughters Ashley and Christina who are running the full marathon.  This will be the first full marathon for Ashley.  Can’t wait to welcome her to the marathon club!!

The temperature has dropped here all day to the low 40s so I think it is only appropriate to reminisce again about our warm Florida vacation!  On our last day our hosts Bob and Mary and my wife, Kathryn joined me in  participating in a 5K race benefitting the Dress for Success program in Lake Worth.  We all wore ribbons honoring the people in my tribute book who are living with Alzheimer’s, are caregivers, and/or are donors to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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I met a lovely lady named Carol whose husband lives with Alzheimer’s.  We had a wonderful conversation and I’ve added their names to the tribute book.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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And finally….sometimes you get an award for just showing up.  Such a fun day!!

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On another note…today was day two of the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.  It looks like they are eating well!!

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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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April 22, Florida Memories

  •             0  –  Miles Run Today
  •   306.27  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $575.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          28   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the beginning of the 25th gathering of the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.  One thousand advocates are gathering to combine their voices to advance research to eliminate Alzheimer’s.  You can assist by contacting your Congressmen to support the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.

Now…on to a recent memory.  We had such an amazing time on our vacation to Florida in March.  What a beautiful area and our friends Bob and Mary were such wonderful hosts.  I had the pleasure to run in the neighborhood several mornings.  Training in Boca Raton is a little different than in McKinney.  You have to wait for drawbridges and take the sand out of your shoes!!

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And finally….one of the most rewarding days was visiting Mary’s father, Stephen the day after he returned from a hospital visit.  These pictures exemplify why I run.  We need to raise awareness so that funding for research is available and that care givers have hope.  Please keep Bob, Mary and Stephen in your thoughts and prayers….

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Happy 77th birthday to Glen Campbell who is in Washington D.C. for the Advocacy Forum.  Alzheimer’s has forced him to stop touring but we look forward to the release of his new album.

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

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


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March 20 – April 21, 300 Miles!!

  •     10.78  –  Miles Run Today
  •       2.23  –  Miles Run 4/17
  •     13.10  –  Miles Run 4/14
  •      2.70  –  Miles Run 4/13
  •       1.81  –  Miles Run 4/9
  •       9.48  –  Miles Run 4/7
  •       3.57  –  Miles Run 4/6
  •       4.26  –  Miles Run 3/23
  •       5.29  –  Miles Run 3/22
  •        5.31  –  Miles Run 3/21
  •   306.27  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $575.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          28   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Friends,

Today I passed the 300 mile mark in my journey to 1000 miles in 2013!  Please know that your support means the world to me as we all strive to fight Alzheimer’s and provide support for care givers.

So much has happened since my last post in March – vacation in Florida, two races, new donors and tribute names, tragedies in Boston and West, Texas and training for a 5th  half marathon.  I’ll get you up to date in the next few posts.  Thanks for hanging in with me!!

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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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March 9 – 19, Heading to the Beach

  •       3.50  –  Miles Run Today
  •       6.23  –  Miles Run 3/12
  •        1.82  –  Miles Run 3/14
  •      14.06  –  Miles Run 3/16
  •   247.74  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $525.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          27   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I posted.  There just hasn’t been enough time in the day lately it seems.  That and an extreme case of writer’s block.  Those are my excuses and I am going to stick by them!!  I’ve tried to keep moving forward with the running but my body is still fighting it.  My plan is to fight back and win!

Luckily, I have wonderful friends who have invited my wife Kathryn and I to come visit.  That is what we need – a vacation in sunny Florida!  So we are packing up the tribute book, ribbons and running gear for a quick trip to the beach.  And because I am obsessed – I’ll be running in the Dress for Success 5K in Lake Worth on Saturday!  The exciting part for me is that my wife and friends, Bob and Mary Isenbek, will be participating as well!  Not only are Bob and Mary amazing friends…they are also donors and care givers.  Exceptional!!

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

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


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March 5 – 8, Poppin’ Tags

  •       2.87  –  Miles Run Today
  •       7.07  –  Miles Run 3/6
  •   222.13  –  Miles Run 2013
  • $525.00  –  $ Raised 2013
  •          27   –  Alzheimer’s Patients/Care Givers Honored

Today’s Memory

A quick run this morning at 5am to get the blood flowing through the legs.  Ashley wants me to do a long run with her on Saturday as she trains for her first full marathon.   I accept her challenge as I can’t let her get too far ahead of me!!  I couldn’t get the Thrift Shop song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis out of my head as I was pounding the pavement so…. I ran to the thrift shop down the road…and I looked incredible!!

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On my February 26th Retirement blog I challenged all of you to complete the following sentence:

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

And you all brought the jokes!!!  I couldn’t choose between two of the entries so I will donate $20 to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of each of the co-winners:

  1. Bob Isenbek – Old running shoes never die, they just……..lose their soles
  2. Phyllis Waite – Old running shoes never die, they just……..take a hike

I’m also going to donate an additional $60 for the other six entries for a total of $100.  Thanks for playing…I enjoyed your creativity!!

Make it a memorable day!

Keith

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