When I say old, I mean old in the nicest of context. In this case, old means 20 years ago old with absolutely no relation the the actual age of the person in question. In fact, it was 20 years ago that I first met Greg Dommisse. It was summer of ’94 and I was in the midst of switching schools to James River High School for the opening year. As you can tell by the following pictures, neither of us would have been considered old in ’94 (sorry Greg!).
Greg had volunteered to be the assistant basketball coach to Chuck Collins and I’ll be honest, he looked more like a college student then a basketball coach. However, I was quick to find out that Greg had a great attitude and work ethic towards basketball, and life in general. I didn’t realize it at the time but many of the things he and Chuck taught me those two years sweating in the gym are things that still stick with me today.
For a couple of reasons, I recently reached out to Greg to see if he wanted to grab drinks and catch up. The first reason was it had been at least 10 years since we had really crossed paths other than the occasional meet up at the Monument 10k or other Richmond sporting event. The second is that I had heard through the grapevine that Greg had come across some personal challenges for himself recently. For those two reasons I reached out and we were finally able to catch up before summer vacations started in full force.
Over a few hours and a few Sierra Nevadas, Greg informed me of his recent battles with Leukemia. Greg was recently diagnosed with chronic leukemia. What I didn’t realize before I met with Greg is that chronic leukemia isn’t something that you fight with traditional measures and then you win. Chronic leukemia is one of those conditions that Greg will be fighting for a long time into the future. He will go through good times and then bad, and when the bad times arise he will have to go through traditional chemo treatments.
So the last few weeks while I have been running, I have been reminiscing of those great few years from ’94-’96 and all the time Greg sacrificed to be in the gym to help guide individuals in a game that he enjoyed. Greg’s story has kept me going over the past few weeks through the long runs and the repetitive hill workouts (Thanks TNT coaches!). As I am pounding the pavement and sweating it out this summer, please consider a tax-free donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so that we can raise money to help find a cure for chronic leukemia and all other forms of blood cancers.
This week is for you Greg. You keep up the good fight and I’ll keep on running.
Boy, did it get hot last week. The heat and humidity was a cruel reminder to what I have in store for me for the next few months as the dog days of summer are officially upon us. I took the opportunity on Thursday to try to start mixing in hill workouts on a regular basis. My TNT team canceled our training due to the threat of thunderstorms; however, I braved the weather and persisted through a pretty tough hill workout. For those that have never done it, basically find a hill nearby that is a couple hundred yards long, sprint up it, jog back down, and repeat. I managed to repeat 5 times, progressively increasing my speed with each interval. I am going to need these speed workouts if I’m going to break my 1:42 half marathon goal come November.
Unfortunately it took Hurricane Arthur to come through later in the week to create a break the weather. Luckily for us, once he came barreling through, the resulting 4th of July weekend was a wonderful combination of low heat and virtually no humidity. Saturday my family took part in what is now a 4th of July tradition, running in the Deltaville 5k. I’ve even managed to corrupt my kids to the point where they ask to run the Kids Run every year as well. Here’s a picture of them as we walk up to the starting line and another with their cousins and finisher medals!
The kids did great and I managed to place 4th in my division and 47th overall out of 430, finishing in 22:56. Now if only I can keep this pace up for the 13.1 miles I will reach my goal!
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by visiting my Team in Training fundraising site below. Remember all donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to support research to find a cure for blood cancers.
This week was the first week in maybe a year where I actually fulfilled on my prescribed training and ran 4 days in 1 week, including 3 back-to-back-to-back days. Luckily, I had the great opportunity to be in NYC this week for two of those runs and was able to run a few short blocks to Central Park and run around the loop with all the other city runners and bikers.
I must say, for a city so large it is an amazing experience to be able to walk two blocks away from 30-60 story buildings, be in the middle of a park, and look around and see nothing but trees, rocks, and greenery. The city planners back in the 1830s really knew what they were doing.
Also, after a few weekends off from my TNT team I was finally able to get back and join them for a great Saturday morning run. Our meeting time has slowly creeped earlier and this week was at 7:00, which is where it will remain for the rest of the summer as we try to beat the summer heat. I arrived a few minutes early and was greeted by the following setting. Very serene for a peaceful Saturday morning. Can’t wait to see this every Saturday morning for the next 4 months!
This was the first time we crossed the mighty James River, this time crossing the Boulevard/Nickel/Ten-Penny bridge. I forgot how much I miss running across the James; such a beautiful setting for an urban landscape. After a quick (32 minute) 4 mile run, I retuned to our point of origin – Byrd Park.
More stories to come, including a few more personal ones. Please take a moment and check out my fundraising goal at the top right of this site. I have a long way to go so please take a moment and consider a donation. If you want the specifics on the goals I am setting for myself they are located on my fundraising page.
That was an experience. Only two weeks into my formal training for the half marathon I jumped head first into the Tough Mudder with a few of my college buddies. Leading up to the event I wasn’t quite sure that I my training (which consisted of running 1-2 times a week and tennis a couple days a week) would be enough to run 10 miles plus be able to fulfill on all the obstacles.
I’d have to say that the Warrier Carry was THE hardest obstacle. Unfortunately for my friend Mike, he ended up getting paired up with the tallest guy on the team. I went first and carried him 100 yards on my shoulders and then he reluctantly did the same with me. I’m glad that specific obstacle was towards the end of the 10 miles because otherwise I would have been spent.
All in all it was a great experience and I will definitely do it again. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was getting shocked – 3 times – for the final challenge. Each time I got dropped to the ground. Other than that I’ll definitely consider doing it again. If you haven’t had a chance, check it out as it raises money for a great cause – the Wounded Warrier project.
Well, onward and upward to the remainder of my training for the Richmond half and time to get serious about my fundraising. More on that to come…
Have a great week.
I’m trying something new this year. Something I’ve never done before but am extremely excited about. Now I’ve run races before. A marathon, 5 half marathons, countless 10ks and other shorter charity races, but never have I run a race with the primary intention of raising money for a good cause.
Well, that has now changed. After only some moderate coercing from my friend Kris Conner, I signed up for my first Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. I have recently felt that my running can provide more than one value. More value than just a means to stay in decent shape and I can’t think of a better way to raise money for a very worthy cause.
My goal is to blog throughout the entire preparation leading up to the Richmond Half Marathon in November. Over the coming weeks I will have more information on my fundraising goal and what I am doing to try to meet that goal. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates from me as I navigate my training and fundraising process.
Blood cancers have most likely touched each and every one of us. I will share my stories here knowing that the money we raise will go directly to helping find a cure.
Stay tuned, and GO TEAM.
It seems like everything is digital these days, so what’s the big deal? Digital Solutions is a new offering by CapTech that addresses the continuing trend of increased collaboration between enterprise IT and Marketing organizations. I won’t reiterate the details here, as we have created a new single-page microsite that will highlight the benefits and the reasons why this offering is different than anything else on the marketplace.
Shoot me a note if you are interested in hearing more. This has been my passion for the past two years, keeping me going even during down times.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
I was a victim of my own carelessness. I was cleaning up some of my hosting environment, deleting old databases that were supporting sandbox websites that I no longer need or care to use. In the process, I managed to delete the database that supports my primary website. Whoops!!!
Well, I may learn my lesson from this exercise to actually keep a backup of this site from time to time. In reality, it probably doesn’t really matter as I didn’t have anything important nor am I that stressed that all of my previous posts are gone. At a minimum it allows me to create a new 2014 iteration of my website using the latest version of wordpress.
More to come, one of my resolutions is to be a little more active on my blog and I suppose this is a good start.