Thank You: A Post For Our Veterans

Of all the federal holidays, this one may be the most important.

You might find it inconvenient that the Post Office is closed, or that your kids are out of school today, but no inconvenience is greater than the sacrifices that deserve the respect this day is meant to carry.

So before you busy yourself on your day off, let’s take a moment to say thank you, for everything that our serving men and women do for us.

Feeling inspired, and want to help make a difference in a veteran’s life?

Two great organizations to support are the Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS. Both are dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and both are worth taking a look at when it comes to helping show your appreciation to our veterans.

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Image: Wounded Warrior Project

Through five core values, the Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is:

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

What are the five values that guide their work?

  1. Fun
  2. Integrity
  3. Loyalty
  4. Innovation
  5. Service

The other organization I’m encouraging you to look at is TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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Image: TAPS

TAPS not only focuses on the veterans and a healing process for wounded vets, but also the families of the fallen. With an understanding that veteran sacrifices stretch far beyond just the veteran, the work that TAPS does is inspiring.

I found the organization when I ran with them in the 2013 Disney Princess Half-Marathon, raising $500 for the cause. It may not seem like a huge number, but when it comes to giving back to the men and women that put their lives on the line, every dollar counts.

In the end, I don’t care how you choose to say thank you, as long as you take a moment today to thank a veteran. Without them, you probably wouldn’t be living the life you do.

The Dopey: An Agonizing Countdown

Unfortunately it’s about that time of the year again.

While everyone else is looking for the perfect Halloween costume, or planning Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families; the countdown to race day has begun.

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At 75 days out from the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend the pressure is on to make up for the training that has been pretty non-existent since mid-September.

Paige and I had an agreement that we wouldn’t run on our honeymoon, mainly because we wanted to enjoy it, but having been back for a week now, finding the motivation to put on my running shoes has been an issue.

The worst part about it is that I know I have to get in miles and quality runs so I don’t injure myself like the last time Paige’s mom and I ran back-to-back races.

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In the 2012 Goofy Race and a Half, I set a half-marathon personal best at 1 hour 58 minutes, but developed awesome plantar fasciitis which slowed my marathon the next day to a crawling 5 hours…

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So, on the avenue of prevention Cross Cardio will be pushed to the side once we’re back to New York, and these final months of training are dedicated to watching the agonizing countdown to Disney. A phrase that nobody should ever have to say.

Enjoy your candy and your turkey, and I’ll go run away my holidays in preparation for January.