I love to read. I primarily read biographies, memoirs, history books, business books, and, of course, running books. One of the reasons I started Short, Round, and Fast was because of how much I enjoy reading other runner’s blogs. I also enjoy reading whatever running stories I can find in the news during the week. I decided I want to share these articles here in case you missed reading any of them on your own.
Moving forward, I am going to try to compile a weekly content collective of articles I have read and found interesting during the week. Most of the articles will be about running and fitness related subjects, but don’t be caught off guard if you see articles about movie news in the collective as well. After all, movies are my other passion. I hope you enjoy reading the articles I have found interesting and I hope you will share articles that I may have missed in the comments.
The Content Collective: Volume 1 – Aug. 24th – Aug. 31st
This morning I was called out by my mother to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I thought about doing a post of myself taking the challenge a couple of weeks ago, but the thought of being drenched in all that ice cold water got the best of me and I backed down. Leave it to my mother to push me over the edge for a worthy cause. I replied “challenge accepted” to my mothers call out as long as we did the challenge together.
This was more than just following a popular trend for our family. My mother had been called out by her husbands nephew whose mother (my step-fathers sister) died of ALS six years ago. It was touching to watch his video as he choked back his tears while filming his own challenge. It made this cause come to life for us and reinvigorated my resolve to participate in the challenge.
To assure that my heart was in the right place and that this video was not just about me getting caught up in participating in this movement to show my video on social media, I made sure to make my donation before the filming took place. When the thank you page for the donation came up I was shocked to see that 88.5 million dollars has been raised in just 29 days! I had heard the total was around 65 million.
Before I get to my video, I want to take time to remember two people that suffered from ALS but left a lasting legacy of how to face the darkest trials in life with grace and without bitterness.
Just over 75 years ago, on July 4th 1939, Lou Gehrig gave his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. The “Iron Man” of baseball had come to say goodbye and to thank his fans for the last time after ALS had forced him to retire from the game he loved. He said as he choked back tears “Today I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the Earth… I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” His record of consecutive games played would stand for another 56 years. How many games would his record have been extended by if he had not fallen victim to ALS? Gehrig never felt sorry for himself. Instead, he considered himself lucky for all he had been given and for all he still had to live for.
When I started Short, Round, and Fast, I promised to be completely honest about my struggles with food addiction. That being said, I have a confession to make. Ever since my injury at Ragnar (pictured below) caused me to take a three week hiatus from my running, the healthiness of my diet has been in a downward spiral.
The back sliding into my old eating habits started harmlessly. My injury occurred just before the Fourth of July holiday. Since I was not racing and I was resting my ankle, I told myself it was OK to indulge in a few unhealthy snacks. If my indulgences would have ended there, I would have been fine. Instead, like a true addict, as soon as I got my first hit of sugar in seven months I jumped head first off the wagon. Over the past six weeks, I have consumed copious amounts of all of my favorite unhealthy foods. All of them except pizza. I am a man of my word and I have stuck with my pledge not to have any pizza in 2014.