FOCUS: Be Willing!

Selected Life Lesson It’s not that you’re incapable … just unwilling. -Courtney H’s Life Lesson from the Olathe, Kansas Richard’s Thoughts… While Courtney’s lesson is a harsh one, it is true from start to finish. I went to upstate New York last weekend with some friends for some much needed rest-and-relaxation and on the way […]

Finding Happiness

Where is that place where you most come alive? What are the senses that make you feel at peace? Who are you with when you laugh so hard it hurts? My friend Emily recently posted a photo of her answer and it got me thinking about my perfect place. I talk a lot to my […]

The Marathon Let-Down

I understand that I am not the Super Bowl MVP. Wait. I am the Super Bowl MVP. Running the 2012 Rock ‘n Roll San Diego Marathon was my Super Bowl and I said that before I even made the trip. It is likely to be one of the greatest athletic accomplishments I will ever experience. […]

Richard Marathon

I am a Marathoner!

There was a time about eight years ago. I remember it pretty clearly. I was upstairs in the UNI Dome Athletic Media Relations office in the morning. My friend Eric was in marathon mode and I was considering starting to train to do one as well. As I sat there, I thought for a moment […]

You Just Have to Start

I was not born a runner. When it comes to athletics, I’m not quite sure what I was born, but I started as a baseball player and transformed into a pretty decent tennis player. After my back injury, I had to find something new. I picked running. And so I ran, and ran, and ran […]

Marathon Training

Busting My Ass

Nine days away. Can you believe it?! In nine days I will be running the streets of San Diego … for my life. Okay, so maybe not that dramatic, but I will be running hard and it is going to be the greatest challenge of my life. Even harder than running for office. After I […]

You’ve Been Fired. Now What?

Three weeks ago I was let go from my job. There I said it. Taking the stairs down for the last time was definitely an emotional experience. And as I stood in the lobby of our office building in the Flatiron District here in the big city, I held back my tears. But the first […]