Reid’s Running a Marathon

Posted January 2, 2011 by jimhigley

January 1, 2011. 1-1-11. One-one-one-one. With all these ones, there’s one thing that’s been bugging me all day.

I don’t make resolutions and I’m feeling left out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am routinely setting and working on goals. I like to think of myself as wanting to improve and experience new things. And, yes, there have even been times when I have set new goals on January 1. But I also do it on March 9, or October 15, April 2 – it all just depends.

But I’ve never made an official resolution.

This year, however, I’ve decided that I am, in fact, going to join the world population and publicly make the following resolution: I’m going to work harder to help people, encourage people and cheer louder for people. Starting now.

And, today, I am going to start by cheering for Reid. He’s decided he’s going to run a marathon. And, quite frankly, I’m really proud of him.

Reid’s a good friend of my daughter, Wallis, where they both are freshmen at the University of Iowa. He’s a journalism student – with plans for making a name for himself some day. I’ve spent time with Reid and I’m quite confident he’s a young man you’ll be hearing about in the not too distant future. But along the journey to his professional goals, Reid’s already enjoying the experience of a few of his bucket list items. And running a marathon is at the top of his list.

I knew he was contemplating this because we talked about it a couple months ago when I was out in Iowa visiting. Reid had heard I finished a marathon (“finished” being the operative word – I’m careful to never say “ran”!) recently and was full of questions. I remember it vividly because I was a little surprised that Reid was questioning his ability to run the 26+ mile course. Folks, Reid ran cross country in high school. And, he’s good. The kid has a running pace about twice as fast as mine! Yet, he kept telling me he wasn’t sure he could do the 26 mile run,

My favorite Reid-comment was when he told me he wanted to “run a marathon before he got too old.” (which almost resulted in me giving his not-yet-twenty-year-old-mug a firm backhand). Youth. What I would pay to be in Reid’s running shoes these days.

But I read today on Reid’s blog, The Reidfeed, that he’s officially running the Chicago Marathon. So I’m going public to simply say that I think it’s inspiring, exciting, and fun to see people go after their dreams. And, while I’m certainly not an expert at marathons, I do know that the experience of getting to the starting line is as exciting as the race itself.

Kind of like life,

I’m proud of you, Reid. Enjoy the journey.

  • Didactic Pirate

    Very cool of the young whipper-snapper. And very good of you to resist that backhand urge at the "before I'm too old" comment. Heh.

  • ChopperPapa

    I'd have probably gone thru and back handed him…get too old…pfft!

  • Jim Higley is the Bobblehead Dad – writer, speaker, life observer and cancer warrior.

    Yeah, his "before I'm too old" comment was one of those moments in life where you truly just stop and think, "did you really just say that?" Maybe the next time I see Reid I'll smack him – for all 3 of us!