Monday, October 30, 2006

People Who Inspire Me - Part 1

I have nothing thrilling to report in my life, but there are a couple of people that I know who are grabbing a big tub of life, cracking the lid open and molding the goo into the exciting, colorful forms that they crave.

First, my sister, who now ranks on the level of nails on my toughness scale, ran ANOTHER marathon. That makes it her third marathon this year. Three marathons. In one year. Do you know how many lost toenails that must add up to? Me either. Just thought I'd ask.

Anyway, this marathon that she just ran was a bit different from the others. It wasn't a standard race against the clock, body and mind. This time she was running in support of Dean Karnazes. You might have heard about him. He's the guy who's taken on the challenge of running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. I think Karnazes rhymes with crazy.

My sister joined him for marathon number 38. Her account of the experience is uplifting, energizing and passionate. I salute her - not just for getting out there and trouncing her mind in the Deep Blue-like chess game that it can play during a marathon but for having a passion. A passion that she refuses to have dulled by Wisconsin winters, three kids, a full-time job or any myriad of other possible excuses.

She sculpts a beautiful life.


At 3:23 PM, Blogger Valarie said...

wow! she's practically my hero based on that description.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger jen said...

and how lucky she is to have you in her cheering section.

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Momish said...

Now that is impressive indeed!

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are way to generous. It is
you who inspire me. How could
your older siblings be so fortunate
to have such a such an intelligent,
kind soul for a sis. We truely
use YOU for braging rights. You
have done in your life what we
think is impossible. If we only
had a brain.. REJ

At 9:33 AM, Blogger J Fife said...

valarie - I think she's pretty cool.

jen - Thanks. I might be her biggest fan.

momish - Crazy. Huh?

REJ - No. You guys paved the way and set the examples for me.


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