My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gratitude for Mentors

Our lastest blog post on a special mentor in my life:  Mentoring


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Georgie's Morning Work

Our latest post on Georgie Girl's work this morning. So grateful!

Blind resilience

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BOSTON!!!

The Boston Marathon is ten weeks away!! These amazing friends have been by my side every step of the way. I am so grateful.

I have had many questions about running blind, qualifying for Boston, running a marathon, etc so I thought I would try to answer some of the questions. If you read this and have any others, please feel free to leave a comment - would love to answer.

How do you qualify for the Boston Marathon?
A runner who is blind qualifies with a time of 5:00 or under. My time at the NYC Marathon was 4:49:21 which qualified me to run the Boston Marathon.

How do you run as a blind runner?
I run with a tether that I hold on to and the other end is around my friend's arm just above their elbow. This tether was made by one of my friends: Shannon (if you want to purchase one, let me know.)

How do you train for a marathon? We follow generally a 16-week training plan that each week increases our long run. This next week we will be up to 13 miles as our long run and about 35 total miles for the week. There is much time and commitment that is involved in preparing for a marathon.

Does my guide dog run with me? Goergie does not guide while I am running. She stays home and generally we go for a nice walk afterwards. She is a great fan. I will complete my third marathon while we have been a team so she is very used to the morning routine.

I am grateful for a healthy body and incredible family and friends that are making this dream possible. My new definition of a big goal someone is working towards with grit and tencity and excitement is "their Boston". What is your Boston?



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrating 50!

It's been a fun couple of weeks celebrating life and turning 50!

My latest blog post is here:

Celebrating the big 5-0!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Writing - Diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmatotis :).

I have been enjoying compiling my story.  It has been bringing back lots of memories and that is so much fun!  We just found this entry just after I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa.  I still recall attending an Institute Dance that evening and tell a 'good friend at the time :) Steve Andrews - I have Retinitis Pigmatotis - or something like that!

Journal Entry from 1983

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Making a difference

On our recent trip to Puerto Rico Jose' reminded me of the impact we can have on someone's day.  He went to extra effort to describe our journey.  I posted the picture and shared on blog at:  Making a difference.