I wish I could say I’ve always stood as a shining star of self-discipline when it came to my running. Uncompromising, stalwart, never relying on others to get me out the door on those days that motivation tends to be a bit lacking. The best athletes possess that quality, and I do okay, but I could do better.
In truth, my training sword became much sharper with the establishment of the Team McGraw endurance program. Through this program, athletes are guided and trained for events of their choosing while they offer their support for the Tug McGraw Foundation and quality of life brain tumor research; I carry the keys as director of the program.
I’ve met other folks that run programs like this, and believe me, they ain’t all runners. Many don’t even pretend to be. I just can’t do that; I’m more of a “lead from the front” kinda guy. I don’t have to be the fastest out there, but if you are going in to fight the fire – then I’m goin’ in with ya.
And man…are there some great folks goin’ in to fight that fire.
An inspiring survivor of a brain tumor that didn’t complete her first marathon until after her original diagnosis. A father that trains for his first marathon in honor of the fight currently underway with his own son. A wife that runs a half-marathon to inspire her survivor husband…who later completes the same distance at her side.
These and so many others have not only challenged some endurance event as “Team McGraw” – be it a run, walk, hike, climb, ride, or swim – but they have done so to serve. To serve those combating brain tumors. Those challenged by some sort of brain trauma or debilitating cognitive condition. Those caring for others embroiled in these struggles…and those moving forward in the dedicated memory of others that have gone on.
Remembering that I’m saddled up with folks like these on those “I don’t feel like runnin’ today” days, THAT gets me out the door quicker than anything. I’m proud to stand with ‘em, I wanna train for ‘em…
And when the gun fires…I’m gonna be one of ‘em.
To find more about the Team McGraw program or to participate in one of our events, visit the program website at www.teammcgraw.org.