"Living a Story"; The Great Cow Harbor 10k Race

Your whole life changes when you choose to live it like a "Story".

What makes for a memorable life are the stories, and the scenes that make it up. In the end what will be remembered is how well you made each day stand out from the next.

The Great Cow Harbor Race has become an annual affair for my family. It's part of our "story". There is a nationally ranked 10k race, surrounded by a weekend of family events, parties, craft fairs, and parades. All of this takes place in our quaint harborside town, Northport, NY. We tackle the race as a family every year (my children have been running since the age of 3), and then enjoy each other's company as the first leaves begin to fall from the trees. Last year my wife and I ran together less than a year after I had open-heart-surgery. We finished in about 53 minutes. This year she tore her ACL playing soccer a couple weeks before the race, so I had to run without my best friend. Our children ran the fun run with our friends, and Nicole spent her time promoting my book at the finish line with my family. I shaved 7 minutes off my time this year, finishing in 46 minutes. It's still hard to believe after open heart surgery.

Alison &  my daughter Milan

Sal, my son Preston, daughter Milan, & Ali
Milan & Preston
Mom, my son Sully, & my brother Justin
My stepdad Ed
From Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years":

"We get robbed of the glory of life because we aren't capable of remembering how we got here. When you are born, you wake slowly to everything. Your brain doesn't stop growing until you turn twenty-six, so from birth to twenty-six, God is slowly turning the lights on, and you're groggy and pointing at things saying circle and blue and car and then sex and job and health care. The experience is so slow you could easily come to believe life isn't that big of a deal, that life isn't staggering. What I'm saying is I think life is staggering and we're just used to it. We all are like spoiled children no longer impressed with the gifts we're given -- it's just another sunset, just another rainstorm moving in over the mountain, just another child being born, just another funeral."

"A good movie has memorable scenes, and so does a good life."


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