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Mentors, Motivators, and Inspirations: Sid Busch

Saturday, October 24, 2015
"I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
- The U.S. Navy's Sailors Creed
It is one week since the Baltimore Running Festival and if you asked me who the first place runners were, I couldn't tell you. However, the last marathon runner is a much different story.

The last runner was Sid Busch, a Retired Navy Senior Chief that has been dedicating marathons to fallen soldiers since 2001.

At the age of 69, Sid embarked on his 200th marathon, a feat that I couldn't even fathom. I had the honor and privilege of meeting Sid at the Expo the day before the race. In the short time we talked, I learned that Sid was running in honor of not one but two soldiers: U.S. Marine Cpl. Bradley T. Arms (KIA 2004), and Sgt. Brian Theiobold, (KIA July 2015.) For Sid, these races were more than recreation, they were his mission; his passion. He wanted to further illuminate these bright souls that died well before their times. He wanted to draw attention to something that is often taken for granted; FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

This is why, at the end of our half marathon, we changed, grabbed flags, and retraced the marathon race course to find Sid. 

It was a finish unlike any other. A finish that took a village. The Baltimore City Police rallied together, clearing his way. Few runners can lay claim to a police escort for their run and far fewer can say they were being cheered on from a Police helicopter with a, "Sid Bush - YOU are almost there." 

We dropped in behind the pack around mile 25 and at 26 we shot ahead with other flag bearers and the Baltimore Police to flank the finish area and welcome Sid home. Upon his approach, tears streamed as we witnessed a true Patriot finish this days mission.
No, I can not tell you who the first finisher was of the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon but I can tell you about Sid Bush, the full embodiment of the U.S. Navy's Sailor's Creed; the "Fighting Spirit of the U.S. Navy.

I'll be looking forward to seeing Sid on the course tomorrow, at the 40th Marine Corps Marathon.


The Weekly Ramble #4: Find Your Fierce

Friday, October 9, 2015

This weekend is the Chicago Marathon and many of my friends and readers will be there. Although I will not be running it with them, I will carry them all in my heart as I run my longest unsupported trail training run; a necessity both mentally and physically. Not to worry though, I've become proficient in supporting myself for 9 miles and load my car up like the Martha Stewart of Aid Stations. If you don't believe me, you can ask Sandy over at So What? I Run. 

Naturally, as with any long distance training run, it is met with apprehension. This is more because of the fact that it is currently raining buckets and not because of the distance. I am anticipating laps that will be far longer than I want in an effort to not slip, slide, and land on my assets in a wet mushy pool of mud - or worse - horse manure. The horses share this trail with bikes, runners, and walkers. 

But enough about the possibility of me falling in horse poop...

What I really want to do is wish each and every one of you that is running the Chicago Marathon the following:

Swift feet and strength of body, mind, and heart. May each of you FIND YOUR FIERCE when you need it most. 

Love you all,


The Weekly Ramble: #3 - A Somewhat Late Edition

Friday, October 2, 2015

What's New:
Knocked out my twenty mile road and nine mile trail training runs. Although they were tough runs, they were just the confidence builders I needed for the coming weeks. Unfortunately, my calves are angry with me now. Oh well...this too shall pass.

Training: There is nothing like a rough weekend of training runs to make you appreciate upper body work. It's also a step back week! That means lower mileage. Sweet! Of course, the upper body work has left me finding creative ways to change clothes - like hooking the back of my sports bra on a door knob and sliding out of it by dropping to the floor. Oh, and don't get me started on my leg day...it was Wednesday and I'm still carefully negotiating stairs and bathroom visits. 

What I'm Loving: Apple & Cinnamon Huma Gel - I even eat it on pancakes pre-run.

What I'm Listening to: Florence + the Machine, Dog Days are Over

Ridiculous Comment of the Week: "Your ankle is still bothering you? It's been months!" - a non runner friend who apparently lives in a bubble because she has never had any kind of injury. Ok. First it has been six weeks and not "months." Second, it can take as long as six months to heal an ankle depending on the degree of the sprain. 

Best Comment of the Week: "You are actually doing really well and don't need any needles." My PT, Brenda. 

My question of the week for you guys: What's the dumbest thing you've been asked or told this week?