Rich and Faye Rife
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MSgt Mike Hart
A Tangible Way to Say "Thank You for Your Service"
On October, 27 I will be participating in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Fisher House Foundation.
I recently retired from the USAF after 22 years of service. My father was also a runner and served in the Air Force for 20 years. Running this race will raise funds to help those members and their families that continue to serve. My father recently passed away, but I know he would have run this with me for this charity.
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Again, Thank you!
Join me in making a true difference in the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. I am raising funds and awareness for Fisher House, an amazing organization that supports military families at their greatest time of need - during hospitalization for unexpected injury or illness.
Patriotic and grateful citizens publicly thank service members at airports and train stations across the country, but sometimes these thoughtful, kind words are just not enough. A simple "thank you," although greatly appreciated by travel-weary troops, doesn't come close to meeting the physical, emotional, and often, financial needs of an injured or ill service member, veteran, or family member being treated at a hospital far from home. That's where Fisher House comes in.
Fisher Houses provide "a home away from home," a warm and welcoming place, where families can stay and support their loved ones at no cost while the patient receives specialized medical care at a military or VA medical center. These homes allow families to be together to focus on what's most important - the healing process.
Because of donors like you, Fisher House reached a significant milestone this year - 60 houses in operation! But the needs of service members, Veterans, and their families continue to grow, and the Foundation strives to meet this challenge all across the country. Our construction projects in 2013 include:
My Personal Web Log
So far so good!
In my second week of training! I have to admit, I was in horrible shape when I decided to do this. I was at 200 pounds and could barely run a mile. Amazing how quickly I got out of shape. My last job before I retired was very demanding and I don't think I worked out at all during that year. Then add on the stress of retiring...
So where am I now. I am running 3 days a week and am up to 3 miles. I have also lost 8 pounds. I plan on dropping into the 170's before the marathon, so still have a long way to go. But I am fully commited to this. Next week I add in another day so will be at 4 runs a week. I plan on taking it slow enough to not get injured (as I did training for my last marathon), but fast enough to be 100% ready for the race. I am very excited at my progress so far and looking forward to even more progress. Mike
Well, I have decided for my third marathon to use a different approach to my training. I will be following the Hanson Brother's training plan. No not the ones from the movie "Slap Shot". These guys train elite athletes. What is different about their method is the longest run I will do during my training is 16 miles. Most plans have you at least run a 20 mile run. They focus on training you (and your legs) to be able to run even when your legs are severely fatigued. Looking forward to my training...for now :)
Why I run...
My father was a runner. I can honestly say that is the reason I started running. I remember when I was younger, he was overweight and not very active. Sometime in his early 50s he started walking around the pond near our house. It was only 2 or 3 miles and his walking quickly turned into running. I remember the day he signed up for his first race. My mother made me ride my bike next to him in case he collapsed :).
Not only did he finish that race, but he continued on running and went on to run many marathons including the Boston Marathon. I was very proud of my father and all the runs he completed. I know he was very proud that he ran the Mount Washington Road Race several times. My father passed away one year ago. I am running this race not only for Team Fisher House, but also for my Dad.
Love you and miss you Dad...