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Yesterday afternoon, while at school pick up, a mother tracked me down…

“I’ve been meaning to tell you,” she started, “your blue hair…”

She went on to tell me how she had been sitting watching a group of kids.  The topic of Brooke’s dad with the blue hair spontaneously came up in conversation which started a discussion about autism, autism awareness and what autism is…among the kids…with no adults!

She wasn’t close enough to hear every detail, but she was impressed that the kids carried on the conversation for some time and that the topic had been brought up because of my blue hair.

“I thought you would want to know your blue hair is doing its job,” she said.  She was absolutely right.

I told her maybe I should think about keeping my hair blue all year.

“No, no,” she replied, “then they’d get used to it.  Every once in a while, it’s good to shock them and make them think.”

Even though I’m getting my marathon out of the way with NYCM next weekend, maybe I should consider going blue again next year.  I feel like each conversation Brooke’s peers have about autism is one more kid who is aware that different is okay.

Thank you to the mom who let me know that I was making a difference even when I wasn’t around.

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I could never do that.

I only run when I’m being chased.

I can’t run more than a block.

I won’t ever run an 8:00 mile.

It’s too late for me.

What’s the point? I can’t change my body.




You are capable.

You have it in you.

You CAN & WILL do it.


The most powerful asset you have to affect change is between your ears, and if you can mentally adjust what you see when you look in the mirror, then you can and will do it.

The key is patience and perseverance.

The marathon has taught me many things, but two critical things it has taught me is patience and perseverance.  Change is coming if you work for it.  And believe me, the change is worth the work.




Yes, you are capable.

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