Do it Quietly & Humbly

What I’m about to say might ruffle a few feathers but I’m going to say it anyway. I think I need to say it to clear my head. Hell someone needs to say it. I don’t like to use the word hate often so let me just say that I very much dislike how social media has become a public bulletin board for the weekend warrior and age group triathletes/athletes to humblebrag about themselves.

I am so tired of the posts about “sufferfests” and “paincaves”  with details about how far or fast you swam, biked, or ran…. or how much weight you threw around or how early in the morning you did all of the above. If you are lucky enough to be able to spend a day doing what you love, I would hardly call that a “sufferfest”. And if that is your definition of suffering, you need more adversity in your life.

Posts that begin with “well it wasn’t my best race but….”, or “another (fill in the blank) is in the books, or “15 miles on the dreadmill…. check” are nothing more than an attempt to fish for accolades and comments to boost your egos. You know it, and everyone reading knows it. I know it will never happen because I feel outnumbered, but can we just get back to a more humble existence that isn’t so “self” motivated and all about I, me, and mine?

Sure, I love to post pics of racing and training. But most often they are the efforts or accomplishments of others. Or a post about some unique and amazing experience that happened during an event. Or information about the charity behind the event. Or, admittedly, the occasional obligatory product sponsor post. Those motives are much different.

How did people survive in the days before social media when you just raced and trained because you loved to race and train? And bought a finisher photo for a scrap book or frame. Now it feels like it’s more about the image, presentation, and perception than the accomplishment itself. By being self absorbed with posting just the right workout pic, you’re missing the boat. Or maybe you’re in the boat but you can’t be enjoying the ride.

Be awesome but for God’s sake be humble. Let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You don’t need to buy a billboard to announce to the world that you are a real athlete. The world will notice. I promise. Just be.

Rant over. I feel better. Thank you for reading. Apologies to those I may have ticked off.

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25 Random Acts of Kindness

25 Random Act of Kindness:

1. Give a genuine compliment
2. Choose forgiveness
3. Grab lunch with a new coworker
4. Give up your seat on public transportation
5. Treat a friend to coffee
6. Lend an ear to someone who needs it
7. Pay for a stranger’s parking
8. Visit an elderly relative
9. Donate to a non-profit
10. Send a thank-you note
11. Hold the door for someone
12. Leave a quarter in a laundromat
13. Send a care package
14. Ask a friend about their day
15. Share an umbrella
16. Offer words of encouragement to someone who needs them
17. Support a local business
18. Send a friend or relative a “thinking of you” card
19. Leave a generous tip
20. Call a loved one to check in
21. Let a stranger cut you in line or on the road
22. Host or organize a gathering for your community
23. Offer to take a task off of a coworker’s plate
24. Share a funny or uplifting video
25. Cook a meal for a friend

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Bendeka & Teva Pharma Video

Here is the link to an info piece I did a while ago for one of my treatment drugs. The manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has been using this video internally for a while, now it’s available for broader public consumption on their website.

Click to view.

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Student of the Year Grand Finale Gala Mission Speaker

I’m both honored and excited to have been asked to speak at this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year Grand Finale Gala. Many of you know my story and my ties to this great organization. Looking forward to a terrific evening.

SoY Finale

Details HERE

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Two Ways to Help Save Lives

Just sending a reminder to folks that you have two ways to help me in the fight against blood cancers. I’m currently registered for two different events, both of which benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And both of which help save and improve the lives of people living with these cancers. Any support of any amount to either effort would be greatly appreciated. Event links are as follows:

Broad Street 10 Miler –  http://pages.teamintraining.org/epa/broadstr18/sbrowntxc

Big Climb Phillyhttp://events.lls.org/pages/epa/bigclimbphilly18/SBrown

Thanks very much for your continued support.

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Broad Street 10 Miler

steve run chemoSo….. here’s the deal. I decided to jump into the Broad Street 10 Miler with Team in Training and could use your help. This year marks 12 years living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and 12 years working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on multiple campaigns. I figured it was time to jump into another event in support of blood cancers like my own while continuing to coach the TNT triathlon team. I know there are many worthy causes out there but I’m asking that you might consider a modest donation to this one. Thanks in advance and thanks for reading.


CLICK HERE for my fundraising website.


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Standing for Something

This morning I learned the sad news that Jason Kilderry had passed away. Many of you know him as the exuberant exercise science fanatic and multisport coach out of New Jersey. Jason was in love with the work he and his staff at ETA did and took a personal and vested interest in the successes (and happiness) of all of his clients, colleagues, and friends. In the fall, Jason was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer with limited treatment options. While this prognosis would have dampened the spirits of many people, it lit a fire under Jason. On September 30th, I received the following message from Jason:

“Hey Brother!

I hope you’re crushing cancer, and inspiring people as always. I wanted to reach out to you to see if I could pick your brain about something. If that is cool feel free to text or call anytime that works for you. I look forward to chatting brother.”

jason kilderryI called Jason right away and had the first of what would be a few phone and text conversations. During our first chat, Jason informed me of his diagnosis. He was still in the hospital and had not yet gone public with the news. The thing he wanted to “pick my brain” about was how he can use his new diagnosis to positively influence others. He wanted to connect with organizations and opportunities that can help other patients and their loved ones. He wanted to attack this thing head on will full steam and momentum.

I made some connections for him and we had some great conversations on remaining positive and setting examples for others to follow but time was not on Jason’s side. His recent decline didn’t allow him to do a fraction of the things he wanted to do on this front. But I think it’s important for people to know that understanding how he can use his situation to benefit others was first and foremost on Jason’s mind straight out of the gate.

Jason Kilderry, your spirit will be missed but never forgotten. And your mission will continue on.

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New Movement Sports Magazine Article

Here is my newest segment of Mindful Chatter written for Movement Sports Magazine. Enjoy.

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Welcome Legend Compression Wear

Legend Compression Wear delivers a full line of everyday and performance based compression products and they’ve invited me to join their team as a Brand Ambassador representing their line. This is another good fit as Legend is very philanthropically minded and gives back to and supports many global organizations and causes.

Stay tuned for more including great family and friends discounts.

Legend

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Checking In

Hello out there. It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in. My apologies for not posting some kind of a Thanksgiving greeting but I hope yours was just as wonderful as ours was. We stayed local and remained pretty low key but thoroughly enjoyed our time and everyone is doing very well. I have a few things to update you all on…

On my health front…I am still on a high (but gradually reducing) dose of steroids to tame my enlarged lymph nodes and related swallowing problems but I’m happy to report that the treatments are working well. Steroids are not a long term solution however so now begins the delicate slow dance of tapering me off at just the right rate and making the decision on whether to remain on any dose at all just for maintenance purposes. I see my doc again on Friday and my hunch is that we will reduce the current daily dose to 20 MGs and remain there for a couple of weeks before deciding. More to come, stay tuned.

I can’t believe the next Team in Training triathlon season is just weeks away from kicking off. We will hold some informal fun runs in December and then officially start in January. This team will be training for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida in late April. A GREAT, GREAT race. Don’t hesitate to reach out if anyone has any interest.

My own 2018 racing calendar is starting to take shape. Some of the events that I have confirmed or penciled in thus far are as follows:

  • Big Climb Philly
  • Escape the Cape Triathlon
  • TRI AC – Atlantic City Triathlon
  • Tri the Wildwoods – Wildwood Triathlon
  • Ironman Lake Placid 70.3
  • Creek to River Relay
  • NYC Marathon
  • Philly Half Marathon

This is a partial list and there are still a few holes to fill but this is a good start. I’m also looking to add a 50k to the mix which will likely be The Dirty German in May in Philly. And I have some volunteering to sign up for but I should have everything finalized shortly.

I’ve added another new partner to the corral as I will be serving as a Brand Ambassador for AMO Advanced Multisport Optics representing their awesome line of performance sunglasses. AMO joins Heart Zones Inc, Pacific Health Labs, and DelMoSPorts in the Brand Ambassador department. More to come there!

And lastly, I wanted to let folks know that I’m sitting for another coaching certification in February. This is the RRCA Coaching Certification held by the Road Runners Club of America and is a comprehensive certification covering all aspects of run coaching. Luckily they are coming to my home town this year so I won’t even need to travel and this is one that I’ve always wanted to have.

That’s about it for the moment! Happy Holidays and we’ll talk soon!

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