Dawn Stensland Mendte Interview

Check out this interview I recently did with my buddy Dawn Stensland Mendte.

Click HERE to watch.

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New Feature with Dawn Stensland

dawn and steveYesterday I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Emmy Award winning television journalist, anchor, host and friend, Dawn Stensland.

Dawn and I chatted about life, family, health, cancer, endurance racing, and more. Our segment will run on WJLP-TV soon and I’ll be sure to post the show’s link once it becomes available.

This isn’t the first project I’ve done with Dawn. In 2013 I was a guest on her show and did a full 30 minute live segment. You can check that out on the MEDIA link above on this site. Dawn has anchored several news stations across the country in her decorated career and currently appears on a daily CBS Radio show as well as her special features work on WJLP-TV.

Stay tuned for more

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De-Portation

Yesterday I was officially de-ported as my chemo chest port was no longer needed. My port was inserted on July 15th after which followed four rounds of chemo that proved very effective. I made it a point to try to remain as active as possible around treatments since I believe cancer has a tough time hitting moving targets. THANK you to everyone who continues to support all I do. Especially my family who has to endure all of my lunacy all of the time. Happy 2017 and here’s to a great year.

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Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon & Marathon

SteveRunRehobothWhat a great weekend I had at the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon & Marathon! I opted to run the half since I haven’t had enough training volume due to chemo treatments. And I had never run this race which made it a fun adventure on race day. For me, there’s something to be said for having no clue where the road ahead leads. It was a fresh and new course for me which was awesome.

There were a couple of non race related details that made this weekend even more special. For starters we stayed with good friends Alan and Sue who live about a mile from the start of the race. It’s always great connecting with them, they are good people. Additionally, Alan was volunteering which meant he and I arrived at the start nice and early and parked about 20 yards from the start line! So I got to sit in a nice toasty car until it was time to shed some layers, warm up a little, and then hit the road running. What a perfect way to start a race.

The course itself was flat and fast and weather conditions were pretty darn good for a December morning in the Mid Atlantic region. We made our way through the streets of Rehoboth and spent several miles on a packed multi-purpose trail which gave the race a certain tranquil and back to nature feel. This was a well-engineered, well executed event with great volunteers and everything you want in a half marathon & marathon.

SteveBeerRehobothAs I made my way through the finish chute, Mary Beth – the Race Director who was announcing, made my finish extra special by calling out the fact that I had finished up chemo and was in the process of crushing cancer. That was meaningful.  And of course my wife Mary Grace was there to greet me as she always does with a huge hug and a smile.  Who wouldn’t race with a reward like that?

The icing on the cake was the kick ass after party consisting of a full breakfast and lunch spread and Dogfiish Head beer! It’s always a little strange throwing back a post-race beer at 10 AM. But then again, I did drink their Breakfast Stout. It must have been good for me.

All in all it was a great weekend with great company. I highly recommend this race to anyone who wants a quality half marathon or marathon in a beautiful seashore town without all of the noise and chaos of a big city race. I’ll be back next year for sure!

This was another exclamation point or knockout punch race for me. Let me explain. I underwent chemo treatments in July, August, September, and October. At the conclusion of each treatment cycle, I made it a point to do some kind of a race to send the leukemia a strong message. In July I raced a sprint Duathlon. In August I raced a 5k. In September I raced two 5Ks. And in November, in celebration of finishing up all treatment in October, I raced 2 half marathons. I’m not running away from leukemia. I’m running at it, over it, and through it in full blitz mode.

That’s a wrap for me for 2016. I’m sure I’ll jump into a holiday run or two before the end of the year, but year bigger races are done. Races for 2017 are shaping up. It’s going to be a great year with the return of much longer distances which I missed this year. Most importantly, it’s going to be a healthy year.

Happy Holidays to all.

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Video Shoot Recap!

steps tevaOn Monday November 28th we opened our doors to a small army of people inclusive of marketing representatives, a film producer, and a band of video, sound, and production guys. We began filming at 8 AM at our house where my wife and I talked about my leukemia story and its impact on our lives. The entourage then traveled to my favorite memorial park to film some running clips and we ended the day shooting some casual family footage at our daughter’s home near the park.

This is what happens when you have great success with a treatment drug and kick leukemia square in the jaw – again. While it was a work day for the crew, everyone was great to work with and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was honored to be a part of this project.

Stay tuned for more.

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A Bit of Thanks

While I am abundantly thankful for family, friends, love, my life, my health, gainful employment, health insurance, people, dogs, cats, freedom, peace, and an infinite list of other things… I think I am most thankful for the fact that I am thankful. I’m thankful that I generally find that glass ¾ of the way full and understand & appreciate that I live a pretty charmed life and am a damn lucky person. Happy Thanksgiving to all. And safe travels to those moving about!

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2016 Philly Marathon and Half Marathon Weekend

stevederekCongrats to all marathon, half marathon, and 8k finishers in Philly this year. I can speak from personal experience the conditions for Saturday’s 13.1 were beautiful. I had a great run with my buddy Derek as we took in the sights and sounds of Philly and crossed the finish line with a robust “high-5”! It was a great way to drive home the point that my chemo is DONE and I am BACK to myself again. Conditions for Sunday’s full marathon were not quite as friendly.

My hat is tipped to all who weathered the elements in route to their successful finishes.

Next up for me is the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon on 12/3. Stay tuned!

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Big Climb Philly 2017 Registration OPEN

One of the best events I did in 2016 was the Big Climb Philly that took us up 43 floors of the Comcast Building to a breathtaking view of the Philly skyline. I will absolutely be back in 2017!

Register Today for Big Climb Philly

MAY 13, 2017

ONE COMMERCE SQUARE

2005 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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Philly Marathon Set to Kick Off

Race Weekend Schedule
Don’t miss a thing! The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend is full of events for the whole family.

Friday, November 18

Health & Fitness Expo
Noon – 9 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F
12th & Arch Streets

Saturday, November 19

Half Marathon
7:25 a.m. – Wheelchairs and Handcycles
7:30 a.m. – Runners
22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Rothman Institute 8K
10:40 a.m. – Wheelchairs and Handcycles
10:45 a.m. – Runners
22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Kids Fun Run
10 a.m. – On-site registration
11 a.m. – Family activities begin
Noon – Races begin
24th & Pennsylvania Avenue

Health & Fitness Expo
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F
12th & Arch Streets

Sunday, November 20

Philadelphia Marathon
6:55 a.m. – Wheelchairs & Handcycles
7:00 a.m. – Runners
22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Complete details and maps HERE.

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Welcome Fusion Fitness Studio

I’m looking forward to teaming up with Fernando Paredes of Fusion Fitness. Fernando and I have been running in the same circle and speaking at some of the same events in recent years and I fully subscribe to his functional strength principles. He brings an incredible amount of knowledge and insight to the table and has been working closely with the multisport community for several years. I’m excited to partner with Fernando as my official strength and conditioning  guru. For more on Fernando; read on, or visit Fusion Fitness Studio.

Fusion Fitness Studio is Bucks County, PA’s premier private training facility for expert guidance in fitness, performance & healthy lifestyle coaching.

Our Exclusive Fusion Fitness & Performance Program™ features Core-to-Strength Training™ – our proprietary method of total body training THROUGH the core which develops balanced fitness, strength and conditioning throughout the entire body.

We specialize in working with anyone that has a deep desire to become their best and live a high-performance lifestyle.

Fernando Paredes, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FMS a 20 year veteran of the fitness industry, is a sought after fitness and performance expert in the Bucks/Philadelphia region. He is a contributing fitness columnist for PhillyFIT magazine, Liberty Sports Magazine, the Fitness Director at Boomer-Living.com, has been featured on Comcast Network’s “Your Morning” show, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”, WFMZ Channel 69 News and The Philadelphia Inquirer because of his innovative Core-to-Strength Training ™ approach. Fernando has gained the reputation as the expert other trainers turn to for advice and the ‘go-to’ source for anyone interested in attaining lasting results and achieving their true potential.

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