Friday, September 28, 2007


I wanted to talk a bit about my motivation for tomorrow's race.

My brother in law, Jim, was diagnosed with melanoma about two months ago. The journey with cancer has already been long and hard on their family. There are still hard days ahead with chemotherapy looming on the horizon.

Jim & Chris have been amazing to watch in how they've handled this challenge. There are no quick fixes or easy answers, yet they stay positive & strong. Despite bad news and discomfort from surgeries, they press on.

I think about this when I run. My training over the last two months has given me plenty of time to think & pray. I'm inspired by their perseverance and I intend to use their inspiration to push through the adversity of the race.

My marathon will be over in about three and a half hours (hopefully!)...while their marathon will continue much longer than that. I'm proud to be on their team and help cheer them on to the finish!

A big thanks to Tanya for designing t-shirts for me and my whole family to wear tomorrow.

Go Team Ehrlich!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

NH Marathon

Flashback to Fall of 2003....Tanya & I did this hike while visiting my parents in New Hampshire. The lake below is Newfound Lake and the munchkin on my back is Megan.

Flash forward to this Saturday....I'll be running in the NH Marathon which actually encircles this lake and some. It should be a beautiful course with the Fall foliage approaching its peak. The current weather forecast for Saturday is perfect...partly cloudy with a high of 66.

I'm really excited for this marathon. I feel much more prepared and hopefully have learned a few things from the last one.