My Friend Norm

Norm and I met back in 2006 when I joined the neighborhood softball team. It was a tight-knit group of guys that had “founded” the community in 2004.

My family and I moved from California in late 2005, about a year after the first wave of residents. I was 26, just out of the Navy and full of confidence, youth and naivety.

One day we were playing a double-header and I got brought in from the outfield to play first base in the second game. Toward the end of the game I was having a hard time getting to the errant balls being thrown at me with my glove too small to adequately catch first base balls. I told the guys to try and get the balls up so I could possibly make a play. In my head I wasn’t trying to be derogatory or mean, just doing what I was used to doing in competitive sports.

Continue reading My Friend Norm

Chattanooga Half Ironman 70.3 with Mended Little Hearts

A few months ago, my friend Norm, invited me to train with him for the 2016 Chattanooga Half Ironman.  When he told me that it was a charity called Mended Little Hearts and that I would run in honor of his little boy, Witt, I couldn’t say no.  Witt received a heart transplant shortly after he came into this world.  This kid is the most positive fighter I have ever met.  I am honored to have a small part of this journey for raising awareness about heart diseases and healthy heart lifestyles.  Here is a little video that highlights a small portion of Witt’s journey:

Witt’s Journey from Norm Deane on Vimeo.

Follow me through the ups and downs of training as I run for people like Witt Deane, Jody McBrayer and Andrew Bolin.