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Garth Callaghan

Napkin Notes Dad





The Napkin Notes Blog

10k Training This Morning

WGarth Callaghan

The beginning of the YMCA 10k training at Shady Grove this morning: 

"I look around this group and see a lot of different types of success. My name is Garth Callaghan and I am sometimes called 'The Napkin Notes Dad'. I have been diagnosed with cancer 4 times in the last 3 years. I have had two wins, a tie, and a stalemate. I am still battling cancer. My doctors have looked me in the eye and said to me, 'Mr. Callaghan, you are going to die from this.' 

Each and every single morning, I get up and I get to do three things. I thank God for another day, another day to be able to set goals and be successful. And then in order to reach those goals, I punch Fear in the face (thank you Jon Acuff !) and then knee Death in the groin! As I look around this group of 10k runners, I see you have done the same thing. It's 37 degrees, damp, rainy, and you have punched Fear in the face and chosen to be successful. You're more successful than 99% of the folks in Glen Allen this morning! 

Look around to you fellow runners. Look to them for inspiration and to motivate them. Help your coaches help you. Today you define your own success! Have a fantastic run! Can I get a 'HOORAH'!?!" 

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