Geo’s Media Blog. (Happy Fathers Day Dad) A rewrite for 6/21/20

The other day while on Facebook, I noticed that Olympian Jeff Galloway was giving out some running advice which reminded me about the time I beat him in in a race.
When I first took up running, I did it as an form of exercise but being obsessive and very competitive, before long, I was racing, almost every weekend.

However, after hearing that unless you can run a 10K, (6.2 miles) in under 40 minutes, you’re just a  jogger and that my 50th birthday was fast approaching, I hired Thom Hunt, a world-class runner, to coach me.
With Thom’s excellent coaching and a little work on my part, just before my 50th birthday, I ran my first under 40 10K. It was at a race along Mission Bay in San Diego which I did in 38:20 and a 38:40 on a hilly course in Santa Rosa California on my birthday.

Now feeling like a real runner, I decided to go back to my hometown and run in Winnipeg’s Father’s Day half marathon. (13.1 miles)Not only would it be fun to see family and friends, but I’d also get to run the big race with my nephew Jamie Boychuk. Jamie, who now lives in Jacksonville and is the executive vice president of GSX Railway was only in high school back then and was running track, not a railroad. (pictured on top with me at his home in Jacksonville and just below it at “the race” some 25 years earlier in Winnipeg)
In fact, as I’m finishing up writing, I’m actually on a train to spend Father’s Day with him, his beautiful wife, Empress Lindsay, (pictured right above with Jamie), and their five precious daughters. (pictured below with me)

Meanwhile, back in Winnipeg, now, some 25 years ago, Jamie and I were doing our warmup routine when I happened to notice that Olympian Jeff Galloway (pictured below) was lining up in the front row with all the rest of the elite runners. How f**king cool was that? Hey, having read all of Jeff’s books on running, you can only imagine how excited I was to be actually in a race with him.

When the gun went off to start the race, I quickly lost sight of both Jeff and Jamie, and I was praying that coach Thom was right when he claimed that the young always go out a way too fast.
Sure enough, at about the 2-mile marker, I spotted Jamie, and as I slowly went by, we nodded at each other, but I, of course, thought that he was setting me up. As I went by, I thought that he probably tucked in right behind me but there was no way that I was going to flinch by looking back, so I just picked up my pace instead.
I ran the entire race out of my comfort zone, and as we entered the University of Manitoba’s track for one lap to the finish line, I was exhausted. (pictured above) However, expecting Jamie to blow by me any second, I hit it.
As I finally crossed the finish line and looked around, no Jamie, but a few minutes later, I spotted Jeff Galloway finishing.
Later when I called Thom to give him my time, 1:31, which was good enough for a third-place medal, (see below) I also mentioned that I’d finished in front of my nephew and surprisingly Jeff Galloway, However when I added, “He was probably dogging it,” Thom replied, “Well, that’s Jeff’s story, yours is you beat him.”
GEO’S LIFE-LINERS

A line in the old song Summertime explains how it all still works.“Your Daddy’s rich and your Mama’s good lookin’, so hush little baby don’t you cry.”

I understand that back in my homeland, baby Trudeau who was handing out free money all over the world like Halloween candy trying to get a seat on the Security Council at the UN, didn’t get ‘er done Eh?

I was just reading that if you want to rent a two-bedroom house in California, you need to make at least $30.92 an hour. In Florida, it takes $20.68 an hour, but if you consider living in Alabama, you can slide by on $13.72 an hour. Go Tide!

The only way to be right is by not being afraid to be wrong.

When more folks were afraid of the police, fewer died.

My new dream is to become as attractive as all the African, Russian, and Filipino women who hit me up on Facebook already say I am.

I hear that Kim Jong Un wants the McDonald’s built right next to the Trump Tower in North Korea. 

We’re all racist and prejudiced about something. The f#cking liberals, f#cking conservatives, fucking socialists, f#cking gays, f#cking rich people, f#cking welfare people, f#cking mouthy athletes, f#cking musicians, f#cking politicians, f#cking salespeople, f#cking jocks, f#cking bosses, f#cking staff, f#cking women, f#cking men, f#cking cops, f#cking post office, f#cking bums, f#cking DMV, and oh yeah, the f#cking French.

Just guessing here, but I rather doubt that it was a standing president who decided that there should be a term limit for presidents but not for Congress?

White men may not know how to jump, but they sure know how to play soccer.

Have you ever heard of a radio market where the sales department led the station into battle?

I wonder what Chuck Berry spent all that money on that he didn’t pay the musicians?

Being boring on the radio has a longer shelf life than obnoxious does.

The real purpose of Billboards is to piss off the other radio stations in town and guarantee that the sales force doesn’t have to hear, “Never heard of ya.”

How come in movies, they always leave the car door open when they get out in a hurry; women fall while running, and folks trying to escape, always go up?

Who was it and when was it decided that it would be alright for employees to take a personal call while customers were waiting in line?

Geo’s Media Blog is an inside look at Radio, Music, Movies, and Life. For a sneak peek at some upcoming Blogs or to see some that you may have missed, go to Geo’s Media Blog @ GeorgeJohns.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Sharing and commenting is appreciated.

 

 

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