The End

(from the beginning)
Within my heart’s mind I always try to see the finish line before I step up to the starting line of any race – in fact – I visualize it when I’m doing my training runs from the easy days to the ‘go for the gold’ training miles.
This control over my thoughts has blessed me to train better in body, seek mind and spirit, as well as being able to give my best during the past years of being a part of this great sport of running. The sport has been kind to me being able (as of this date) to have logged in over 24,000 miles since I first started doing so with the Salisbury Rowan Runners Club in 2001. That period of time, for those reading who may not know, was filled with many races from 5ks to marathons (66 so far) and three ultras. I am also blessed to have been able to run (and share the GOOD NEWS) in every state (and in DC) at least once! Yes, at 67 I can enjoy my memories and continue to add more of them! (more…)

The Visitor

As I was doing my daily miles along the local Walden Lakes trail ( neat place! A pleasant two mile paved loop with just enough inclines to add a little extra effort, that has many trees for shade and the trail wines along Walden Lake and beautiful homes now and then) I ‘ran into’ someone from my past.
This person is not a friend or could ever be one -but I will have to admit that I have grown a better person because of the pain in my physical life, as well as the emotional and spiritual challenges that have come and gone in my life because of ‘this someone’. (more…)

Christmas Is In The Air

Men working late each night

with total gross sales in sight, sale

hoping and praying so

the weeks receipt aren’t low –

‘Christmas is in the air’.

People running around

for new gifts to be found, sovaldi sale

that they have to but send

to many a true friend –

‘Christmas is in the air.’

Schoolchildren from their books

look off with cheerful looks;

for they all remember

‘Days off in December’ –

‘Christmas is in the air’.

 

Storeowners have their green;

people relaxing seen;

schoolchildren have their say

of their wild holiday –

‘Christmas was in the air’.

-Rrrick Karampatsos

SMILES MILES AWAY

Shadows could not conceal them; the crude metal huts only separated them; the piles of seemingly endless waste and garbage with countless flies everywhere leading to and from it did not stop their beauty; and the numerous adults rushing to or just sitting lifelessly still on the sides of the dirt road just blended in to this heart warming message of the smiles displayed so many miles away from my home,  in a country so far away – away from this area in the slum area just outside downtown Nairobi, Kenya. Pictures within my mind of Africa did not know of such horrible things or of the beauty of such smiles. (more…)

The Most Important Invitation

I received a call a few months ago from a man (Pastor Anthony Okello) who had just read my blog        (www.therrrick.com ) who was very excited.  Between that excitement and his accent – well, hospital cialis sale I was a bit confused. 

The following is about how the conversation went: 

Pastor Anthony: “Mr. Rrrrick?”

“Yes, I am.”

Pastor Anthony: “I am Pastor Anthony Okello. I just read your blog and got your number from your Facebook information page. I want to share something very important with you!” (more…)

Today’s Three Finish Lines

Today I was a part of three finish lines – all different but started at the same start line.
 
     I took part in the local FLORIDA CHALLENGE HALF TRAIL MARATHON.  For the fist few miles my close friend, there case Joe Lundquist, viagra set the pace at about 9:45. A little faster than I wanted to go since I had  done a 66 mile birthday run just two weeks ago – but the Christian fellowship of prayer and praise allowed me to feel as young as his is!
 
     It was tough to stay together because of the large number of runners who where fast, mind young and weaved between up whenever they saw a spot on the trail to do so…. I was right behind him until about mile five when the space between us was then filled with other runners. I would not see him until I crossed the finish line of this tough course of a trail race – but I am getting ahead of myself with this story. (more…)

Not Just A Bucket List

(XTERRRA WILDHORSE TRAIL HALF MARATHON) 

 
     It was only a few hours after I was back home from running what I thought was going to be just a trail half marathon – I could have not been more wrong. In fact, I was not so incorrect about any race that I have ever done. To add depth to that statement I will share that I have run at least one marathon in every state (and in DC), logged over 21,000 miles, more 5ks than I can remember, as well as my share of 10ks, a few half marathons and even tried to finish a 50k! – And all of this in the past ten years. So when I say that I have never been so incorrect about any race I am basing it on many races! (more…)

Lesson From A Rock

LESSON FROM A ROCK’ was written by a very close pastor friend who I have run races from 5k’s to marathons with. I trust that you will enjoy this short article. Let Pastor Ron Collins know – find him on Facebook!
 
On Thursday morning, healing I went out for my daily run. As I let the driveway, buy viagra I started to hear a noise that was annoying. After a bit I realized it was a rock stuck in the sole of my shoe. I could feel it now and hear it, buy cialis chop, chop, chop – very annoying.
 
My first thought that I would stop and remove the rock that was making me uncomfortable but then I decided against it because I knew if I stopped I would not want to start to run again. I wanted to get the first mile behind me and then I would take care of the annoyance. (more…)