My 1st Marathon to Honor My Grandfather 1918-2018

A few weeks ago the man on the right in the photograph above passed away at 100 years old. He was my grandfather, Archie J. Noon, born July 8, 1918 – September 11, 2018.  He left behind a blueprint to good living. The teachings that he instilled in me at a young age, and so many others, were his legacy.

That’s me in the middle of that photograph. The man on my left is my father, Ned. I’m holding a trophy for being one of the youngest runners in the one mile fun run for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. The year was 1982.

This was a very unlikely run for me because I was born with breathing difficulties and had to be given oxygen at birth. I was flown to the University of Michigan Mott hospital where I stayed for several days.

I didn’t run again until I was in middle school. I was kinda forced by my mother to join cross country.  I think she knew I only had two things I was focusing on in my life, smoking cigarettes and girls.

Once I started in cross country my Grandfather would pick me up early in the morning on Saturdays to go run at Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan.  He convinced me, (the cigarette smoking, oxygen deficient, last place, cross country runner), that we could run the 8 mile loop around the whole park, in one day.  We would run a little and walk a little.  About half way through, when there was no turning back, Grandpa walked off the trail where he had stashed a water canteen for us to drink and take a break.

He would only ever focus on the joy of the process and he never lectured during the runs. He would help me with my technique and posture and he never brought up smoking or anything I was doing wrong outside of that moment. He would reward us with pancakes and sausage from McDonalds on the way home.

In 10th grade my girlfriend was pregnant and I dropped out of high school to start my family with her. 25 years later smoking cigarettes and weed, experimenting with drugs and drinking had caught up to me.

It took me nearly a decade to drop all of the bad habits I had acquired and in 2016, I dropped the hardest one of all, smoking.

I knew I would gain weight from quitting smoking so I began running. My Grandfather was 98 and in wheelchair so I could’t rely on his guidance. I wanted so badly to share my progress with him and I did, only to his frustration, because he was in a wheelchair and he wasn’t happy about it. I thought I could make up for a lifetime of disappointment to him by showing him that I was applying the lessons that he taught me, but sadly, it was too late. He was too upset with his own circumstances at that point and missing my Granny to much to care.

I still went to visit and continued to run because it was the only thing that was keeping me off the cigarettes and helping me with my angry feelings from not having cigarettes. People say you’re supposed to be over those withdrawal feelings in few weeks or months but for me it took a lot longer and if I go too long without running, I start thinking about smoking.

I have become obsessed with running and it has become a big part of my life. I usually run 2-3 miles 4-5 times per week. Additionally, I started taking some all natural supplements a few months ago that caused me to lose 25 pounds and increase my performance.

The passing of my Grandfather on September 11 this year sparked something in me that I can’t seem to shake. He was an Icon in the community he lived in and helped and inspired so many people. I couldn’t ever go anywhere in that town without some saying to me, “You’re Archies grandson, aren’t you?” My grandfather ran the very 1st Detroit Free Press Marathon in 1977 the year I was born and now I am gladly picking up the torch as he has laid it down.

I recently finished my bachelor’s in Theology from Grand Canyon University and I am returning for my Masters in Life Coaching this month. I have had a life of teaching and inspiration from this man that will not go to waste.

Today I am honoring my Grandfather by carrying on his legacy and by creating one of my own. I plan to use this blog to document my journey of trying for my 1st Marathon that I plan to run in October of 2019. I plan to share my progress and struggles here each week.

To kick it off I’d like to share my starting line with you today on 10/3/2018 Below is a picture I took today of the scale. Next week I will share my Nike Run Club Data gathered by my Apple Watch.

I don’t have my Grandfather here to coach me along so I’m on my own with Youtube videos and Runners Magazine. I would love your support as well if you have any useful tips or comments or if you would like to join me on this journey I would love to have companionship. You can also help by just sharing and discussing to keep me accountable.  A side from quitting smoking, this is going to be the biggest challenge I’ve ever done and I’d be thrilled to have your support.

Thank You.



How is Heaven?

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What a shock!

No matter how long you lived the shock of losing your body must be a surprising  experience.  By shocking of course I mean surprising. I don’t think that leaving the body would be anything short of surprising but certainly not fearful or even sad. The shedding of ones body is similar to dropping the days clothes on the floor.  Of course you had all of your feelings and attachment to them while you were wearing them, but now the day is done and so to, you are done with that outfit without guilt or remorse.

Your clothes hit the floor without second thought. Being naked  at the end of the day can be a little bit of a shock or even a bit of surprise as your nakedness transitions into the new environment. The new environment is somewhat different now that you have dropped your clothes and everything that went with them.  Maybe it was your work uniform and your identity that goes with being that employee. Maybe it was a dress that you wore on date or to a wedding. Maybe it was just your everyday clothes or how you identify as the “true you” which still isn’t the true you. Not until your naked is the true you revealed and for most of us, if we feel like we are alone, we are comfortable and accepting with our nakedness. If there is a mirror in front of us we might as well be in front of someone else because a different part of ourselves begins to judge. That’s not our true self either. Being alone and naked is the closest thing to understanding what it might be like to shed the body.

What comes next after losing the body depends on your own personal beliefs.  Most would agree that there is a period of reflection on our experiences and lessons learned while wearing that body. Without the body you can move through those memories and experiences in a three dimensional fashion to take a close look at them and really fully understand them from a much different perspective. A perspective that doesn’t include the original attachment as the doer of the experiencer because now the experience is only to witness or observer. We’re able to view the experience as we would a movie without a personal attachment to the feelings of the moment.

What comes next many will agree will be the commune with the creator. The contact with this source will vary depending on what you believe. However, here is the twist on what you might expect to happen next.

The creator asks these three questions:

  1. How much did you learn about the true you?
  2. How much did you love in your time with a body designed for love?
  3. How was heaven?

Shocked Again!

I thought this was heaven?

If it’s not then where am I?

Where are all of my loved ones?

Am I in hell?

Do I have to stay here?

The creator shows you all of the power that had been bestowed upon you to live exactly how you wanted to live. The creator reveals to you that you had all the same abilities to create that creator has. The creator reveals to you that you are the creator and your loved ones have returned to heaven form where you have come.


You begin to form all of the arguments as to why that can’t be. Recalling all of the injustices in the world and even in your own life. The creator reveals to you that while you have all of the power and energy of the creator you’re not the only one and that most creators are as completely unaware of their power as you have been. Some creators are so unaware of their power that they allow the mistakes of others shape their creativity and they become the ones who create the evil and injustice. Only then do they realize their power and by then they use their power create more of the same or worse. They are completely unaware that they have the ability to change it at any time and being right in that moment to create something new and better.

At some point each creator is called to shed their body and review their creation in heaven while they had the chance. Then they are given the option to return to heaven to try again or to remain in the state that they are in without a body to use their full awareness and energy to assist the creators in heaven. This comes at the ultimate sacrifice because not only will they be not able to experience love without a body, they will no longer be able to reconnect the same way they did before with the people they loved. The people whom they were hoping to meet again at this stage. The reason they decide to remain in the state of no body is to become the wind at the back of those creators they wish to help, to be the energy and inspiration they need to move mountains. Until that creator decides to return to heaven again.

My questions to you is:

  1. How is heaven today?
  2. How much are you loving today?
  3. What are you creating today?