For my grandfather

On Monday afternoon, my grandfather left this world at age 84. He's the greatest man I've ever known for so many reasons. It has felt like the longest two days of my life -- while there are certainly some sad moments, there's been so much reflecting going on in my house with stories and looking through photo albums. We are truly celebrating his life.

In times like this, I am finding running to be such a great outlet. I took Monday off work anticipating his passing, and did what was surprisingly one of the best runs in a long time. The following morning I ran my grandpa's favorite walking route -- the "loop" in Bedford -- and once again had a great run. I'm craving another run in the morning.

The next two days are going to be tough with the visitation and funeral, but I am ready to continue celebrating his life. And to me running will continue to be a way to honor him. My grandfather was the strongest man I knew and he put up the greatest fight you could image in the past five years or so.