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Making big changes for the 50+ achiever

I recently made my way through the arduous tenure process and received my "all good" letter from the provost.

Now what?

It seems similar to the NFL, I have approached my own personal deflategate. There is six years of hard work and focus, the goal is achieved, then a feeling of emptiness on the other side.

I started my academic career late in life. MBA 2005 and PhD 2009, then on to Appalachian State University. It is a rewarding experience, with a great group of peers and students. But I don't rest well and there must be more, a new plan to follow.

What I have envisioned can work for most anyone who wants to make positive changes and reach new achievements. Picture a small circle around your body, mind and soul...this is the aura of what makes you unique. From this circle, move outward. Create another slightly larger circle and that will become your first adaptation to change.

The initial circles going out are things you can change now; the future concentric circles will…

Still a runner

I have something positive to report. I am still a runner. It's not over yet.

For the past several months, I thought I was cooked. Every run started with an unrealistic effort, just to ramp up to jogging pace. I would struggle for a mile, then expire and walk back.

This was part mind, part body. There were some medical issues I needed to address. But the biggest part was in my head.

I parked the 10 milers and relegated myself to 6 a day. That was a standard for many years in the 1980's and 1990's. Have to build back from zero.

So I'm back in Florence now. Was here four years ago so it didn't take long to recreate my running loops. Did a night run sponsored by the local running store and also ran the big 10K last Sunday. That went well, I laid down a blazing 8:54 in the last mile.

The strongest element of my Christian faith is a thanksgiving that washes over me when I believe God is giving me a gift. I truly thought He nicked me and took running for good. But the ot…