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Sundays with Gage -Walking with Grandpa

Last week I wrote a post patting myself on the back for having completed the 100 Mile Challenge. That was nothing.   Yesterday, Gage was able to participate in a Grandpa milestone.

My dad had a heart attack and bypass surgery when he was 37.  That’s two years younger than I am now.  I’m not sure he changed much about his lifestyle, still smoked and ate the same stuff, until he was 53.  Then he decided to quit smoking and his doctor said he’d have to keep himself busy.  Well, he did.  In May of 2000 he walked 34 miles and on September 24th he completed his 30,000th mile.  He only remembers about 4 days in those years where he didn’t walk at all, when he had stents put in his heart years ago. I don’t know how many tennis shoes, socks or umbrellas he’s gone through, but let’s just say a lot.

If we do the math that means he averaged over 221 miles per month for 136 months straight.

Gage ‘s Grandpa showed him that it’s never too late to take charge of your health and that completing a goal is often as easy as having a streak of stubbornness.  My dad walked the first half of the momentous mile with my cousin Bill and then drove up here so he could finish the mile with Gage.  Someday soon Gage will be able to take walks with his Grandpa where I’m sure lots of grandfatherly wisdom will be passed on.  He is lucky to have such a great grandfather.


September 25, 2011 - Posted by | Gage |


  1. Wow, 30,000 miles is impressive! Good for Grandpa 🙂

    Comment by Mary | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. Way to go Grandpa!

    Comment by softdrink | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. How inspiring! I absolutely agree- It is never too late to make a life-changing habit for the better. You must be so proud of him!

    Comment by Stephanie D. | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. That is truly awesome! Your dad’s story and mine are very similar. When my dad was 44 he had a heart attack. Immediately he gave up cigarettes and worked on getting his cholesterol down….14 years later I don’t think he’s missed a day of walking except for when it was absolutely no way he should be out there! Congrats to your father and to Gage for doing that last mile with him 😀

    Comment by Staci | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! He looks fit as a fiddle!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. Good for Grandpa! Gage (and his parents) is a lucky boy. This is a great illustration of how you really can change your life.

    Comment by Jenners | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. Wow…awesome 🙂 This is so inspiring 🙂

    Comment by Veens | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  8. This is such an inspiring post! Very momentous that Gage got to walk that last 1/2 mile with his grandfather.

    Comment by JoAnn | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  9. My goodness! Your Dad is one lucky guy! It’s those times when we are unable to do something that we vow it will never happen again. All those miles a month is amazing. Gage has a wonderful Grandparent to look up to 🙂

    Comment by jennygirl | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  10. Wow, that’s impressive. Gage is lucky to have such a great grandfather.

    Comment by Carol | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  11. Gage has a wonderful heritage in so many ways. I admire your day for his stubbornness.

    Comment by Margot | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  12. That is wonderful Stacy! So cool that Grandpa split that last mile with the ones he loves.
    You’re right (or, you and your Dad are right) – it’s never to late to take charge of your health.

    Comment by Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books | September 28, 2011 | Reply

  13. Catching up on posts from my two weeks away (my google reader is depressing to look at currently). Your father is very inspirational, what a great role model for Gage to have.

    Comment by Caspette | October 2, 2011 | Reply

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