The Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon holds a special place in my heart. I broke a Guinness World Record the first time in 2013 and last year was the longest it ever took me to complete a full marathon. This year I had no pressure, no injuries, and no reason to run the full. What would the half marathon have in store for me? Something that’s never happened before. As Magda and I were driving to the race, I realized I had forgotten my bib! I didn’t want to turn around so I said I’d just run without it. 20 minutes later we were almost on Broward Blvd and it hit me…I had also forgotten my basketballs!!!! We had to turn around and go all the way back home to get them and the bib. I didn’t know if I’d make it on time to start the race but we made good time and got there 20 minutes late. The starting line was empty but up so we ran through it. Some of the race crew yelled “I was looking for you” and “Good to see you again Doc.” Those words immediately made me feel better and I took off to catch up with the pack. By mile 2 I was fine and had a ball talking and taking running selfies with people that had seen me in previous races and made some new friends.
I always run for my charity Doctor Dribble’s Helping Hands. I’m in the process of planning a nice clinic for a group of inner city children that I can also donate brand new basketballs to. It’s been awhile since this Doctor made his rounds at a children’s hospital so I’m going to schedule something soon. I’ve also been asked to visit a foster care program. I am honored to be able to make a difference in others lives. I love to give hope to those who need it. Life is full of ups and down for everyone but that’s not what defines us. Much more than what we do is how we make others feel. Be kind and sensitive to others feelings. If you can help someone please do. If you’d like to help me help others, simply donate at www.doctordribble.com/charity I’m now an official 501c-3.
One thing I didn’t forget were my Laceclips. I never take them off my shoes and I never have to tie my shoes again! Get yours at www.laceclips.com today! On the back of my customized Lululemon long sleeve metal vent was a new company about to blow up. Rejuvel is the only bottled product on the market that makes you young immediately! It really is from another planet! You don’t have to be an astronaut to get some. Run to www.atreve-t.com and buy yours unless you own a Hot Tub Time Machine!
I love hearing after the race from runners I interacted with on social media. I passed someone at mile 12 that picked up their pace to run with me for a little. I told them “it’s all about the finish photo” and we talked briefly. Afterwards they told me it motivated them to run faster. I love my followers and try to answer back as best as I can on Facebook and Instagram. A lot of people have asked me if I’ll be running the Miami Beach Half Marathon on March 1st. I did it last year and it’s fantastic but this year I’ll be in Puerto Rico. I’m being flown in to dribble the World’s Best 10K! When I did my basketball camp in San Juan over winter break a lot of people were telling me it’s the biggest race in Puerto Rico. I can’t wait! I’m going to try to put together another Doctor Dribble clinic. I love doing what I love. If you aren’t excited to wake up and live I suggest you hire a life coach. I know the best…if you don’t know.