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Everyday We're Shuffling...

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 December 2017

Last Updated 17 December 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"Everyday We're Shuffling"


Party Rock is in the house tonight,

Everybody just have a good time

And we gonna make you lose your mind

We just want to see you… shake that!


Everyday we’re shuffling…



“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

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Welcome to Act II of the 2015 Hero’s Journey Challenge!


From August 17th – October 26th, I will be dedicating my Freedom’s Light charity notes to support Fisher House. They have been kind enough to adopt me as part of their Marine Corps Marathon Race Team! To assist our most severely wounded service members and their families, please click here.  


As a first order of business, I am glad to report the results of yesterday’s West Point Triathlon. My final time for the race was 1:33:39 seconds. It was not a “personal best,” but I do have the satisfaction of knowing I threw everything at it with nothing held back. Also, it earned me 2nd place for my race division. Thank you so much for all of your emails of encouragement after my note on Friday.

Now to the journey ahead... In my opening message this year, I mentioned how a hero can never rest easy for too long. Hope can actually be so disturbing to some that it could put you and the progress you’ve made in danger. Therefore, we are going to have to accelerate our growth. To reach our full potential as an eternal “Force for Good,” we must explore the boundaries of our understanding and confront some of our greatest fears.


In the upcoming section, we begin this next leg of the Hero’s Journey Challenge. The training will have a lot more ‘shufflin’ and time for internal reflection. The transformational challenges will have an emotional / spiritual growth focus with the purpose of unleashing the hero from within.


Be your best!

God Bless,


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This Week in Training –

“A Dark Knight's Journey”



There is a prison in a more ancient part of the world.

A pit where men are thrown to suffer and die.

But sometimes a man rises from the darkness.


Sometimes the pit sends something back.



Michael Cane as Alfred in ”The Dark Knight Rises”

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Training for a marathon is not something to be trifled with. Sure, the act of running is easy. However, to cover the distances takes a great deal of self-discipline, mental toughness, and grit. With having a few knee surgeries in my past and a sensitive sciatic nerve, I have to admit that I am not the person I used to be. My running form will have to be near perfect to be ready for the 26.2 mile race.


So why do it? Back in 2007, the decision to train for a marathon and help charities changed the direction of my life. Beyond giving back, the experience gave me time to think, see the good that I could not see with the bad, and find strengths I never knew I had. The real “awakening” occurred in 2010, which led to the next 5 years of documenting the gift I received through these notes. 


With that context in mind, here’s the strategy for getting to race day. I will establish a baseline pace and gradually increase my running distance each week by 10% over the next 8 weeks. My longest run will be 20 miles. I will rely on race day adrenaline to cover the remaining 6.2 miles. Then, I will taper the mileage down for 2 weeks to recover for race day. Tuesday – Thursday runs will have lots of hills on the course. Saturday runs (long distance) will be at the Suffern Middle School track to help me perfect my form. Finally, to maintain flexibility and avoid becoming “brittle,” I plan on doing various swimming drills on my off days.


Here’s this week’s training plan. As for my emotional and spiritual growth plan, please go to the next section.


Monday: Swim; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: 7 Mile Run; Core Strength 1

Thursday: 4 Mile Run; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim; Long Stretch

Saturday: 12 Mile Run (Establish Race Pace)

Sunday: Sports with Girls; Long Stretch



*Core Strength 1 focus on chin-ups, pushups, planks, lower back/abs

**Core Strength 2 focuses on squats, hip strengthening, and stretching
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The Transformation Challenge
“Fear is the Mind Killer”

Reverend Mother Mohiam:
Do you see this? Put your right hand in the box.

Paul Atreides:
What’s in the box?


Reverend Mother Mohiam:



Kyle MacLachlan and Sian Phillips
in the 1984 version of “Dune”

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This week’s transformational challenge is a simple choice.


To this point, much has been accomplished. You know who you are, your values, and your purpose. You have awareness of those very human super powers common to all and some unique gifts that have been bestowed to you by God. Finally, you’ve received your call to action to bring hope where hope is absent and to be a force for good in a world that desperately needs it. But are you ready to look inward at your greatest fears and unleash the full potential of the hero from within?


By taking these transformational challenges, here is what you are getting into. Running will give you time to think. Your thinking will be directed toward acknowledging some of your worst choices, understanding your greatest fears, and bringing them into the light of day so they can be resolved. Then finally, you’ll confront that last major uncomfortable truth and “slay the dragon” holding you back from fully being you.


This road ahead will not be easy. But, here are the benefits. By bringing your fears out into the open, many of them evaporate on contact because they are not real. Others can be more easily managed because you can figure out 1 or 2 things to keep in your back pocket, in case they ever materialize. This will give you momentum for taking on bigger things holding you back or allow you to just enjoy the gains that you have made.


The longer you can keep your hand in the box, the more you will be able to accomplish. But I want to stress that there is no shame, if you don’t last too long. The writing goes through the process only once. In reality, the real benefits come from a lifetime of trying.


Are you up for the challenge?