Thursday, December 18, 2014
Today I got stuck in horrible traffic while I was on my way to speak at Camp Rockey, a juvenile prison in San Dimas California. I left my house before 6:00 am, but I stopped off to enjoy a cup of coffee with my younger sister, Christina in Anaheim. Christina was going to return to her home in Miami today and I wanted to see her one more time before she left. But that detour resulted in my hitting heavy traffic. For about 20 miles of my journey to San Dimas, I advanced at a snail’s pace because of bad accident involving a big truck and a collision with a sign post.
Once I arrived in San Dimas, I spoke with three different groups of juveniles. The final class was by far the most energetic. One of the students stood to greet me at the door, telling me that I was his hero. He had been reading my book Earning Freedom and working through our program, The Straight-A Guide. The books helped him to believe that he could leave his criminal past behind and begin working toward becoming a success in life. I’m always inspired when I encounter young people who tell me that when they read of my journey through prison, they realize that they make changes in their own life. This news from people in prison, both juveniles and adults, deepens my appreciation for the mentors who passed along their wisdom to me. Socrates was my first inspiration, but I learned from so many others who lived before me. Written words that described their values, goals, and commitment inspired me to change my life. I sense a great fulfillment when others tell me that they’re now changing because they read of my journey and how my adjustment to prison influenced my future.
Days since my release from prison: 493
Miles that I ran today: 0
Miles that I ran so far this week: 13.1
Miles that I’ve run during the month of December: 86.97
Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 2,317.96
Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 82.04
Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 5.32
My weight for today: 168