It’s amazing what a few years will do for the skin. Usually you hear that with more youthful exuberance. My eyes don’t work as fast as they used to. A few aches I didn’t have before. Takes a bit longer to get up in the morning and who’s idea was ear and nose hair. All signs of getting older, but I am so grateful. Many people loathe the incremental increases in age. I embrace it. No day, including today, is promised to us, so I like to embrace them all like a bear hug.

My father, Joe Washington, didn’t make it this far. He died from a heart attack when he was 41. Actually barely 41 for only a couple months. His father, died at 41 and his brother died when he was about 40 or 41 as well. Needless to say I’m grateful for each and every day. I always try to honor his memory and legacy and make him proud of his oldest child. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.

I must admit it feels a little strange. As exciting as it is,  it also feels like I’m hiking down this path that’s uncharted and never been used. I hope I live a good long life and in the best health that I have control over. I am overweight, but I try to stay fit. I’m still training for two half marathons in October 2011. My 4th and 5th and I can’t wait.

I’m excited to be at 44 and looking forward to more than just watching a ball game or something like that. My oldest daughter graduated from high school this year and I’m looking forward to great things from all three of my children. They are great young people that make me so proud  and they should do well in life if they stay focused and never quit.

I imagine weddings and grandchildren are in our near future, but the thing that brings me the most joy is the 21+ years with my wife Amy. It is in my opinion the glue that holds our family together. She has been there for me  all this time as I always try to do the same for her. She is the love of my life and I look forward to many more years with each other. If she’ll have me. 🙂

Always remember…you don’t have permission to quit,


Jeffrey Washington


As I write this I’ve finished my 5th Crim 10 mile road race. I’ve done 5 in a row and the last 4 with my beautiful wife Amy. She is a great companion in this regard and I’ve always enjoyed doing the races and the training with her.

I thought I would try to describe what it feels like in this race. My wife and I usually walk, so we get an opportunity to see a lot of the sites and people. Along the course there are lots of people in bands playing music, folks giving us high fives and the crowds are just great. You can even get a beer at Cashew Point. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like we are walking through a giant hug. The love, gratitude and respect shown the race participants from the spectators is infectious. They are so giving with encouragement and the occasional laugh or two. You can feel their energy every step of the way and they truly make the race one of the highlights to my year, every year.

Sometimes, I think of leaving Michigan. Tired of the squalor, violence, joblessness…the list can go on and on. But there are a few things I enjoy here in Michigan that forces me to ask myself; would I really want to leave this. The Crim Festival of Races is one of those things. In the future I will expound on other things here that leave me with the same feeling. For now lets all bask in the glow of the moment. The Crim went well and Flint, my hometown, did us proud.

Until next time,

Jeffrey Washington

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