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Big big πŸ™πŸ» to the @almostfamouskid for always inspiring us and for these amazing photos from #Bali! #LandOfHopeAndDreams

Today is #RoshHashanah, the Jewish New Year.

As is the tradition, I took my son Max to temple with my sister and her two kids.

And, as is the tradition, I fully expected Max, who just turned a very rowdy two years-old, to go bananas during the service.

To my surprise, the kid was a champ!

As the other kids (and many of the adults) kibbutzed noisily around us, Max settled quietly into the seat next to me.

He was paying attention. And he took a particular interest in the prayer book. (This book has no pictures, by the way. Just a lot of text, most of which is in Hebrew.) Max cracked the book, and ran his fingers along the page intently.

I looked to see what page he was on and, sure enough, he had opened up right to the heart of the matter: a prayer called Avinu Malkeinu.

This is my favorite part of the service because it basically lays out our New Year's Resolutions:
- Ending war and destruction
- Healing the sick
- Helping those in need
- Ridding us of oppressors
- Showing mercy, lovingkindnes and forgiveness to each other. "Avinu Malkeinu" literally means "Our Father, Our King" because it is a prayer to God.

In the prayer, we're asking God to do these things for us.

But I also think it's a prayer to ourselves, affirming our resolution to take these matters into our own hands.

So today, on Rosh Hashanah, this is my (and Max's) prayer to all of us.

May we walk every day for peace, justice, health, mercy and lovingkindness.
And may this year be a sweet one for all of us. #ShanaTova!

#KindOfBlue @charitymiles from @liliruthlillie. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ Thanks for the great photo and dedication! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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Getting personal for a moment.
This past weekend, I experienced something that no parent wants to experience.

Abby and I took our son Max (almost 2) upstate. Abby went rock climbing with a friend. Max and I had a boys-day.

In the afternoon, I took Max for an easy trail run.

Not long. Just 5 miles.

Three miles in, Max turns around in his stroller and says something.

At first I thought he was saying "whoo", because he was having fun. "Whooo-hooo!" I smiled back to him.

But then he said it again and put his fingers up to his mouth so that I would understand: "Food". He was hungry.

No problem, I thought. Before the run, I loaded up the jogging-stroller like were embarking on the Oregon Trail.
We had several diapers, wipes, a changing pad. A large sippy cup of milk. A bottle of water. Sunblock. Drum sticks. A toy car. An Elmo hat.

But no food. I forgot to put his snacks in the stroller!

Total daddy-fail! "Sorry, buddy," I said. "We're almost done. Twenty minutes." "Daddy, food," he said. "Food, food." He started squirming in his stroller. Repeating that one word. "Food." My heart was breaking. My son was hungry and, for twenty minutes, I had no food for him. (My Garmin report even shows how my heart rate climbed for those last 20 minutes.) In those twenty minutes, I also became painfully aware of how lucky we are.

In no time at all, he'd have plenty of food. Noodles. Cheese. (More cheese.) Even kettle corn from the county fair.

But nearly one in four children around the world (including the United States!) are food insecure.

In those twenty minutes I had a tiny taste of what it might be like to be one of their parents.

Which is why, this week, I'm dedicating my Charity Miles to Feeding America and the World Food Program.
These two organizations are doing heroic work in the US and abroad to help families that are struggling with hunger.

Please join me in walking an extra mile or two for them.

Incredible photo from @elainekb! Thank you, my friend πŸ™πŸ» #chasingwaterfalls #everymilematters

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Getting personal here. Thanks to @fox.running for this beautiful photo from the lakefront at my alma mater, @northwesternu. Makes me think of my good friend, Shannon Duffy, who we lost too soon. Shannon was captain of the Northwestern Women’s Tennis team that won 4 consecutive Big Ten titles. She had an incredible spirit. Loved by everyone. And we had many good times at these rocks on the lakefront. This week is the anniversary of Shannon’s passing. Will be doing our Charity Miles for @GirlUp in her memory. #GoWildcats πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

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