Once a Knight… Always a Knight: My Journey to Run a Sub-4 Master’s Mile… Under the Golden Dome
List Price: 9.95
Available: August 2014
As you grow older, you often think to yourself, “How did I get here?” “What made me choose this life?” And always the big question: What if? Some kids dream of growing up to be an astronaut, a fireman, a professional athlete, while other kids don’t just dream it; they live and breathe it for every waking and non-waking moment of their life. But what brings people to this point, when others leave it beyond as just a dream? What made me, Rod Goodchild, think that I actually could grow up to be a successful athlete? Was it the magical atmosphere of 1957 Lambeau Field, and the impression it made on a young child of only seven? Was it driving through Midwest winters on two lane highways from South Bend, Indiana to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to watch the legends play in an era of football greatness, never even thinking of turning back due to whiteout conditions? Or maybe it was sharing mass at St. Anne’s Church on Sunday with Vince Lombardi sitting in the pew right across from my family. Whatever it was, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my childhood hero, Maxi the Taxi. I knew I wanted to walk in the footsteps of legends. I grew up in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the common mindset was to believe, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!” You don’t turn around on a snowy two lane highway. You don’t quit a race for any reason. Not even for a dislocated hip or having your back used as part of a race course, spikes and all, buried alive in a snow bank. You sit on an ice cold seat, in an ice cold stadium, shivering until you don’t notice you’re shivering anymore. Your two eyes peering out of a sleeping bag watching the game you drove all that way for, never thinking you might leave early. These memories are the stepping stones that shaped my life’s journey. I started with a dream to play football among legends, and developed into a runner who could run a sub-4 mile as a master. I’ve competed against top athletes and achieved feats that I could only have imagined as a child. And I’ve learned that anything is possible if you just Go for it!!! Ya ya…it’s Magic!!!