Monthly Archives: January 2010

Matt Chandler: Suffering well

If you’re a podcast lover, you probably have discovered Matt Chandler.  If you don’t know, Matt is fighting cancer.  Please pray for him, his family, and The Village Church.  Below is an update I received from The Village Church Facebook site:

From Gilbert Montez, Director of Communications at The Village Church:

The Associated Press article on Matt was released for this weekend and various media outlets across the country have already picked up the story. Below are the outlets, where they are located and the link. As you read the story on the various media, each might be slightly different. Once released from the AP, each media outlet can edit the story for length. That’s why you’ll see slightly different versions of the story on some media.

Think of all these readers across the country who are having a chance to read this story and hear about the gospel. Thank you Matt and Lauren for being open with this battle.

Callaway Gardens Marathon Training

31 days of training …

2 long run of greater than 10 miles …

Training Run videos ….

Silver Comet Trail Run

FCHS Track Run

Redwine Run

#1’s Birthday 2day

Happy Birthday to my best friend, Felicia Harber Swinford!  She’s an amazing wife, mother, teacher, etc.  Pictures are worth a thousand words:

Great Wife!

Great Friend!

Great Mom!

She’s #1

She’s the BEST!

Do you think Bethy likes her Five Fingers?

I think my gift to Bethy was a hit!

Have you run in the VFF?

Bethy’s 22nd Birthday

Tonight we celebrated Bethany Hope Swinford’s 22nd Birthday!  This wonderful, beautiful, creative, and Godly young lady has brought so much joy to our family and others.  Here’re some snapshots of Bethy’s party.

Little Sister


Big Brother



Hello World!

I’m a survivor.  “Face it … Fight it … Beat it: Survive” was the motto I created when I was diagnosed with Cancer on October 26, 2005.  This wasn’t a fancy slogan, but a creed I have lived my life by.

I’m a family man.  I love my family!  A beautiful wife (Felicia), son (Ryan), and daughters (Bethany and Becca).  It doesn’t get better than this!  I’m a blessed man.

I’m a runner.  I have run 8 marathons, 12 half marathons, and a bunch of 15k and 10k.  My marathons include: Chicago (2003); Big Sur (2005), New York City (2006), Georgia (2007), Boston (2007), Saint George (2007), Darkside (2008), and The Flying Pig (2009).  My PR is a 3:48:03 at the Saint George Marathon and my worst performance or you could say my best effort was the Georgia Marathon when I ran a 5:20:51 as I battled dehydration and other issues.  It took true grit to finish that one!  I’m one of the co-founders of Run Club USA located in Peachtree City, Georgia.

I’m a blogger.  I currently have 3 blogs, in addition to this one: Ten26 (Focused on Cancer Survivors), Run Club USA (Focused on Running), and Swinsei (Focused on Leadership and other Stuff).  The links for those sites are:

Maintaining so many blogs is difficult to do, so moving forward I will be posting the majority of my posts on this site.  I hope you enjoy it and I welcome your comments and suggestions.