A first time author's book writing experience

Has anyone ever told you, "you should write a book"?  My guess is that we've all heard this, or told another person this statement at some point in our lives.  Usually, it is prompted as a result of hearing a story that moves us, and we subconsciously think - That story needs to be told. This blog is about my experience as a first time author of Running into the Dark.
HAVE A GREAT STORY When I first contemplated writing a book, I doubted whether my story would be of interest to anybody.  The truth is, my story is the same as any other person's story.  At it's core, my life has had ups and downs, and despite setbacks I have continued moving forward.  Despite my confusion about whether people would be interested, I continued to have family, friends, strangers and audiences tell me that I should write a book.
I thought long and hard about what I would write about.  I had a degenerative eye disease that I had battled my whole life, and sometimes I won and sometimes i…

SPARTATHLON: Life lessons learned from a very long road


Spartathlon is an historic 153 mile/246 km foot race from Athens to Sparta.  The genesis of the race was to retrace the footsteps of Pheidippides, a great Athenian messenger.  The story goes that the Persian army was sailing to Greece for war.  The Athenians dispatched their greatest messenger to Sparta to recruit the brave and fierce Spartans to help combat the Persians.  It is said that Pheidippides arrived the very next day.  Hence, the Spartathlon race has been limited to 36 hours - it starts at 7 am on Friday morning (sunrise) and ends at 7 pm on Saturday evening (sunset).  If a Spartathlete can complete the distance in the allotted time, s/he will have completed the distance in the amount of time it took Pheidippides to travel the distance.

One must qualify for Spartathlon and meet time standards like a 10 hour 100k or 21.5 hour 100 mile, or other time standard.  Once a runner qualifies, the runner must apply for admission to the race.  390 people are invited to …

Speaking @ Amazon - lessons learned

I've learned that people with forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

Last week I had the great honor to be asked to speak at Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, Washington.    Amazon is the 4th largest company with a market capitalization of $466 Billion, 341,000+ employees and a 25,000+ employees at its HQ in Seattle.  I was excited, humbled, honored and a little nervous to be speaking at this cutting edge company, at their headquarters.  I did learn some very valuable lessons during this experience, however; and, I'd like to share them in this blog post.

Amazon is the quintessential company driving a new type of corporate culture inviting employees to bring their dogs to work, dress is casual, break rooms have corn hole and fooseball games to cultivate a relaxed think-tank atmosphere.  Even with such a great environment for people to work in, the work of work can …


Many times I've wondered what it would be like to meet somebody really famous in the running world.  Well, I had the experience of being with a running legend this past week and felt compelled to share a little bit.  I crewed alongside Valmir Nunes at the Badwater Ultramarathon for a second year.  I was also room mates with Valmir for a second year.

For those of you who are wondering who Valmir is - please Google him now.  A short running resume of Valmir would note that he is a Badwater 135 champion, former Badwater record holder (22 hrs and change), former 100k world record holder (6 hrs and change), 100k world champion, and international ultra-distance stud.

I first met Valmir 2 years ago when I agreed to crew my friend at Badwater.  Somehow, my buddy had gotten the Badwater course record holder to crew him.  I didn't know who Valmir was, and the first time I saw him I wasn't too sure how it world work out for me to share a room with a Brazilian super-model.  Valmir is…

OBEDIENCE - A Faith decision

Obedience is the road to freedom -C.S. Lewis
The dictionary definition of Obedience is "compliance with an order, law or submission to another's authority".  By this definition, Obedience seems to be in direct conflict with self preservation and the American Dream to amass wealth and belongings for one's self.  In our day to day lives, we pass homeless people on street corners, drive-by wounded animals to die on our highways forgetting about them and their agony seconds after we speed past them, and fail to acknowledge other people with a smile, look or response when they speak to us.  We can become so focused on our own microcosm that we think we are being "obedient" to our own goals.  In fact, we can never be "obedient" to ourselves or our own self interest.  We must stretch beyond ourselves in order to exercise true obedience, and be free.
True obedience can only occur when we suppress our own wants and needs to the wants and needs of another.  …

RUNNING INTO THE DARK: The Jason Romero Story - (Chapter 1)

As many of you know, I've been writing a book for several months. The story is about my journey to find vision, despite losing my eyesight and culminates with a run across America. This is a very ROUGH DRAFT and has not been edited so please forgive typos, grammar and other opportunities.
Enjoy! -Jason

Chapter 1
With every ending is a new beginning - Unkown
It was 2:00 AM and all I hear is my alarm screaming at me.  The song “Shut up and dance” by Walk the Moon is once again blaring in my ear.  I am in a foreign place.  It is a small hotel room with two beds, and the usual desk, lamps and TV.  But where am I?  I am confused for the first couple minutes of waking.  Am I in California, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania?  What state am I waking up in?  This question had wracked my mind for the last 2 months.  Not knowing where I was waking up had become “normal” to me, and was not any cause for anxiety or discontent.  I wasn’t in any of those states.  I was in a Comfort Inn somewhe…