Impossible – Muhammad Ali

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
― Muhammad Ali

Now that I have given you the quote O’ the day….. It’s time for the Fact O’ the day. Muhammad Ali is an O’Grady! Why is that important? Well I’m an O’Grady. Somewhere down the line twice removed and add a cousin or two I might actually be related to Muhammad Ali.

In the 1860s, sailing from Cappa Harbour in Kilrush Co Clare, Abe, like thousands of Irish, joined the Irish diaspora and emigrated to America.

Abe eventually settled in Kentucky where he met and married a freed African-American slave. They had a son who also married an African-American woman. One of the son’s daughters, Odessa Lee O’Grady, would be Ali’s mother. She married his father, Cassius Clay senior and they settled in Louisville. Their son, the future legendary boxer, was born in 1942 and was given his father’s name. After winning the World Title in 1964, Cassius Clay became a member of the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

I’m just getting over a slight running injury and will be posting my views regarding the dreaded runners knee shortly. My week 4 update includes a whopping 13KM run which ended in pain.

Week 5 results – Grand total is 152M… that M stands for meters not miles. Unbelievable but… still on track to make 1,000KM for the year. I have been run commuting to work at a very casual pace just to keep the lungs used too at least a little bit of cardio. This works out to around 5 or 6K per day. So, maybe it’s not as bad as it looks.

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