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December 2, 2012

Wright goes the distance

Muskogee native juggles jobs, fitness in race of life

— Tom Wright has plenty of work to get done, even before he starts his day at the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Up at 5 a.m., Wright heads to his wife’s downtown Muskogee restaurant to prepare it for breakfast customers. He shows up in blue jeans, T-shirt and work shoes, then puts on an apron.

“I’m here at 6 a.m. to start peeling the potatoes, bake the potato casserole in the oven, get the coffee made, make sure the floors are swept and the ice is in the ice maker,” he said. “My main job is to get everything ready so they can serve breakfast easily.”

The restaurant, The Bite, opens at 7 a.m., he said. “I serve customers until our cook comes in around 8.”

Wright said he’s learned to cook a breakfast quiche, but his wife, Rebecka Wright, is the real cook. However, she’s busy getting their 9-year-old daughter, Zoe, ready for school.

“For me it’s easier to come here and work at 6 a.m. than it is to fix a 9-year-old girl’s hair,” Tom Wright said.

Around 8:30 or 9 a.m., Wright washes up and gets ready for his job at the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“I get my slacks on and change my cooking shoes and cooking shirt to my lawyer shirt and shoes,” Wright said.

Around noon, when he can, Wright takes a break and changes into workout clothes.

“I decided I wanted to run a marathon,” he said, expressing plans to train for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April 2013.

“I run four days a week — Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — and work out Tuesdays and Fridays,” Wright said. “I usually work out at the U.S. Marshals gym, but we also belong to the Swim and Fitness Center.”

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