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I had always wanted to run a marathon... along with flying and learning to play the guitar, it was one of my lifelong goals.
In 1985, after seeing the Nike "Way To Go Joanie!" commercial featuring Joan Benoit (the day after her record-breaking Boston win), I decided to try one.
Click here to see the 30 second version (13MB)
(The 60 second version was much better. It shows the alarm going off as well has her reacting to the rain.)
I was training for the mid-march (86) St. Patrick's Day Marathon, and running 10 to 13 miles a day. In the early 80's, there weren't the training regimens that there are now, and pretty foolish by todays training methods.
I had been told, by Coach, Friend and Mentor Rich Grabisch "You can run twice and far as you can run."
The "original" Baltimore Marathon had a 10-K run as well, and I thought it would be a nice tune up.
Held in mid-December of 1985, I ran it in a pretty good time (for me) of about 45 minutes.
I never ran again.
Unconvinced, with stiff knees and a historically bad back, I started running again.
My first run (July 15, 2000) was 2/10ths of a mile long, and I was seen dragging my lungs behind me.
On Saturday, October 11th, 2008, I completed my 50th marathon,
in Baltimore, in 5 hours 20 minutes,
an average of 6 marathons a year for the last 7 years, 9 months.