I am Jason. My claim to fame in the running community was that I ran 8 marathons and 2 half marathons in a 1 year period, running some with less than 1 week break in between! That was a few years back now, but I got bit by the bug again and I hopefully I can get some of the magic back in my legs!
April 21, 2015: Look at that "has been" out there...oh wait, it's me!
July 16, 2013: Paavo Nurmi Marathon...The True Test of a Runner
May 14, 2013: Now I run with a purpose
My wife's aunt and uncle, Nancy & Stu, always adored me and were very supportive of my running. Uncle Stu would always ask what race I was going to run next every time I would see him. He is now in a nursing home suffering from the debilitating disease of Alzheimer's. He can no longer see or walk, and he does not know his loved ones anymore.
Aunt Nancy asked me if I was running Grandma's Marathon a week ago and I said yes. She was so excited and said she wished she could be at the finish line to see me. She asked what time I would be finishing, thinking that they would televise all the finishers on tv, and I told her I would stop by the hospital to show her my medal after the race. Aunt Nancy was suffering from a very quick moving ALS. Unfortunately I will not be able to show her my medal because she passed away yesterday. But she will be there at the finish line in spirit and I'm running this one for her and Stu.
I will attend church with my grieving wife tomorrow and will miss Bull Run. However I have some serious training to do after that to make Aunt Nancy and Uncle Stu proud!
May 9, 2013: I like sand...just not running in it!
May 1, 2013: Stop kidding yourself Jason...YOU'RE TOO SLOW!
So I ran my first NMTC race since 2009! I lined up towards the front like I always used to. I wore my old Frankenstein shoes so I wouldn't get my new ones dirty, and I had total expectations of running at an 8.5 minute pace like I used to. Guess what, I was sucking wind 1/4 of a mile into it. I was being passed by runners old enough to be my parents (no names mentioned), dogs trotting at a leisurely pace, and people having an everyday conversation with each other like they were not running at all. I came to the realization that I'm a lot slower than I used to be and that I have some work to do.
So here lies the dilemma...keep trying hard at getting back into running shape, go back to Wednesday Night Church Service with my wife and daughter and fall asleep during the sermon, push myself up to 600 lbs on the bench at the gym while putting on at least another 10lbs in body weight, or playing couch potato (yey!!). I will go with the first one because I still have a runner's heart and nothing will stop this guy when his heart is in the right place! Now next week I will ditch the Frankenstein shoes and dirty up my pretty blue ones.