We did it. We have completed our first maration. Our time was a very respectable 4:15 and in true Geek fashion our hero put his iPhone on FaceTime so his Mother could watch him cross the finish line. Best birthday present a Mother could ever have.
Well, It’s been my honor to be able to post these marathon updates on this blog. I’ll be signing off now and like the rest you, I’ll be anxiously waiting to se what comes next in this incredable journey!
We’re all very proud of you young man!
We’re rounding 3rd and heading for home.
Almost. At 3:51 we pass the 24 mile mark and well on our way to the finish line. Ah … The sweet smell of success!!!
We are well on our to finishing our first marathon. At 3:25 we passed the 22 mile mark. Only a mere 4.2 to go. Piece of cake!
At 3:01our marathoner crossed the 20 mile threshold. We are now entering uncharted territory.
Our intrepid warrior crossed the hit the 17 mile mark at 2:29:43 … more or less.
At the 2:07 imark, we crossed the 15 mile point. Of course these updates are coming via text from our runner so there may be a slight delay.
At 8:49, (or 1:49 in to the race), our hero sent a text that simply read “Half”. A true multi-tasker if ever there was one!
Well Father and son should be an hour and half into the race at this point. So far the automatic race updates that are to be sent to my phone have not arrived. That being said, the weather is perfect for a marathon, and I’m sure they’re doing great.
If the updates come, I’ll post them. If not, we’ll have to wait with baited breath for the final results
First let me say that I am honored to be the first guest blogger for 278toBoston. Tom’s story is an inspiring one especially since I have been honored to be such a huge part of it. And no, I’m not trying to take credit for his amazing accomplishments. My involvement has strictly been as a spectator for over 50 years, for you see, I’m Tom’s oldest brother.
So let me tell you how Tom’s story has inspired me. I have a long running history having completed 12 marathons between 1988 and 2001. Then life took over, and I didn’t run a step for 10 years. Of course as you can imagine, the lack of exercise along with creeping old age had me also well on the way to obesity, (morbid by some standards).
One day, on one of our weekly telephone conversations, Tom mentioned that he had decided that being old, fat, and tired was no longer going to be an option in his life. While we had all heard this many times before, this time seemed different, and we all know the story from here …. 100 pounds lighter and well on his way to the Boston.
Now why has Tom been such an inspiration to me and hopefully many others? Well you see if Tom could do it, I figured why couldn’t I. Since Tom started his journey, I’ve lost 50 pounds and am running 4 to 5 times a week. While another marathon may not be in my future, (been there done that), there is one that I will be attending. It’s in Boston, and I won’t even have to qualify. You see I plan to be at the finish line when 278toBoston crosses and completes the first leg of this amazing journey.
Good luck and God’s speed baby brother!