On Saturday, I ran the Monumental Marathon with James Boyd. What an experience.
If you are a seasoned marathon runner, I highly recommend running a marathon with someone who has never gone the distance. It is truly a rewarding, fun and real experience. You know what it meant to finish your first marathon. You know the feelings you had when you crossed the finish line. What better a feeling than to experience that with someone else.
|James and I running with our friend Dave, who we met at mile 8 and ran with until mile 20. We never found Dave after the race but hope he had a great last 6.2 miles!|
James has overcome so much in life and today he uses running as a means to move forward in life. The week before the marathon Mary Milz, reporter for WTHR came out and interviewed James – she did an amazing job portraying his story and you can read about it here!
|After the finish- time 4:46, which destroyed the goal of breaking 5 hours!|
Needless to say the news coverage about James and his journey to the Monumental Marathon was very helpful in our journey to finish 26.2 miles. The whole race, random strangers would run by and say “your the guy!” “way to go- you are an inspiration to me” “keep it up man, I saw you on the news”. There was even a random lady in a car waiting in traffic that yelled out and called him by name to cheer him on. We were overwhelmed by the support of the community and can’t thank Mary Milz enough for sharing the story with Indianapolis.
I am amazed at how great James felt the whole race, it is a true testament to the importance of solid training. Our Program Director, Brian Meyer did a great job putting together the training plan for the team and the hard work paid off on race day.
|James, with his hard earned medal. Photograph – Green Sky Media|
Now for my favorite part of a marathon race report! I either do a section break down of the ups and the downs or my favorite moments. This time around, I think I’ll touch on my favorite moments:
|Full marathoners with Chris Thronberry- one of our amazing volunteers with sick photography skills.
photograph – Green Sky Media