Running a half marathon is for crazy people. That is what I told my wife, Mary Margaret, when she wanted us to train for the Shamrock'n half marathon. I did not run with her, but I was at the finish line as her most avid fan. Hey, it can be tough to be a fan. It was hot out there and I got a bit of a sunburn. ;o)
About six months later, Mary Margaret signed us up to train with Runnin for Rhett. I was not happy! I begrudgingly grabbed my sneakers and joined her. Fast forward to 2019. I train three days a week and yes, I am now a crazy person. What changed? I do feel better, but it was getting to know the Rhett group. Training gives you plenty of time to learn about your training partners. Let me introduce you to a few of them.
- Darryl-He started training at 58. He was the first guy that really helped me find my rhythm and taught me that running did not have to hurt.
- Jeremy-He had a humble start in life, joined the marines, went to college and became a math professor. He is also married with two kids. He has also been my partner for both of my marathon races. There is just no room to complain when you are with Jeremy.
- Mary Margaret-She ran that first half marathon on her own with terrible heal pain. She had plantar fasciitis. Last year, she had a partial knee replacement and SHE STILL TRAINS!
- Bill-He has diabetes and used to run triathlons. I have watched him finish numerous half marathons and he is in his 60's.
- Paul-He managed to pry himself away from the couch, lose a bunch of weight and has finished numerous ultra marathons. I had the privilege of watching him finish the Western States 100. A grueling race, for sure.
- Bob-An avid runner and just finished a 200 mile ultra marathon in Italy, the Tor De Geants, 2019. He fell the first time he tried it and did not finish. He did not give up! Oh, and he is in his 60's too.
- Beth and Randy-lost their son, Rhett at seven years old, used running to get through their grief and created an organization that helps thousands of kids in our Sacramento area, Move Into Life. All these school kids get a baby blue t-shirt, are coached for five weeks and then run in a 5k race. For many kids, it is their first. It is all free.
These are just a few of the friends I spend time or train with regularly. They are such a positive group. They have inspired me to complete bucket list items that I never even knew I had; finish a 10k under an hour, finish a half marathon under two hours and, the really crazy one, finish a marathon. More importantly, they have inspired to get moving with the rest of my life as well. I am very fortunate to have my health, my ambition back and all of my training friends. I am also very fortunate that Mary Margaret is so dog on persistent and that she does not take no for an answer. I maybe crazy, but I am also very lucky.
Do you live in the Sacramento area? Join our Meetup and train with us as a walker, run walker or runner. We can always use volunteers too. We send representatives to local schools to help train thousands of kids twice a year and we host two races a year for them. This year was the first time we purchased running shoes for many of the kids. This is my local cause. I donate a portion of my commission to Runnin for Rhett every time I am fortunate enough to close a transaction.