Running a Half Marathon is For Crazy People

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

    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) 

                                                        Mary Margaret Finishing Shamrock'n

      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.

                                               California International Marathon

  •  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.

                                                 The Run Because You Can

The Run Because You Can 

       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.



Posted by

Raymond Henson                                  

eXp Realty

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Just for Fun
California Sacramento County Elk Grove
ActiveRain Contests
california international marathon
sacramento meetup
runnin for rhett
elk grove meetup

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond - through the snippets of stories shared, you have let us know there is a place in the "race" regardless of our current ability(or lack thereof).  Thank you for letting us know the stories behind the people who participate as well as the origin of the kid-focus factor that makes the craziness even more heart-warming.  Good for you!

Nov 15, 2019 07:47 PM #1
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Impressive for sure. Congratulations on being one of the very lucky crazy ones that can run and appreciate so much. Thanks for sharing Raymond Henson 

Here's to many more miles with Mary Margaret

Nov 15, 2019 07:52 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ken- I'm not sure about crazy but I sure do admire you!!! I too loved how you gave us a snippet of your running mates. what better way to get out and have fun, be with people and do something healthy!

Nov 15, 2019 07:52 PM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Raymond Henson wow.... you went from spectator/cheering group to participant....and a formidable one..... you're a champion and nothing stops you..... nice.

Nov 16, 2019 02:44 AM #4
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Kathy Streib, thank you.  It was really difficult.  How to choose?  There have been so many that have inspired.  

Barbara Todaro, Mile 23 in the picture above just about stopped me.  Luckily, Jeremy was there to keep me going.  My first time at mile 23, our three coaches were there to take care of me.  Coach Will stayed with me for the last three miles then quietly stepped away so I could finish alone.  He had already helped numerous others and he went back for more after me.  I have always wondered how many miles he finished without running the race.  I am not very formidable on my own.  Surround yourself with great people, right?  

Nov 16, 2019 06:08 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is indeed crazy and I doubt you will ever catch me running a half marathon or even a mile, haha.

Nov 16, 2019 06:41 AM #6
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Funny thing, Brian England,  I said the exact same thing a few years ago.  Now, I consider such crazy ideas as running in my first ultra marathon.  Shhhh! Don't tell my crazy friends.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Nov 16, 2019 06:47 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Raymond, My son in law has a goal of running a 10K , half or full martathon on all 50 states, He is at 36 states so far.


Nov 17, 2019 08:17 AM #8
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, Will Hamm,  that is quite an accomplishment already.  So far, I have been in races in three states, California, Arizona and Hawaii. 

Nov 17, 2019 08:32 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Raymond, I do admire you for what all you have accomplished. Wishing you more marathons to finish!

Nov 17, 2019 10:59 AM #10
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Raymond Henson

Ask me a question
Spam prevention

Additional Information