Sunday, May 8, 2011

Marathon Man

Written by Malissa

That's right, Owen just signed up for his first Marathon. The race is November 12th and the training has begun!
Yesterday I walked into the office and Owen had this look on his face, the kind of look he gets when he wants to buy something. The first words out of my mouth, "what do you want?" To my surprise he didn't want to buy anything. He said, "I can't believe I'm going to say this. I can't believe I'm even thinking this, but I think I want to start training for a marathon." I wasn't shocked at all. I instantly told him to sign up right then. You see, I've always had a feeling he would run a marathon and for two reasons: he's built to run, it's in his DNA, his dad was a marathon runner. His drive and determination; when he decides he is going to do something, nothing can stop him.
I would be lying if I didn't say that I'm a little nervous and sad. I'm nervous because almost eleven years ago Owen's dad died of a heart attack while training for his 6th marathon. And I'm sad that his dad is not here to share this experience with him. I just know they would have had so much fun training together. I think this is going to be a good healing process for him. He has been reminiscing  about when he helped his dad train for his marathon.
He is following Hal Higdon's Marathon training progam and is keeping a detailed journal of his marathon journey. I am very proud and excited for him. He truly is an inspiration to me!!

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