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The Final Winner!

Monday, November 10, 2014

It was wonderful to help my nephew Martin become a half-marathoner on Saturday. I am very, very proud of him and glad that I helped to spark his interest in running. Proud, too, that he's lost 0ver 70 pounds and controls his diabetes now with only exercise and healthy eating. We were numbers 441 and 442 out of 510 finishers. I didn't run it as fast as I could have, but it was better to stick with him and help him bring it in. (No sacrifice really; I wasn't trained up enough to PR. But someday soon I will be and will do it!) Here is another picture of Martin past the half way mark. That is my foot. I told him I'd run his pace, but he said I pushed him. This could be his evidence:



I am also proud that I sparked one other incredible 43 year old man, David. David is the life of our Weight Watcher meetings. He always has a funny story and almost always an inpromptu funny comeback that keeps our meetings lively. January of this year I challenged David to do a half marathon, so he started walking. In April he joined the Galloway (run-walk-run) beginner's group, ran his first 5K in May and entered half marathon training in June. Saturday David became a half marathoner. One person on FaceBook said he finished "dead last"; while another got it right: he was the final winner! Should you want to check out the official times, here's the link: www.coolrunning.com/resu
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And my prize was these glorious words of thanks he posted on my FB timeline, "Congratulations Marsha! !Thank you for convincing me to join the group. It has changed my life so much."

Let me share some pictures of David. He's in the blue waiting near the start:


Here's my niece, Ally, participating injured, with David around mile 2 or 3. She ended up finishing a half hour before he did:


David near the middle of the race:


David determined not to get swept:


David working it near the end:


Almost there:


And the Final Winner is David:


I know that no one out there gave it more effort than David. I am very, very proud of him, too.
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