Hi, my name is James.
I had just turned 42 when the 2013 Boston Marathon took place. I was sedentary for the most part, but at work, there was a competition to see who could walk a million steps the fastest. I signed up for a free pedometer, and started walking. Almost immediately I realized that walking wasn’t going to get the job done, and within a few weeks I was running a mile or two, once or twice a week.
I finished my million steps in 75 days, and by that point, I had enough stamina to bang out five miles in an hour. By the end of July, I’d successfully completed a ten mile treadmill run. When this Web site first hit the Internet, I had successfully completed a 13.1 mile course in my neighborhood. Yes, there was a little bit of walking… but not much.
Also by this time I had made a decision to run the 2014 Boston Marathon. You can read more about that decision here. After nearly a year of training, I successfully completed the marathon; official time 5:0103. Next was the Marine Corps Marathon, which I ran with the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization. After that was the Chicago Marathon with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in October 2015, followed shortly by the Manchester Marathon in November.
Anyhow – about me. I live in southern New Hampshire with a small flock of chickens, two cats, a mutt, a Dalmatian, my wife, and a couple of kids. The girls are 17 and 18. I’ve run a half marathon with my youngest. It’s a good family, a good life.
What else? I work for Electric Insurance Company, part of General Electric. I like to take pictures. I’ve lost over 20 pounds since all this started.
I’ve had surgery on my right foot, and am considering it for the left. Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, ganglion cysts; all stuff that I can deal with and that doesn’t get me down.
I’m a runner. I’m used to be slow, but I kept at it. I’m not fast… yet. I’m working on it.