“Settle down kids, we’re half way there,” my dad reassured us on the long drive to Grandma’s house. We settled back in the big black vinyl seat with our comic books and toys. There was something comforting about “half way there.” It showed we were really making progress. On second thought, there was still a really long way to go. We celebrated the milestone anyway.
This morning I ran a half-marathon in my training for the Dec. 5th marathon. This equals the farthest distance I have ever run, when I did the San Jose Half Marathon last October. It seemed so insurmountable back then… now it’s just a training run.
It’s also a milestone to celebrate. I’m half way there to the big 26 miler, and I’m adding 2 additional miles every 2 weeks. My coach (brother Jeff) recommended the Galloway run/walk method and I adopted a rhythm of “run a mile, walk a minute.” My overall time was 2 hours 34 minutes, a decent marathon pace. I even felt good enough to run the last mile in 7:09 (I wanted to see what I had left.)
I’m running my marathon by choice, supporting a separate and simultaneous race being run by my brother Jeff, who is battling multiple myeloma. He doesn’t have a choice. I’m happy to report that he’s about half way there too. The first round of chemotherapy is done and all the numbers are looking good. In 2 weeks he starts into the next phase – stem cell harvest followed by stem cell transplant in October.
We both still have a long way to go, but I wanted to celebrate the milestone. I also want to thank all of you who have passed along the story and generously contributed to MMRF research. I set a goal of $100 per mile or $2600 and ironically, we are just over half way there at $1340!
Next time you get half way there on a goal you are striving toward, take a moment to celebrate and give yourself a half-time pep talk. Then tighten your shoelaces and get back out there and win the game.
By the way, the half marathon is 13.1 miles. Just to make sure I passed the threshold of believability… I ran 13.2.