Running MCM in honor of my fallen friend... (Read 813 times)

    2 months ago my best friend dropped dead of a massive heart attack while we were doing our long run, training for MCM.


    I posted about it here, and was overwhelmed by the community here - the love and care and kind words. 


    In 2 days I'll be running the Marine Corps Marathon that we were training for.  I'm doing this one for Mike.

    His wife and 2 kids will be there, too. What an emotional battle it will be.  


    I was able to get past the mental block after his passing and have some good training runs. It took a while, but I found my runs again.


    I'm excited to dedicate my first marathon to such a good friend, a great man.  
    I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.


    an amazing likeness

      You're honoring him by just being there -- in general, and in toeing the start line. I'll bet he'd want you to enjoy the event, trust your training, and have a great run, Mark !

      Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

        Good luck Mark

          Beautiful, man.  Looking forward to the report. 

          "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

          Feeling the growl again

            Good luck, Mark.  This should put a spring in your step at 20+ miles.

            "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand


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              Have a great day and God bless.

              Thanks again for telling us about Mike and the man he was.

                I'll also be running MCM. 

                Hope you have a great race for you and Mike Smile

                Prince of Fatness

                  I hope that you have a great race.  Good luck!


                    Best wishes, friend.
                    Your story is sad, but beautiful. 


                    Enjoy every minute of the run, even though I know that it might be difficult at times.

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                    #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

                    #2: sub 5:40 @ 1/2 Ironman (Benton Harbor, MI)



                      Good luck, Mark!


                      MM #2929


                        Thanks again for telling us about Mike and the man he was.



                        Have a great race and know he's with you!

                        "Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)


                        Three half marathons later, I got a number. Half Fanatic #9292. :)

                        The Monkey Games

                          Make us proud, make Mike proud!  I am sorry I won't get to run with you, but I will be with you in spirit!




                            Mark, have an awesome race and I know Mike will be there with you the whole time.  Plz let us know how it goes for you.

                              Good Luck Mark! You are amazing. Run strong.

                                You're a brave man to tackle all those emotions head-on with Mike's family!  We are proud of you!

                                Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.