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 !

      I've done my best to live the right way. I get up every morning and go to work each day. (for now)

        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


            I am spaniel - Crusher of Treadmills


              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.

                    2017 Goals:

                    #1: Do what I can do (200+ training days, 200+ aerobic hours). 

                    #2: Race shape (1/2 marathon, 2 half Ironmans, marathon)

                    #3: Prepare for 2018


                      Good luck, Mark!


                      MM #2929

                      Team 9 from Outer Space


                        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. :)

                        12 Monkeys

                          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. - S.J.