Posted by: ElliptiGO Girl | December 7, 2009

Life is a Marathon – and ALS sucks!

Once a runner, always a runner.

ALS group taking a break at Shoreline

I intend to post about Hal’s and my experience in the Santa Barbara International Marathon later – I am still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster!

April 12, 2010 So much for that posting. Here it is, four months after the December 2009 marathon Four crazy months. Hal walked the last two miles of the race as part of a relay team for ALS. He used his cane. It took him an hour and a half. But I took it for granted. After all, six weeks before the marathon, in mid October, Hal was jogging 2 to 3 12-minute miles practically everyday. In September 2009, he ran a half marathon at a 9-minute per mile pace. And in April 2009, just one year ago, he was running 60 miles per week, up to 20 miles at a time, at an 8-minute per mile pace, as part of his marathon training. So his slow two mile walk on December 5th 2009 didn’t seem too hugely awesome. Now, 4 months later, walking a few yards with his cane is very exhausting for him. And walking 2 miles with a cane would be incredibly awesome. .

Life is a Marathon – and ALS Sucks

Hal: Loving running, loving life. Taken two years ago, April 2008, in Denver

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