Steve – 9, Lung disease—a big fat ZERO!

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This might sound corny, but I feel like Ive just been reborn. On Oct 5th I finished my 9th marathon at the Portland Marathon. If you’ve been reading my updates, this was a scheme I had hatched while hospitalized back in July. I was feeling incredibly down at the time and was curious to see […]

Plan B

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Yesterday I completed my final “test” walk in a series of trial walks that started a month ago to see if training for a future marathon might be doable. The plan was to do the Portland marathon this October ( my 3rd time) and then hopefully obtain a qualifying time to enter Boston in 2014 […]

Boston 2011 Race Report

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They don’t call it the best marathon in the world for nothing , and this year was no exception. The weather was near perfect and the spectators and volunteers outdid themselves. The moment I entered athletes village and the disabled athletes staging area early Monday morning, my worries and stress about the race just melted […]

Disappointed, but still finished faster than last year:-)

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I was on well on my way to setting a personal best, when at mile 21, I slipped on some wet paper cups, did a full summer salt, cut my finger open and tore a ligament in my knee. It took me almost 2 hours in excruciating pain to limp the last 5 miles of […]

I’m Honored

Posted on 12 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, lung disease and exercise, Respiratory Therapy, walking events

Just found out that my story is appearing in the RCB’s annual Newsletter…. “Breathing Matters”. I’m always flattered when an organization or a person writes an article about my fitness walking achievements, but this one is special because it comes from the same government agency that regulates Respiratory Care in the State of California where […]

Healing Walks

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Carolyn Scott Kortge’s new book is finally out and guess who’s in one of the chapters? Carolyn contacted me about year ago for this project. She thought I had an interesting story to tell, and that it would fit in nicely with the motivational theme of the book. It’s really cool to finally see the […]

Dead Last

Posted on 13 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, Race Reports, Walking, walking events

Got my finishers certificate and the official results book for the 2010 Boston marathon in the mail today. Out of the 23,177 people who started the race, only 22,721 actually finished it. And yours truly has the distinction of being the 22,721st person to cross the finish line. In other words…. I finished the race […]

Lessons learned from Boston/

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It’s been just over 2 weeks now since I did the Boston marathon, and except for today, which I can’t blame on the marathon, Ive managed to stay pretty healthy. That hasn’t always been the case right after a big race. Looking back on how things played out on Boston weekend, I think the strategy […]

Behind that finish line smile

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Ok, so I look really strong in some of my finish line photos, but believe me.. looks can be very very deceiving. I’m an expert at hiding what I feel inside (I think most asthmatics are, to some degree.) Behind those smiles were waves of excruciating pain shooting down my legs. My breathing was really […]

More images from the 2010 Boston marathon

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[JP-Facebook-Like] During this trip I took close to 500 still photos and about 20 different video clips, which I still haven’t sorted completely. I’ll be adding more photos to these albums as I get them. ______SOME SCENES BEFORE THE RACE______ ______SCENES DURING THE RACE______ ______SCENES AFTER THE RACE______ Still more to come about this amazing […]

Boston marathon video highlights

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Rather than bore you with a mile-by-mile account of everything that happened during this entire 7 hour-17 minute very fun but challenging, and at times a excruciatingly painful journey, this year I decided only to post what I can consider to be the highlights. The experience was a little overwhelming and with so many pictures […]

Boston—-7 hours 17 minutes and change

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20 feet from the finish line Details and tons of more photos and videos in the following days. ( This is also the very first blog post Ive ever published from my cell phone…pretty cool) Related Posts:Behind that finish line smileBoston marathon video highlightsIn good company2009 Boston marathon trip/race reportBoston crewAnother write-up