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

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Post Marathon recovery, Walking, walking events

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 […]

Training update Aug 2014

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Dang… I haven’t written one of the training updates in years. Trying to get in shape to do this race has been challenging to say the least. It’s been 3 years since Ive attempted something crazy like this and I almost forgot just how grueling it can be when you don’t have any functional lung […]

Training to walk my 9th marathon

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Hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since I’ve trained for a race. I came close to doing one last year, but a lot of stuff was happening and I was getting sick too often. Well except for my little dental mishap a couple weeks ago, things have been much better lately and that’s […]

Uh-oh… He’s at it again

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Tell me that I can’t do something and it’s a pretty sure bet that I’ll find a way to prove you wrong. That’s pretty much the way Ive been feeling these past couple years, only it wasn’t other people telling me I couldn’t do things, it was myself. I swore when I finally crossed the […]

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 […]

No Cowbells for Stephen

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, training progress, Walking, walking events

You train hard and wait months in anticipation to accomplish a goal you’ve been aiming for, and then BAM! ….in a matter of hours, a severe

When the Cows come home

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon walking, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Walking, walking events

…….Yeah, that’s just about the time I’ll be crossing the finish line at my next race. For my October race choice, Ive decided to go with the Urban Cow Half marathon, Relay and 5K race. Held in an area near the state capital of California in Sacramento, the Urban Cow marathon looks like a fun […]

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 […]

No Mountain climbing for me :-(

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Looks like I jumped the gun on this one. After polling my family, friends and doctors, and after reading up on high altitude hiking, Ive decided to heed some good advise for a change and will not be participating in the Mt Evans COPD Challenge hike. The elevation just makes it too risky for someone […]