Steve – 9, Asthma—a big fat ZERO!

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 […]

Self Observations: Severe Asthma and Endurance walking

Ive been doing endurance walks now for about 10 years, and because of the severity of my lung disease, I often experience significant symptom exacerbations afterwards. Well something quite unexpected and encouraging has happened recently during the peak of this current training cycle, or should I say…didn’t happen! On 3 separate occasions over a 4 […]

Training update Aug 2014

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 […]

The impatient patient

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

Training to walk my 9th marathon

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

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

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 […]


It’s weird, but when I look at my marathon photos, it’s almost like I’m looking at a stranger . It’s as though someone else did this race for me and I just went along for the ride. I always seem to look healthier in race pictures than I actually feel. Maybe it has something to […]

Slow…….but worth every extra second.

I did it…..Again ! (Two of a kind) (Mile 6) (mile 13) (St Johns Bridge mile 18)You probably wouldn’t know it by looking at my slow finish results, but today, I’m a very …very happy and lucky person . I know this wasn’t my fastest marathon, nor was it my slowest , but it was […]

Rain or Shine…..Bring it on PORTLAND!

The Portland Marathon festivities have officially begun . Let the good times roll! I’m just on my way out the door to catch my flight to Portland. Gosh.. I can’t believe a whole year has gone by. Seems like I did this marathon just a few weeks ago! It’ll be interesting to compare this years […]

The goodies just keep coming

This came in the mail today ( I like the part where it says…..and 385 yards) So far, from this one race, I’ ve received: A pre-filled goodie bag full of USEFUL stuff. A pre-race write -up A post race write-up A finisher shirt A Portland tree seedling A Portland Rose A finisher medal A […]

Life after the big one

Today was my first real walk since the Portland marathon ..I did my usual 5 mile loop across the bridge and the legs handled it better than I thought they would. It felt good to get outside again and walk without the fear of cramps for a change. It felt especially good to get back […]

On a wing and a prayer

Just got back from Portland and I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging. So, for those of you waiting on the edge of your seats, the answer is YES……….. I finished my first marathon A few more details after I get some sleep. Thanks Related Posts:Steve – 9, Asthma—a big fat ZERO!ReflectingMarathon weekend 2006 officially […]