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I was skeptical too when I first read about a person who had claimed to have run a marathon despite having stage 4 COPD with an FEV1 of under 30% How on earth is that possible I thought? How is it that this person could with lung function equivalent to mine, trek 26.2 miles, while I can barely walk around the corner without being severely winded. Well, here it is 10 years later and Ive completed 9 full marathons and 12 half marathons, despite my own crappy lung function.

It’s important to note that I didn’t run any of these marathons. In fact, I can’t run at all, I just don’t have the lung capacity to do it. But what I found is that I could condition myself to walk at a moderate pace for increasingly longer periods, so that’s how I trained for those races and that’s how I completed them, bu walking them! Of course, I can’t walk as fast as a runner can run, but I still cover the same 26.2 mile marathon distance and it only takes me about twice as long. (my average time just short of 7 hours 10 minutes).

You heard it correct, I have very severe lung disease ( Asthma/COPD) with very low lung function ( currently at 28%) and Yes, I have completed, not one, but several marathons despite my lung function. And while it’s exceedingly rare for some one like me to be able to do marathons, it’s certainly is not impossible. My living proof. But dont just take MY word or it, or be swayed by all MY shiny metals in my race pictures , take some the worlds best lung doctors words for it. My lung disease is well documented, transparent and review-able by all who want to see the medical proof behind my claims.

It’s not that Im some sort of freak of nature, or that my body can somehow tolerate unimaginable levels of physical exertion, the fact is, Ive worked extraordinarily hard at conditioning myself and building up the endurance needed to reach the goal of doing a marathon. Ive learned not to let my breathlessness make me overly anxious or dictate what I can or cannot do. I take precautions, I learn what works and then I try to adapt. The only advantage that I might have over others, is that Ive had breathing difficulties since birth, so Ive had a little more time to get used to it.

26.2 miles


Rome Marathon Italy
3/16/2008
Funny Video Clip

Portland Marathon
10-5-2014
7:21:47
Boston Marathon
4/18/2011
7:05:45
Boston Marathon
4/19/2010
Boston Marathon
4/20/2009
Race Report
7:31:35
Rome Marathon Italy
03-06-2008
7:20:22
Portland Marathon
10-07-2007
7:32:55
Eugene Marathon
04/29/2007
6:56:08
Portland Marathon
10-06-2006
8:50:27

 

 

13.1 miles

My very first race 3:12:49

San Francisco Half Marathon
07/31/2005
3:12:49
US Half
11/06/2005
3:04:01
Kaiser Marathon
02/02/2006
3:03:01
San Jose Rock&Roll Marathon
10/04/2009
3:08:42
ET Midnight Marathon
08/16/2008
4:00:51
San Francisco Marathon
07/29/2007
2:58:17
San Francisco Marathon
07/30/2006
2:52:45

 

10km

 

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5km

 

San Francisco Marathon
08/03/2008
44:31

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2005 San Francisco Marathon

 

 

 

 

2006 Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon

 

 

 

 

2006 San Francisco Marathon

 

 

 

 

2006 Portland Marathon

 

 

 

 

2007 Eugene Marathon

 

 

 

 

2007 San Francisco Marathon

 

 

 

 

2007 Portland Marathon

 

 

 

 

2008 Rome Marathon

 

 

2008 ET midnight Marathon

 

 

 

 

2009 Rome Italy and Rome Marathon

 

 

 

 

2009 Boston Marathon ( pre race)

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Boston Marathon

 

 

 

 

2009 Boston Marathon Professional Photos

 

 

 

 

San Jose Rock and Roll half Marathon 10-4-2009

 

 

 

 

Boston Marathon 4-19-2010

 

 

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