The Races

Race Results & Photos
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You heard it right, I have extremely severe and chronic asthma with a very low baseline lung function (about 1/4 of normal). And Yes, I have completed, not one, but 9 full marathons despite my lung disease. While it’s exceedingly rare for someone like me to be able to do marathons, it’s certainly is not impossible. But don’t just take MY word or it, or be swayed by all MY shiny metals in my race pictures, take some of the worlds most renowned lung doctors words for it. My lung condition is well documented and completely verifiable.

I was skeptical too when I first read about a person overseas ( whom I eventually met in person) who claimed to have completed an Ironman Triathlon having stage 4 COPD. How on earth is that even possible I thought? How is it that this person can swim 2.4 miles, bike a 112 miles and then top it off with a 26.2 miles run, while I can barely walk a mile without getting severely winded?
Well, human being are amazing creatures, and everyone tolerates breathlessness differently. The physical effects of various types lung diseases manifest themselves differently in different people. While there’s no way I could ever do a triathlon with my lung condition(I can’t swim at all), I’m very happy with my multiple marathon distance achievements.

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 of time. That’s that’s how I trained for those races and that’s how I completed them….by walking them! Of course, I can’t walk as fast as a fast runner can run, but I still cover the same 26.2 mile marathon distance and it only takes me about twice as long. (My fastest marathon time was 6:56 ).

And btw, if you’re curious, Im neither a natural born athlete, nor a freak of nature. I worked extraordinarily hard at building up the endurance required to reach my goal of completing a marathon distance. 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 probably had a little more time to get used to it.

Below is a list of the races I’ve completed that were chip- timed and/or Boston qualifiers:

26.2 miles

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

 

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5km

 

San Francisco Marathon
08/03/2008
44:31