The Races

Race Results & Photos
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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 with a lung function similar to mine, can trek 26.2 miles, while I can barely walk around the corner without getting 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, by 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 fastest time was 6:52 min).

You heard it correct, I have extremely severe asthma with very low lung function. And Yes, I have completed, not one, but 9 full marathons despite my lung disease. And while it’s exceedingly rare for some one like me to be able to do marathons, it’s certainly is not impossible. M living proof. 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 disease is well documented, transparent and review-able by all who want to see the medical proof behind my claims.

Im neither a natural born athlete nor a freak of nature. The fact is, Ive worked extraordinarily hard at conditioning myself and building up the endurance needed to reach the goal of completing 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 probably 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