Sunday, April 20, 2008

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

At the beginning of the year, Pat made it a goal of his to stop drinking soda. He has done amazingly well and hasn't even had the desire to drink it anymore. This is pretty amazing, because every time we'd go out to eat he'd get his Sierra Mist or when we visit my parent's house, he'd bust open a can of Pepsi. Now, instead of soda he gets his "pina colada" or lemonade when we go out. Another goal he made was to run in a half marathon. He has been inspired by my sister who has fallen in love with running and ran in two marathons herself and is gearing up for more in the future. He made this goal months ago with the intent of training and getting on a running schedule. Well he certainly finds time for basketball with the guys, but it was hard for him to schedule the running in. And he did go running a few times (and by few I mean two). Well, the week of the race approaches and he realizes he's got to run 13 miles!! He is anxious and excited. The morning of the race comes and he is ready to go with his running shoes, iPod, and determination to finish. The race started at 7 a.m. and the boys and I took Trax downtown to meet up with him and watch him finish. I must say I am so proud of him! He did it. He ran all 13 miles and didn't walk except to drink water. He did it in 2 hours and 2 minutes!! Pretty good for his so-called "training"!! He loved it and plans to do it again next year. And with a little convincing from Mindy, we may go to San Fransisco and have him run in the marathon there in August!! Way to go Pato!

9 comments:

Patty R said...

That is so awesome, I'm so proud of him!

Kimberly said...

Robyn's sister-in-law just ran the same marathon! That is so cool. I like running, but after 45 minutes I get really bored and need to move on. What is his secret to not drinking soda...Devon can't go a meal without drinking it with soda.

The Lantz Family said...

Way to go Pat! What a superstar! You are inspiring.

Christi said...

That is so awesome!!! I've just started walking so I'm impressed. I know how hard it is for me to find time to walk let alone run. LOL How did he manage to give up soda? I still struggle with that one even though I've cut down. Pepsi is my weakness.

Alison said...

Congrats Pat! That's awesome! My brother-in-law did the biking portion since he's got bad knees and can't run. I'm very impressed!!

Megan said...

This is Megan, your swap partner! It was nice to hear from you! You too have such a cute family. I am excited to swap with you. It should be lots of fun! By the way, do you have a particular color scheme in your home? Just curious!

Mindy said...

AWESOME!!!! I'm so proud of Pat! And now he's inspiring ME because I think if he can do it that fast without training, I better get my butt in gear and do it even faster! Races are so dang addicting... My dream is to do one with my sister.... :) And SF with Pat would be SO COOL! Please sign up!!!

Shay said...

Congrats Pat! That is amazing that he did that without minimal training!

Kenna said...

Yay Pat! I ran my first Half Marathon this year, too! Well, ok, I only did the 5 Mile portion, but it was so much fun! Good for you! That's great. Maybe you and your little family should 'run' down to Moab sometime soon!! :)