I received an e-mail from a reader named Dan. He read the story of Lauren Kaminsky and decided to reach out to me and the Chicago Endurance community. I want to hear from you (constructive help only). What advice, direction, motivation can you offer Dan,to help him make it across the line. This is what I love about The Pace of Chicago, it's about our community of athletes and people are starting to turn to this community (which includes you) looking for help, advice and guidance.
Dan, I am calling you out. Right here, right now. If you sign up for a charity and raise the money, I will run with you, every step. Who else wants to "play?" I won't name names...yet, but there are several Tribune/Chicagonow staffers, who run and could help out...Ahem!!!!
Below is the e-mail exchange.
I just read your post about this year's marathon! Sounds like an amazing yet brutal day.
Ok, so here's the scoop. I'm a fat guy, father of two wonderful daughters. The oldest was born with a heart defect...our family has a history with heart disease. I had set a goal to complete the Chicago Marathon.
My reasons/ inspiration:
- My oldest daughter Kaelyn (4-1/2 years old), who was born with a defect and had open heart surgery at 2 days old
- My second daughter, Penny (7 months old)...I don't want to be the fat guy who keels over at 50 and leave her, my oldest and my wife like that.
- My dad, and both grandfathers...all three had heart attacks. My dad has gotten in shape, walks daily, rides his bike and has managed his Diabetes II and his heart extremely well!
- To kick start getting in shape. I want to grow old with my wife and I want to be around and see my girls grow up.
Why email you? Well, you said to...see, I chickened out; I didn't register, didn't run and now regret it. After reading about your's and Lauren's day, I feel inspired again.
I want to start preparing for the 2010 Chicago Marathon. I'm looking for tips, guidance, etc...I have no idea where to begin, I just feel like this would be a damn good thing to do.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for writing to me and for sharing your story.
Lets get started to get you across that line.
1. Where do you live? There are a lot of great teams and coaches out there, so knowing where you live can help.
Have you thought about hiring a coach. I am a tight ass. I hired a
coach to train me for the Ironman, I felt like I had to get every
dollar out of every workout. So being cheap, pushed me to succeed:)
It seems like you are an obvious fit to be a charity runner. They are
a great way to get motivated for a few reasons. First, you are running
and training for a great cause. Second, they pay for everything,
training, entry etc. However, in a lot of cases, if you don't meet
your charitable goals, it comes out of your pocket. More motivation to
4. Can I post your letter on The Pace and see if we
can get coaches and teams to chime in. If not, not to worry, but it
could be a good way to get you going.
5. Make a goal, stick
to it. If it's Chicago next year, then sign up, go to Fleet Feet and
buy shoes and start to train. That single task of setting the goal is
the hardest but the most important.
Here we go.