400lbs man completes marathon

“I’d like to see the Kenyan improve his marathon time by two hours,” he joked.

That’s what Kelly Gneiting said after completing the second marathon of his life in nearly 10 hours of jogging and walking. Normally that would be a terrible time, but considering that the guy is a 400lbs sumo wrestler, I would say that’s pretty good.

I can’t say I’ve ever had a goal of running a marathon, but several of my Kilimanjaro group members were and are active runners, completing various running thing-a-ma-jigs. One of them, Jim Hodgson, even used to be a pretty big guy 10 years ago. Now he completes marathons and Ironman competitions fairly regularly, throwing in the occasional hike up massive boobs. It’s an inspiration, even to a skinny guy. I’m still not going to be in the Boston Marathon anytime soon, but I am going to make it my goal to run at least 10 miles straight by the end of the summer, with an ultimate goal of 15.

If a 400lbs guy can do it, so can I.

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A Quantum of Knowledge

Just a quick blogroll update: After reading A Quantum of Knowledge, I’ve decided to add it to the blogroll links on the right side of the site here.

Take a look.

Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the blog of Jim Hodgson, bike and font enthusiast.

The story of my Kilimanjaro trip

Okay, maybe this isn’t the story of my Kilimanjaro trip, but it is a damn fine story and I was on Kilimanjaro. It’s just told from the point of view of story-teller, group member, bicycle- and font-enthusiast, not-Schwarzenegger look-a-like, writer Jim Hodgson. Take a look.

Not for the first or last time, I reflected on how lucky Mike and I were to get the group of companions that we did.

That refers to a different Michael, but the sentiment is true for me as well.