I started writing this column in hopes of inspiring readers to get moving and get healthy. Not everyone wants to run a marathon, but I think everyone can come up with some kind of fitness goal, no matter how small.
Through running I’ve met some of the most inspirational people. So even if my experiences don’t inspire you, I think their stories will.
I met two of my inspirations within the last week. The first was a tall, fit man who I could tell at first glance was former, or possibly current, military. (I learned later he was retired Army Special Forces.)
We crossed paths while running, and then ended up running side-by-side as we reached our turnaround points on a trail. He asked how far our group was running (14 miles that day), and told us he was at his 16th mile and would probably stop at 20. We talked marathons, and I learned he had run Boston in 2 hours and 49 minutes — two years before I was born...