How many of us have had a dream, a goal, a shining fantastical moment that we hope will come true? All of us have. And if I can take a moment from my blog to get personal, let me share this.
This morning, my best bud Jeremy McNamara – my trivia teammate and long-time good guy – has a chance to claim that dream for his own.
In his spare time, J-Mac competes in triathalons and marathons and Ironman competitions, and he’s quite good for his age group. So good, in fact, that he now has a chance to compete in one of the golden competitions of the running world.
This morning, J-Mac will compete in the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon. And if he can finish the marathon with a personal best time of 3:05 or better, he would qualify to run in the 2017 Boston Marathon.
Yeah. If J-Mac can run like Rocky Balboa through the streets of Philadelphia, running along the Delaware River and Fairmont Park and the Schuylkill, and if he can finish with a time of 3:05 or better, he will earn a spot to run from Hopkinton to Kenmore Square.
All it takes is one run. 26 miles and 385 feet. And then he can achieve a spot in the Mecca of long-distance running.
He can do this. I know him. He’ll keep running until his shoes fall apart or his legs give out. I have all the faith and confidence that he’ll complete this task.
Right now, as this blog post is being written, J-Mac is at the starting line.
You got this, J-Mac. Get the cheesesteaks now…
And six months later, you can feast at Kenmore Square.
Good luck, bro.
And let me repeat…
You got this.
UPDATE: J-Mac hit the 10K line with a time of 42:43.
At the halfway mark, he clocked in at 1:30:25.
He reached the 30K line at 2:08:03.
And he crossed the finish line at 3:02:28. Hello Boston!!