Wednesday, July 23, 2008

One of my running heroes

I figured that since I had both a picture *and* a story for today's post, it would be good cross-post fodder, so I put this on my photo blog also.

Last Sunday, my friend Roger and I went to the opening of a Road Runner Sports store nearby. We went not only to check out the store, but to meet one of my running heroes who happened to be doing an appearance there that day. His name is John Bingham, but if you're into running or read Runners' World, you might know him as "The Penguin."He came to running late in life, but since has completed 40 marathons and hundreds of 5K and 10K races. He also wrote a book on marathon training for non-runners, and another on how to start running--how to train, how to work it into your schedule, etc. He's also the man responsible for one of my favorite quotes for runners training for their first race: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." It definitely made me feel not quite so bad about my failed marathon attempts...the hard work, and the accomplishment, is just as much in the training as it is in the race itself.

Anyway...there wasn't much of a crowd there, so we stood and talked with John and his wife for probably 15-20 minutes. John's company organizes and manages the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon, so he was handing out and signing technical t-shirts (synthetic fabric, they carry the sweat away from your body--VERY good shirt to do training runs in!). John is a very personable and engaging guy with a big smile and words of encouragement for runners of any level.

One last kinda funny thing--John's wife was nice enough to take this picture of the three of us with my camera phone. She then took another shot with her camera--so the same picture showed up on his blog Monday. Hey, wow, I'm famous now!

More later...

8 Comments: said...

deja vous our jim,

hehehe. wasn't i just here? how many blogs do you have?

revel in the moment, beany :)

jtj3 said...

Just two blogs, Beany. I used to write and/or participate in a bunch more, but it just got to be too much to do. It cut into my picture-taking and running time, LOL!

Have a good day... said...

hi our jim ~
i just have the one blog. all of me is one the one. well, not quite all. i reserve some privacy :)

thanks for all the cute notes today. you made me grin. you made me laugh. you are so fun.

you rock, beany said...

stupid typo :)

on the one


one the one

snowelf said...

Look at you all rubbing elbows with famous people and stuff :P

Seriously, Jim--how awesome is it that you were able to meet someone who means so much to you!! Very exciting! I think it's so cool that you got to chat with him too. And of course, I wish you well with your current marathon training!! :)


p.s. Thanks for your concern about Maisy-kitty. I totally believe you have had the same coversations with Bella!! ;)

snowelf said...

How's the training coming Jim??
Do you know what I'm going to get to see in September?

I'll give you a hint. It's a car with a themesong... ;)


jtj3 said...

Snow, it totally made my day to meet the Penguin! Partially because I admire him, but also because he's a very approachable and humble guy.

Training is OK...not great, but OK. Need to post about it.

Oh, and the thing you get to see in September...does it look like this??? HA HA HA HA

Rick said...

Very cool, Jim. Hope the training goes well my friend and you get this elusive marathon notch in your belt. Are you doing the Chicago Distance Classic as well?