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September 2, 2014, 11:41 am
Bishop's Half-Marathon Blog

I got the penny!


I got the coveted penny! I ran 13.1 miles Saturday for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon!

 

Even though I wasn't nearly the "winner" of the race or of my class, I feel as if I have accomplished something amazing! You can see my actual time online at RunAbe.com.

 

What a rush! This whole journey has been eye opening.

Bishop with his post half-marathon penny!
Bishop with his post half-marathon penny!
Team Checkers!
Team Checkers!

 

I went from hating running to fully embracing the important health impacts of taking to the streets for a jog. Plus, I think I may have inspired several other people to take the initiative and get ready for long runs in the future!

 

I lost 40 lbs, quit smoking, gained a new appreciation for making the right nutrition choices and also ignited a new found sense of overcoming adversity and accomplishment.

 

I have to send out some mad props to a few people.

 

Firstly, big thanks has to go to my girlfriend Meghan for all the support she gave me in the months of training. She put up with quite a bit of me complaining of aching knees and also being tolerant of my crazy training schedule.

 

I also have to thank my general manager Mark Birch. He didn't have to, but he ran with me for the entire 13.1 miles Saturday. I know he could have made the race in well under 2 hours, but he kept with me for the race and gave me the real-time support! Thanks Mark!

 

Big props go to Team Checkers: Tiffany, Jaxon, Meesa, Adrienne, Paul, Siona, Cameron, Biz and others--Seeing you all early before the race and at mile 11 was a total morale booster!

 

Also, mad props to my mom who miraculously appeared at three different parts of the race AND the finish line! Wow!

 

Special thanks to AthletiCare and The Springfield Running Center for the training info and running equipment.  Without the knowledge you guys passed on, I wouldn't have been able to do what I did!

 

And, I can't go any further without thanking all of the amazing organizers and volunteers. You guys really made the race possible. I could have just gotten up and ran around for 13.1 miles ... but the experience was much bigger than the run. Seeing the smiling, clapping, and cheering volunteers at every intersection, at the water stops, at the finish line, was an absolute thrill!

 

Thank you all for your support! Here's to next year's 50th Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon!

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