What do you consider one of your greatest achievements in life?
Completing the 1985 Nationwide/Bank One Marathon in Columbus, Ohio stands above the rest. While my time of three hours, fifty minutes, and 22 seconds is nowhere close to being great, it put me at 177th place in the group of 509 men in the 30-34 age group, almost to the top third in the field. The marathon is the only running event where I would stand at the starting line and wonder if I would complete the race today. The question at the beginning of half-marathons or shorter races was how long would it take me to finish. I attempted three marathons in my early thirties and only completed the 1985 start. The other two I stopped around seventeen miles due to physical problems. The first “failure” was due to improper running shorts causing a chafing issue. The other one was knee pain that was bad enough to make me worry if continuing to run would cause permanent damage. But in all three races, I was in great physical condition and had the super-low body-mass index of a marathoner