"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

What is your favorite running moment?

This post is in reply to Christina's running question challenge here. 

Running Question Challenge - Question 1:

What is your favorite running moment?


I have a few favorite running moments, but the one that stands out is my first marathon finish. This was long ago, February 1985, and what makes it so special is that my dad ran the whole race with me. He paced me for a 6min/km run (04:12) and we finished in 04:12:01! It was really special and I know now how privileged I was to have a dad that could do that for me. He was really proud of me and that added something more to the moment.

I've always admired my dad. He ran his 1st marathon in 1983 when he was 52 years old in 03:34:29. I've never been able to beat that. My best is 03:49:27.


Stephen said...

This is so cool Johann! Must have been special if you still remember it like that.

Christina said...

What a neat memory running your first marathon with your dad. That's amazing too that he ran his first one at 52. It goes to show you that you can never be too old to start anything.

Running Through Life said...

What a touching story! It must be a great memory for every marathon you run.

Tricia said...

What a lovely story!

Johann said...

Thanks guys! I'm doing a little story about my dad for his 80th birthday next month. He'll be 80 on the 3rd of Feb. Watch this space!

ShutUpandRun said...

I'd agree. There is nothing like that exact moment when you cross the finish line of your first marathon, no matter how many years ago it was!

Natalia said...

What a nice story! I look forward to reading more about the running scene in South Africa. In the meantime.....mooi loop!