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Boston Marathon

On Monday, April 18, Michael Westphal successfully finished the Boston Marathon with a time of three hours and 38 minutes. And as demonstrated in the documentary “Outrunning Parkinson’s,” Michael has accomplished his larger goal — motivating others every step of the way.

Ten years ago [when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s], I wasn’t sure how happy I would be, but this year has turned out to be one of the most fulfilling of my life. Raising funds for a purpose enriches your life. And I’m going to continue supporting Team Fox, because I believe that by working together, we can and we will succeed in finding a cure.

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YAY for both of you!


I was th;inking of applying to the DC marathon.  Do you think it is a realistic or even desirable goal? I racewalk and have finished the NYC marathon of 1999 in 4 hours and 20 minutes racewalking but the training is gruelling and can be stressful.  I also don't know how to raise money or organize a team to support me.


If this is  a goal you would like to do then do it. But if you look at it as a chore you may find it will sent you back.  Set goals that you feel you can complete and that make you feel good. 

" Do you think it is a realistic or even desirable goal" sounds like you may not want to do it. 

Bottom line do what ever makes you feel good.


Good advice.  My greatest hesitancy is the gruelling training period and being so tired.  The attraction is the knowledge and feelings of empowerment that comes afterwards.  When I completed the last marathon the empowering feelings lasted for a long time but I told myself, check that off the list; been there done that feeling. The problem with the NYC marathon is the hours of waiting; getting to Staten Island and crowds.  I assume the Marine Corps Marathon in DC would be easier but less exciting.

Anyhow, Bailey, thanks for encouragement.

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Sorry but I just don't believe we were made to run 26 miles.  Not me anyhow!  Did a half marathon once and this was enough to confirm my suspicions.


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