It was at the 2013 Half Marathon finish area that my husband (Robert Rieckman, bib #3582) had a heart attack and we spent the following week at MUSC. He’s recovering now and just got the ok to start running again. I’m prettty sure we won’t be back in 2014, but perhaps 2015?
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My husband, Robert, and I came to Charleston to run the Half Marathon and planned to return the next day to Michigan. After the finish line, (also the shrimp and grits line,) but before the shuttle back to our hotel, we took a side trip to MUSC. My husband had emergency heart surgery. Here we went, still in our running clothes, bibs pinned to our chests, straight to the cardiac cath lab, and then to surgery. All along the way, we were helped by the wonderful city of Charleston. Thank you to many, many, people who’ll never know how grateful we are.
I am 47 and have been running for 3 years having used this activity to prepare for adult league hockey and competing against players 15 plus years younger than myself. I started off using Nike software and my i-touch to determine how I was doing and plannning my workouts and found with time that my true love was being able to improve my running ability and hoping hockey didn’t get in the way. I have switched to using GPS technology and that actually has made training easier in getting ready for the Bayshore Marathon and Chicago Marathon. I look forward to being in the South and being able to race in January while everything is frozen over here in Kalamazoo.
Hi! My name is Summer and this is my first Half Marathon ever! Two things have brought me to this event. First, breaking my weight loss plateau and second, the urge to run! However, during my training I have learned a few things about myself. I have always felt like a quiter. I actually have a history of quiting things when things get too hard and believe me I wanted to back out of this race plenty of times. I have spent a lot of time praying and everytime I would cry out I can’t do this, God would bring Phillipians 4:13 to mind. With that verse, the added benefit that I have paid a registeration fee, and now the paid for hotel room backing out doesn’t seem like an option. The Charleston Half Marathon for me will be proof that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (phil 4:13) and that I am not a quiter! I can’t wait to see y’all there.
As we all prepare for the race on Saturday, I’ve written a short blog post about my experience. Like many, this will be my first marathon, and I’m feeling so many emotions that I can’t even put it into words. Training for this marathon has easily been the most life-changing event in my life thus far, and finishing the race will simply be the cherry on top of an already awesome sundae!