I guess that was the beginning. Jim and I had chatted in passing at different running events over the years, but neither one of us is terribly forward. I blame it on engineer brain. Jim's a computer engineer. I'm an electrical engineer who has reformed somewhat by turning into a human factors engineer. Jim runs. I run. After a few emails back and forth, somehow we wound up running the Tecumseh Trail Marathon together. It must have been divine intervention.
I could tell you about the time years ago when I beat Jim at a half marathon one cold January 1st. Well, okay, he had just run the Huff 50K a few days before, but whatever. Apparently he looked for me after the race, but I was gone baby gone. I could also mention the time I was running in the marathon in Knoxville, TN, and thought I saw him going the opposite direction, and yelled, "Jim!" I wasn't even sure it was him so when he didn't turn around, I assumed it wasn't and kept going. I mean, why in the world would he be running a marathon in Tennessee when we both lived in Ohio??? I beat him in Knoxville, too. ;-)
Since the cold water, ice bath, mud fest that was the Tecumseh Trail Marathon, a lot has happened. Jim evened out the win / loss record. He might even be winning, but I'll never admit it. We've run many miles and races together.
Jim is a born and bred Ohioan. He has always called Ohio home. He became a runner from an early age when he ran many a mile with his dad, and he's always been a car guy.
He's dad to the Madcat, and as you can tell by these pictures, he might be a little goofy. They always say you want to find someone with a sense of humor, right?! Winner, winner chicken dinner...
|Minecraft Madcat and Pokemon Jim|
|Marine Corps Marathon|
|Finishing my 1st 50 miler|
After living in Tennessee for quite a few years and running a few ultras, I found my way to Ohio with a new job. I also found many trails and bike paths. I had never seen anything quite like it! My love of the outdoors grew and so did my relationship with God. Moving to Ohio has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.