Another Brother Update

In case you’re interested in brother news, he recently ran the Columbus Half Marathon with an ambitious goal…..

But before I get to that, if you’re unfamiliar with my brother’s badassness, I wrote about his weight loss here (80 pounds now and counting!!) and about his first half marathon ever here (where he almost beat me!), and his most recent 5k (where he did beat me, my PR that is!).

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Me and the bro after his first half marathon

Me and the bro after his first half marathon

After his 5k PR (and 5th place overall AND 3rd in Age Group win!!)

After his 5k PR (and 5th place overall AND 3rd in Age Group win!!)

So his goal for his second half marathon ever??? Sub 2 hours.

He was pretty nervous leading up to the race having felt he hadn’t trained as hard as his first. I assured him that his paces during his training all projected a sub 2 finish. He had it–he just had to keep telling himself that (really, Helly? Listen to your own advice!!)

My sister and her friends had driven up to Columbus for his big day and made him some pretty sweet signs, LOL

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And I made sure I registered for runner tracking not caring it would be 4 in the morning my time–heck, I’ve woken up earlier than that to run! 😉 I actually woke up a little before my alarm and sent him a quick good luck text.

Then my phone buzzed that my runner had crossed the start line ❤

I didn’t want to obsessively track the little dude on the course line, so I hit my pillow and when I felt he was about 5k in, I checked.

He was on pace!!

At mile 9, still going strong.

My phone beeped not too long after that. He was cramping. I texted him telling him he was doing so good, to not stop now!

But I began to worry. He didn’t have a lot of wiggle room as he’d been hitting the paces right on.

It was going to be a close one.

And then…my phone beeped again.

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HE DID IT. I screamed to my husband that my brother had done it!! He ran a sub 2!!

I immediately texted him, wishing I was there to give him the hugest hug.

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I never doubted him. He’s been shocking the hell out of me but not once did I not think he could do this. He is so amazing and such an inspiration. I keep telling people that he is what hard work will do. He is the anything is possible.

I texted him a little while after the race to see how he was feeling.

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He is my champ. ❤

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Who’s running, who’s racing? And who’s dressing up??? I’ve got a Haunted 1/2 tomorrow 😀 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  

❤ , helly

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29 responses

  1. I love when you write about your brother because I can just tell how much pride you have in him and how much joy you feel that he’s excited about life and running. So sweet ❤

  2. Ummm this might be the weirdest thing ever but I kind of teared up reading this! As someone who is dying to PR in a half and lets my brain get in the way every time I get close, I am so excited for him for pushing through!!!! Tell him congrats from Alaska!

  3. Well, just like all the commenters above I teared up reading this post too! I can tell how fiercely proud you are of your brother and for good reason – what an inspiring story and a great race!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Everything about this is amazing. We were sitting with friends tonight and discussing how running can really change your life. Your brother is a true testament to that. 80 pounds and a sub 2 hour 1/2? Incredible!

    • He really is though. I *can* believe all that he’s done because I’ve know he’s had it in him but I sometimes am in disbelief of how much he’s changed. We’ve always wanted what’s best for him and to see our prayers come true is amazing.

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