Meet Ken – he likes photography and long walks on the beach and… Seriously though, he is an avid scuba diver; that’s kind of like walking on the beach. In the beach. And he was one of the photographers that provided us with some great shots for our Run of the Dead race.
Ken recently experienced the classic progression of a marathon runner through thoughts ranging from, “a marathon?” to “alright, I’ll do one” to “let’s do it again but faster!” This laissez-faire attitude was evident back in high school when on the first day of freshman orientation he decided to give cross country a shot simply because 90% of the class said they intended to participate in some sport. “Why not?” he thought.
About three years ago he picked up running again and did his first marathon in 2013. He started doing it more regularly and joined the Golden Legs Running group in Mundelein just as it was going defunct. They directed him to the LRC. And that’s where things got crazy…
After seeing some of the LRC folks doing multiple marathons, and setting and achieving big goals for 2016, he knew he could too and also have support along the way. He enjoys the enthusiasm, the experience, and all the activities the Club provides, so he decided he would go for not one but two marathons this year!
He received a free entry from the LRC for the Wisconsin Marathon in May and trained with us throughout the winter. Like the training, the race conditions were not pleasant – cold and windy. He found encouragement in the applause of family and Jenny, his girlfriend, and the few of us that ran along the course to cheer for him and other LRCers. 5 hours and 57 minutes later, he crossed the finish line.
One down, one to go.
For the Chicago Marathon, he would like to best his first marathon time of 5:30, in addition to taking his efforts one step further… Through Team One Step, a charity providing children’s oncology services, Ken will raise money to provide empowering, supportive, educational, and fun experiences (ski trips, whitewater rafting excursions, dude ranches) for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. You can help Ken reach his goal by kindly donating HERE.
Because of his go-with-the-flow demeanor, Ken is following the What-the-Hell-Does-Mike-Brunette-Know? training plan again (you know nothing Mike Brunette!). The summer plan incorporates our Libertyville High School track workouts which Ken credits for his ability to maintain a faster pace, for longer, which has helped him become a better long distance runner. That, and the chicken wings. Protein is good for you, right?
And so is chocolate milk, his go-to post-long-run indulgence. If you’re new to running, he recommends you try it. He also recommends leaning on the LRC for the wealth of knowledge and experience we possess. He was once one of those people that thought he couldn’t do a marathon. He has since learned to enjoy every step of the way. To have fun. To ask questions. The rewards achieved throughout training and once you cross that finish line are worth the efforts. So are the friends you pick up along the way.