Neal just completed his third marathon on Saturday. He ran the Top of Utah Marathon on two different occasions when he was in college, so this was his first stab and a new course. His finishing time was 3:14:50, about 4 minutes shy of qualifiying for the Boston marathon. He did a great job, despite not qualifying. I'm so glad it's over, and I didn't even run! Sally and I were able to spot him at a few points along the way and cheer him on. Thanks to our friend Chris, we have pictures.
Neal's commitment to training for this marathon has inspired me to run more. I doubt I'll ever run a marathon, but I may try to do a half marathon someday. I'll start small, though: the Sprint Thanksgiving Day 5K is coming up, and Neal and I are registered for it. It's become a tradition for us, and this will be the 4th year we've run in it (although I didn't run it, or even walk it, last year, since Sally was born just 3 days before). My goal is to finish in under 30 minutes. That sounds pretty pathetic given Neal just ran 26.2 miles in just over 3 hours, but everyone needs a starting point. I used to run quite a bit just to stay in shape, but since Sally was born, I've had a really hard time finding the time to run.