Inspiration and My Invisible Training Partner

The orange and yellow hues of daybreak were just giving way to a brilliant blue sky as 15,000 runners stood quietly in the starting corral of the 2010 GO! St. Louis marathon and half marathon.

Editor's Letter

The orange and yellow hues of daybreak were just giving way to a brilliant blue sky as 15,000 runners stood quietly in the starting corral of the 2010 GO! St. Louis marathon and half marathon. There was a perceptible energy in the air as the national anthem was sung in the final seconds before the start. My good friend John and I stood ready among the masses, hands over hearts, facing the American flag, this day on which dreams would be fulfilled.

This piece of pavement on Market Street was our destination on a journey that began 3 months earlier on New Year’s Eve.

With my 41st birthday looming on the horizon, I decided to register for my first half-marathon. Having run very little since 8th grade intramural football, finishing a half-marathon seemed out of reach. Like something that only the athletic elite could accomplish.

But that evening while celebrating together with our families, John and I committed to running the GO! St. Louis half. Because of our conflicting work schedules, John and I never had the opportunity to train together. However, numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages between us provided tremendous motivation and encouragement. Knowing that John was training hard inspired me to do the same.

As we crossed the finished line together that day - well, not quite together… John beat my time by almost 10 minutes! – I had experienced one of the highlights of my life. John and I made a commitment. We trained. We encouraged. We inspired. And we accomplished. Together!

At GoFamz.com our slogan is “Fitness. Fun Together!” We believe that an active lifestyle shouldn’t be a burden – it should be a blast! We also believe that fitness is most achievable and maintainable in the context of family and friends. These important relationships provide an excellent source of inspiration and encouragement.

We would love for you, your family, and friends, to join our new community “GoFamz Connect.” Share your story, your goals, successes, and failures. Share your active lifestyle photos. Join or create a group that interests you and be inspired by others!

And when you make that commitment to run with a buddy, read The Running Buddy Prenup from author Amy Marxkors. Amy provides humorous, witty, and insightful tips for running with a partner. After you’ve read her article, you’ll definitely want a copy of her book The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner

Get fit. Have fun. Together!

Brian DeLay | Editor

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay is an airline pilot living in the Midwest with his wife and three children. As an avid runner and cyclist he has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and cycling "century" rides, and serves as the race director for the Run for the Ridge 5K. His favorite activities are those he shares with his family. Visit Brian on Google+

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