Saturday, March 17, 2012

Action 188 - Honor Heroes (Mile 3).

I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.

Action 188 - Honor Heroes (Mile 3). I will run mile three in honor of 1st Lt. Michael Johnson. He is remembered as the latest link in a family of Marine veterans, a proud husband, and a man most comfortable in the great outdoors. I will run as a tribute to a fallen Marine Corps Brother.

1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, 25, of the U.S. Marine Corps 7th Communications Battalion, 3rd Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, died September 8, 2009 while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife Durinda Johnson.

(Photo and summary courtesy of CrossFit Lafayette.)


  1. WOW...this is an amazing thing you are doing!

    I love the idea b/c in addition to honoring fellow Marines, it also gives you something outside of yourself to fight for though each mile of the marathon. When I was terrified of doing that uphill race last June, I asked a friend to send me some texts that I could read when the going got rough. One of them said I should think of all the people that would give anything to be in my shoes in that moment....the ones that obesity has robbed of the ability to even walk across the street, much less up a mountain. Or the ones with terminal illnesses or disabilities that preven them from doing something like that. And when I was struggling on that mountain and read that it gave me the strength to keep on going, to honor those who couldn't do it, for whatever reason.

    I love love LOVE what you are doing here. Amazing stuff.

  2. Thank you. It's true, I am hoping to feel the strength, the courage, and the determination of each of these Marines as I run. It's just one more small way that their legacies live on.