02 August 2009

Family Half-Marathon - Columbia, South Carolina

My sister, Lisa, was getting married on Saturday (congratulations, Lisa!), so she wanted to run a half-marathon on Friday. It was supposed to be a bit bigger crowd than this, but my brother, Adam, and his wife, Jen, were in a bad car accident a few weeks ago that kept her in the hospital for too long and kept them from making the trip. Get well, Jen! We missed you both.

Me, Melanie, Lisa, Dad (7 months after his quadruple-bypass)

The humidity woke up before our 5:30 a.m. start. The air bath reminded me of all those good years growing up in Houston. There was some construction on part of the river trail, so instead of a single out-and-back we had to do a couple shorter out-and-backs to make up the distance.

It was great to see my dad pounding pavement so soon after his heart operation. He feels much better now, though he still has some lingering chest pain doing certain things - lifting, etc. He's so motivated to run and he's an inspiration to all of us. He's already looking for a fall 50 k or trail marathon.

It was great running with Melanie and Lisa for the first time, too. Lisa recently completed her first two marathons and Melanie is training for her first.

We had a great, sweaty time.

Morning blurs

Dad running through the rising sun

3 (of the seven!) Amigos

Keep running!



  1. What a great way to commemorate the event.

  2. Great post Scott! Thanks for the shout out. I hope I'll pounding the pavement soon. Your dad is definitely an inspiration to me as I recover. I was already registered for both the San Antonio & Houston marathons, so we'll just wait and see :)

  3. mel had told me that you guys were maybe going to do this. how fun! what a great memory! i absolutely love that first pic of the four of you. those mcmurtreys have running in their blood!

  4. Hey, its shame Adam & Jen had to miss out. Great news that your dad is making a strong recovery.

  5. That's fantastic! When I did my marathon my folks did the half and my brother came out and cheered us on. There's nothing quite like getting the whole family involved eh!

  6. Amazing that you could run in that humidity! It was thick. Great run.

    A few pictures from the wedding are over at my blog.

  7. Wish I could've been there.