Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm taking time out in the name of love

I'm taking a time out from talking about my own running for a moment to acknowledge the loss of a great running mind.
The man behind the name Jim2 passed away on April 1st.
Anyone who frequents the runners world forums knows Jim2 as he has helped countless runners become more knowledgeable about running and taught us how to train smarter and hit our goals. His web site is a cornucopia of information and stats that is a must read for any geeky running nerd. (a fave is the Boston Qualifying statistics ).
Even through out his illness, Jim had a way of making his stories of treatment for cancer interesting, informative, and often hilarious. Having lost my own father to cancer almost 9 years ago, his recountings of his treatment rung familiar to me and I was saddened to hear of some one else going through this battle. His strength though his illness was an inspiration to me and something I will take with me from Hopkinton into Boston.
Rest in peace Jim2, you will be missed and remembered on roads and trails everywhere.


TiredMamaRunning said...

I think a lot of us are feeling the same way today about wanting to say something about Jim. He was a great resource for running information but just a good guy in general.

On a side note, I didn't know that your father had also passed away from cancer and just wanted to say sorry for your loss.

L.A. Runner said...

Cancer makes me so angry. How is it that we can send a man to the moon, but not cure this disease?

Thanks for sharing about your father. I'm so sorry to hear that, but I hope you are able to remember him fondly. Memories of loved ones can be used as a comfort when we feel sad.

Anonymous said...

it's a horrible horrible disease - i lost a sister to it

thanks for sharing about your Dad

i join you in thinking of Jim2 and his family and will train for my next in his honor