I did it!

If you've been keeping up with THE BROWN BLOG, you've read that I've been training to run a half marathon. My brother, Joey, ran it as well. We ran in the Helvetia Half Marathon, which spans 13.1 miles of country road in the suburb of Hillsboro, Oregon. A beautiful run, filled with challenging hills, gorgeous countryside, and miles of sprawling farmlands. My goal was to finish. My secondary goal was to not be the last person to finish. I was successful at both. It was the toughest thing I've ever done physically to date. But it was worth the feeling of knowing that I had trained, I had done the hard work beforehand, and I accomplished what I set out to do.

Kara handed Caleb to me and I ran with him the last 50 feet.

Give me my medal, lady!
Some of the staff from Salem Alliance who stuck around after they finished to cheer me on.

Me and my bro, bunch of studs.
My sister, Juli came up to cheer us on too. I'm holding her stomach because my niece/nephew is in there.
My biggest cheerleader through this whole process, my wife.


  1. Woohoo! Congratulations!

    When's the next one?

  2. WAHOOOOO!!! Way to go, son-in-law! Words can't begin to express how proud I am of your accomplishment. Your determination to take this on and conquer it is amazing. You did this for yourself, motivated by your love for your family. What an incredible message of love to them. Thank you!
    I love you,
    Mama Kirsch

  3. WOW! A job well done. This is QUITE the accomplishment! Way to go, Jeff!

  4. Congrats Brownie!! What a great accomplishment! Andy and I ran Hood to Coast last year - never in my life did I think I would be a "runner" but its addicting isn't it?? =) I found your blog through Rachel's Blog - how fun to read about you and Kara and your cute little boy! Welcome to Oregon! We live in Sandy which is about 1 1/2 hours from Salem, if you guys are ever in the area or are feeling up for a short drive, we'd love to have you over for dinner sometime.
    P.S. If you guys want to check out our blog, its wearethewilson4.blogspot.com