New Heights

Salmon ID marathonLast Saturday, I ran my second marathon.  I established a new p016e030ab4e683c188d1050b551d1d0c6b97dbf35dersonal best of 4:01:28 which I feel really good about.  I was going for four hours which I just missed, but it was still about twenty five minutes faster than my first marathon.  I am happy because we pretty much only stopped at the aid stations and an occasional five-second mental break.  This is way better for me because I normally need to stop running about every ten minutes.  But, now I know that I can push through and that gives me confidence.  From here, I just need to keep getting faster when I am running.  I am also happy because I got to spend the weekend with my dad and my brother, Ben.  Ben ran the marathon with us and killed it with a time of 2:54.  That was good enough for the win and 012a4664881e5f47aafcc1fc87955eb0b7a295b6e1qualifies him for Boston.  My dad also found out that there is a Boston-qualifying time for disabilities including autism of 6 hours, so I’m also a Boston Qualifier!  And my dad has qualified before too.  Now, he needs to run one by himself so he can qualify again.  Then, we’ll shoot for Boston 2020.  How cool would that be?  I am grateful to be able to run and to set ambitious goals.  I have good examples in my family to follow.  Thanks Dad and Ben for letting me be part of that world with you.  It is a life-saver for me.




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Aaron Jepson

I am a 21-year old male who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. I am only partially-verbal and have a very difficult time expressing my thoughts by mouth but I am able to type on an I-Pad. My goal in life is to help other people with disabilities, and to let the rest of the world know that most people with autism are intelligent and capable and can make a great contribution to this world. I am funny, athletic, and most of all, handsome. And I am a fast runner, a cool skier, and a sweet mountain biker.

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    Bonita Klingler says

    Your marathon experience is amazing. You are now among that special group that can persevere in what you set your mind to. We greatly admire you!

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    David Larson, MD says

    You studs!! congratulations on another marathon.

    i have been reading “musings” and “answers” for quite some time and you guys have taught me more about autism than i could learn from anyone else.

    the other thing you teach me is about having the guts to do things that are really really hard, whether it’s writing poetry or running a marathon. how hard is it? you know, God knows, and Jesus our savior knows–that’s it. like most of your readers, i can only imagine, read and learn more.

    but you guys inspire me–as do your wonderful parents–to manage the difficulties this life throws my way.
    thanks for taking the world head-on!
    thanks for sharing yourselves and your wisdom!
    thanks for lifting me higher with each entry i read.

    Dr Dave Larson

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