About

My earliest memories include some form of running. Whether it was playing Run the Bases, Hide the Belt and Jailbreak as a child, or hoops, street hockey and football as a teenager, I was always running. I didn’t run a long-distance race until after I graduated from high school, and then discovered I could run stronger as I aged. I qualified for the Boston Marathon at the age of fifty, the same year I won my first running award at the Bermuda Marathon. I ran my thirteenth marathon in November 2012.

My interest in writing also began at an early age. My first published piece was a 1977 letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer to protest the French government’s release of the mastermind of the Munich Olympics terrorists attack. After twenty years working construction, I took a job as an industry analyst and began writing industry studies.

When the new millennium arrived, I had a brainstorm to run my second marathon twenty years after my first. I kept a training log that became my memoir, Twenty-four Years to Boston, which was published by St. Johann Press in 2013 and is available on Amazon.com.

The past few years my interest ventured to fiction. I recently completed a short story collection titled Once A Welder about blue-collar culture, and my first novel titled Miracle on Federal Street about a young Irish shipyard welder who discovers he has unique abilities. Upcoming projects include stories that pick up where Twenty-four Years to Boston ended, with a focus on aging and running; and a travel book about a challenge I will undertake to celebrate my sixtieth year. In my spare time I write essay, nonfiction and short stories from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. You can read some of the work I’ve published nationally and locally at my Portfolio.

 

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34 Responses to About

  1. Hello there!

    I just wanted to personally thank you for your comment about my love letter post on TheSeeds4Life. For some strange reason, I’m not able to reply to your comment directly on there. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and I hope to see you around on the Etheric Archives blog! http://www.ethericarchives.com

    -Eva

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  2. Thank you for the like on Intermittent Fasting. I am sure, as a runner, that you have a one point or another, run on a lower than usual energy supply.
    The picture of Hermit’s Rest caught my eye, having lived in Az. for over 25 years. I look forward to coming back to your site and spending more time.
    Bob

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  3. Wow Jim, to say you are a work in progress is an understatement. I am so impressed with where you started and where you are at this point in time. You are a true example of “it is never too late to be what you might have been.” Talk about following your dreams! in terms of your success as a marathon runner as well. My son just started pole vaulting as a freshman in high school. Your blog, from my very quick visit is fascinating and I look forward to returning to study further. I love to write and have written a few short stories about my wonderful parents on my blog. If you ever have time, you may enjoy, two I love…https://nynkblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/whisked-away-2/ and https://nynkblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/in-the-company-of-women-2/. Lately, I have become obsessed with the photography challenges on wordpress. A wonderful diversion when I have writer’s block but I am working on something I will post soon 🙂 Have a lovely evening.

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      It was your photography that first caught my attention, followed by your writing and upbeat message. That’s all it took to begin following your blog and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed reading about your wonderful parents, your minimalist Mom and the tribute to your Dad which had me smiling (I’m sure he was smiling too.) Many connections with my family, my Dad was a native New Yorker who bounced between Hell’s Kitchen and Queens, and his parents immigrated from County Clare, Ireland. I too, have pictures of my Dad, Mom and the rest of my family at the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC. I was 10. Good luck to you, your son with his pole vaulting, and keep writing and shooting. Be well.
      jim

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      • Born in Jackson Heights Queens and lived there for first seven years of my life. Working on story regarding returning to visit my next door neighbor Mary, after my dad died and indeed finding her still in same home at age 95 living alone but in wonderful health and spirit She gave me a tour of her home (exactly as I remember, you can go back!) and even let me open bottom drawer of her break front in dining room which always contained Juicy Fruit gum. The scent was still there. Amazing and nostalgic. Working title is “Finding Mary.” My dad was restaurant owner for many years in NYC (Restaurant Associates). Prior to owned ran bars in Queens with his brothers. Ended his career at Rosie O’Grady’s restaurant (52nd and 7th) as general manager and part owner. Myself and sisters all waitressed there during college years and summers. Great memories though I can’t bring myself to visit “Rosie’s” quite yet as I will always have the vision of him standing tall (6″4) at podium of front desk when you first entered…

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        • Jim Brennan says:

          What a full and vibrant life, your entire family. The way you tell it, I would have loved to ordered a Guinness from your Dad at Rosie O’Grady’s. You write with energy and passion for life. Never stop, Kathy!

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  4. Mike says:

    I ran for a bit. Once when I was young and being chased, and again in my 30’s, for just a few miles at a time. Did a hell of a lot of running playing tennis for 30 years. Now I play pool. Thanks for showing the way to your work, Jim.

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      I did my fair share of running from the cops when I was a kid myself. In fact, that may have been the start of it all. I’m glad you found your way here, running or not.
      jim

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  5. Thom Hickey says:

    Delighted to have found you here Jim and I look forward to lots more reading! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

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  6. Tony says:

    HI, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a post. I am enjoying my visit to yours. Very impressed at the spectrum of experience you have. Makes for great grist in the writer’s mill.

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  7. Brittany says:

    I often joke that I will finally qualify for Boston when I’m in my 70’s or 80’s because the finish time is so high. I am not at all fast, so this may just happen!! 🙂 Better late than never.

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      I’m living proof of your theory, Brittany. And here’s another angle, find the right marathon. I won my first running award when I was fifty at the Bermuda International Marathon. Bermuda is a remarkable marathon with elite marathoners and former Olympians in the field, but the field is less than 100 runners. There were only fifteen in the 50-54 age group and I unknowingly passed a guy at mile 22 who would have won the bronze. So never stop!

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  8. Thanks, Jim, for stopping by my blog and liked it. God Bless!

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  9. Hey Jim, besides reblogging your post on the 27th mile (which I already did), and buying the book eventually, do you know if there is anything else a guy like me can do to contribute in some small way to this project?

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      imarunner2012, I am honored and humbled. Not sure when I’ll get to posting the requirements, but it’s on my list and I sincerely appreciate your following and support. Thank you,
      jim

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  10. gellipower says:

    Hey Jim – thanks for following us – and now we’re following you. Really enjoying your blog and the way you write. Looking forward to your next post. We’re like minded souls.

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  11. veggiereader says:

    Hi,
    just wanted to stop by and let you know i really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for Versatile blogger award. If you are interesting in accepting, here is my nomination blog with the details. If not, no worries. you have a nice shout out on my blog.
    http://veggiereader.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/day-129-blog-love-part-deux/

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      Yes, I’m honored Veggie Reader. I can’t recall how I first found your blog, but I know I follow you because you are fresh, honest and upbeat. Each post you reveal what a wonderful spirit you have. Plus, anyone who can write as easily about the marathon as they can marinara sauce has definitely got it going on. Thanks for the endorsement and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you.
      jim

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  12. veggiereader says:

    I have nominated you for the sunshine award. I think your blog is awesome and I love what you are doing. It is inspiring to read about your goals and progress and all the running you do. Here is a link to the nominating post if you would like to know more about the award ☺
    http://veggiereader.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/day-82-blog-love/

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      Thanks so much Veggiereader. I’m honored. I remember navigating your blog some time ago, now I’m a follower. Your pictures of the Kass Marathon are amazing, and to run a marathon over 2,000 meters above sea level… Wow! And you are up to 82 pound weight loss. Be proud.

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  13. kpetro13 says:

    You’ve run 14 marathons? Good lord, that is incredible. I’m toying with the idea of running my first marathon sometime in the relatively near future. I’d love to talk shop with you, and thank you for the wonderful comments on my blog 🙂

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      This November will make my 13th, but who’s counting. I have about forty years of running experience I could bore you with, but don’t want to send you running for the exit. These days I’m into low-stress running. You can check out a blog I posted last August for starters, “A Practical Approach for First-time Marathoners.” I plan to begin posting periodic advice for runners planning, or at least thinking about doing a marathon. I don’t want to over-simplify, it’s grueling. But so is studying for a degree, writing a book or raising kids. It’s not as complicated as spliting an atom, like some would like to lead you to believe. You just have to make the commitment and do the work. Thanks for writing, and stay tuned.

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