Brain’s understanding about what the marathon means to Cincinnati comes from his own experience in running it. He started running on a health quest but found much more.
“I started running as a solo activity to lose weight,” Mains recently explained. “I run because of the friendships I’ve made while training. I see the physical and mental benefits from the exercise.”
Mains joined the Running Spot training group seven years ago when he decided to run a full marathon, which was just before his 35th birthday.
He added the tattoo recently after he turned 40.
“I figured I ran enough marathons at that point to feel I earned the tattoo,” Mains explained. “The Flying Pig has affected my life in many ways. Beyond meeting new friends and introducing me to a healthier lifestyle, the marathon has pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of.”
One other neat tidbit about his tattoo: the little hash marks on the pig’s wings represent each marathon he has completed. There is room for more.
Brian is often the guy I bounce ideas off when it comes to running or the Flying Pig. A couple of years ago when I noticed a guy basicallly sprinting down Gilbert Avenue each morning shortly before 8 a.m., he was the guy who told me it was Harvey Lewis, the Badwater 135 ultramarathon champion.
Harvey would run to work. So we did what any respectable crazy reporters would do – stop him one morning. Here is that story.
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