Derrick McDaniel

Derrick grew up in Deer Park and was a member of the track and cross country teams. In 2003 he started working at a chemical plant, and over the years he has risen through the ranks. He also met his wife, and they now have 3 children ages 11, 8, and 4. During this time, Derrick would occasionally run a few miles, but by 2016, he had completely stopped running. He was working 7-days/week on turnarounds at the plant and was always too tired to do anything more than sleep at home. He says that even though his paycheck was bigger from all of overtime he was accumulating, his life at home was also suffering. His kids were becoming more involved in activities, and Derrick was missing their games, performances, and parties. Finally, on New Year’s Day of 2017, he had enough. He asked his boss if he could step down from his job as a manager at the plant. He cared more about being home than the pay cut. Also, he weighed 179-lbs and was frustrated at how much weight he had gained. Derrick decided he wanted to train for a marathon and headed out the door to do 5-miles. He says it was painful and humbling. He could not even do 1-mile in less than 8-minutes, which was the slowest he ever remembers running 20-years ago in high school. He sat his wife (who is not a runner) down and tried to explain that he would need extra time to run, but that he felt like it was something he needed to do. A year later, Derrick is down to 133-lbs and running 60 -miles per week. He comes to Memorial Park on Sundays where he zooms around the trail for his long runs. In October he finished 10th Overall in the Space City 10-Mile race. Derrick hopes his story of becoming active again inspires others who have stopped exercising. In college he was running 10-miles in ~53-minutes. His race in October was a tad over 60-minutes. He thought he had a shot at running 2:50 in#houstonmarathon2018 next week, however a recent foot injury has him questioning whether that will happen. He is thankful for his wife and kids who are proud of his success and excited to cheer him on. Derrick says it really does not matter how fast he runs, because it will be his first marathon and a PR!

— with Derrick McDaniel.