Young considers himself a runner now, but he wasn’t always.
“I started running after my dad passed away from a heart attack,” he said.
That was in 2007, on the same day the Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett, and Young’s father, Tom Young, was just 56.
Young had been health conscious before, but his father’s death deepened his resolve to take care of his body, so he started running a few miles a day, just as a workout.
Then he ran a few races during the summer. He has run 5Ks and 10Ks, and he said the farthest he has run so far is 13.1 miles, half the length of a marathon.
“Now, I’m doing this,” Young told the Globe. Young, 38, is trim but stocky, thick through the chest and arms.
His days begin at about 5 a.m., as he likes to run before work becomes hectic. He’ll aim for a few miles, maybe more, and that figure is increasing as the Marathon nears.
He wears a Nike Fuelband fitness tracker that tells him how many steps he has taken, and he has an app on his phone that tells him the total distance he covered.
On Young’s twitter account (@jamieallenyoung), almost every tweet details his daily runs — like clockwork, a new update pops up early each morning.