Boston Here I Come!
As you know, I started running in effort to get in shape, after my primary care physician told me I was very healthy for a 52 year old (I was 38 at the time). I worked up to running the Disney Marathon in January of 2012, and subsequently ran five more marathons after that (Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Akron, Detroit, and most recently Philadelphia). No midlife crisis is complete, however, without overdoing it. I ran the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Race in July--somehow.
But, I'm 41 now. Apparently, the midlife crisis is continuing. I don't particularly like sports cars, so I decided to try to run the Boston Marathon. I looked up the qualifying time I would need to enter, and my 52 year old heart skipped a beat (okay, maybe it was the Red Bull, followed by two cans of PepsiMax, followed by the cup of hospital coffee) when I saw that I would need to run under 3 hours and 15 minutes in a qualifying marathon. My fastest time--absolute fastest--is 4 hours and 15 minutes. I'd need roller blades and a jet pack to make 3 hours and 15 minutes.
I started looking at the rest of my bucket list. I really need to finish Boston before I try shark diving, as it's hard to finish a marathon if I'm missing part of a leg. I'm worried that the closed head injury that I'll get as part of the cage fighting experiment would result in such a poor sense of direction that I would run the wrong way for the Boston Marathon, so that has to wait until afterwards. Since spiders and other creepy-crawlies make me scream like a five-year-old girl and jump up on chair, my spelunking expedition to the Center of the Earth has been postponed pending the completion of some serious cognitive behavioral therapy.
But, as you know, there is always hope. The American Liver Foundation (ALF) sponsors a running team for the Boston Marathon. I can get in by raising donations, rather than making the time cut. Please help me raise the funds by clicking on the yellow (jaundiced) "Sponsor Me" button to the right.
As a bonus, for anyone donated $50, I will send you the photographs of me from Erica's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team-in-Training (TNT) fundraiser. As you may remember, when I ran Disney with the ALF's Liver Life Challenge Team last year, she ran with the TNT. She was a bit behind on her fundraising, and as an incentive, I posted on her Facebook page that whichever of us hit our goal first didn't have to wash dishes for a year. As you can imagine, people went to bat for her and she rapidly made her goal. The somewhat surprising part is that most of those folks were my friends and coworkers.
Thank you again for your support.
Thank you for supporting the Run for Research 2013 on April 15, 2013!
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