Let the TAPER begin!
I put 21 miles on the books yesterday. What a great feeling it was to come to a stop after 3.5 hours of straight running. Trotting, really. Like I said before, I am not fast. Tortoise, not the hare. That begin said, with 20 days to go, I am pretty much staring this race right in the face!
I will confess my fears here and now. This will be my 4th time in the ring with the Boston Marathon and it is NOT easy. Running 21 miles yesterday reminds me of what it feels like to “hit the wall.” Around mile 18, my body just says, “That’s enough, thank you very much.” I am not built like a true runner that just bounces and glides along, feet barely touching the ground. But what I am is determined and committed. I push through those last 8 miles. It is torturous at times. I want to stop again and again. But finishing the race is the only option, so I put one foot in front of the other. I can almost hear the cheers and can envision the fans urging us along. That brings a smile to my face.
Yes, marathons are hard. I choose to do this one again and again because it make me feel great. The sense of accomplishment I feel when I turn the corner toward the finish line is up there in my top ten best feelings ever! But even more than that, fundraising for Dana-Farber makes me feel amazing. In the past 4 years, I have raised over $45,000 and counting! Please help me cross the $50,000 mark! 100% of your donations go straight to innovative cancer research. You can’t beat that with a stick.
You will be hearing a lot from my in the next 20 days…thank you to those of you who have already supported me.
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