BENEFITING: CRADLES TO CRAYONS INC
ORGANIZER: CRADLES TO CRAYONS INC
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
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Dear Friends and Family
This is it, the final edition of the Marathon update. An apology on the delay as it has taken me a couple of days to get back to normal and to get the legs functioning again. So let me begin again by saying thank you and sharing how truly humbled I am at your generosity to help raise money for such a worthy cause as Cradles to Crayons. Collectively you have helped raise more than $13,000 for C2C, and as a team C2C raised over $80k – that is some serious support for kids in desperate need.
The day is one that I won’t soon forget. There are so many images that I think of. The B.A.A. estimated there were more than 1 million people lining the route, I would believe it. There were people cheering on every foot of that course. Amazingly the crowds started to build as you got closer to Boston. It probably started at Wellesley college with the “kiss me girls”. It built bigger and louder as you took a hard right at the Newton Fire house and went up and over the hills including Heart Break Hill and the BC campus. It continued to swell bigger through Brookline and into Kenmore Square. But all that was dwarfed when you took a left on Boylston Street for the last quarter mile. I would have to imagine it was a similar sensation to stepping out in the Roman Coliseum. The crowd was 10-12 deep on each side, and the noise just reverberated off the buildings. It was deafening. Very, very cool.
At the start in Hopkinton they had four waves of 9000 runners each leaving in about twenty minute intervals. When my wave started it was like being a wildebeest in a giant pack. You ran only as fast as the pack, and as far as the eye could see ahead or behind, all you saw were brightly clothed bobbing heads and shoulders. It was impossible to see the contours of the road.
The race really went a long way in reestablishing belief in my fellow man (or woman). Along the way there were spontaneous chants of “USA, USA” or” Boston Strong”. It was striking to me but I saw several people standing by the side of the road crying as the runners went by. It was a really emotional day. Regardless of what the emotions were, runners or spectators, people were coming together which was really great to be a part of.
So all in all it was an amazing experience. Would I do it again - ???? I am thinking about that. Thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you but more importantly know your support has truly made a difference to some young children who could really use a break.
March 29th - Hop 21 (miles). Huge weekend for charities. Everyone meets at Boston College and busses out to the start at Hopkinton. You then run to the top of HeartBreak Hill (21 miles) which is the last long run before the race. Now thankfully it's time to taper. Finishing with 5 miles of hills was just brutal and wasn't a real confidence booster. It's hard to imagine running 5 more miles afterward but I have a few weeks to forget about it and prepare for the big day.
March 15 - 18.5 mile long run with the C2C team along the marathon route. Almost 50 degrees out and what seemed like thousands of runners out on the course.
March 6 - 8 degrees and windy with a 12 mile run around the Charles. This was a first - my water froze on the run. Fun meter low!
Dear friends and family,
I’m asking for your help and support. On April 21st, I am running the Boston Marathon – no seriously, I am (and yes they do have a Clydesdale category).
I am running to support Team Cradles to Crayons which is a wonderful charity that I have been involved with for several years. C2C is a dynamic non-profit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to survive. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. We are talking about the basics; things like winter coats, gloves, underwear, shoes, books and toys.
C2C collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children. Several times a year I donate my time working at the C2C “factory”, sorting, cleaning or putting together packages for the kids in need. It is a small organization that is making a big difference.
In addition to supporting C2C, I am deeply moved and honored to be able to run in the support and memory of all of those who were affected by last year’s events. Seeing that unfold gave me the desire and motivation to seek this opportunity out.
If you have any resources earmarked for charitable giving in 2014, I would ask for your consideration of this worthy cause. The link below can take you to the fundraising page. I thank you in advance for any support you can offer.
If I haven't lost you already and if you're interested, I am happy to share a training update. As you might imagine it has been really hard, both in the numbers of miles but also the brutal cold. Training began on December 31st and the first week ended with a 13 mile run. I laugh now and pine for the days of the 13 mile run. I am up to 20 miles for a long run and will hit that distance 5 times before the marathon.
There have been tough days like running 17 miles on a treadmill when a blizzard prevented me from running on the road. That is a LOT OF TIME on a treadmill. Brutal cold has also been a constant companion. On Saturday March 1st it was 8* when I started and my iPod battery froze down in 30 minutes. This left me plenty of time to contemplate the trees, birds and I hope impending spring.
Additionally, as I have been experimenting with nutrition/hydration on these long runs I had to call in the sag-wagon once when I bonked miles away from home (thankfully Mary and Owen were there for a rescue).
On the positive side, I have been able to run parts of the marathon course several times. I can't tell you how inspiring it is to pass hundreds of runners going in either direction, many of whom sport Boston Strong gear. Even though we are strangers, it is still a tight knit community. Often I will get a friendly wave or encouraging word.
I have also found it to be an almost secret society of folks who have run marathons. They have offered me insightful tidbits on overcoming the toughest tests (which usually are mental). I again thank you for your support and will share one more update before the race and one right after to take you with me through this amazing journey.