BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Chicago Chapter
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
It was November of 2011 when I ran the New York City Marathon and I had one goal for that race, to beat Apolo Ohno, the guy who has won numerous Olympic medals and never run a marathon, but also has a big fan in my wife. Sure he was younger and works out all day for a living, but New York was going to be my 12th marathon and he said he was hoping to run it in 3 hours 30 minutes.
Sooo, I finished in 3 hours 23 minutes and found that I beat him by 2 minutes. The good news was that this time was also a Boston qualifier for my age group and in September 2012, I signed up for the 2013 Boston Marathon.
It was shortly after signing up that I was doing some basement remodeling and really hurt my back. After multiple doctor visits and various drugs providing no relief, I had an MRI that showed a herniated disc. Only time would heal this injury and I thought a couple months would be plenty of time. Well, it took more than 4 months and left me with one month to train for Boston. With only one long run under my belt, I was able to complete the marathon, albeit a slower pace than usual, but still special, as Boston is THE marathon to run.
About 15 minutes after finishing and walking through the exit corrals of the race, we all heard two loud booms within 10 seconds of each other and the rest of that day will always be remembered by Americans.
My back has been slowly feeling better and in July I was able to really start running and biking like I used to a year ago, so with some successful long runs under my belt this year, I found the Red Cross site which still had some entries to the race.
I have run for the Red Cross in the past and I'm asking you for your support this year to help me help others when disaster strikes.
If you have some extra dollars to put to charity this year, please help me with a donation.