For the past seven years, you have been with me every step of the way for each Boston Marathon, and for that I am truly grateful. Together we have raised money for endeavors that are close to our hearts like Dana-Farber’s Barr program in innovative cancer research. I have one more marathon to run, and I hope you will be a part of it.
We were all affected by last year’s Boston bombings in some way. It was a moment that will live with us for a life time. I was in the finish area when I heard the first explosion in the distance. A few moments later, smoke rose over the crowd, and a second, louder explosion went off, and my concerns of a possible terrorist attack became reality. Immediately, I was concerned for those who were hurt, and I feared that family or friends were among them. Heroes rushed in to save those in need and protected the thousands of people still in possible danger. For the next few hours, I slowly reconnected with my loved ones, finally learning they were safe.
While reflecting on the events of last year, I began to see a parallel between those individuals directly affected by the horrible events of that day and those who first discover their diagnosis of cancer. For patients, there are fears they will not survive. And for families, there is uncertainty that their loved ones will be ok and uncertainty of what the future holds. Our donations support the heroes at Dana-Farber who are rushing to help those battling cancer and searching for ways to prevent it.
I hope you will choose to honor these victims and their loved ones along with the heroes that work with them by donating today to Dana-Farber. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge directs 100 percent of funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in innovative cancer research. You may be able to double your donation though your company’s donation-matching program.
You can make your donations now online at http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/patricko.
I thank you for past support of my fundraising and would appreciate your choosing to support my efforts once again this year.
For more information about the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge go to http://www.rundfmc.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=116910
How are you today? I bet you are a little wiped out after this busy weekend. Thank you so much for being there for me yesterday. You were at a perfect spot, Mile 25. I was pretty wiped by that point. When I stopped to see you, it re-energized me for the last mile. I was just what I needed. I glad that you were able to head over the marriott after the marathon. It was nice that we got to hang out for bit.
Today my legs were pretty sore. The only thing I dreaded more than going up stairs was going down stairs. I was going to hop a few trains heading home tonight so I wouldn’t have to walk far, but then I though the walk might do me good. So I walked my usual mile walk to South Station. I wasn’t alone. I noticed two other day-after runners have some trouble walking too. We gave each other a sympathy wave as we passed.
Good luck with all your appointments this week and I’ll see you later this week at Kiku Yama for our celebration dinner.
Good Morning Brendan,
Well this is it, are you ready? It should be an exciting day for the both of us. It’s around 4:30 a.m. now. No alarm needed this moring. I’ve been up for a while. I guess that’s why I make sure I get a good night sleep the night before – the night before the marathon. 🙂
I just checked the weather and it looks great. It should be between 47°F and 62°F with a 17 mph tail wind from the WSW during my run. That sounds pretty perfect to me. If you are there early enough to see the lead runners, there is a good chance you can watch them set a new course record.
I’ll try to give you a couple of updates from now until I have to pack my phone away in Hopkinton. After that, I’ll see on the bridge entering Kenmore Square.
Thank you for going the pasta party today. It was a lot of fun and the food was great. It was cool meeing Uta Pippig and going on stage to get your medal. Make sure you wear your medal tomorrow.
Your poster came out great! I will be able to spot it with no problem tomorrow! Well I have to finish getting ready for tomorrow and then off to bed.
See you at mile 25!
Marathon weekend is finally here! I plan on adding entries and pictures all weekend long from my phone up until a couple of hours before the marathon, so check back often. You can subscribe to the blog and it will send an email letting you know of a new entry.
AT&T has a cool alert program allowing you to track a runner during the marathon. Simply text the word RUNNER to 345678 using your mobile phone. You will then receive a SMS text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. My number is 22324. You can click here to look up other runner’s numbers and here to see more information about the AT&T Alert.
That’s it for now. Talk to you soon.