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Great run, with great people for a great cause!

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Tonight’s event was awesome.  Over 100 local runners turned out to run as one, in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon.   This was my first “real” run since Marathon Monday.  It felt great running again, especially for a cause like this.  I think it’s helped all of us feel like we a helping in some small way.

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Boston Fun Run for the One Fund

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Join us May 15th at 6:30PM

It was supposed to be a day of challenges.  A day of personal feats.  A day of charity and goodwill.  A day of celebration.  But what happened that day at the Boston Marathon was absolutely horrific.  Innocent lives were taken.  Other innocent lives have been changed forever.  Heroes emerged.  Our city showed its strength.  Law enforcement officials did not rest until finding those responsible.  And now its our time to take care of the victims and their families.  Its our time to get back out and run Boston Strong.

Join us at the Boston Fund Run on the one month anniversary of the tragic events of the marathon for a FREE community 5k run/walk.  There will be no registration fees, no swag, no shirts, no timing, no prizes and absolutely no merchandise for sale.  We will be collecting voluntary donations for The One Fund Boston.  Many of you have already donated in your own way or can’t and that’s okay, we still want you here!  If you are unable or do not want to run or walk the course, come on down and volunteer or just hang out.  This is as much of a community event as a fundraiser. 

Directions & Parking

The Raynham Lions Club is located at 2234 King Philip St Raynham, MA 02767.  Take Exit 13B off of Route 24 onto Route 44W.  Follow Route 44W and then take a right at the lights onto Dean Street (next to 99 Restaurant).  From Dean Street take a left onto King Philip Street.  The Lions Club will be on your right almost immediately.

Parking will be in two locations.  The Lions Club parking lot is tight, so please follow the guidance of our volunteers in parking so we may maximize it.  Additional parking will be directly across the street at the Senior Center and some will be available in the soccer field lot (there are Raynham youth sports going on simultaneously).  Volunteers will be available to direct you, look for the folks in orange.

Timeline

5:30PM:  Registration Opens
6:15PM:  Pre-race ceremony
6:30PM:  Start

REGISTER NOW 

Off to a Good Start

Completing your first long slow run (LSR) is usually the sign that you have started your marathon season, yet this year it was also the start of my training.  After an unintentional 6 month hiatus from what most runners would consider real training I jumped in feet first with an 8.2 mile run.  If I was giving anyone else advice, I would have said take it slow and get a few runs in first.  I just felt like I need to remember why I need to get my runs in without excuses.  I’ve had many lately.

I will have plenty of help keeping to my training.   My wife Nikki has signed up again for Boston, as well as good friends of ours, Therese and Steve.   The L St Running club and DFMC will be having managed LSRs which is always appreciated.  Bethany has volunteered for the weekends when the schedule doesn’t allow for it.  Speed works will soon begin on Tuesday nights at Tufts.  Lynn and her friends are hooking us up with a water stop during the Hopkinton to BC run in March.  How nice is that!

My season of marathon training will be complemented by the cloud once again.  I am using Training Peaks for my training plan.  Every night it emails my day’s workout and a little peak at tomorrow‘s plan.  The online calendar shows each day’s workouts and highlights the week’s activities, mileage and gives some useful advice.  The Daily Mile allows me an easy way to track my actual mileage.  It works well with my Garmin Forerunner 410 by uploading my run data to the site. Your DM online friends encourage you during your goods and bad workouts. It definately keeps you motivated.   WordPress is my blog of choice to write about running, fund raising, nutrition and other cool stuff.   I’ll be twitting from @Mile25Project this year too.

It appears like I am off to a good start.  Only 13 weeks left, it will go by fast.  It always does.

What is safer? Running a Marathon or Running with Scissors.

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Many of my fellow marathoners, triathletes and cyclists were surprised with yesterday’s headline “Marathons may be bad for your health“.   After last weeks story on exercise can be bad for some people, I thought to myself “Am I in a parallel universe?”.   I read a couple articles in leading papers on the study.  Scary words like heart scarring, artery calcium deposits and heart attacks ran wild.  It mentioned iniquitous deeds like running fast, long and often like they were comparable to chain smoking, eating fast food and being a couch potato.

After a got past the media sensationalism and looked deeper, there were some striking findings with the studies.  Enough to make you reevaluate your endurance lifestyle.  If not just because of the physical risks/benefits, but also the emotional, social and intellectual too.

Instead of giving you my options or other writer’s options, read the review article yourself…

http://cardionutrition.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/too-much-exercise-can-be-a-bad-thing.pdf

Watch Fox 25 Tonight

It’s a wrap!  Brendan and I were interviewed by Nicole Jacobs from Fox 25 this afternoon.  She was doing a segment on Brendan and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge program.

Nicole was great and made it nice an easy for all of us.  She started by interviewing Brendan. What a super star!  He looked a professional.  Brendan’s parents, Scott and Alexis then start down with Nicole for a bit to discuss Brendan and his treatments over the past couple of years.  They wanted a few running shots, so they had  me head outside for a few running shots before that sat me in front of the camera.  I’ve run hundreds of miles this training season, none as self-conscience as that few strides.

We can’t wait to see how it came out.  Let us know what you think!

Happy Marathon Monday

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.

-Patrick

Last Run

Hi Brendan,

I went for my last run before the marathon today.   It’s has to be the strangest run I do all year.  It’s short, about 2 miles.  It is barely enough time to warm up.  I was tempted to go a little longer but I heard the running coaches in my head telling me to take it easy. 

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s party.  We will finally get to see the finished product your marathon poster.  Your giant picture will be on display 🙂   All of them will be displayed at the entrence to the hall. 

I’m can’t wait to find out who the special guest speaker will be.  I guess its a suprise.    It looks like between your family and mine, we will have a full table all to ourselfs. It will be a lot of fun!  

See you then….

Patrick