Tax day is coming, which means that it is time for Patriot Day (April 16th) in Massachusetts and the Boston Marathon. And the Boston 2 Big Sur double. The two marathons (the Big Sur Marathon is April 29th) are 13 days apart this year, which gives us a little breathing room.
There are couple of differences this year. First off, this is the first year that our daughter will be in Boston at school, and I am looking forward to seeing her, her friends and team mates. She is a freshman at MIT, and she runs track. As a fun side note, we drove down to So Cal this weekend to see her where they had been training all week (Pomona College in Claremont, CA) and then we drove from Claremont to Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) to watch the track meet. The MIT track program typically travels somewhere warm for spring break to start training for outdoor track season and to run one meet, and we were thrilled that they came to So Cal. (As an even further aside, she was All NE regional in the 400M during the indoor season. Proud parent.)
The other difference is that I have been struggling with a knee injury and will not be “racing” either of the two marathons this year. I found out after the (somewhat crazy) CIM 2 Las Vegas double (two marathons in one day) that I had bruised my femur, where it faces the patella in the knee, and it has taken some time for the bruise to heal. The good news is that I have started cycling and will be competing in a couple of triathlons this summer (more to come on that), but I am not in “race shape”. That means nothing fast, but I am still pretty hopefully that I can complete both marathons without too much pain and any a re-injury. I’m excited and looking forward to it.
The reason that any of this matters is that Forno Bravo has been fund-raising for the Christopher Reeve Foundation by taking advantage of my running for a number of years, and I am not slowing down.
You can sponsor me by buying on of the Forno Bravo eCookbooks for $10. Forno Bravo will match your donation and all proceeds go to the Reeve Foundation. I think there is a real connection between athletics and the Reeve Foundation, and many of us who are lucky enough and healthy enough to pursue our goals in athletic competition want to share our fortune with people who have to work much harder than we do just to get through their day. The Reeve Foundation does great work and I feel lucky to be associated with them.
Wish me luck.