Sunday, October 11, 2015

Running Update:
18.2 mi
5.0 mi
9.2 mi
5.0 mi
26.2 mi
Another Hartford Marathon in the books!  Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous fall day in Connecticut.  It was sunny, breezy, temperatures in the 50s—a perfect day for running!  I didn’t finish in the time that I’d hoped, but I did feel strong for most of the race.  I was sidelined for several minutes with a leg cramp at mile 24, and had to wait for it to pass before I could continue on.  Cursed electrolytes!  Will just have to try again next year.
Before the start, with my running partner, Neil

Crossing Founders Bridge at mile 6
Nearing the finish

My Mom and Aunt Anne cheering me on at the finish!
Crossing the finish line

With space blanet and medal

A few words of thanks to the usual team members:  to Neil, my virtual running partner, who qualified for Boston again yesterday; his wife, Marcia, who is our one-woman marathon support crew; my mother and aunt, who are my tireless cheerleaders; my kids, for spectating yet another road race; and to my husband, Todd, who helped make it all possible <3

Next up: the inaugural Madison Half Marathon on Halloween (assuming I’m recovered by then).  I always think it’s fun idea to participate the first time a race is run.  Then one has the potential, if one is dedicated, to be lauded in some distant future for having run all of the annual versions of that particular race.  (For example, there were three individuals at yesterday’s marathon who’ve run all 22 Hartford Marathons.  Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to claim that?)

NF Update:
With the marathon over, another fundraising season is coming to a close.  As I write we’ve raised
for the Children’s Tumor Foundation this year!  Thank you, everyone for your generous support!

PS  It’s never too late to donate!  I’d love to see us top $20,000 this year!  Here’s the link:

Jane Update:

Because NF never takes a break, we never take a break—Jane and I head back to Bethesda tomorrow for an overnight stay.  Jane will have a physical exam and blood drawn, and we’ll meet with our team of caregivers.  Hopefully it will be an uneventful trip.  Our next restaging visit (with MRI) won’t be until December.