A Christmas Miracle

It was Thanksgiving day that I received word that I had been accepted to the Alzheimer’s Society Team for the 2020 BMW Berlin Marathon. I was also given an amount that I needed to raise in order to obtain a spot in this prestigeous World Marathon Major. That amount was 1,000 Euros or approximately $1,200 U.S. dollars. Even though this was a large goal, I knew it wasn’t impossible; especially, given my supportive family and friends.

After receiving many generous donations from my wonderful family and friends, I received the donation that helped me to reach the 100% mark on Monday. This very generous donation came from, no other than my brother Jason and his wife Marisa. I am extremely grateful to them and all of the other supporters who helped me reach this mark in such a short time.

I may have reached the 100% mark; however, it will take more than my goal to help reach a cure. My initial goal may have been $1,200 but I’d like to raise much more. If your heart moves you to support my cause, please donate. To those who already have; I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tinsel Run 5K with Elvis, the Doodle

After not attending last night’s Jingle Run 5K in Bradenton due to more shin pain, I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. I decided that my leg could handle the Run Tampa Tinsel Run 5K. I also decided, at my wife’s recommendation, to bring Elvis, my Goldendoodle. I’m glad I decided to take her advice since Elvis stole the show. Not only did he grab the attention of many from children to adults but he also ran extremely well. His pace was 8:52 per mile with a final time of 27:48! Oh, yeah, my Dood is a runner!

The Road to the 2020 BMW Berlin Marathon

I’m very excited to share my next running adventure in Berlin! Not only will I be running for my 3rd Star in the Marathon Majors circuit but I’ll be on the Alzheimer’s Society Team! It is a great organization that works to find a cure to a condition that is suffered by many, including my grandma who suffered from dementia and great-aunt who had Alzheimer’s. If you’ve lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s or Dementia, I’ll be running for your family. I’m almost 1/2 way to my goal, so if you’d like to help me and the Alzheimer’s Society get closer to the finish line of a cure, please click the link to the upper left. Thank you so much for your support!

Hot Chocolate 15K

Today, I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If there’s one think I like more than running; it’s running for a charity that helps people.

Today’s run comes after four days of painful shin splints on my right leg. Instead of giving it my all and trying for a personal best, I decided to run at a leisurely pace with my dad who also has been dealing with a injury. All in all, we didn’t do too badly, finishing at 1:47:27 or at an average pace of 11:32. Frankly, better than I though either of us would be able to do.

Tonight, my leg is still sore but not worse than what is was before the race. Tomorrow, I’ll work on strength training and foam rolling. No running for the rest of the week as I tend to my injury. Two more 5Ks towards the end of the week, so time will tell as to how much effort I put towards them.