There are not many things I can say I’ve done for 10 years in a row. Sure there are the standard things like spending the holidays with your children, or making sure you get away with your wife for some one-on-one time. But even those were challenged over the last decade, life sometimes just seems to get in the way.
So it is with no small measure of surprise that I find myself beginning my efforts to complete my 10th Boston Marathons in a row. There is no intended bragging here. I couldn’t have made it this far without a lot of help along the way. In fact I’d say it’s the support of all the friends and family who sent words of encouragement (if you can count calling me insane as encouragement), home remedies for injuries, Christmas gifts of winter running gear, and most of all donations for the charities which have been a core of what keeps me going.
Someone asked me the other day if I was getting tired of running marathons. “You’re over 60, when are you going to start acting your age”? Given that we supposedly get more senile as we get older I figure I am acting my age. Who knows, if I get a little older and crazier I may start looking at Ironman Triathlons.
For now I’m content with just being able to get out the door in the morning and put one foot in front of the other and at the same time knowing that my efforts are helping to raise funds for families in need. I guess I’ll stop running when I stop caring.
So come along with me for another year and I promise I’ll do my best to make my trials and tribulations along the way as entertaining as possible.