Hi Friends, As you read this, I have already finished the marathon… I hope! This is because it takes a week for the excellent people at the Harbus to clean up and edit my articles and get them ready for print. So as I write this it is Monday (4/11), but for you it is likely Tuesday (4/19)… weird, kinda like a time machine, right? Anyways, since you heard the marathon was yesterday, you probably came looking for an update on how it went, but that will need to wait until next week. However, whether or not I finish the marathon, I’m already a winner! In fact, I am the Uncontested* SA Cup 5 Mile Clydesdale* Over-30* Category Winner! 38 minutes 20 seconds!
* This title is uncontested until Luke Owings comes over here and contests it.
* The Clydesdale category is one that most organized races have to designate people weighing 200+ lbs.
* I’m 31-years-old.
But either way, I’m pretty sure I was the fastest old marshmallow out on the course… and fortunately the other fabulously fast Section Old-A runners (Will Masterson, Tim Bliss, Rich Burgess and partner Nicole DeMoss) were able to offset my slower 7:40 minute/mile pace so that as a group we averaged 7:02 minutes/mile! WOW!! Believe me that’s fast. For my marathon, I hope to average closer to 10 minutes/mile.
This race was a great way for me to cap the training season. It was a fun challenge and it was a good strength training work-out. However, in order to make it fit into my targeted 10 mile workout, I ran 3 miles before the SA-Cup race and added an extra lap to the 1.7 mile loop to get to the total 10 miles. Now before you get any ideas, No, I don’t think I could have run any faster if I hadn’t done the 3 miles first. In fact, I think running those first 3 miles helped warm up these old bones and get me into racing shape. Anyways, I enjoyed the run and I especially enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with so many of you younger-more-fit friends.
I’d say I’m all ready for race day, except for two wrinkles in the plan: Firstly, I still need help reaching my fundraising goal of $10K to fight cancer for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It’s a worthy cause (visit //fundfmc.org/2011/zackj to donate!). I appreciate all of you who have already contributed generously! Some of you even enjoyed some FREE PIZZA at our party last week! For the rest of you, please consider donating what you can.
Secondly, over the weekend my family and I have been hit bad with sick bugs! My wife is feeling sick, my 5-year son Jack is throwing up and laying around all day (certainly not typical of this firecracker!) and I am all stuffed up with a terrible head cold! My instincts are to take some medicine and just power through, but something is telling me– rather my body is telling me: SLOW DOWN AND REST! And I plan to. Lots of sleep, lots of fluids and let’s hope we are ready for race day! See you on the other side… I hope!
Have a great day!
I’ve made a list of all the HBSers I know of who is running the Boston Marathon, be sure to congratulate them when you see them! Next week we will see if we can convince any of them to tell us their marathon story!
Jordan Bohnen (Old G)
Brandon Giles (Old C)
Sara Graziano (Old F)
Jeremy Lipstein (Old I)
Tyler O’Brien (Old D)
Ben Rosenblum (Old E)
Zack Zackrison (Old A)
Pamela Chan (New I)
Brian Conroy (New F)
Luke Marklin (New F)
Michelle Richards (New E)
Jose Rigau (New F)
Thomas O’Rourke (New F)