Episode 5: I think I can! I think I can!

Hi Friends, is it just me, or did we all just get really busy?  The very thought of April has put me into a complete panic: I don’t have a job, I have lots of projects and papers to finish, I don’t have a job, I am running a marathon, I don’t have a job, my lease will officially end in June and I don’t have a job… so where will I go?  How will I pay off my loans?  How will I feed my family?  Though I don’t have the answers to all of these questions, at least I am feeling confident that I will be able to finish the marathon!

This past Saturday I ran at least 17.1 miles—and I felt great!  It looks like my “go slow, to go fast” strategy actually paid off.  Rather than doing long runs for the past 2 weeks, I focused on adding several more short runs during the week.  This had the desired effect of making my legs stronger and improving my running pace.  Where it took me almost 3 hours to go 14 miles several weeks ago, I was able to finish 17 miles in only 2h:45m.  That means my pace improved from an average of 12 minutes per mile to somewhere between 9-10 minutes per mile.  And best of all, when I got back I didn’t feel like my legs were going to fall off and I didn’t experience any delirium from exhaustion.

So with the running on track, I am now shifting my attention to the fund-raising.  First off, thank you to each of you who have generously supported me and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  I really appreciate your kindness and I know that your contribution will make a real difference in the lives of those who suffer.  That being said, we are still a long way off from the $10K goal!  f you are able, I would appreciate any contributions: //rundfmc.org/2011/zackj.

As a thank you to all of you out there who have supported me with donations and/or with good luck, I’m planning a Free Pizza Fundraiser, April 5th, at 7pm in Gallatin Lounge.  All are welcome to attend (especially if you read my silly column), so spread the word.  If you remember, just send me a quick email to let me know you are coming so I can make sure we have enough pizza!

This week I hope to check out parts of the course, and may even run on the actual Heartbreak Hill, just to get used to it.  This will be in addition to my most consistent routine, sprinting each morning to class! (Boy, do I miss my learning team!  Not only were we a great group, but even when I was late to LT I was never late to class…)  Then on Saturday, I’ve got one last long run where I hope to make it 20-22 miles.  That will be the final test in the training.  With the end in sight, I feel a lot like the Little Blue Engine from that old children’s story, chugging uphill and repeating: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

As always, thank you for your support and have a great day!


Next week’s goal: Raise money to fight cancer!  Oh, and run 20+ miles!


April 4, 2011
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