The CEO of Northeast Delta Dental
(the event sponsor) got word of my quest
and contacted me to offer a complimentary registration. Turns out, a friend in the narcolepsy community tweeted about my quest
and a NE Delta Dental employee read the tweet and contacted the CEO. Yay Twitter! Thank you to Lawrence, Debbie and Tom for making this possible. I’m so grateful.
This Father’s Day, I will attempt to run the Mt Washington Road Race– a 7.6 mile race course that rises 4650 vertical feet from start to finish. This steep mountain course has an average grade of 11%, extended sections of 18% grade, and finishes with the 50 yard 22% grade “wall.”
“Only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far they can go.”
— T.S. Eliot
Am I scared? Yes. I take this on with little certainty of what will happen. Just two and a half months away, I’m in “yoga shape” but I’m not in “running shape” or “mountain climbing shape.”
Yet, I take this on with fierce conviction to honor my father and raise funds for charity. Every journey begins with a single step forward – so yesterday I began mine.
I said goodbye to my 2010 Boston Marathon sneaks and purchased new shoes. The new cushioning felt great!
Next, I pulled out the foam roller – an old “frienemy” of mine. With tendinitis in my knees, this an unwelcome but necessary part of my training. A few swear-words slipped out as I rolled.
I hit the local trails for a slow 4 mile jog. I ran up a few small hills. I took walk breaks. My arms and legs dragged along like sandbags swinging from my torso. I blasted music to tune out my dramatic heavy breathing.
Afterwards, I showered and went to yoga. Given that I’d just expended so much energy running, yoga was much harder than usual. I fought excessive sleepiness throughout class and skipped a few poses, falling into “micro-sleeps” on my mat.
Back home, I iced both knees and ate dinner. Going to bed last night, my legs actually felt like they were on fire. I couldn’t help but laugh, “What am I getting myself into?”
In closing, a fitting quote considering that a dental company is sponsoring my journey:
“Running is like mouthwash;
if you can feel the burn, it’s working.”