Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Running for Heart in Toronto and Jamaica

I stopped running December 31, 2010 due to the agonizing pain in my right foot.  The pain that I 'toughed out' in last year's Reggae Marathon.  I've only run semi-regularly since early summer but since I changed over to a 'natural-style' running which has included both barefoot running and the Puma Faas 500's I'm thrilled with the results.  I'm running faster, more efficiently and with no pain!  Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  Check out the video at the end of this post.

Now on to the good stuff: Fund raising races this fall for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

I've got two planned.  First up is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 1/2 Marathon on October 16. I've heard good things about this race and am looking forward to running it.  Andrew and Court, my eldest sons are planning to run as well...that will be really special. And hey, this old dog may teach them a thing or two about running a 1/2 marathon...don't get in my way at the finish line guys!

Then on December 3 it's back to Negril, Jamaica for the Reggae Marathon.  This will be my 3rd time at the Reggae Marathon and I'm running the 10 K so that I can add this medal to my collection of Full Marathon and 1/2 Marathon medals from the past 2 years.  I'm looking forward to the coconut water, bananas and cold Red Stripe beer at the finish before an early morning dip in the Caribbean.

I'm racing in both of these events to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  I've called this year's effort, 'Run for Heart'.  My goal is to raise $2,000 by December.  I've set up a secure, online donation site that accepts Visa and Mastercard to make it super easy to donate.  Just click on this link:  Run for Heart.

I've always run for myself and it's been good.  Now running to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario it is really great!

Here's that video...keep your eyes open for the red Pumas flashing by at both races

Until next time...

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