Holden, the youngest in the family isn't one of the long distance runners in the family. But he is not to be beat over 40 yards with his explosive power, acceleration and speed. This past Saturday I caught the Acadia Axemen game streamed live from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I was the 'super proud' Dad cheering at the computer while watching the game. Here are some pictures of Holden in action:
Breaking a tackle...check out his left foot shoe!
Oh, and there was some defense as well.
Holden, only 9,990 meters to go to make it through a 10K with me.
I've watched with pride all my son's grow into fine young men. Holden the youngest is currently at Acadia University tearing it up on the football field in his final year of playing university football. Michael is in the early stages of his career and has proudly set up his home in Kitchener where he is also knocking it out of the park at his company. And ask him a question about baseball...he'll have the answer.
On December 3 this year make sure you log on to Facebook or the Reggae Marathon web site to follow our progress in Reggae Marathon 2011.
I ran for a lot of reasons this past Sunday at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. And despite the cold headwind for the first 6 miles and the screw up at the baggage check at the end, it was a fantastic day!
First I ran to see if I could actually complete a 1/2 marathon race. Since the plantar fasciitis injury from August 2010, running has been tough. I took nearly 4 months off this winter and only got back to serious and regular running late summer when I went 'natural': barefoot running on the hard-pack sand of Wasaga Beach then natural-style running with the Puma Faas 500's. Since then I can thoroughly and enthusiastically recommend natural-style running. I made it through the race on Sunday with a strong finish. Sally really appreciated that.
Second, I got to run with my kids. OK, that's a bit of a misnomer...they were well ahead of me but we were in the same race. That kept me moving at a good pace and helped 'the old man' achieve a really great time especially after a coming off a serious injury. And Andrew even made the news on this web site:
$1,190. That is the amount of donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation that I've raised so far this year. It's the most important reason I ran this past weekend. Thank you!
Sally, the kids and I have experienced heart disease and stroke in our families: her older brother passed away from a stroke, my Dad from a heart attack. We miss them. As long I can put one foot in front of the other I'll keep running to raise money to help with research, education and treatment.
And this year's campaign is not over. We're heading to Negril, Jamaica for the Reggae Marathon on December 3. There's a good chance Andrew, Court and I will get to run again in Negril. I'm so proud of their support.
Run for Heart is still accepting donations. Just click on that link that takes you directly to the secure donation site.
Finally, a super BIG thanks to Sally for 'freezing her ___ off' on Sunday to take these great pictures of us at the finish of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Thank you!! What would we do without the 'Official Photographer?" Here's one more picture with all of who ran: 'The Old Man', Andrew, Court and Amy.
Even with the thousands of runners expected at this Sunday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 1/2 Marathon it will be easy to spot me with these bright red Puma Faas 500 shoes. I got them earlier this year and with the adjustment to a mid-foot running style am running stronger and faster than ever. That could all be in my mind however...Sunday's finish time will tell. In the meantime, here's what to look out for:
And watch for them as well at the Reggae Marathon this December 3 in Negril, Jamaica. The spirit of Usain Bolt...and the finish line coconut water, Red Stripe and ocean swim...bodes well for a personal best.
After 26.2 miles along the Norman Washington Manley from Negril to Green Island and back, crossing the finish line of the Reggae Marathon at Long Bay Beach Park was bittersweet. On one hand I had finally completed my unfinished marathon and on the other hand "I HAD COMPLETED THE REGGAE MARATHON!!!". Tears mixed with sweat! Then the coconut water, Red Stripe and dive into the warm Caribbean! 57 days to go to Reggae Marathon 2011.
I found these two pictures recently in Picassa. They were side-by-side and stopped me dead in my tracks. I forgot I had sat for the picture on the rocks on Wasaga a couple of years ago; the one of my Dad while he was on vacation in PEI was from my sister. How they made it into the gallery is a strange coincidence.
Describing the feeling of running in the Reggae Marathon is like describing a dream. This photo at around 6 am on Saturday morning at around mile 5 about sums it up. Thanks Sally (my official Reggae Marathon photographer) for capturing the feeling.