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.
Until next time...