Sunday, October 18, 2009

We did it!


Come in SF.

Can you hear me?


We did it!

Yesterday I ran 37 miles to work, and over the past 4 months, we raised enough money to fund another Teach for America teacher in the Bay!  That's over $5,000.  Thank you for all the donations and support!

The run was crazy and amazing.    A recap and lessons learned:

Sometimes it takes a little crazy (This one is dedicated to my sister Amy)

I'll admit, you have to be a little crazy to run 37 miles, but I think a little crazy is a good thing.  Most things that mean anything take a little crazy.  There are some problems that are so big, you can only tackle them with ideas that, at first, seem crazy.  Some problems are caused by the current "sane" way of thinking.  Most of the important ones actually.

Where the hell am I?

So, I've been busy lately, and I didn't really have a chance to review the map in detail before the run.  It was mostly a straight shot down 82, so I thought I would be fine anyway.  Literally the route was 20 miles on El Camino and then a left on Broadway.  What I hadn't accounted for was how common a street name Broadway is!  I spent a good ten minutes arguing with a homeless man over how far it was from Burlingame to Mountain View before I figured it out in fact :P 

But that's OK.  The first time you do anything you get a little lost at times.  Its part of the fun I think.

Things get a little messy

They say everybody poops, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  I think that's probably enough said about this one.

A nice stroll through the park

I admit it.  I walked a little.  Sometimes you just need a break.  They say walking a little actually gets you there faster in the end.  I guess the the old Bugs Bunny cartoons were right!

The end?

I finished at 8:40.  6 hours and 10 minutes after I started.  It was just me, just like it had been all morning.  But that was OK too.  I think it reminded me that every end has a start.  It was instantly a new beginning.  Another step towards "One day ..."  So please, if you read this, get out and get involved!  It take a nation of millions.  Whether its to hold us back or move us forward is up to you.

Thanks for listening everyone.  It's been fun.  Pictures coming soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Big Day

It's almost here!  Finger's crossed, I'll be running this Friday.  I turned my ankle last weekend, but I think it should be all healed by weeks end.  The bod's a little soft after a few days off, but I think I'm just gonna go for it.  I want this thing done!

So, now I need your help.  Many of you have offered to run portions of the race, ride along etc.  Let me know if you're still in, and we can figure out the logistics this week.  Also, if you haven't donated yet, please do.  We are really close to the goal.  Counting donations and pledges we've raised ~$4800 so far, and your donation could make the difference.  I'll even sweeten the deal.  Continuing the theme of Cincy love, the person's donation that puts us over the hump will get a free pint of the world's best ice cream, Graeter's (flavor of your choice).  I'm ordering some for the finish line :)