26.2 Miles, Part Two
Last year many of you followed my posts as I prepared for my first, and presumably only, marathon in Chicago. Along the way, with the help of some amazing friends, we raised $100,000 for The Samfund, money which has already helped some amazing young men and women as they continue their journeys after surviving cancer.
When I crossed the finish line in Chicago, after a brutal day where the temperature hit 81, I muttered something that sounded suspiciously like “never again.”
But that was Chicago, and this is New York City. This is where I have lived and worked nearly my entire life. This is where Samantha was born, and where she grew up. So when the opportunity arose to “do it again”, to run through the streets of Brooklyn, Manhattan, (and the other three boroughs), how could I say no?
Four weeks ago, I started a 20-week program run by New York Road Runners to get me ready. For the next 16 weeks, I’ll continue to post about my preparation, my fears, my thoughts, and I’m hoping you’ll help me the way you did in 2017. And, just like last year, an amazing friend has agreed to match whatever I raise so every dollar you donate will be equal to two, or maybe even three, dollars.
This is day one, with sixteen weeks to go. The New York City Marathon is supposed to be much harder than the Chicago Marathon, with lots of hills and probably a pothole or two. Along the way I know that many of my NYC friends and family will line the streets and cheer. Won’t you help me fulfill my goal?