We reached our goal of funding 2020 and 2021, so now lets help get 2022 started!
I will be running with my daughter Kayla, who is participating in her first marathon. Our goal is to get to the finish line in 5 hours.
I have been informed that she will be listening to her books on tape and not taking pestering questions from her dad for 5 hours, so I need something to listen to while taking the 42,000 steps to Boston.
So here is the plan. Here is my marathon Spotify playlist. Make a donation of $5 or more to the Newton Rotary Foundation and let me know the song you would like to add to the playlist (by email or in comments). If you have a spotify account you can add the songs directly.
You can make a tax deductible donation by these methods:
Send a check to Newton Rotary Foundation, PO Box 600057, Newton, MA 02460
Donate via our gofundme page (until September 30th)
I’ll set up my “aid station” on my Subaru or on the sidewalk near the start adjacent to the parking lot for Christian Herter Park. Here are directions if you want to stop by in the later miles.
The plan is to run 8:20-8:30 per mile pace for the early miles, and then see what happens in 2nd half. Ultimately I’d like to finish under 4 hours — somewhere between 3:40 and 3:59 — which would put me at the finish around 9:40-10:00 AM Anything under 4:19:37 would be a “flat ground” PR.
The official BAA app appears buggy, so I’ll be using Garmin LiveTrack for those curious to follow along. Send me an email if you’d like to get the tracking link automatically when I start. It should also post to my twitter account at that time.
The biggest challenge for the race with be uncertaintly associated with my limited long run preparation. I only did two 16 milers whereas many marathoners do two 18 milers and a 21 in their preparation. How my legs will hold up in last 10 miles is unclear, particularly if it warms up.
It was a hard choice to not run the actual course, but I’ve raced Boston twice, and run the 1st 19 miles several times, so I’ve had that experience.
Photo above is my virtual packing/dressing check list. Thanks to Sue and Susan for the custom-made Rotary technical shirt!
We’ve had a bit of a lull here on the fundraising front. I planned a late March ramp up as the marathon approached, but then Covid-19 happened. I’ll post more on that development later…today we are launching our online auction at https://auction.jackprior.org.
While the marathon date has changed, my personal goal of raising the full $6000 amount for the Newton Rotary Scholarships to be awarded in the coming weeks to six Newton High School Seniors has not! We are just $564 dollars short of that amount at the moment, and with over $2400 worth of items donated to our online auction, we should be able to exceed that handily with your help.
Funds raised beyond the scholarship target will go to support Newton Rotary’s efforts to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online auction is simple — Browse for items you like and bid in $5 increments. The bids are just like comments on a blog. You can bid under aas many fake names you like, just include your real email address on the bid form so I can contact you if you win. Just put in the dollar number of the bid (no text comments) and bid in $5 increments. The auction is currently scheduled to close promptly at 1:00:00 PM on Tuesday June 9th.
If you are the winning bidder, you will just make a donation at the fundraising page for the amount of your bid and I’ll arrange to get your prize to you. Send questions to Boston@jackprior.org.
If you have an item to add to the auction, there is still time — just drop me a note and we’ll get it posted.
I came across this parking garage ticket yesterday in a pair of jeans I hadn’t worn in the past six months. I thought, “That’s odd; usually, you turn these things in when you exit the garage.” Then I noticed the time stamp.
Today marks 17 weeks out from Boston Marathon Monday. My coach had me take off last week from running after finishing up my fall “racing” season. Fassino Design created a nice infographic showing my stats leading up to today.
In Light at the End of the Tunnel (read now if you haven’t yet), I described the challenge my doctor faced as I lay on a continuous x-ray machine in a space-age operating room at the Brigham on Friday, June 15. A cholesterol plaque had ruptured in my right coronary artery five days earlier at the finish line of the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon. The resulting clotting triggered by the rupture had resulted in an undetected myocardial infarction (a heart attack).
At 7 AM on Sunday, June 9th, I set out on what would prove to be the prophetically-named Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon. By the end of the day, I would be a Boston Marathon qualifier and a heart attack survivor.