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  Last night I received both an email and a call from my CF doc.  I didn’t hear the message, but my wife said it was a flustered voice.  My doc said that she had sent me an email about Boston, but I shouldn’t get too worked up about it.  In fact, maybe I should call her first.  So, I did.

  She had two pieces of information to pass on about the marathon next year.  First, the fund raising requirement.  It’s $3000 for each of us.  That’s a lot, but I had figured it would be at least $2000.  I can do that.  I hit $2600 last year for the Pig, without really trying.  About 25% of that was from my cousin Jill.  She still has the best quote with a donation: “Now this is how to spend your economic stimulus package!”  Thanks again Jill!  I have some ideas for unique fund raising events.  One, which I would love to do, is get a pair of good UK Basketball tickets donated, and auction them off.  I’d think that could get a fair amount of money.  I have some other thoughts, but will have to figure out what I can pull off.

  Along with the $3000, I’ll have to raise a minimum of $900 for the CFF here in Cincinnati to run the Pig.  Again, I think I can do that. I’ll just have to try.

  The second thing my doc had to say was that Mass General wanted to honor me at their pasta dinner the night before the Boston marathon.  They haven’t had a CF patient run the marathon with them in about 10 years, so they are very excited.  I joked with them that I would love to do it, for a $1500 speaking fee.  The doc at Mass General didn’t get the joke.  He’s no fun.

  Well, the fund raising hasn’t officially kicked off, but it will soon.  If you have any ideas, please feel free to drop me a note.  I’m open to anything.

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  My son’s school principal is a fast runner, well, fast to me.  He’s a Boston qualifier, and runs between 3:00 and 3:20 marathons.  I had been wanting to talk to him about the Newton Hills at the Boston Marathon for a while. 

  Well, I saw him out running on Tuesday morning, and thought, what a better way to talk than to run with him.  So, I turned with him and started to quiz him about Boston.  Well, I ran with him for about a mile before he turned.  During that run, I learned two things.  First, the Newton Hills aren’t that bad, it just where they are placed.  They’re nothing like the hills for the Pig.  Second, I can keep up with a fast runner for a mile, and probably longer.

  Now, the sad part is that this was his easy run.  When he’s really running, it’s 6:00 minute miles.  That’s faster than I’ll ever be.  I’m just glad he wasn’t doing a tempo run, because I’d be dead.  It did make me feel good that I could keep up with him, even though he was going slow.

  I also talked to him about doing both Boston and the Pig.  He said that both times he’s done it, it wasn’t that bad.  His suggestion was to treat Boston as a long training run.  He said that you are NOT going to PR on the course, and to just enjoy it. Even take a disposable camera and take lots of pics.  Some good ideas, if I do say so myself.

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… that the Dayton River Corridor Classic is a flat course?  Geez, I’m not going to let her map the course again.  We are training for a half marathon in October, and we have a group training for it.  Today, we ran 9 miles, all on the Flying Pig course.  Of course, it was the up hill section.  Yes, I know, it’s good training, and we get to come down those hills too.  Still, 700 feet of climbing in 4.5 miles is a lot.

  But, with that, it raised a question.  Why are the Newton Hill’s in the Boston marathon so feared.  From what I can tell, the biggest hill is about 100 vertical feet over about a quarter mile.  That doesn’t sound too bad, considering what I did today.  Maybe it’s the fact that you run to fast in the beginning, and then when you hit the hills you’re just fried.  Not sure, but I’ll have to find out.  I have an aquaintence, my son’s principal, that runs it every year.  Maybe he can give me some pointers.  More about that later, when I have more than five minutes.

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