Thank you for supporting my Boston Marathon effort and the programs and services of Wediko Children's Services!
I ran the "Half of Quincy" this past Sunday, lucked out with a beautiful day and ran it in 1:45 (8:05 min per mile), a good time for me. This Saturday the Wediko group travels to Hopkinton to run the first 21 miles of the Marathon course. This will be the last truly long run before the Marathon itself. After over 600 miles our miles per week begin to taper off as well - 41 this week, then 31, then 24, then 13 and finally the race.
We're now less than five weeks out from Marathon Monday. Since I began training back in November, I've run more than 500 miles and I have not had any serious physical setbacks (everybody, please, knock wood for me). I also survived a 20-mile training run this past Saturday and have recovered sufficiently to feel able to run the Quincy Half-Marathon this coming Sunday.
I just passed the half-way point of my 20-week training schedule and, other than a few missed runs during a recent trial, I've been able to make all of my scheduled runs. During week 7 I completed a 14.5 mile run, the longest I've ever gone. On Super Bowl Sunday I ran the Great Stew Chase 15K (9.3 miles) in Lynn with 272 other entrants. It was a great day for a run, over a nice course (except for one killer hill), and I ran 1:17:18 (about 8:20 per mile), which is a good time for me. Coming up: a 16-mile run this Saturday, Feb. 11, to cap off a 42-mile week (pray for me) and the New Bedford Half-Marathon on March 18.
For those of you who have already contributed, again, thanks so much. For those of you who have always intended to donate but have not gotten around to it, there's no time like the present! For those of you who just learned that I'm running, or who might need a nudge to agree to donate, I'll tell you a bit about the good work done by Wediko. Not to get all preachy, but when I decided I wanted to run the marathon I just was happy to hook on with any charity and didn't give much thought to who I was running for. But through my training I've come to learn that Wediko is a remarkable organization. I've come to know Wediko's Director and several staff members and can say without hesitation that they are absolutely dedicated to Wediko's mission to improve the lives of children who face ongoing obstacles to development due to emotional, behavioral, environmental, and learning issues. Wediko takes children from all over the country, and its community of children includes those with ADD/ADHD, depression, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Through its in-residence school and summer program, Wediko helps their students improve their abilities to make and keep friends, increase their capacity for accurate self-observation and emotional regulation, better understand how their actions impact others, increase their problem-solving skills, enhance their capacity to follow others' expectations and pursue appropriate goals. Having met the folks at Wediko, it's easy to see how their work has a direct impact on the lives of troubled children and their families. On a more practical note, contributions through the Boston Marathon are the biggest component of Wediko's charitable fundraising; it is a vitally important component of Wediko's financial well-being. So even if you're not moved to donate merely because a clearly irrational thought process possessed me to run Boston this year, please consider contributing what you can to a very worthy organization staffed by remarkably dedicated professionals. Thanks again for your support! Doyle