Ezra is going to be all over my ass.

Hmmm,  Maybe I should rephrase that.  I suppose I should have said Ezra’s name is going to be on my running shorts!  And because he has ass cancer he gets this real estate:

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Anyone that donates (via the rather large Donate link on the upper right side of the screen) on my 2014 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge page will have their name also printed somewhere on my shorts.  Or arm warmers (depending on the weather).  Or hat.  Or tube socks (again depending on the weather).  I’ll be sending out e-mails to those of you who have donated so far to inquire about what you’d like written.

Speaking of my marathon outfit, I received the team singlet this week and have that in my grubby little paws:

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I have to get creative with this at some point in the future.  I’ll post photos as I make progress with this.  In the meantime, here are some photos of my previous Boston Marathon racing singlets:

2000:  Not a whole lot of creativity here, folks.  Okay, I didn’t do anything!

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2001:  My first year with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC).  Dedicated my run to my cousin Billy O’Brien who died of melanoma at 19 years of age.  I also dedicated this run to my mother, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband Fred, a prostate cancer survivor.

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2002:  This was my first year to participate in the In Memory program with the DFMC.  My former Dana-Farber patient was Joey Franceschelli who died from brain cancer when he was 3 years old.  I’ll feature Joey in a future post.  The Franceschelli family is a terrific bunch.  I also dedicated this run to my friend Ellen Patton’s brother Robes who, coincidentally, died from the same type of brain cancer as Joey.

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2007:  My friend Suma was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and we were at a Labor Day party together and happened to run into Jan Ross & Jack Fultz who are the big cheeses at the DFMC.  Jan encouraged me to run the 2007 Boston Marathon for Suma, and well, I obliged.  As luck would have it, I again had Joey Franceschelli as my In-Memory patient.  I’ll be including an interview with Suma in a later posting as well as a posting about Joey.  Keep your eyes posted!

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2009:  My good friend Julie has a non-profit called CycleKids and she was fortunate enough to get 15 spots for the Boston Marathon.  She asked if I wanted to run and well, I couldn’t say no!  Again, not very creative but at least I did my name up nicely.

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In other news, the decals and appreciation cards came in:

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They look fantastic!  Everyone that donates gets a sticker (included with the card that you get)!  Perfect for your computer:

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Your car:
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Your bike:

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Your pet (here’s our lovely chihuahua):

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Okay, don’t put one on your pet!  They look good just about anywhere though!

On the training front, I’m happy to report I’m back in the saddle.  Went to this week’s speed workout at Tufts.  I’m taking it slow but am happy I’m making progress.  I’ll be doing a majority of my workouts on an Arc trainer for the next few weeks to keep my core up.  The Arc trainer experience is not unlike this:

Oh, and as I posted on Facebook, I got a little creative with my Adidas trainers as a shout out to Ezra’s blog:

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I’m rotating between my Brooks and these.  Still a little superstitious but once I’m back up to speed I might use these more often.  On the Facebook front, I’ve started posting a daily photo of Ezra.  These are the self portraits he’s done since he was diagnosed with cancer.  He’s a wonderfully talented photographer and these really put a face for his disease.  Quite literally.

If you’d like to donate, select the wicked laaaahge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.

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This Posting is Brought to You by the Number 2.

Okay, not that #2, like, you know, as in, um, poop, but the literal number 2 which is so nicely presented here on Sesame Street:

That’s right folks, two.  Just two short months until the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Wow.  I’m excited to get back to running and will join the next Tuesday night speed workout, albeit at a very slow pace.  I just picked up a pair of new shoes also.  I’m very superstitious and really didn’t want to use the shoes I was running in when the injured occurred.

Since I signed up to run the Boston Marathon with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) in honor of Ezra, I have had a real bitch of a time trying to find a shoe that was perfect.  There is a great running store in my neck of the woods called Marathon Sports.  I like keeping things local and these folks are great.  I visit them every time I run the Boston Marathon to get dedicated marathon training shoes.  They’re quite good at getting a person fitted.  They have a great selection and knowledgeable staff.  They watch you walk and examine your feet and ask a bunch of great questions.

My first visit had me leave with a pair of Saucony Triumph 11 shoes.  I wore them around my office and returned them within a few days of the purchase.  I replaced those with a pair of Adidas Energy Boost.  I really needed to get shoes to start training and these seemed to fit better than the Saucony shoes.  I wore Adidas in 2007 and really, really liked them.  Anyway, after several runs they just didn’t have enough cushion so I decided to keep them as a race shoe, as well as a speed workout option.  I supplemented these with another pair Adidas, the Supernova Glide 6.  These had more cushion and felt somewhat better, but something was missing.

After scouring the internet high and low for the past couple of weeks, I was able to get a lot of useful information and reviews regarding a shoe that would make me happy.  One that would meet all of my criteria such as the option for a narrow shoe, higher arch support and more midsole padding.  This is what I got:

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Yup.  Brooks.  Not Adidas.  There was definitely a halleluiah moment when I first tried them on.  These are what I’ve been looking for all along.  I don’t recall if I was ever given the opportunity to try this particular shoe in at Marathon Sports, but I certainly was never given a narrow version.  Tonight I’ve been wearing them around with every running sock I have in my dresser.  Thick.  Thin.  Wool.  Whatever.  A heavier sock seems to feel nice so I’m rolling with that.  Going to wear them around the office tomorrow all day also.  I think these just might do the trick.  Oh, and I got them online at Zappos because I needed them fast and had very little time to head into Cambridge.  I’ll definitely hit up Marathon Sports when I need to replace these.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m no stranger to mishaps and experience some sort of injury every time I train for the Boston Marathon.  Quite frankly, it would be unusual if everything went smoothly during the 4 -6 months of training I normally do in preparation for the big day  Let’s take a stroll through memory lane.  I’ve run 5 Boston Marathons, of which I’ve had just one uneventful year, 2001.  Here’s a picture history with a brief description of the others:

2000:  I signed up for the marathon in September with Team Brigham (Brigham & Women’s Hospital).  My right knee became problematic (torn lateral meniscus) and I needed surgery so I went under the knife in January of 2000.  I wasn’t able to train until March.  I ramped up pretty quickly though and finshed:

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2002:  In what I thought was a fantastic year during my second time with the DFMC, I got a rather large stress fracture in my pubic ramus (pelvis) sometime in late February.  I was not able to run for several weeks.   I resorted to speed walking at a local track to keep in shape.  Again, I finished (really slow pace!):

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2007:  I ran this marathon with the DFMC and dedicated it to my friend Suma as she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).  In late January during a long run my knee just failed out of the blue.  At mile 3 I was fine.  By mile 4 I wasn’t able to walk.  I had a pretty bad stress fracture.  Here’s the MRI image (with my own commentary):

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I wasn’t able to run until March though was still able to get my finishing medal:

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2009:  My dear friend Julie has a non-profit called CycleKids.  She got 15 numbers for the Boston Marathon and asked if I wanted to join in on the fun.  Sure, why the hell not!  Well, on my way to my fundraiser exactly one month prior to the marathon, I tripped on a curb while running (literally, I was sprinting) to get some party goods.  This event didn’t bode well for my foot as the proximal phalanges got pushed right back into the metatarsal.  I couldn’t train at all and just rested until the marathon.  I’ve had two surgeries to repair this (2010 & 2011) and I’m good to go!  Here I am on my way to get my mylar blanket (in my Adidas no less):

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This year I’m lucky as (A) this injury wasn’t very serious and (B) it happened with a good chunk of time left to train.  Yes, I’m rambling a bit here.  My point is I’ll definitely be in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014 to run the 2014 Boston Marathon!

If you’d like to donate, select the wicked laaaahge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.  I got UPS and FedEx tracking notifications that both the decals and postcards are en route.  I’ll start sending these out next week.

Oh, and one last thing, if you’re not visiting this page via Ezra’s blog or Facebook page, please check out his both!  He has a great photo site too!

Doctor, doctor give me the news.

Just a very quick update folks.  My super fantastic orthopedic surgeon rang me this afternoon and informed me of the results from the MRI.  Basically, I have a stress reaction. That’s good news.  Thankfully I stopped running when I did as it could have lead to a full blown stress fracture.  Recovery is about 4 weeks which isn’t so bad considering I’m at the 2 week mark now.  I ditched the crutches this morning, of which my orthopedic said was okay, and all feels well.  I really want to get running tonight, but will have to cross-train for the next couple of weeks.  This sets be back a little, but I’ll be just fine.  I’ve overcome bigger hurdles while training for previous Boston Marathons and I’ll write about that soon.  In any event, I won’t be running a 3:45 marathon this year.  More likely a 5:00+ day for me.  Which is perfectly fine.

Yes indeed, I will still be running this:

Again, if you’d like to donate, select the wicked laaaahge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.  Like I mentioned in the last posting, I’ll be sending out quick thank you notes soon.  Both the decals and postcards are in production.

Anticipation, it’s making me wait.

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This past week, the folks at the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) posted a photo of the 2014 DFMC team singlet up on Facebook.  I’ll be one of about 700 people on the DFMC team that will run the Boston Marathon course wearing this special racing singlet featuring the Boston skyline.  The design is meant to give each teammate a symbolic “hug” as they return to the storied route one year after the marathon bombing tragedy shook the city and the world.  I like it.  A lot.

On Valentine’s Day, Ezra’s internet presence was woken back up after a bit of hibernation (to quote the man himself from a recent e-mail).  I’m elated that he mentioned my 2014 Boston Marathon DFMC involvement.  He’s a mensch for showing such generosity.  In the past 48 hours the visits to my site have increased tremendously.  My donations also increased.  I hope you all will stay with me over the next couple of months (2 months and 4 days to be exact) to share in my experience training for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

This is my 6th Boston Marathon, the previous 5 being in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2009.  I have always run for charity.  Once for Brigham & Women’s Hospital (2000), once for CycleKids (2009) and 4 times for Dana-Farber.  I’ll write more about those experiences in future blog postings.  There’s actually quite a bit to talk about, but similar to running a marathon, I need to pace myself.

Dedicating this event for Ezra was a no-brainer and I’m glad he’s along for the ride, or err, run.  He’s been instrumental in lending his design and editorial expertise to my blog and I can’t thank him enough.  He manages to deal with a terminal disease with his family and close friends, get in creative time in his shop with a number of projects, tell a very personal story through his incredible blog (typed lately with just one hand) yet still finds time to give me some pointers regarding my blog.  His kindness knows no bounds.

Having Ezra’s help will undoubtedly be an asset in helping me achieve my fundraising goal.  It can certainly be a challenge, I must admit.  Back in 2009, I saw a humorous line for a charitable organization advertising in the Boston Marathon Official Program that stated “If you think training for a marathon is hard, try fundraising in today’s economy.”  The economy is on the rebound so I’m hoping it’s a little easier this year.  I have some fun ideas up my sleeve and will be posting those soon.

On the training front, I get my results from my MRI on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday).  I called my orthopedic surgeon’s office on Friday for giggles, knowing full well they probably wouldn’t have the results at that point considering they said to call on Tuesday.  And as I suspected, they said the results weren’t there yet.  Granted, my MRI appointment was late Thursday afternoon.  I did prod the MRI tech as I was leaving but he wasn’t giving me anything.  Maybe I needed to slip him a sawbuck or something.  Anticipation, it’s making me wait.  Sing it to me Carly:

This all being said, I feel much better.  I am champing at the bit to get back to training.  Not that it would be all that pleasant running outside due to the fact there have been two major snowstorms in the past week.  Last night we got about 6 – 8 inches or so on top of the 12+ inches we got on Thursday.  All of this lovely accumulation is covering the nice base of more than a foot we got more than a week ago.  It kinda looks like this outside my window:

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Just replace the penguins with a neurotic chihuahua and that would be an accurate photo of the landscape in my neck of the woods.

I love snow.  Love it.  Love, love, love, love it.  I really do.  Not so crazy about running in the metro Boston area on roads with this much snow.  Boston drivers are crazy enough without snow.  Seriously, it’s pretty scary around here sometimes (thank goodness the Big Dig is completed!!!!).  There was a humorous graphic I recently saw on Facebook that compares Boston roads to New York, a nice, easy grid system (Note:  It contains the F-bomb so scroll on down if y’all don’t like the expletive!):

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Anyway, the last two organized DFMC group runs have been canceled due to the snow.  Well, they were actually moved to the Commonwealth Avenue carriage road in Newton, which is a part of the Boston Marathon course.  No cars, really.  Much safer.  Plus you get to practice the hills, the most famous being Heartbreak Hill.

Donations are starting to trickle in and a BIG heartfelt thanks to those of you who have contributed.  Again, if you’d like to donate, select the wicked laaaahge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.  I’ll be sending out quick thank you notes soon and am in the process of designing the snail nail appreciation card.  I’m also having some decals made up that I designed and will keep you posted about those.  Everybody that contributes gets one.

Finally, when I was training for the 2009 Boston Marathon I filmed the marathon route.  I taped a camera to my dashboard and drove the 26 miles and ran the last few blocks.  Pretty crude compared to the GoPro cameras these days, but you get the gist.  I actually watch this video every day.  Sit back relax and enjoy the route to some Bruce Springsteen:

Reach out and touch someone.

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I got to thinking about this ad campaign when I recently signed up on Facebook.  When I was accepted on the 2014 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, it was suggested that a Facebook page would be beneficial in getting the word out.  Reaching out, so to speak.  I suppose it’s not all that different than dropping a dime like the advertisement suggests.  The technology has changed but the end result is the same, I think.  So far, I’m enjoying reaching out to old friends and colleagues.

Oh, and about the ad, did the grandfather really have to be a creepy clown?  At least I think Bozo is the grandfather.  Because if he isn’t, I’m wondering why Barnum and Bailey couldn’t give the poor slob a night off from cramming into a tiny car with 38 other creepy clowns to witness the birth of his daughter. I also think the woman’s caption should have been something a little more racy to spice the ad up.  Okay, enough ranting.

Regarding Facebook, this is my second experience with the popular social networking site.  I deleted my original account because it just became too overwhelming. I got totally sucked into it and had to cut the cord fast. I was spending way too much time basically hitting the refresh button.  And cursing because I wasn’t getting enough “Likes.”  Honestly, I needed to quit cold turkey.  I have a similar issue when it comes to watching a television series (say, like Breaking Bad) where I tend to “chain smoke” them.  Kind of like this:

I think I watched 3 seasons of Dexter over one weekend.  Anyway, I’m glad to be back on Facebook and am trying to manage my time effectively.  I still have my job.  So far, so good.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my left leg was injured during the weekly DFMC speed workout at the Tufts University indoor track.  I had an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon yesterday afternoon and received some favorable news.  After some poking and prodding he said, and I quote, “It’s probably a whole lot of nothing.”  That was music to my ears, I must admit.  He saw the X-ray that was taken last Thursday and said everything looked fine there.  From that film, he didn’t think it was a stress fracture at all.  In addition, he mentioned where the pain is so global on the quadriceps and hip, that would also lead him to believe it was not a stress fracture.  Muscle-related, maybe a pinched nerve.

This being said, I’m getting an MRI tomorrow just to be safe.  I have to say that I do feel slightly better today.  I think I’ll be back up and running in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime I’ll have to get in some cross-training.

Finally:

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The $64,000 being:  Will I be able to run the 2014 Boston Marathon?  Of course, silly!  Oh, and if you’d like to donate, select the rather large DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.

Crap.

I’m slightly neurotic about getting injured during my marathon training.  So much so that I’m only running these days.  I’m not doing any winter sports at the moment.  None.  Considering Mother Nature recently blessed the Boston area with some pretty sweet snow accumulation, I’m somewhat sad to miss out on enjoying this lovely winter landscape.  I’d love to be out there skate skiing or back-country skiing or snowboarding or snowshoeing.  I’m far too afraid I’ll twist and ankle or break some important bone while enjoying any one of these activities.  Again, neurotic.  Quite frankly, if I could, I’d pretty much go outside dressed up like this:

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Well, the Michelin Man suit wouldn’t have helped me this past week.  During the weekly DFMC speed workout at the Tufts University indoor track, something went terribly wrong with my left leg.  After the first few repeats, I started to experience some pain in my quadriceps.  At the end of the third 600m heat I threw in the towel.  I walked around the track a few times hoping it would just go away.  Unfortunately it didn’t.  To quote Herman Munster, “Darn, darn, darn, darn, darn, darn!”

Hit me Herman:

On Thursday afternoon, it didn’t seem to be getting any better and upon Carol’s recommendation, I called my primary care physician.  I was told to head over to the Walk-in Clinic at Mount Auburn Hospital so we made a bee line there once I hung up.  I was freaking out a bit that it was a stress fracture because I’ve had a couple that were the result from marathon training.  One in my pelvis and one in my femur.

I went through the hospital registration pretty quickly and our wait at the walk-in clinic was pretty short.  I don’t mind the wait so much as it gives me a chance to catch up with all of the celebrity news with all those gossip magazines lying around.  Poor Tori Spelling.  Poor, poor Tori.

After a blood pressure check and a few quick X-rays the doctor was ready to see me.  The first thing she said to me when she walked into the room was “Good news!”  That caught my attention and made me smile.  The good news is the injury is not a stress fracture.  Or at least there really is no sign of one.  X-rays usually do not show any evidence of stress fractures, but everything on the X-ray, most notably the femur, looked great.  The doctor stated that possibly muscle fibers are torn causing bleeding in the muscle tissues, which was evident on the X-ray (a blood buildup near the knee).  She did a physical examination of my legs and all looked good there too.  Oh, I really need to remind myself to wear underwear when seeing a doctor.  Note to self (I was wearing long underwear, silly, but had to take it off).  Anyway, I got some crutches and was instructed to relax for 7 – 10 days.  Ugh.

My orthopedic surgeon was conveniently located in the same building so we stopped by his office on the way out.  He’s performed three surgeries on me, two elbow and one knee, so I figured I was on some sort of frequent patient program that might have some privileges like getting in an appointment right then and there.  No such luck.  I see him next Tuesday afternoon.  Hoping I feel better by then so I can cancel the appointment.  If not, I imagine an MRI might be in the cards.  I’ll remember to wear underwear, too.

I got my confirmation of acceptance recently.  It’s officially official.  Oh, and if you’d like to donate, select the rather large DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.

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Please Mister Postman look and see, if there’s a letter in your bag for me.

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Keeping with the ass theme, my wife is a women’s health nurse practitioner and receives quite a few solicitations each and every month regarding a wide variety of medical conferences.  This week came news of the Managing Common Anal Complaints conference.  Anal complaints?  Gosh, I suppose the location would be at the top of my list of complaints.  I mean really, can’t it be further away from the genitals?

At a recent Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team meeting, it was recommended that all runners set up a Facebook page.  What better way to get the word out, right?  I had a Facebook page several years back and I thought, heck, it’ll be a snap to set one up again.  Not so.  I was letting the expletives fly throughout most of the process in getting things set up.  I think this best represents the mood I was in:

Thankfully no computers were harmed during the process of getting up and running on Facebook.  A little less caffeine during the process probably would have been a good thing.

On the training front, last night I ran at the Tufts University 200 meter indoor track at the weekly DFMC speed workout.  Got there a little late as I left my car lights on.  Needed a jump and my neighbor came to the rescue.  I only missed about 20 minutes of the workout so all was not lost.  This happens every Tuesday and is a blessing during the winter considering it’s a heated facility.  This week was 10 – 12 x 600 meters @ 5K – 10K race pace with 200 meter jog recovery.

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This past weekend my long run was 14.8 miles (the Garmin GPS didn’t kick in until .4 miles).  Here’s where I ran:

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It was an absolutely beautiful day.  Temperatures in the high 40s.  A very different scene than what I woke up to this morning:

photoWe got about a foot.  Running will be interesting over the next few days.  In addition, the forecast calls for a Nor’easter early next week.  As long as the roads are plowed, bring it on.

Finally, if you’d like to donate, select the rather large DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.

Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to April, 2009

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That’s me there running in the 2009 Boston Marathon and yup, I said that.  In fact, it was the very last thing I posted on my 2009 Boston Marathon blog.  Truth be told, I’ve probably said this after each and every Boston Marathon I’ve run.  So, what was I thinking?  Why did I subject myself to training in the freezing cold and commit to raising a minimum of $4000 to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon?  Simply put, I met Ezra Caldwell:

I’ve been following Ezra’s blog, Teaching Cancer to Cry since 2008, right about the time he was diagnosed with rectal cancer.  Ezra is a talented bicycle framebuilder/designer, woodworker, photographer and all-around fabricator of some pretty cool stuff.  We started a dialogue regarding one of his bike projects in 2012 and finally got the pleasure to meet in 2013 at the Bike Cult Show over Labor Day weekend (hand-built bicycle show in Brooklyn).  Soon after we met I made the decision to run the 2014 Boston Marathon with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.

As it states as the end of the video, Ezra was diagnosed with recurrent (terminal) Stage IV metastatic cancer in November of 2012 and was given six to eight months to live.  The good news is that I am happy to report that he’s still busy at his home & workshop in Harlem, where he recently celebrated his 40th birthday.  Unfortunately there is bad news, of which he posted on his blog earlier this month.  Ezra mentioned there was a good indication that the cancer is metastasizing pretty quickly.  I encourage you to check out his blog as he eloquently details the trails and tribulations of having this disease.  His postings make you want to laugh and cry all at the same.

It’s a privilege to run the Boston Marathon and I’m glad to be a part of the 2014 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), an official Boston Athletic Association (BAA) charitable program.  100% of your donation goes directly to research for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.  Every dollar the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge raises supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries.  All administrative costs are covered by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, not the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research program.  If you’d like to donate, select the huge DONATE! link at the top of the page to navigate to my DFMC 2014 Fundraising Page.  My goal is to raise more than $10,000 this year.  Lofty aspirations I know.

I had a wonderful video of the Boston Marathon route that I created back in 2007 but it was lost when my had drive crashed a few years back.  I’ll make one again this year.  In the interim, here’s a description of the Boston Marathon course from Hal Higdon, the famed running writer:

“The course starts at a height of 462 feet above sea level in Hopkinton, drops precipitously, particularly in the first mile and a half, rolls, descends again through about 4 miles, then flattens somewhat with an occasional hill before bottoming out at 49 feet above sea level at Lower Newton Falls (16 miles). Then begin a series of four hills–what Coach Bill Squires calls the Killer Chain–culminating in the infamous Heartbreak Hill (21 miles). It is not so much the height of the hills (Heartbreak is only 236 feet above sea level), but where they come in the race that poses difficulty for marathoners who have failed to prepare for them.

The final 5 miles to the finish line on Boylston Street present a steady, if sometimes unnoticed, descent to 10 feet above sea level, and it is here where the legs of unprepared runners take a beating. If you enter this stretch fatigued and unable to maintain running form–particularly if forced back onto your heels–you will pound the muscles of your lower legs to pulp. This is why you see runners heading home at Logan Airport late on a Monday walking with the stiff legs of the Frankenstein Monster. It is also why their strategy descending stairs for a week after the race will consist of walking down those stairs backwards.”

Hmmm, walking with stiff legs like that of the Frankenstein monster?  What, maybe something like this:

Finally, if you’re curious about the title of my blog, watch this:

And yes, I’m running the Boston Marathon in Adidas shoes!

* Note:  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Sherman and Wayback Machine reference, here you go (navigate to 2:57 to specifically see the Wayback Machine):