Tuesday, October 7, 2008
18 mile long run down in Pompano Beach
Started off super early, getting out of bed at 5 am (after a late night watching the Red Sox win!!! GO SOX!!!) and after eating breakfast and and stretching out, got on the road heading out in four loops through intermittent rain storms. It was really nice going that early, nice and calm, starting off running out by Pompano's airport and through a small park and then returned through some neighborhoods. Got back to the hotel at just under 6 miles, had some sports beans and water and got running south along the intercoastal before ending up at some really nice community on Terra Mar Blvd in Southern Pompano, which is actually on its own island! The little island was about 1.5 miles around before heading back up A1A towards the hotel. Once back, had a gel and water and ran in to tell Betsy (she was going to join me with the boy for the final loop) that it was raining off and on and therefore taking the boy probably wasn't the best plan. So she called our parents to watch Cole while I finished a small 1.5 mile loop north of the hotel again along A1A. Upon returning to the hotel, grabbed Betsy and we finished the final 4.5 miles running north along the intracoastal before crossing the drawbridge about 1 mile north of the hotel and continued on for another mile before turning around and finishing the final stretch to get back to the hotel. I can't tell you how much easier it is to have Betsy join me for those final miles! Wish little Colvin could have joined me too though! Definitely am paying the price with a blood blister on my left big toe, losing a toenail on my middle toe on my right foot, not to mention the usual pains and aches. But I will say the warm Epsom Salts bath afterwards certainly helped!!!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!