Saturday, December 20, 2008
First Long Run of ING Marathon Training!
Got out a bit late today due to our alarm clock (Cole) sleeping in until 9 AM! Therefore I didn't get out until around 11:30, which worked out for the best as it was a bit warmer (maybe high 40's), althought it was still pretty wet out. Got in my 8 miles at the pace I wanted, keeping up a pace of 8:16 min/mile with miles in 8:21, 8:19, 8:26, 8:30, 8:21, 8:24, 8:19, 7:44 with the final 0.1 miles at a 6:32 pace. Felt fairly decent, but still labored a bit. Overall, it was a really good run.
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!