Saturday, January 17, 2009
Long Run with Jon Smith!
Our friend Jon came into town for the Inauguration, so the two of us go going this afternoon for a 12 miler around the house. Jon, a five-time marathon and two-time Ironman finisher is a buddy of ours from Florida who just came back from a number of years working in Japan to come back to the States to start Law School at Yale! Anyway, we got out for a great run, keeping about an 8:40 pace overall, however, the last two miles or so really did me in. Finished the miles in 8:38, 8:37, 8:46, 8:43, 8:46, 8:37, 8:35, 8:22, 8:38, 8:36, 8:50 and finishing with 8:30 min/mile. I keep getting blisters on my left foot, so I keep wondering what to do to avoid such issues...
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!