Friday, December 21, 2007

Mahalo and WOO HOO!

Well, I did it. As I'm sure you didn't just randomly get to this blog, you probably already know what I was attempting... or you've scrolled down to the next post. In summary, I was attempting to run 50+ marathons in 2007 for breast cancer awareness and as a tribute to a special family member.

I hit #51 on 10/21.

I've gotten to #64, and even though I have a couple weekends left in 2007, and even though I am registered for 3 more races, I am going to close out the year at 64. I have mixed emotions about that, but it'll have to do.

If you came here looking for race stories, simply scroll down two posts to my calendar (or click this). Each race is a hot link to that race's associated story.

For the public record, this year has been demanding and challenging. Nothing like what a person goes through when battling cancer, though. Still... along the way, I burned certain bridges and damaged relationships. One in particular was especially bad.

The cost was high. I am going to take a break from being a Maniac for an indefinite period. There are other aspects of my life that I need to improve. I want to be a better person, and I need to work off some bad karma associated with being x, y, and z (fill in your own pejoratives; I probably did them).

A longer summary of "WHY I RAN", "WHO I RAN FOR", and "WHY I'M DONE" can be found here.

Thank you for reading this and mahalo plenty for your support this year.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

50+ Marathons for J-Lo

Special update: On 10/21/07, I hit the "50+" target!

64! For the latest updates, go here.

Last year, I was trying to complete 55-60 marathons. Unfortunately, I had to stop in August. A family member found out she had breast cancer. I stopped running to help take care of her. Lots of testing, one mastectomy, four rounds of chemo, and lots of drugs later, and... she's doing okay. And I'm running again.

On 2/17/08, Jacksonville FL will host the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. I'll be there.

Between 1/1/07 and 2/17/08, I am going to attempt 50+ marathons to help raise awareness of the disease, early detection, and some of the other "faces" of cancer.

You'll see me. I'll be the guy in the pink shirt.

  • You can check my race schedule down below.
  • You can read reports of my races and various musings over here.
  • For more information on breast cancer, start with this site.
  • Want to make a donation to help fund breast cancer research? Support the Donna Hicken Foundation and the Mayo clinic here.
Marathons and Ultras completed: 64

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

2007 Race Schedule

xx: 01/06/07 (FL) Disney Half Marathon complete!
01: 01/07/07 (FL) Disney Marathon complete!
02: 01/14/07 (TX) Houston Marathon complete!
03: 01/21/07 (CA) Carlsbad Marathon complete!
04: 02/04/07 (CA) Pacific Shoreline Marathon complete!
02/10/07 (AZ) Pemberton 50k skipped!
02/11/07 (WA) Valentines Marathon skipped!
05: 02/18/07 (WA) Birch Bay Marathon complete!
06: 02/24/07 (TX) Cowtown Marathon complete!
07: 03/04/07 (CA) Napa Valley Marathon complete!
08: 03/17/07 (WA) Chuckanut 50k complete! First 50k!
09: 03/25/07 (NM) Bataan Memorial Death March complete!
10: 03/31/07 (WA) Yakima River Canyon Marathon complete!
11: 04/01/07 (TX) Big-D Marathon complete! 4th double... and new double PR!
12: 04/07/07 (WA) Easter Marathon complete!
13: 04/15/07 (OH) Glass City Marathon complete!
14: 04/22/07 (WA) Mt Si 50 Miler complete! First 50 miler!
15: 04/29/07 (OR) Eugene Marathon complete!
16: 05/06/07 (OH) Flying Pig Marathon complete!
17: 05/13/07 (WA) Tacoma City Marathon complete!
18: 05/19/07 (CA) Palos Verdes Marathon complete! New PR!
19: 05/20/07 (WA) Capital City Marathon complete!
5th double... and new double PR!
20: 05/26/07 (MI) Bayshore Marathon complete!
21: 05/27/07 (NY) Buffalo Marathon complete!
6th double... and new double PR!
22: 06/03/07 (WA) San Juan Island Marathon complete! New PR!
xx: 06/08/07 (WA) Fremont 5k complete!
23: 06/09/07 (WA) Lake Youngs Ultra complete!
24: 06/10/07 (WA) North Olympic Discovery Marathon complete! 7th double!
25: 06/16/07 (IA) Marathon to Marathon complete!
26: 06/17/07 (CO) Estes Park Marathon complete! 8th double!
27: 06/24/07 (HI) Kona Marathon complete!
28: 07/01/07 (SD) Swan Lake Marathon compete!
29: 07/08/07 (WA) Seafair Marathon complete!
07/14/07 (WA) Lake Youngs Fund Run skipped!
30: 07/15/07 (MT) Missoula Marathon complete!
31: 07/28/07 (HI) Kilauea Volcano Marathon complete!
32: 08/04/07 (AK) Frank Maier Marathon complete!
33: 08/11/07 (OR) Crater Lake Marathon complete!
34: 08/12/07 (OR) Haulin' Aspen Marathon complete! 9th double!
35: 08/25/07 (UT) Park City Marathon complete!
36: 09/01/07 (ID) Pocatello Marathon complete!
37: 09/02/07 (NM) New Mexico Marathon complete!
38: 09/03/07 (CO) ADT Marathon complete! FIRST TRIPLE!
39: 09/08/07 (UT) Mid-Mountain Marathon complete!
40: 09/09/07 (WA) Skagit Flats Marathon
complete! 10th double!
41: 09/15/07 (OH) Air Force Marathon complete!
42: 09/16/07 (MO) Lewis & Clark Marathon complete! 11th double!
43: 09/27/07 (CA) Tahoe Triple Day #1 complete!
44: 09/28/07 (NV) Tahoe Triple Day #2 complete!
45: 09/29/07 (CA) Tahoe Triple Day #3 complete!
46: 09/30/07 (WA) Gateway to the Pacific Marathon complete! QUADZILLA!!
47: 10/07/07 (OR) Portland Marathon complete!
48: 10/13/07 (CT) Hartford Marathon complete!
49: 10/14/07 (MA) Bay State Marathon complete! 12th double!
50: 10/20/07 (IN) Indianapolis Marathon complete!
51: 10/21/07 (OH) Columbus Marathon complete!
13th double... and new double PR!
52: 10/28/07 (TX) Miracle Match Marathon complete!
53: 11/03/07 (OR) Autumn Leaves 50k complete!
54: 11/04/07 (WA) iUWR Marathon complete! 14th double!
11/10/07 (VA) Richmond Marathon skipped!
55: 11/11/07 (PA) Harrisburg Marathon complete!
56: 11/17/07 (LA) Louisiana Trails 50k complete!
57: 11/22/07 (GA) Atlanta Marathon complete!
58: 11/24/07 (WA) Ghost of Seattle Marathon complete!
59: 11/25/07 (WA) Seattle Marathon complete! 15th double!
60: 12/01/07 (CA) Death Valley Borax Marathon complete!
61: 12/02/07 (NV) Las Vegas Marathon complete! 16th double!
62: 12/08/07 (TX) Sunmart 50k complete!
63: 12/09/07 (TX) Dallas White Rock Marathon complete! 17th double!
64: 12/16/07 (WA) Christmas Marathon complete!
12/22/07 (WA) Pigtails Marathon skipped!
12/29/07 (FL) Florida Marathon skipped!
12/31/07 (WA) Last Chance Marathon skipped!

2006: The Year in Review