Resurrection weekend

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Anthony Robbins

When I walked to my front porch this afternoon, I thought I knew what was inside the package set there by the postal carrier.

As expected, it contained items sent by Dick Beardsley for the Jason Boutwell benefit and silent auction. It was fitting it arrived today – the running of the Boston Marathon.

Of course, Dick is a well-known marathoner and motivational speaker. He’s spoken at most of the region’s biggest events, and continues to inspire runners at marathons across the country.

He offered to send two books, an autographed shirt and a photo from the 1982 race featured in the book, “Duel in the Sun,” which explored the grueling battle between Dick and Alberto Salazar.

To my surprise, though, was the photo’s cool factor: the 8×10 glossy includes autographs by both Dick and Alberto. Any runner would be lucky to have it for display. It will go up on the auction block at the May 17 event at the Hub in Fargo.

Other cool items continue to be added to the silent auction.

The Fargo Running Company committed to providing two $50 gift certificates, two entries into this fall’s Fargo Mini Marathon and two entries into the 2015 Fargo Marathon. A pretty cool donation by Mark.

Doggy Depot and Rover’s Playhouse both have donated daycare passes, too. There are many other items, too.

On a personal level, it felt like resurrection weekend for me. After months of struggles, including little running for three weeks, I hit the pavement this Saturday and Sunday. It helped to visit my favorite chiropractor earlier in the week – a visit in which he corrected some ankle issues and we diagnosed the problem.

My return to the road was facilitated by switching back to the shoe model that served me so well for years. I had switched, and it seemingly went well for several months. But the weeks of 40-plus miles eventually caught up with me. Now I feel relieved and ready for a return to committed training – too late for spring events but enough time for a long, steady build to the New York City marathon.

The simple thought of returning to weekend long runs, and coupled with long bike rides, made the 8-miler on Saturday and 11-miler on Sunday go fast. It also helped that Coby finished the final two miles of both runs with me.

For those buying Team Boutwell running shirts, please be sure to get your name and size to Billie Carlson by Wednesday. Her email address is billiecarlson@cableone.net. Tank tops are available for women; shortsleeve shirts are the men’s option. The cost is $40 and proceeds go to help defray medical costs for Jason’s battle with cancer. Also consider arranging pledges to donate to the fund if you’re running. Visit here for more information on donating.

 

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