Rick and Dick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) have been an inspiration to many and in particular, to Amanda and myself. We’ve had the pleasure to qualify and start the Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt four times over the years. I was inspired to train, push myself and qualify both of us so I could share the Boston experience with Amanda.
It’s surprising to me that according to Snopes, Team Rocket was only the second wheelchair team to complete the distance in Boston. I would have thought that there were more people crazy enough to qualify pushing a wheelchair.
All Gods critters have their place in the choir, Some sing low, some sing higher. Some sing out loud on the telephone wire. Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got, now!
This is my mantra and I repeat it over and over. It is my “little engine that could” and it keeps me traveling forward, first with my left foot, then my right. It helps move me. It’s not a lot, but it is enough.
It is a deceptively simple song called “A Place In The Choir”, written by Bill Staines in 1978. It starts with the chorus and has just five verses of four lines each. However, I only repeat the chorus, mostly because I can’t remember all the verses, but also because it’s too hard to think through the haze that stands between remembrance and self. My daughter, Lauren taught it to me when she was ten years old. She in turn heard it as a campfire song at Guide camp. I liked this quirky, innocent song, so I went looking for it. I found a guitar tab on the Internet and reformatted so that both my daughter and I could read it. It’s one of the many songs we perform for ourselves at home. We are a guitar and ukulele duo, accompanying an unlikely duet. One has a beautiful young voice and the other, an older, straining one.
Start Line Selfie – Sunny and not cold for a change!
Finishing the 30 km
Yeah, it was a PW (2:26 PB!), but if you don’t run for 5 weeks in the middle of your training schedule (I was sick then and I still was on race day), what do you expect? Here’s to a faster time next year.
Amanda maintains her unbeaten streak with me finishing a close second behind her. We were running as a member of the corporate team. This year we were Team Orange Rocket.
For more info on Amanda’s chair and her sleeping bag cold weather snuggie, see the items under Team Rocket.
In the running community the wearing of race T-Shirts has become a sign of accomplishment and fashion. Choosing just the right T-Shirt for that special occasion can be a daunting and difficult task. The following guidelines have been compiled (in fun) to help the responsible T-shirt wearer avoid potential embarrassment and/or elevate their perceived status in the running community.
Well, it looks like we won’t find out if we get to run the “Valley Inn” hill until just before the race.
CBC reported in December that due to work on the CN rail bridge, race organizers won’t know if the road will be open until a week or so before the race.
So much doing any training on Valley Inn Road hill this year.
Update: I’ve checked Valley Inn Road, so don’t even bother trying. The whole hill is fenced off from the end of the bailey bridge at the bottom to the barricades at the top. I guess we’ll all have to make do with just running all the Northshore hills over and over again.