Return To “Title Town”

Hard to imagine that it’s been a year since my unexpected trip to the medical tent after finishing last year’s Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, but time flies. And if you asked me last year while I was stretched out on a cot and icing my leg if I would return to run again in 2011, I would have probably thrown my bottle of ibuprofen at you!

But months pass and you say, “you know…if I changed this or if I just trained a little harder, I could…”

Next thing you know, you’re registered for 2011’s race!

I checked, I officially registered for this year’s race on January 4th. I must have been got caught up in all of that “New Year’s Resolution” hysteria! It might also explain my race number assignment, lucky number 242! Normally, lower numbers are assigned to “elite” runners and believe me, I will never be mistaken for a Kenyan when it comes to runners!

No, my lower number simply reflects that I was one of the first to register for the race. I guess not too many of the good citizens of Green Bay were thinking of running 26.2 miles on that frozen January morning.

(Probably had the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl on their minds!)

My initial thought was to attempt to qualify for Boston again, but with our harsh winter and a sinus infection that sapped my strength, those thoughts quickly faded. I discovered there was a big difference between running on a treadmill and running outdoors. With our heavy snowfall this winter, often times sidewalks went unplowed for weeks, which made running outdoors difficult. I ran a lot on the treadmill but found I didn’t have the necessary leg strength when I would get the chance to run outdoors.

Then to top it off, Boston has changed it’s qualifying times, which has made it extremely difficult for an average runner like myself to make it into the race. (I do figure if I can keep my current pace until I reach age 80, I’m in!)

So I lost a little “mojo” too.

This weekend runner number 242 will have a couple of realistic goals.

First, to finish the race in an upright position and avoid the medical tent. Second, if I can catch a break with the weather, hopefully come in under four hours. Lastly and most importantly, finish my lap thru Lambeau Field before they play the song, “Running On Empty” on the loud speakers!

A couple of notes…

Last Friday I had the pleasure of “teaching” some kids a little about cartooning at my daughter’s school. It was a lot of fun for me and the kids did a great job with their ‘toons. Thanks to all of Ms. Johnstone’s fifth grade art classes for letting me spend the morning with them!

The Eagle(s) have landed!

My oldest son and two of his friends recently had their “Court of Honor” for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. It was a proud moment for me and also a chance to reflect upon all of the wonderful things these boys got to experience while in Boy Scouts.

From kayaking trips, to backpacking in Wyoming and New Mexico, to climbing Mount St. Helens and spending a week sailing the Florida Keys, it was a wonderful ride!

According to statistics, only five percent of Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle. My son’s Patrol formed with nine boys in 2004. Three left for various reasons following the first year, the remaining six all made it to Eagle!

A flock of Eagles!

Happy Weekend!


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