Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Track Me Live

Another great day to donate! Two marathons and two charities! Let's raise a combined $6,500 for cancer research through Fred's Team and low-income seniors with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)!

Donate to H.O.M.E. here (write in "marathon" in note section). Donate to Fred's Team here

Portland marathon this Sunday! Following along at home by downloading the app on your phone - or use this link on your computer! Don't forget, the race starts at 7am (10am EST).

Get into the fun by betting your donation against my running time. Use this form to sign up! Seriously the coolest way to donate. Also, you'll be entered to win sweet gifts. See the last few posts for all the details and all my running times (for best betting)! Oh, and for those wanting even more information I checked out the weather forecast. It looks like it is going to be a hot one in Portland (75F and 80% humidity).

I'm sitting on my couch listening to the sounds of the street. Most of the time I hear cars and horns, sirens and yelling, and other undefinable noises. Today is unique. I've lived here now for just over a year and for the first time ever I'm hearing opera style singing.

It sounds like it is coming from the street and not another apartment. It is also not a real song. It is just loud, very loud large wobbles. A drunk mezzo soprano lost in Harlem perhaps.

In addition to listening to street sounds I'm surfing the endless youtube sea in search of inspirational running videos. It turns out they exist. But that just are not that inspirational. Even the ones claiming to be the very best. I guess I find inspiration in different places. For instance, I think the video below is everything a marathon should be. The joy, the pain, the tiredness, the sweet short shorts.

Not finding enough motivation I went looking for any running videos. I had the pleasure of meeting Meb briefly after last year's NYC marathon. I was volunteering and snuck up to the finish line to see the professionals finish. Meb was the only one who came over and took pictures (can't find it) and shook hands. Of course he is also the only one we yelled for too. So maybe the other runners would have said hello too.

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