Not that running a marathon isn’t a “big deal”, but I’m not going to post each one. Since the Kingston Kiwanis race though I was able to knock off two more – those are numbers 15 and 16. The first was the Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Marathon by “Fit Feat Adventures”. I also ran this one in 2015. It was small – just 29 completers (not competers or competitors but “completers” – we really cheered each other on).
This year’s was substantively larger but the race organizers did a great job. I commend the race to everyone’s attention in 2017. The scenery on the two loop course is great – from farm fields and back country roads to small towns and a great view of the Hudson River. For more information: http://fitfeetadventures.com/rhvmarathon/
On June 12 I was able to again run the Walkway Over the Hudson Marathon – between Dutchess and Ulster Counties. My wife’s and my longtime friend Dr. Michele (not going to share her last name, privacy reasons) ran it with me. She and Allison and her husband and I all went to college together. She’s a former family physician who teaches now. Always great to have a real Doctor on a run though! Michele had been the person who got me through my first 20 mile run – when I nearly collapsed due to poor hydration in the fall of 2014. Now it was my turn to help. This was her 4th marathon but she hadn’t broken a particular time limit. Together, we pushed through and beat the goal by 6 minutes. It was a very relaxing run for me, but good karma to run with a long time friend who helped me get started and help her crush what might not have been a “goal time” (the goal is to finish with heart beating); but at least a better time than she had ever had.
It was a great feeling and you actually cross over the Hudson River so, enough said! (www.WalkwayMarathon.org)
Hoping to make Marathon 17 sometime in July. Eye-balling the Mad Marathon in Vermont.