As natural as sharing a bottle of Rosé on a sunny day, Saltwater Farm Vineyard and our extended family have found another common love in road races, mud races, nature hikes… actually just about anything that gets us off our butts and outside, enjoying the beautiful surroundings coastal New England has to offer.
With this in mind, we wanted to extended a very special SFV Cheers! to all those running in the Boston Marathon this Monday, April 20, 2015. And what could be more fitting than hearing from one of our past Saltwater Farm Vineyard grooms and a good friend of ours, Mark Roberts, about his experience training to run the Boston Marathon for the first time
On ‘any given runday’ you can see elite runners achieve unfathomable mile times and novice runners accomplish their own personal bests. Then there are the runners who inspire us all: those running blind, literally, with the assistance of spotters; those who have overcome injuries, illnesses, and amputations; and those, like Team Hoyt, who ‘run’ with the help of their family and friends, all of whom have some of the biggest – and strongest – hearts on the course. I’d be remiss not to mention the many service members, some running blind or with high-tech prosthetics, who were critically injured in the course of their duty. Thank you all for your inspiration, motivation, and sacrifices protecting our freedoms – like running – that we get to enjoy every day in our beautiful Nation.
Speaking of our beautiful Nation, another aspect I love about running is being one with the environment. The changing of the seasons (each with its unique challenges), the various animals I’ve startled (and been startled by!) along the way, the drivers more focused on their cell phones than their surroundings… I guess I don’t love that last one, but it’s all part of the sport. Which reminds me, bring some identification and emergency contact info along for your runs – just in case.
This is starting to ramble… anyone still reading?
Back to Meb. Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi was last year’s winner of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:08:37 at age 39. My very first half marathon was just shy of two hours, my most recent marathon just under four hours. Again, Meb I am not. Meb was the first American runner since I was born (1983) to win the Boston Marathon. What better a year to bring #1 back to the ‘States, right?
With great fortune, I have the opportunity to run this year’s Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day (April 20, 2015). I’ll be running with another Stonington native, and together we’ve been fundraising to support pediatric cancer treatment and support (shameless plug: GoFundMe.com/ctcopsrun4kids). Selflessly, this opportunity provided me the chance to help brave kids in their fight against an unimaginable evil. Selfishly, I get to run the Boston Marathon – to many, Mecca of the running world. Come race day, I’ll probably feel the anxiety and excitement of a bandit who snuck in with a hacked bib number to run alongside his idols. I guess I’ll just take my motivations and ‘run’ with them… it’s what us amateurs do, I suppose.
Cheers to moving forward, friends! – Mark