With the race date just under a month away, Brian is trying to balance life and training. As you have read, this is no easy task. In speaking with him lately, he has his same optimism that he has displayed through it all. He admits he isn't feeling as prepared as he hoped. He still has his goals set on finishing in the top 100. While he hopes to be the top fundraiser for the year, he is ecstatic that he has been able to raise over $1700 to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Which brings me to this week's theme: how did he choose the Lost Lake Run?
With Brian's past aversion to running, I was a little surprised to learn that this isn't Brian's first go at the Lost Lake Run. He participated in the race in 2015 as a walker. He finished in 660th place out of 750 with a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes. A friend of his convinced him to run the race that year.
This year, Brian chose to go back. In the first year of his son's life, Brian was astounded by the amount of support his family received during his son's first chaotic year from friends, family, charitable organizations, and complete strangers. The same friend who convinced him to participate in 2015 has a daughter with CF. Why not start with a race that would benefit the family that sparked this idea for Brian in the first place?
Brian isn't sure which race is next for him. He suspects that his aggressive recovery and training schedule may have stressed his new knee. After Lost Lake, he plans to take some well earned R&R before choosing his next race. During that time, he will be brainstorming and researching for his own race to fundraise for epilepsy.
Next Week: I talk with Brian about his thoughts on the upcoming race.
What you need to know:
The Lost Lake Run is a fund raiser to benefit those with Cystic Fibrosis. Brian has set a lofty fundraising goal of $4000 (he has also set lofty personal goals for the race, but more on that later). If met, he will have exceeded last year's top fundraiser of $3925.
What you can do:
Donate directly to Brian's cause.
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