A long time ago, I wrote a post where I covered some of the numbers thus far. It’s time to do it again… so here we go.
First, a photo from the command center. We’re planning race day VERY carefully.
$7,167.60. The amount of money you’ve helped me raise so far to support the team at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I remember when I first contemplated signing up to run with Team In Training, I was so nervous about the money. Thanks, Rob, for assuring me that it was within my grasp. Everyone else? Thanks for proving him right, and for helping me come this far.
1,172. The number of miles I’ve walked and run as part of my training program. Which loosely translates to…
2,151,726. Over two million steps. Journey of a thousand miles, indeed. I think if I had done the math, I would not have started this journey. I’m glad I didn’t do the math.
221. The number of people running with Team In Training this year. Together, we’re raising…
$1,250,000. One point two five million dollars… and then some. At our last update, we were right below this mark. I know we’ve already surpassed that goal, but I don’t know by how much. I’ll let you know when I find out.
6. That’s how many pairs of running shoes I’ve purchased this year.
1. How many pairs of shoes I’ve retired.
400. The number of miles I run in a pair of shoes before I retire them. So what’s with five pairs of running shoes? Well, I have my Goretex lined shoes for really cold days, the shoes I wear on race day, my extra padded shoes for when my feet are sore, my Pumas for when I’m feeling sporty, and a pair of Saucony’s thrown in for good measure.
20. The number of miles I covered in my longest run (so far).
11-ish. How many additional miles I plan on running between today and Marathon Monday. Five miles tomorrow, three on Thursday, then a final outing on Saturday, when I’ll run the Boston 5K with 10,000 other people.
36,000. The official field size of the 2014 Boston Marathon, though I’ve seen 36,450 indicated in one spot on the Boston Athletic Association’s Web site.
27704. My bib number. If you want to get a few updates during the race, text that number to 345678, and you’ll get four texts as I cross 10K, 13.1 miles, 30K, and the finish line.
267. The number of minutes I figure I’ll take to finish this thing. Four hours and 27 minutes if I keep my pace at just over ten minutes per mile. A lot of factors go into that estimate, so we’ll see how it goes.
5:45 AM. What time I plan on getting up on Patriot’s Day, which will have me comfortably out the door by 6:45 AM, at the train station by 7:45 AM, so I can get to Copley Square (the finish line area) by 8:45 AM, so I can get on the bus that will drive me 26.2 miles away and drop me off in Hopkinton between 9:45 and 10:20 AM, so I can connect with my team-members just before walking over to corral 1 at around 10:50 AM.
11:25 AM. When I’ll start the race.
26.2. Is it okay if I obsess just a little on that number? That’s a LOT of miles. And it’s better if I think of it as 26.2 miles, and not 48,102 steps. Right?
3:52 PM. My planned arrival time on Boylston Street. Who knows how much fuel will be left in the tank… hopefully enough to get me across the finish line with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.
67. The number of families, friends, and organizations that have contributed to my fundraising efforts. I would not be here without you. Running is the easy part. You all gave when you didn’t have to, and I could not be prouder to have each one of you by my side. Thank you so much.
7. Only seven days to go. Seven days from now, I run the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. If you’re in the mood to help me push that first number over the $8,000 mark, you can donate by clicking here. Thank you!