So – I was warned. The taper period is fraught with worry (e.g., about getting sick, injury, etc.) and because I’m not running as much, I need to fill the time with something … anything … to keep from going stir.
- 7,000: number of runners in the Ottawa Marathon on May 25
- 100,000: approximate number of people that will watch Ottawa Race Weekend (ORW) events
- 427,000: approximate number of drinking cups that will be used during ORW (but recycled!)
- 25,000: approximate number of sponges that will be handed to half- and full-marathon runners on race day
- 42,200: number of metres I’ll run that day
- 230: number of minutes I’m hoping to take, to run those 42.2km
- 640,990: number of metres I’ve run since January 1, to prepare for the race
- 77,000: approximate number of kilometres I’ve flown on business trips since Jan 1
- 4: number of months my wife & son have not really seen much of me since (see two data points directly above)
- 6: number of toenails I’ve lost – or will lose – by race day
- 20: number of generous people who have sponsored my upcoming marathon, to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC)
- 100,000: approximate number of Canadians suffering or in remission from blood cancers
- 28: average time, in minutes, between blood cancer diagnoses in Canada
- $1,920: amount of money my sponsors donated to the LLSC for this race
- $37,000: approximate amount of money that my coworkers at Trend Micro have raised, in the last 12 months, for the LLSC
- Immeasurable: the degree of gratitude I have to my family, sponsors, coaches and teammates – who have gotten me to this point!
THANK YOU ALL!!!