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Going on the run



I’m going on the run again. I gained entry into the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 mile race again this. I was one of the 1000 lucky finishers of the one mile race in May who was randomly selected for guaranteed entry into the 10 mile race later this year. I finished the one mile race in 6 minutes and 3 seconds. My goal was to get under 6 minutes. I could have made it in less than 6 minutes but I promised my neurologist that I wouldn’t push it while running this year. Race day is October 6th, 2013.


In this year’s 10 mile race I’m running with the Act FAST run team sponsored by the Minnesota Stroke Association. My wife will run too if she gains entry to the race. We have a running coach who is working with us on weekends until the race. I’ve never had a running coach. Yesterday I ran 6 miles. Last year it took me until September to get to 6 miles. If I make it through this year with no injuries, my goal is to run the full Marathon next year. It’s a big jump from 10 miles to 26.2 but I know I can do it.


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I believe you can do what you set your mind to Dave. But the full marathon is a much longer distance and you will have to plan rehydration etc. Good for you. You are an example of perseverance at work.

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Dave, you got what it takes, CONFIDENCE in yourself and the MIND to get it done! All I can say is "Go for it"> I'm behind you in spirit! Now the longer marathon could be a real test and your biggest challenge yet but not impossible for you!


My big thoughts now are walking without a cane real soon and having this arthritis under control in my knees. If I can accomplish that feat by years end I will be one happy survivor of a stroke!

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