Apr 9 2006

The Michael Lisnow Respite Center and the Boston Marathon

I’m running the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17th.  I’m much too slow a runner to qualify, so my friend Nick Grouf and his fiance Shana Eddy gave me a charity number for my 40th birthday.  I’m running for The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, a remarkable home away from home for children and adults with disabilities that offers parents time off from the emotional and physical care needed by their children.

Amy and I are heading to Boston on Tuesday.  I like to spend a week or so in the city where I’m running a marathon to get acclimated.  We lived in Boston for 12 years, so we’ll see some friends, I’ll spend some time at MIT with Eric von Hippel on some open source / democratizing innovation stuff, meet with some colleagues, and have a few nice meals.  As my friend Ilana, who is also running the marathon (for the American Liver Foundation) says – I’ll work to get my “marathon head” in the right place.  Today was my last real run – before I headed out all I could think about was “my knee hurts, I feel fat, should I listen to music during the marathon, will the weather be good, …”  By the end of my run I felt great and knew I was ready.

If you are in Boston watching the marathon, look for me – I’ll be the slow guy near the back of the pack wearing number 20778 (my goal is to finish while not coming in last.)  If you are interested in supporting me, please cheer me on and/or make an online donation to The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center.