Weekly Update, Monday, May 1, 2017:
Good day: What a weekend! Bottom line: I finished the Nashville 1/2 marathon in an unofficial time of 2' 18." Very, very pleased with the results, especially with the warm and humid conditions, a hilly course, and an achy hamstring that flared up at mile 1.
Nancy and I knew we were in for something special when upon arriving at the Expo Center to pick up my bib, I received a standing, clapping, high-fiving ovation from the 12 volunteers at the St. Jude's counter. They shared that my total funds raised were $5,055 which elevated me from my original Bronze goal to Platinum status. All weekend long we heroes (there were 2,104 of us out of approximately 30,000 runners) were acknowledged for standing for the fight against cancer and in support of its youngest patients. I am now a member of this very special community. And as donors and supporters of my run, so are you.
So what's next? A little rest this week, then back to training. My daughter Gabrielle, the first St. Jude's hero in the Verre household, wants to run with her dad, so we will look at possible 1/2 marathons later this year.
I wish to thank each and every one of you who made all of this possible. Your friendship, advice, support, nudging, love, and generosity on this occasion have left me a renewed and thankful human being. Bouncing back from major surgery, able to enjoy running once again, and enrolling a community in such a cause as St. Jude's has been one of life's great experiences. I cannot thank you enough. I am humbled, honored, and complete for all you have done for me.
So signing off until the next adventure.
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