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I have said My Game, My Rules about a million times over the years and today I put it to good use. Even though my 65th birthday (a big one) is not until next week, my work schedule is so crazy that I decided to do my annual birthday run today.
However, I changed the rules this time. Given my triple bypass surgery only 10 months ago and given that I know I have not completely recovered or healed by any means and that I still really do need to be cautious, I decided that I would do a “duathlon” and run a marathon distance (26.2-miles) and then bike the remainder (39-miles) and so that is what I did.
I actually felt pretty good the entire day but I’ve only biked three times this year so that was a little ugly.
Good friends Ron Kramer and Josh Nemzer were very kind and stopped by to do some of it with me. On the one hand, I feel a little disappointed I couldn’t run the entire 65-miles as I have run my birthday run since I was 12-years-old but on the other hand putting it all in perspective,
I just have to feel fortunate I was able to do this. I’ve always said I was a marathoner so my new goal will be to run a marathon on my birthday run for as long as I possibly can and finish up the rest by bike. I think that is a more sane goal going forward...don’t you agree?
Of course, never say never!! And by the way, I just can’t believe I am 65-years-old now...how did that happen?
(Dave McGillivray is the director of the Boston Marathon and several other races including the upcoming Falmouth Road Race happening Sunday.)(08/12/2019) ⚡AMP
Happy birthday! 65 is a big one. You are such an inspiration. I think doing a marathon on your birthday and doing the rest on a bike is the way to go. Good luck at Falmouth. I really enjoyed that race when I ran it in 2012. You put on a good race in a great little town. 8/12 5:28 pm
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite runners and recreational runners out to enjoy the scenic 7-mile seaside course. The non-profit Falmouth Road Race organization is dedicated to promoting health and fitness for...more...