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As a Matter of Fact, it is a Big Deal

Who the hell gets up at 5:30 AM to finish moving into their apartment, and then drives 2 hours to get to a hotel by 9 PM, so they can sleep until 4:45 AM?

I did!

Sunday August 16 was the Falmouth Road Race (Cape Cod, Massachusetts).  I am sure most of you have heard of the Boston, Chicago or London Marathons, but only the Cape Cod locals and the in runner crowd know about Falmouth.

Why is it a big deal, and what does it have to do with being fit? What, you are just here for weight loss? I came here to lose weight and look like I did when I graduated high school. Running a big part of fitness for me.

Falmouth is a big deal!

It has close to 15,000 runners. They bring in some of the most elite short distance runners in the world. What started as a fun summer beer run 40-something years ago, the trek from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights has become a legend. It is not easy to get in. I heard they turned away 6,000 in one day by way of a lottery. Why anyone would want to run in the height of the hazy, hot and humid New England summer (90+ degrees and 90% humidity), is a mystery.

At 7.05 miles, it's not even a standard running distance! It’s a 10K plus a mile.

Since I came to MFP in 2011, I became a runner. My ancient 55-minute mile has been eclipsed by a much more recent 6:15 mile. I work hard at running. I think I have given it more effort that probably anything I have ever done.

Surviving congestive heart failure makes it very personal.

In fact, Falmouth means much more to me than the perceived cult following amongst runners. I lived on Cape Cod for 21 years and cursed the traffic on Road Race Sunday! Cape Cod is where my heart lives.

Even more personal is my struggle with cancer.

For almost 2 years, I have been living with a couple of small tumors. I also had 4 skin cancer surgeries for melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, as well as a colon tumor removed.

I am tired of cancer. Running is my way of fighting back.

I just want to stay fit and live many long years running and eating avocados and Greek yogurt. I don't want to be sick. I don't want to have cancer. I don't want to feel like I am being tailgated by a huge truck on a mountain road.

I am going to take some time off from work to manage all this. Being fit is not just for our bodies, but for our mind and spirit. I thank God for running, it has changed my life.

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11 comments:

kacdragon wrote 73 months ago:
Taking the time grow in mental and spiritual fitness is wonderful! It will recharge more than just your body... Live Strong. Stay Tough. Kick Cancer! There are so many of us praying for you!
Leahbcc wrote 73 months ago:
What a day it was...Was a treat to meet you! You inspire so many keep up the great work David
farmboyphotography wrote 73 months ago:
David, your commitment as always is inspiring! Another great blog entry. Stay strong in mind and body, sir. Best of luck!
lhmertz wrote 73 months ago:
You're amazing - keep going as you have been, you got this! Kick some Cancer a$$ and live long and strong.
cbmcphillips wrote 73 months ago:
I agree with everyone here...

Stay Boston Strong David...:)
celticlass69 wrote 73 months ago:
You have found your rock upon which you are building your temple of health. I hate to think of what would've happened if you had never found it!

Yet another great blog! :)
jmcdgo18 wrote 73 months ago:
Best way to stand up to cancer. Good job!
activeinmysixties wrote 73 months ago:
#outruncancer
camdo123 wrote 72 months ago:
Have a good time. You can do it!
LisaPrust wrote 72 months ago:
Awesome. Thanks for sharing this! Take care you rock star!

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