Into the Blue Again
Monday evening I met with my longtime coach David Allison to go over my twelve-week training plan. Less than a hundred days left until the Antarctic Ice Marathon, and stuff’s getting real! From the moment I first saw pictures from this marathon, I knew I had to be a part of that incredible landscape.
It seems most runners who do this race have some kind of fundraiser. Mine has been pretty low key, mostly because I’ve always considered the connection between one person running for fun and another person making a donation to charity a little bizarre. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been making donations to the Heifer Project, 26.2 cents per mile run.
This week I kicked off a series of incentives, drawing on my previous experience as a singer-songwriter. For each $50 raised for Heifer through Journey to the Bottom of the Earth (not including my own donations!) I’m releasing a video of a song from my back catalog that’s never been recorded before, by me or anyone else.
(If you choose to donate, you can do so with the full confidence that Heifer will not use your donation for frivolous expenses, like high-tech web design. I shouldn’t be dissing Heifer, but their fundraiser site has one fugly boilerplate.)
So – twelve more weeks! The race date is sometime November 18-23, depending on the weather in Antarctica. I plan on keeping this journal more up-to-date than it has been recently, and posting daily over on Facebook at Journey to the Bottom of the Earth.
Hints for this desert lizard on surviving the polar cold are appreciated!