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Chris Hart and eHOP 2019 Boston Marathon Run

$6,445 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 8 months

My family moved to Needham, MA in the mid 70's and one of the first events I attended was the Boston Marathon. We watched from Wellesley Hills and I recall being blown away by the number of spectators and runners out there that day.

I caught a bunch of races in Wellesley over the years. After missing the race during college Jenny Hart and I moved to Newton and picked the tradition back up watching and cheering along Heartbreak Hill. And then 20 years ago we moved to Hopkinton.  Each year I've either been at the start line or cheering runners through Kenmore Square after the 11am Red Sox game.

Patriots Day is without question one of my favorite days of the year and every year I think about how much I'd like to run the race. Usually there is also an inner voice that says something like, you shouldn't really even consider it, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to pull that off.

The cycle I've been on for the past 7 or 8 years is: Patriots Day inspired jogging, run the Timlin 5k in June (another favorite day), get busy over the summer, be back at zero around labor day.

This past summer I cut BBQ events and cookbook writing and other extracurricular stuff out of my schedule and kept running. Around September I found myself running 8-10 miles on my long run days and feeling pretty good. This time the inner voice said something different, it said:

You could run Boston.

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So its happening (!) but I need your help.

Will you help me raise funds for a charity I believe in as part of my Boston run?

I'm partnering with eHop, my local non-partisan organization that promotes participation in town government.

Sometimes in order to make a difference we need to put down our cell phones, turn off the cable news and talk to the people in our local community.

https://ehop.org/

If you can help me raise $5,000 (a huge % of eHops annual budget) I will personally match that with an additional $1,000.

Love you all (even the Yankees fans)

-Chris
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Ran 20 on the Marathon course yesterday. The first 15 were fine, not surprisingly the last 5 was challenging. Feeling it big time this AM. One more week of 35-40 miles and then will start to taper down to race day. Been at it since December. Can’t wait!
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#bostonmarathon training update. Last weeks long run (16) was somewhat of a disaster. I went out too fast, crashed around mile 11 and ground up my quads pushing to 13. After a day like that it’s easy to let the self doubt creep in, especially with April 15th rapidly approaching. This week I switched back into Hoka Bondi 6 Wides and slowed down all of my runs by 1min/mile. Big confidence booster yesterday to successfully run a clean 16 miles. Thanks y’all for the advice and words of encouragement. Off to the treadmill now for a recovery run. #bostonmarathon2019 #hokaoneone #marathontraining #hopkintonma #linkinbio
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Hey Everyone!

I'm in week 8 of my training program and approaching 2 months to go 'till race day.

At the Patriots Parade on Tuesday I was like, "Wow I am running from my house in Hopkinton to here", its definitely easy to get intimidated. Hopefully I picked up some of that Patriots mental toughness.

I have a 16 mile long run planned for Sunday which will be the furthest I've ever run. Most weeks have been new personal highs in total mileage and long runs. Its definitely been a humbling experience so far and I'm making plenty of mistakes. I'm just trying to stay focused on todays task and to do that well.

I'm thankful for your support and often think about you all when I'm running.

I'll keep grinding and looking forward to seeing you along the route in April.


Chris
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