MN Marathon Sprint
It has been over a year since I've seen my mom and dad, but all I can think about is how I should be doing other things rather than planning Grandma's Marathon with the few minutes of free time I have left each day. Not to complain, but to be mindful that I'll overload if I allow myself to. Life seems too short not to do it all though. Side note- I can hardly believe that while boarding an airplane to MN I can put this blog together on my phone. Technology! Anyways, on to the important stuff- running!
Because, nothing relieves the stress of an overloaded schedule like adding more activities, I've decided I should add more. Maybe, run a marathon? Yep! If you've known me for long, you've known that I haven't been able to run for years, because of shrapnel wounds from combat and subsequently, an ankle fusion.
Last year, the DOD's amazing prosthetics lab, the Center for the Intrepid, gave me a brace called IDEO, allowing me to run again. As my friend, Aaron Jagger, used to tell me, "anything worth doing is worth overdoing." A marathon seems like overdoing it, so, perfect!
I can't just run it though, that's boring, right?! So, I'm going to raise money for charity in the process. I hope to inspire people along the way, like many others have inspired me. Life is is way better when it's not done alone and people genuinely like coming together for a good cause. In that spirit of teamwork and inspiration, I'm excited to say that our team will be joined by two people for whom I have great respect.
Vincent "Dr. Death" Antunez, and Dave Houston. Both are ultra runners and are coming from both ends of the country just to run this marathon with me. Both have impacted my life in huge ways. Dr. Death, our Bandit Pysicians Assistant (PA), was even there when I was wounded in Iraq. I couldn't be more honored, nor more excited! This is going to be fun.
You can help too! Take a look at Joshrevak.com for more info. Share this and donate a dollar or two per mile I run to the USO, Shane's Purple Heart Hunts, or Both. Let's make it count!
More to come on the run. Subscribe to my blog for training updates. Enough now, I'm taking off to MN for the quick weekend sprint to dunk my cousin's beautiful, little 1 year old boy, Jacob in a child dedication ceremony. Can't wait!