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Final long run and some added inspiration

Posted by Rich Horgan  March 27, 2012 07:48 PM

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This past Saturday was the last long run for many novice and veteran marathoners. The theory is that whatever minor aches and pains you may have will feel much better in three weeks.

Along with more than 1,000 other runners I joined the Dana Farber team for a run on the course. Many people will start from Hopkinton and follow the marathon course to mile 21 at the top of Heartbreak Hill.

Our group started at BC and ran west on the route into Wellesley and then turned around and retraced our steps. This out and back route gives the runners a few extra hills to have fun with.

After a pain-free half-marathon in Quincy last week I was pretty optimistic after seeing my personal trainer, Jake, on Monday. Then on Thursday I went for a short run around the river from Crossroads and felt awful. It was very warm and my toe was bothering me.

Needless to say I was a little concerned as I headed over to BC early on Saturday. While we were preparing to head out from the BC Rec center, our group was introduced to a very special "team."

"Matty's Team" consists of family and friends of an exceptional young man named Matt Dubuc. Matty's family was at our group run to acknowledge the 5th year "Angelization" of Matty.

Matty was treated for cancer at Dana Farber and lost his courageous battle 5 years ago this week. Wearing "Team Matty" shirts and displaying a picture of their son, they manned a water stop at mile 14 while playing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing."

I don't know if it was the cool weather or the incredible energy I felt from this experience, but I never once thought about my foot and completed a 16-mile run without a hitch.

The Dubucs have stayed connected with the Dana Farber family and help us celebrate a brief but very special stay on this earth.

This Saturday I am having my annual Shifter's 5k for Dana Farber and Matty's older brother will be running and his mom will be volunteering again.

I won't stop believing .

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