This time last year my long run had been 3 miles and I had just received the OK from my personal trainer, Jake, to up the distance of my runs.
Although my foot is 90 percent recovered from last year's surgery I still have to limit my outdoor runs to a couple days a week.
I finally was able to fit a long run between snow storms and I managed to get 16 in last Saturday.
Come April 15 I will be running my 20th consecutive Boston Marathon while raising money for innovative cancer research at Dana Farber.
In an effort to make this a special year for me, I have invited 20 or so of the young women that I have met during my last 20 years running to help me celebrate my run and to raise additional funds for the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge.
My plan is to have one of my former training partners to meet me at each mile along the course.
In addition to being a welcome distraction, each lovely lady has pledged $100 to my fundraising effort.
The response has been great, I have well over 20 companions signed up.
One of the joys of running the marathon over the last two decades has been meeting wonderful people from all walks of life. I'm truly honored that so many are going to join me for the big event.
As any marathoner knows the next few weeks are crucial to having a good day on Patriots Day. For me the key is a few more long runs and to stay healthy.
Eighteen on tap for this Saturday with the Quincy Half Marathon the following Sunday .
Now for my other vow, more sleep.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes