The Law of Averages

So I’m a strong believer in the Law of Averages. I’m not sure how I first learned about this mathematical-type law but I think I was pretty young. It was just something that made sense to me. When a baseball team, you pick which one Mets or Red Sox, goes on a losing streak, for every game they lose the likelihood of them winning the next game increases. So when the Mets lose five straight, the probability of winning the sixth game increases and it gets even higher after losing seven straight. (Note: Both teams have had seven game losing streaks this season.) This law tends to offer the fan some optimism. Maybe that’s why I like it. It gives you hope.

Well I recently learned it applies to marathons too. I think I always knew it did so I was just waiting for it to catch up to me. If you run enough races you are bound to have a DNF (did not finish). I feel like it happens to all runners at some point. It’s painful but sometimes your body just isn’t up for a run. After successfully training and running 14 marathons, I got a DNF on #15. Or what was supposed to be #15.  I got a DNF, because I DNS (did not start). Did not finish because I did not start…painful. And that was after completing all the training in the worst winter in Boston history. And I did it in a year I was fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A bit embarrassing and a huge let down…at least for me, I wanted to run in memory of my friend Tracey who passed away from lymphoma.

I had, hands down, my best fundraising effort and, also hands down, my laziest effort fundraising effort. The generosity of my donors was a bit overwhelming and completely amazing.  I asked and you gave. Pretty lazy on my part but you knew how important the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to me and for that I am so grateful. In total the 2015 Boston Marathon team raised over $1 million, exceeding our goal by 33%. Your support on my marathon-less Marathon Monday was equally as amazing. I am not sure what I’ve done to deserve having so many amazing people in my life but I am extraordinarily grateful. So thank you to everyone for your support, financially and emotionally.

At some point I will try for #15 again. The Law of Averages says the likelihood of my starting and finishing my next marathong is now higher. So I have that on my side and I plan to take advantage of it. I certainly have some unfinished business to take care of on that Boston course.





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