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Marathon Mark

April 21, 2010

Mary inspired Mark during the marathon

Look at that cutie! 

 Mary is a beautiful and courageous 7 year old girl who has been fighting hepatoblastoma, a rare childhood liver cancer, since she was 3.  Mary has endured over 12 different chemotherapy regimens and continues to fight her battle through clinical trials hoping for a cure.

 Mary’s mom is a friend of my wife.  I don’t know Mary, but as Jon Gruden put it, “that’s irrelative.”  It doesn’t matter that I’ve never met her, what matters is that Mary is fighting a battle that no 7 year old should have to fight. 

 It’s been pretty easy for me to get caught up in the training for this marathon and become self-absorbed in my goals of finishing and running well.   And while those things are important to me, Im grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a much more important goal. 

 I didn’t start my training in honor of a friend or family member who was sick or had battled cancer.  Of those that are inspired to run in honor of another Im truly impressed.  My inspiration was selfish at the outset, but has evolved along the way to something more important than my bucket list.  All it takes is a glance at Mary to understand that the BAA charity program is an incredible devotion of passion by hundreds of regular folks who are doing their small part to contribute to a much bigger goal. 

 Our Liver Team has a goal of raising $1.3 million for liver disease research.  $1.3 million from the generous donations of more regular folks who are not so inclined to run, but are moved to help.  It’s awesome. 

 I’ve never met Mary, but she helped me on the course Monday.  I thought of her battle, her strength, her courage…and it helped keep my challenges in perspective. 

 Help Mary and the millions of kids like her who inspire us all to do good.   Click below to donate to the Run for Research campaign to fight liver disease.  Thanks.


Marathon Recap

April 20, 2010

We had a great time over at Needham Bank in Wellesley for the Boston Marathon yesterday, thanks for having us! 

We Came. We Saw. We Conquored. We gave out tons of Cannons magnets, stickers and posters, Wellesley native and legend Mike Stone signed tons of autographs, and the Cannons Dance Team with Boomer were awesome chearing and supplying much needed encouragement to thousands of runners!  Safe to say that everyone had a great time!

Mike signed everything and Wellesley really came out to show their support of him.

Boomer was an even bigger celebrity than Mike Stone!

Our beautiful and talented Dance Team gave support to many runners!

Our fearless leader, Cannons GM Mark Kastrud, had no time to stop as he ran the race in under 3 hours and 43 minutes! Congrats Mark!

Thanks again to our friends at Needham Bank who invited us out to watch the race!


April 18, 2010

Look for Mark on the Marathon Course tomorrow, here is his shirt.  Keep an eye out for the Cannons logo and cheer him on by yelling “GO CANNONS!”

Look for the Cannons logo tomorrow!

Marathon Mark — 2 Days to go!

April 17, 2010

Mark Kastrud, VP and General Manager of the Boston Cannons, is running the Marathon on Monday.  He has shared is journey of preparing with us over the weeks.  His latest entry just 2 days before race day…..GOOD LUCK MARK!

2 Days

26.2 miles, you need the right shoes!


“Times of clouds and sun, 42-59 degrees” 

I’m a beginner at this whole running thing.  Part of being a beginner is learning and I have learned a lot throughout this process.  I’ve learned that a lot of people battle liver disease during their lives.  I’ve learned a lot about fitness and diet and how each affects the other.  I’ve also learned some crazy things from the running community about preparing for a race.

Education come from many sources.  I have knit together my quilt of running knowledge from some serious sources, such as the Liver Team’s official race preparation tips and clinics with BAA officials, and some not so serious sources like The Runner’s Rule Book, a great read that I got from my buddy Jim Mackenzie at New Balance, and anecdotes from all sorts of people who have run in the past.

Some of these gems are too good to keep in the shadows of the running community.  With credits to Mark Remy, author of The Runner’s Rule Book (which you should buy if you’re ever laced up a pair of running shoes), and everyone else along the way who has offered me words of wisdom…enjoy. 

  1.  If you have to ask yourself “are these shorts too short?”  The answer is yes.  I love this one…I’m all for comfort over style especially if you’re running 26 miles, but modesty has to prevail over both. 

Will Mark be sporting the vintage 80's short shorts?!

2.  Corollary to the above.  If the shorts have a liner, underwear is redundant.  No, no, no!  This is where is break with the running community.  Runners stretch and pull their legs in odd directions before and after running…in group settings…underwear helps avoid any uncomfortable non-glances.  Really.  Why wouldn’t you? 

3.   Don’t ask a stranger to borrow their body lube at the start line.  Obv. 

4.  At some point during your training, you must watch Prefontaine (the Jared Leto one).  For me, this is on the short list of inspirational sports movies.  It’s not Hoosiers, but it’s really good. 

the short shorts worked for Prefontaine

5.  A sock makes better TP than a leaf does.  It’s interesting how bodily functions otherwise taboo come                     conversation pieces when you’re 10 miles from home on a long run.  I’ve had more discussions about this particular rule in the last 6 months than I have had in the 22 years since I stopped being 15. 

6. When talking about your running to non-runners, refrain from using the adjective “easy.”  “I did an easy 12 miles” is obnoxious to those who have never. 

7.  Learn and love the Farmers Blow.  In a race or group run, aim is critical. 

8.  Two types of runners raise their arms in triumph at the finish line: the runner who just won the race , and any runner who wasn’t even close to winning.  I can’t wait!

 I have raised $3,475 toward my goal of $5,000.  Click above to help the fight against Liver Disease. 

Its not how you start, but how you finish, well, if you can finish on your feet

Cannons and Marathon Monday

April 16, 2010

Don’t forget the Boston Cannons Street Team will be at the Needham Bank at 485 Washington Street in Wellesley for the Marathon cheering on Cannons GM Mark Kastrud as he attempts to tackle his first 26.2 miler for Team Liver.

Come out and meet members of the Cannons Dance Team Monday in Wellesley!

We’ll be there from 10-1:30 with FREE Cannons magnets, stickers and posters and a FREE Raffle for tickets to the Cannons May 15th home opener against the Denver Outlaws as well as tickets to the MLL All-Star game July 8th at Harvard Stadium.

Wellesley legend and Cannon hopeful Mike Stone will be signing autographs!

Members of the Cannons Dance Team and Wellesleys own Mike Stone will be in attendance from 11-1 hanging out taking pictures and signing autographs!

Oh, and everyone’s favorite mascot BOOMER will be there to say hi to everyone who comes by!

Boomer will be there!


You can still help Cannons GM Mark Kastrud reach his goal of raising $5,000 as he runs for Team Liver in Monday’s Boston Marathon. Mark has raised $3,475 so far, every little bit helps! Click below to contribute.

Marathon Mark – 6 Days till 26.2 miles

April 13, 2010

Boston Cannons VP & General Manager Mark Kastrud is running the Boston marathon on April 19th.  Another entry from him as he prepares for the big race…

(Tuesday, April 13th)

Is Mark's goal to cross the finish line first?

6 Days


“Cloudy, a shower, 39-58 degrees” 

I have a number of goals in this my first marathon attempt.  Yesterday, these goals were very personal, but coming up with material about running is harder than you might think.  Marathon Blog Post 1: I ran today.  Marathon Blog Post 2: I ran a lot today.  And so on.  It’s running, after all, the most basic of all exercise… “apparently you just run.”  See Anchorman if you don’t get that…and until you do see Anchorman don’t read anymore, kindly leave.  (Wedding Crashers, same deal…go watch it, Hillbilly). 

So, on to the goals.  The first, obviously, is to finish.  But this is a little like the Bruins this weekend saying they don’t care which team they face in the first round (the team you’re 5-1 against or one of the 2 teams that has owned you this year).  Of course, I’d like to finish, but you can’t put in 5 months of training and have that remain your loftiest goal. 

I’d like to break 4 hours.  4 hours seems to be the benchmark for a “successful marathon” by a recreational runner.  So that’s goal #2, to be under 4 hours which is about a 9 minute per mile pace.  Im hoping that if I do come in at 3 hours 50 minutes, that my first reaction is not disappointment that I didn’t achieve my #3 goal.  After all, I’ve never done this before and I should be happy to finish the race and proud to do so in a respectable sub-4 hour time. 

BUT, having run many shorter distances at faster paces over the past few months, my perspective on goals has changed.  I ran the 21 mile training run from the start line in Hopkinton to Boston College (home of the 2010 hockey National Champions!) in 7 minute 55 second pace.  I’m not sure I can keep that up for another 5 miles, but that’s goal #3…to finish in 8 minute per mile pace, or about 3 hours and 28 minutes.

 I have raised $3,400 toward my goal of $5,000.  Click above to help the fight against Liver Disease.

Marathon Mark — 7 Days till 26.2 miles

April 13, 2010
(Monday, April 12th)

If Lance Armstrong can run the Boston Marathon, So can Marathon Mark!

7 Days


“Cloudy, a shower, 39-58 degrees” 

From 3 days ago, the high temp is getting higher and the low temp is getting lower.  That is some classic weatherman sandbagging.  It’s New England in April, I guess, and we really have no idea what the weather will hold.  Nor is there anything we can do about it, so in true sports cliché form, we ought not worry about what we can’t control.  What the mind believes, the body achieves.   You can’t just throw the jerseys out there on the field.  We have to get off the bus loaded.  Those are some keenly insightful gems from former coaches of mine…the last of which was grossly misinterpreted in college and frankly didn’t help us much at all. 

If I could order it up, temps would be low 40s, some clouds, no wind, no rain.  Too much to ask?   We’ll see. 

Our Marathon Coach (as a member of the Liver Team, I have a running coach) recently offered another gem…  “If the temp gets above 65, simply run to finish.  Forget about a personal record time and sign up for another marathon a month after Boston.”  I was on board, leading the slow clap until the last part about another one a month later.  That’s just ridiculous.  But the first part is good. 

Running to finish is really what I’m doing anyway, in any conditions.  I have a carefully laid plan to cross the finish line in decent shape.  I have goal times as well, but I’m keeping those between me and my Garmin watch.

I have raised $3,400 toward my goal of $5,000.  Click above to help the fight against Liver Disease.