Matt's not sure what is next. It's only be a few days and he's still has the post-marathon shuffle. It could be Boston in April, or it could be focusing on track events instead. We knew the road to Rio would be long, but he's still on his way. For right now, the focus is on family and Christmas. I'm sure the running shoes will be dusted off soon.
Before I close I want to tell you a feel good moment I had over the weekend. I write this blog and have no idea who reads it. I see the number tally, but that's about it. Matt said that not only did several people tell him over the course of the weekend that they read it regularly, but also that the post I wrote about Matt placing at Boston (and getting his picture with Kara Goucher) was the subject of discussion and that THAT post got forwarded to the Boston Marathon's Disability Director. (Here's a link: Running Celebrities post) This year the Boston Marathon did not include the Visually Impaired runners (and some of the other disability categories) in the awards ceremony. I don't know if my post will change any one's mind, but I hope it at least planted a seed that every winner, regardless of time, deserves that feeling of being recognized for their amazing achievement along with all of the other winners. It is important for the overall winners to see and cheer on the other categories, too, because as hard as the race might have been for the overall winner, it was just as hard if not harder to have done it without sight, missing limbs, or in one of the many other categories of runners. The Visually Impaired winners aren't even listed on the 2014 winners results page. If Matt does run the 2015 Boston Marathon, I hope he'll be able to go to the awards ceremony, either as an award recipient or to cheer on the VI runner that is the award recipient. I'm not sure who might be reading this today, but I hope you agree!
Here are some pictures to help document the weekend. I'd like to say a big thank you to Mike an Drew, Matt's two guides for taking care of him on the race course, and Richard Hunter and his family for making this event what it is!
|Matt with his two guides - Drew (L) and Mike (R)|
|Matt (right after finishing) with Adrian (L), Aaron (CR) and Michael (R)|
|VI 1st - 4th place finishers posing with Delta Gamma who supported the runners throughout the weekend|
|Matt and Richard|