Oh dear, friends. It seems I’ve LEAPED right over my February update! On the plus side, that means I have another 4 years to polish my leap year jokes. On the PLUSSER side, it gave you all a chance to focus your attention on the multimedia swirl (read: sporadic blog posts) of All Up In Your Facebook Feed February. And on the plussest side of all, that resulted in an astonishing $920 in donations over the course of a month! It looks like being steeped in NPR pledge drives from infancy finally paid off.

So here we are! A mere 17 days from the 2012 Boston Marathon. Do you know what that means? Yes, it IS only 2 days til I start going batshit crazy over the Accuweather forecast. And you’re right, it’s also about time to notify Michael’s that they’ll need to re-stock their inventory of sequins and puffy paint. But MOST importantly, 17 days out means that we are in FULL TAPER, BABY! SPRING BREAAAAAK! WOOOOOOOO!

(This is how it sounds in my head, always).

For those of you unfamiliar with the taper, it truly is the spring break of athletic endeavors. After slogging through the semester and a half worth of training that leads up to our 20 mile run, we get to kick back and take it easy until the big race. How easy? When I was tapering for swim in college, my coach strongly discouraged us from walking up stairs if we could possibly help it. The weather’s warmer, the runs are shorter, and we have our own version of Jello shots and wet t-shirt contests in the Wellesley Community Center parking lot (the shots are ShotBloks and the t-shirts are wet with sweat. Our version is a lot grosser).

But just like SPRING BREAAAAK in college, not even the wildest night of ShotBlok-induced hedonism can erase the fact that we still have that 26.2 mile final to take. Fortunately for us, we’ve got some pretty awesome TAs. They’ve guided us through 4 months of training and raising well over $800,000 in donations (stick THAT in your tote and bring it to Whole Foods, NPR!) So April 16th? I’m pretty sure we’re going to ace it.

Did YOUR TA wear a lei to class? I didn't think so.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we still don’t need your help. Our goal is to be the first Boston team ever to raise $1,000,000, which means we have $200,000 worth of cramming to do. You have all been so generous already – if you have it in you to donate, delightful. Click here! http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston12/cdeschenes If not, I’ll get you next time and heart you always.

Love and my very best taper-appropriate baby sloth impression,