I am running the NYC marathon on November 3, 2013. This will be my first (and probably my last!!) marathon. Why am I doing it? There are a few reasons: I have been working on a project about Terry Fox and the different statues of him all over Canada. In 1981, Fox set out to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer. He ran a marathon a day AND he did this on a prosthethic leg for over 100 days before stopping (the cancer had returned and he died within the year). The statues of Fox are impressive, as was his accomplishment. This may be the first time my research has gotten me to get up and run - and sometimes when I am slogging along, I wonder how Fox was able to run a marathon every day. So, I'm committing to just one. I am also running the marathon as a challenge for myself - any teammate of mine knows that I am more suited to short bursts of energy. So, I am setting out to do something that I will need to work toward. I am hoping my students this fall semester will be able to practice their coaching techniques and motivational strategies on me. I love NYC and if I am only going to run one marathon in my life, I wanted it to be this one. I am able to do this because I am running as part of the Women's Sports Foundation charity/fundraiser. The WSF is definitely a charity that I believe in and whose mission I support. The monies I raise will go to sport programs for girls - and really, who could be against that cause!? Anything you can donate, big or small, will go toward the enhancement of young girls' lives. And...it's a great tax deduction!! Many many thanks for your support (and of course, any tips from previous marathon survivors are appreciated)!!!
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