I sort of hate long distance running. It's awful for your body long-term, it's not competitive in the sense that I prefer and, well, it doesn't really agree with my ADHD!
But even if running isn't my favorite 'sport', running (and completing) the NYC marathon is a unique and very rewarding experience. The enthusiasm of the crowds in Brooklyn, the roar on First Avenue and the thrill of the last couple of miles in Central Park are simply amazing.
Unfortunately, I wasn't born to run - well, distances at least, so running a marathon doesn't come easy! I've struggled through two, but I have some unfinished business from my last marathon (specifically, beating a certain time). And I'm not getting any younger, so I'm going to take one more shot this year (assuming I don't get hurt and defer it a year)! So, wish me luck!!
And while running a marathon is one of life's greatest thrills, it's even more rewarding when you can support a charity during the run. This year, I'm running for the South Bronx Educational Foundation - an excellent charity that is supported by my friend and colleague, Oscar Montes. It's great to be able to support the effort and I'd greatly appreciate any additional donation.
Some more on the Foundation ...
The Crotona and Rosedale Centers, of the South Bronx Educational Foundation, promotes the academic and personal achievement of young men and women in the Bronx.
All programs instill a sense of personal worth by developing students' talents, character, and spirit of service, and by strengthening academic skills and work habits through indiviualized attention. The staff and volunteers collaborate with parents and families to prepare contribution to their families and communities.