I am running in my first Half Marathon ever and I have pledged to raise at least $800 for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. I ran cross country in high school and once thought I would like to train for a marathon but could never get into the kind of shape I needed to complete a marathon. I always suffered from shin splints and other nagging pain and then would stop running. After 3 years of regularly going to Orange Theory Fitness - Newtown, I am in the best shape of my life and I feel great, ready to take on this physical challenge.
I decided to run in the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon because it is on the Sunday, September 16th, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is the perfect day because I will have completed the most difficult parts of my mental and spiritual self-examination (I hope my sermons will be written), so I can think of a better to complete my self-examination by testing myself physically. I will have worked on my own Teshuvah (repentance) and will be ready for what the new year has in store for me. It takes almost as much time to prepare to run in a Half Marathon as it does to get ready for the High Holidays, so September 16th will be a physical self-examination and I will be ready for it to all come together to create a Sweet New Year.
I am pledging to raise a minimum of $800, and hopefully much more for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance in honor of my sister, Mimi, who won her physical and mental challenge with colorectal cancer over the last 2 years. I am so proud of how she fought off this cancer that I wanted to do something in her honor and advance the cause of eliminating cancer in this generation. I hope you will join me by supporting my Half Marathon through a donation to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. All you need do is follow the links and make the donation online. And of course, come out to the Race on September 16th or follow the race on line. Thank you for coming with me on this journey and together, we will create a Sweet New Year for us and for those who suffer from colorectal cancer.
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