I feel very lucky to live in a town that offers its residents a chance to celebrate peace. The first Saturday of every month, people from all walks of life, gather together to silently walk for peace. While I have never participated, it is definitely on my list of things I want to and plan on getting involved in. For someone like myself, who is so passionate about peace and fitness, it’s a no brainer!
Not unlike the picture and quote I posted the other day, (people lifting the burning car to save the motorcyclist!) it’s always great when we use our healthy bodies to do something for someone else. Getting involved in a fundraiser through fitness is a wonderful way to get in some fitness with a major bonus. I remember walking 20 miles for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a teenage and though my legs and feet hurt for days, it was an amazingly great feeling to cross that line. And what a great event we had as The Chest Protectors, raising money for breast cancer research some years back. All I did was mention I was doing it and before I knew it I had a team of 53 of my friends and students (Carole even flew in from California for that one!) participating. We raised some good money that day! Hats off to my friend Justin, a military man who will be using his incredibly fit self to raise funds for the families of wounded and killed military in an extreme fitness event this month. My public school friend, Freddie, will be running in the NYC marathon on November 6th in an effort to raise money for the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a 70 person team and I applaud them both, as well as so many others who offer their own healthy bodies to help raise money for others in need. While I am always happy to support people, I am feeling a need to step up and get involved in a fund-raising effort myself, so it’s time to keep my eyes open for a race that I can handle and sink my teeth into getting support for, as well. Fall is definitely time for some 5Ks but as I write this, I have an idea of my own.
I’ll keep you posted! Have a wonderful Friday and I hope you’ll give some thought to how you can use your muscle power for the greater good of mankind. It’s peace, fitness and so, so much more.