Congratulations are definitely in order for the 47,000 people that entered the ING NYC marathon this past Sunday. Since the first one in 1970, with just 127 runners, this racing event certainly has grown up. From my childhood friend, Fred, who dedicated his run to raising money for the fight against Alzheimer’s, to those who ran in memory of Nicole Pisani Frame and her unborn baby who we tragically lost last month to complications of Cystic Fibrosis, I applaud you and thank you. My guess is LOTS of money was raised this year for the CF Foundation as Nicole was an inspiration to all. How about to the 84 year old woman, Joy Johnson, who completed this race (as she has for decades), with pre-marathon training that included logging 50 miles of running a week and 150 push-ups a day!! Congratulations to my co-worker Carolina who had a Personal Best, completing the 26.2 miles in 3 hours 36 minutes (thanks, Carol, for sharing the info). Carolina has earned her way into the Boston marathon, in case Chicago and New York weren’t enough. To all the unknown warriors, fighting battles, sometimes their own, sometimes others, to those that simply wanted to cross something off their bucket list, hats (or should I say sneakers) off to all of you! You are incredibly inspiring and motivating.
Inspiration and motivation is not just in New York or at a race, it’s everywhere in my life. From all of you that share your triumphs, both big and small, to my totally awesome students (all of them) to the Biggest Loser contestants that compete tonight on NBC, inspiration and motivation abounds. Find some, get some, best of all BE some. WE are all connected.