The ING New York City Marathon was canceled, and I was disappointed. But I will not be stopped!
Instead, I secured a number through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 18.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.Pretty neat, right?
To help me make lemonade, you can donate to the cause here, or simply text "Lemonade E91223" to 85944 to make a $10 donation. Easy peasy.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm in week three of crazy taper* hell, and I need to do some sit-ups or something.
* "Tapering" is when, right before your big event, you severely cut down on your training so you can run the race with "fresh legs." It's like going cold turkey on your endorphin supply. Usually you taper for two weeks, at the end of which time you are mostly insane. It's the only way to run a marathon, because no rational person would subject themselves to a 26.2-mile jog. But due to that harlot Sandy, I've had to start my two week taper all over again, so now I'm in week three. It's not pretty. Ask Rayne. Not. pretty.
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