As I sit here in my chair typing this blog, knowing that I will need to use my arms to push myself up afterward because my quads are far too sore to do it on their own, I can’t help but reflect on the last six months. You all worked so hard, and I am so proud of each of you. Today’s heat made the course exceptionally challenging. You all knew it would be even tougher than a typical marathon which is already hard enough, and not one of you changed your mind at the last minute. You all faced this challenge together, and that is so awesome.
No matter how well you prepare for something and how much you plan ahead, life sometimes throws you a curveball. What’s most important is what you do when that happens. Do you quit? Do you pretend that didn’t happen and push on recklessly? Or, do you adjust your approach, then tackle the challenge head on, and still try your best? That third choice is what each of you did, and I hope each of you is very proud of your choice and your accomplishment today. I saw some of you after the race, but not everyone, and would be so happy to hear from all the rest of you about how the day went. If you’d like to send me an email, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise I look forward to hearing your stories at the Marathon Shabbat.
I also want to give a special thank you to everyone who made today possible – all of our runners, our volunteers and Marathon staff, and everyone who came out to support us at the booth and along the way. You made this a special day for each of us. I look forward to seeing all of you again during the 2015-16 Marathon season.