Run to Recover in NYC

Many people (most of them related to me) thought it was pretty stupid that I went to New York City last weekend. I don’t blame them for having that opinion, but I could not be happier with my decision to go. At the time, we did think the marathon was going to happen. We learned while on the bus to NYC (thank you Twitter) that it was not happening. I’m really not interested in discussing the politics of that decision here. The situation in New York and New Jersey is extremely upsetting. But I will only say this – In times of disaster, sometimes people just need someone to blame. I understand that desire to look for blame. But I was really disappointed to see so many negative comments and statements made towards the people who were going to run the marathon. I think that was just misplaced aggression. Times like these can, unfortunately, bring out the worst in some and that always makes me very sad.

That being said, in trying times such as these, even though I often feel disappointment in how some react, I am always equally if not more blown away by the resilient and enduring nature of the human spirit. I lived through 9/11 in New York / New Jersey. This storm has brought horrible destruction to these areas, but I have never doubted for one moment that they will emerge on the other end of the trial stronger than ever. So I went to New York with a heart full of faith and trust… and I had a blast.

One of the best parts of the weekend was getting to participate in the Run to Recover in Central Park. On Sunday morning, Mike and I walked over to Central Park to join thousands of other runners doing loops of Central Park. Some people were out there legitimately running a marathon (that would be over 4 loops of the park… woof). I have to give these folks SO much credit. If my marathon had been cancelled in the spring, I definitely would’ve just cried and ate ice cream. People were donating clothes, running to raise money for relief charities, and also getting out there and achieving a goal they set for themselves in the face of extreme opposition. I also want to say a big thank you to the people who came out to cheer in the park. That was by far the coolest experience of my life (never have I ever had thousands of people cheering for me during a training run).

I actually had an amazing run, which was just the icing on the cake. I was so pumped up by the crowds and all the inspirational people around me I ended up moving really quickly! At one point I looked at my Garmin and I was doing 8:30 min / miles! That is not something I do. People were also giving me a lot of shout outs for my shirt (which is, let’s be honest, amazing). Thank you New York for an amazing weekend. And for once again reaffirming for me that we are all stronger than an obstacle.

So like I said above, I’m not interesting in discussing the politics of Sandy, the NYC Marathon, or anything like that so unfortunately I will moderate / delete any comments I decide I do not want on my blog. I really try to keep this as a positive and constructive space where I share my life. Let’s leave the negativity behind and come together to support those in NYC and NJ who need our help. If you are interested in opportunities to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I’ve included just a couple links below:

– Support this Staten Island based running blogger whose family lost their home and all their belongings by donating or helping them rebuild

Support the ING New York Marathon and New York Road Runners Race to Recover

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6 responses

  1. I’m glad you had a good time. No matter what any runner did last weekend, I think it’s safe to say, there was inspiration and hope in many places. I am proud of so many runners this past weekend. So many inspirational stories. 🙂

  2. Thanks for bringing me along on this trip! The 2 loops of Central Park I did on Sunday morning will definitely go down as a once-in-a-lifetime run, with a setting that showcased (maybe even more than a sanctioned NYC Marathon would have) all that is good about running

  3. Truthfully, up until Friday, I was in support of the marathon, so I think if I had signed up, I would have gone too. I completely agree that the marathon became the symbolic enemy of the people. I actually started to get scared for the runners because people were threatening some pretty terrible things and I think some of them might have acted on it.

    Aside from some big time crybabies, I was glad that so many runners stayed positive and made the most of their trips. I’m glad you got to run (and so fast!).

  4. I might have passed you in the park on Sunday without even knowing it! I was amazed by how many smiling people were there. I think there was a lot more positive energy in the city than there would have been had the actual marathon gone on.

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