This one’s for Sally

Well after months of training, it now comes down to just a few days.  Last week I ended up with a pretty bad sinus cold but I did get my long run in though last Saturday @ 10 miles.  I need to get 3 runs in this week and I’ll be good to go.  I’m pretty psyched about going to NYC again.  I have an ongoing love affair with the city that never sleeps.  It’s the best.  I am achieving a dream in one of my favorite places in the World.  I am so thankful that I am able to do this.  I have a really supportive family.  Jim has always supported me in any thing I’ve set out to do since we’ve been together these 28 years.  Also, Alex, Carrie, my brothers and sisters have also given me a lot of encouragement and are really excited for me.  It’s hard to do something that is so totally about me.  It’s had not to think of it as a selfish pursuit.  However, the character building benefits of such a personal acheivement, enhances the relationship I have with each of them. 

Friday and Saturday mornings a group of us from the half marathon are going to gather at CBS Morning show to try to get on during those mornings.  There’s also a health expo and runners dinner before the event.  I have designed some shirts that I’m wearing to those pre-events to advertise my blog in hopes to drive more traffic from other runners to my blog.  I am not as much of a networker as I’d like to be, but I’m really looking forward to being with all of them and trying to meet and get to know as many as possible. 

This years event will be missing Sally Meyerhoff, the winner of last years race who set a new record with her time.  my screen saver on my computer is a picture of the start of last years race.  Sally is right there in front leading the pack.  I saw that image every day since last years event.    Knowing that Sally isn’t with us anymore, it actually causes me to be sad when I see that image now.  However, Sunday, I’m going to try to run like Sally and I’m dedicating my run to her.  I didn’t know her personally, but she embodied the spirit that represents the best of all of us.  She was someone who lived life to the fullest, had many high achievements and loved her family and life very much as she so often stated on her social media accounts. 

Sally chose to pursue running with all of her heart and soul. She posted this quote on her blog.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

So this ones for Sally. 

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2 responses

  1. Well spoken! I am excited for you. How appropriate to dedicate it to Sally. You never know how things will change in a year. Really good post. Also, I have to agree with Eleanor…that is so true!!

    • Wow Thanks! Thanks also for all of the support. I really appreciate it! I’ll see you when I get back. Take care and I’ll keep posting while there. I’m taking my laptop with me. Have a great day.

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