It has been a crazy weekend! I’m ready to get back to the usual blog topics: running and food. Obviously there’s nothing better in the entire world to talk about, so that’s what I’m going to do. Until tomorrow morning, when I let you know the results from my scavenger hunt/internship contest. **fingers crossed**
Starting with the New York Marathon. Runners World did an article about the marathon being cancelled and the hundreds of runners who went anyways, both to show their support and to run. How crazy is that?! Those who went to help brought a bunch of stuff to aid in the relief. And those who ran even put together mini aid stations and water stops for the runners.
I think this is the best of both worlds. I really do. It is so sad to see pictures of the devastation from Staten Island, Queens, etc. But it’s even sadder to hear them talk about the death toll still rising. I just can’t even begin to fathom the damage. I got so lucky down here in Baltimore, especially since we were supposed to get a direct hit.
How can I compare my picture perfect school with a few fallen trees in my path in the trails to this:
I also read a quote from a runner who, rightfully so, was upset about the cancellation of the marathon, but then realized that two years of training was nothing compared to someone’s entire life. A quote like that hits you in the gut.
Runners are a special breed, though. I feel like there aren’t a lot of other sports out there that would have hundreds of people come into a city and decide to make their own impromptu race, or decide to pool all of the resources that were intended for the marathon to help the victims of the storm. It’s truly amazing, and inspiring, to read about stories like that.
So to those of you who helped participate in the efforts, thanks for continuing to inspire me each and every day.
It’s just unfathomable for me. I found out yesterday that the beach I work at all summer is essentially gone, and they’re arguing over where to get the funds to rebuild it. But that’s nothing compared to arguably one of the most densely populated cities in the country. I’m truly amazed each and every day.
Have an inspiring Monday, everyone!