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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:

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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!

10 thoughts on “And back to your regularly scheduled programming…

  1. runningonjava

    I love this!! I was initially all for the marathon going on as a way of showing the world how we can come back strong…and what better way to do that than through running, right? But, after i talked to my dad and learned just how much New Yorkers (my aunt, especially) were suffering as a result of the devastation, I realized that sometimes, we need to step back and look at the bigger picture. I was so happy to hear that runners were helping. You said it best, we truly are a special breed! hope you have a great day!

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    1. pickyrunner

      I completely agree with you! It’s amazing to see how many runners are dropping everything from their everyday lives to go help those in need. Have a wonderful Monday :)

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  2. claireknudsen

    I was so relieved when they canceled it. To hold the marathon while the city is in so much distress and so many people have lost everything, that would have been so, so wrong. I wish I could be up there to help people more! I feel so helpless. Runners truly are the best kind of people ;)

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    1. pickyrunner

      I agree. It’s an unfortunate event but it was the right decision in the long run. But you’re right-runners truly are a special breed. So happy to be part of that group :)

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  3. Kaitlin

    It is really easy to get caught up in our own personal issues, but is truly inspiring to put them aside and know that we are only one in billions and billions of people. Thanks for writing this post!

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