So I started my training for the NYC Marathon in June and had an amazing journey. And 5 months later, all full of excitement and ready to GET IT DONE, I get text after text saying “sorry about the marathon”. HUH!?!? I was so confused. I turn on the radio and confirm that the marathon had been cancelled with less than 24hours to go. WHAT!?!? Hurricane Sandy messed us up.
Now, I must be honest with myself and admit that I was a bit disappointed at first. After all, that 5 months of training was pretty intense for me AND my family. I took a few deep breaths and watched the news for the first time (we had no power for 3days) since Sandy hit and I got over my disappointment very quickly. I didn’t LOSE anything compared to many other people. I was instantly reminded to count my blessings and remember all that I GAINED from my training experience.
- I’m in the best shape of my life (yeah I’m a little EXTRA thin fam, but I feel great)
- I’ve improved my mental and spiritual selves
- made new friends
- raised awareness and money for pancreatic cancer (GO PanCAN!!)
- motivated family members to complete races for the first time
- put a few smiles on faces
- AND I get to train hard for another year
So, maybe the race wasn’t meant to be this year. I think it’s important for people to acknowledge their feelings AND for others to be supportive in this process. There were so many people who just couldn’t believe how people could be disappointed. Well…I think as long as your disappointment doesn’t stop you from making a difference in the lives of others, it’s healthy to acknowledge those feelings AND let them be heard.
I am so proud to be part of a running community that is committed to helping others, even through disappointment. On “race day” there were tons of people from all over the world running through Manhattan (some with their flags), volunteering or making donations. Many people flew across the world and were still able to make the best of their time in a city that was in recovery mode. CHEERS TO YOU RUNNERS ACROSS THE GLOBE!!
I thank God for giving me this experience and I will continue to pray for all of those people who lost loved ones and a lifetime of memories in the super storm.
Uncle and nephew hanging out
So we’ve been without power since Monday thanks to Sandy (the hurricane that is). We’ve been a bit inconvenienced because we don’t have lights, heat or hot water BUT we are counting our blessings as we know there are many people who have a lot more to deal with than we do.
We’ve managed to make it this far by heading to my aunT’s house where there’s no power but there’s heat, hot water and a working stove. Thank goodness for our little wind up radio and the library for charging power.
It’s during times like these that we realize what great people are in our communities. My fellow holistic moms of Essex County NJ have offered everything from a warm cup of tea to a warm shower for those of us in need. Friends have continuously checked in just to see how things are going. I’m telling you, words can do a lot more than we give them credit for. Remember the saying “sticks and stones my break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Well I disagree, words can do A LOT, they can hurt BUT they can also help, or heal for that matter. It’s up to us😉. We have to choose our wirds wisely because you never know what affect they may have on the recipient. Ok thanks for listening to that rant.
Now back to Sandy. With all of the maddens she caused, the NYC Marathon plans have been shaken up a bit. I can’t seem to figure out how to get to the Javitz Center for the expo to pick up my bib and sign up for transportation. But I’m still amazed by the spirit and unstoppable attitude of New Yorkers. The race is STILL ON!! And now they’ve been able to set up accounts for donations for hurricane relief. Not a bad idea if you ask me. I love running communities. They are usually extremely giving, passionate and in love with the communities they run in.
I had to go back to work today😏. Bitter-sweet feeling I must say. I didn’t want to leave my little one but at least we all got a little heat and I got to charge up our devices. Oh and put a smile on a few faces. That’s the best part!!
Here are a few pics of how we’ve been getting through this madness.
dancing with our wind up radio
little one still having fun scooting on some toy even in the dark
Hope you’re staying safe and warm. And my prayers go out to all of you who have been tremendously affected by this DARN STORM.