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.