Marathon or not, the experience was a life changer.
It has been over a week now since the marathon was supposed to happen. I know that for a couple of days it really was painful for me to think that I was not going to be able to run. I saw all the chaos happening, with all the people hurting for necessities and then I thought even more about those affected by this awful disease.
I realized at that moment that my pain truly is temporary. This whole time my team and I have been saying that our pain is temporary, how fitting that it in fact really is. All of the real work had already been done. We raised the money needed to run in the race, and we raised awareness to our friends and family about this disease. And I did my part at making sure I followed the training regimen so that I could finish the 26.2 on marathon day.
The truth is that those running in the marathon all had their reasons for running. Some are professional runners, others run because they love running, and others do something like us and run for a cause. Although all reasons are great in their own way, none of them can compete with hurricanes.
We ran the walk by doing everything needed to get to the big run. For anyone who has played a sport, all you can do is prepare for the game and give your all at practice, and then you go out and the game takes care of itself. In this case the game was canceled, but our experiences leading up to the game were not.
This has been one of the most fulfilling things I have been able to be a part of, and although we were unable to run the NYC marathon, these last 6 months have felt really good helping those battling Multiple Myeloma. We Run Because We Can and My Pain Is Temporary will live with me forever. I can’t wait until the next challenge!
Until next time,