Tonight I should be sore from running my Birthday Half Marathon AKA the Rutgers NJ Half. Like millions of people across the world, plans change. Honestly with all that has been happening my birthday actually snuck up on me and I was ho hum about it. I know that had the world not stopped, I would have been ready for this half. I am allowed to be disappointed, but with that can realize…
It just doesn’t matter.
To be honest this half marathon was not so much about finishing the race, but knowing I was going to spend it with friends. I had encouraged a few people to sign up and before we knew it, there was a group of planning to go. Some I haven’t even run with yet, but was looking forward to running with. It would have been an epic day as a day spent with friends always is.
It was still an epic day.
I woke up. I have my health. My family has their health. We have food in the fridge. A roof over our heads and hubby continues to work from home. Life is good. We are blessed. We are lucky. We are grateful.
So while origionally I toyed with actually running a half marathon today, I thought better of it. I took a day off from any and all exercise. I showered. More shocking is that I even blew dried my hair, put on makeup, and found that I can still squeeze into my jeans. I was being fancy today. It almost felt like formal attire.
I took an iced coffee and was waiting in my side garden for a friend who said she was coming to pick something up. I was soaking up the sun. I was enjoying the silence. Then the horns started beeping. The shouts of Happy Birthday from cars. I looked up to see my own birthday caravan with balloons, posters, Happy Birthday banners, even a real live unicorn, and most of all wonderful friends.
No it was not the birthday I imagined or planned for. Yes, I wish that the world was in a good place for it to return to normal. But most of all, I realized how lucky I am. After they drove away, I realized that if it weren’t for running this caravan would not have happened. These women for the most part came into my life when I started lacing up my running shoes. We’ve ran many miles in training together. We’ve ran many miles just to be together. We’ve chased 9 plus 1 together. We’ve ran trails together. Some of us even have run away from Klingon Opera singing together (I kid you not). We’ve grown together. We’ve been there to cheer each other on and pick each other up not just with running but in life too.
Running has brought me so much in life but by far the best thing it has given to me is the people in has brought into my life.
So while running is a “solitary” sport and everyone who runs must run their own race and pace, that does not mean that you have to do it alone.
While we all tuck ourselves away at home, it sometimes feels like you might be in it alone, that your own your own, but it’s not true. Just like each of us runs our own race and meet at the finish line, we will shelter in place alone with our families but we will meet together at the finish line of this horror.
Apart but Together.
We must not loose that. We must remember all that is good. All that makes everything worth fighting (staying home) so hard for because we want to get back to less apart and more togetherness.
Then we will be
Together until we must part.