Resilient Runners

20 Nov

Since the cancellation of the NYC Marathon (yes…talking about that again), I have been so impressed by the resilience of runners. Especially with the way that we never give up nor let our determination be diminished.

Throughout the training period for this race, I connected with so many runners online (mainly via twitter) and followed their progress towards the DREAM race that was the NYC Marathon. We spoke about our goals, our excitement and our fears together. We also spoke about our feelings following this announcement:

Photo from the INGNYCM Facebook page.

Many of us understood the cancellation, but were also sad that our race would not happen.

When I found out NYC was canceled I immediately found a new race, as did many of my other running friends. We would run our 26.2 mile race, and we would run it with determination following the letdown we had previously felt. Many of these girls I connected with were running for charity, and would not be letting down their donors – they would run a marathon! (I look up to all the charity runners SO much!).

I would like to share with you some stories from a few fellow bloggers. These girls all put NYC behind them, and found a new race to run.

The Newbies:

Leticia and Nadia were to complete their very first marahton at NYC. They had put in the training, and they were excited to see the results. Following the news, these girls found new races.

Both girls were able to run their marathon, and did an amazing job. Leticia had an amazing time running the Richmond marathon, and finished it with a huge smile on her face.

Nadia ran the Phillidelphia Marathon, and get this – it was her FIRST RACE EVER!! And she broke 4 hours! Holy cow, girlfriend!

The BIG PR’er:

Jocelyn ran the Philadelphia Marathon after having her world flipped upside down by that damn Sandy. Jocelyn lived in the area of of NYC that lost power, and dealt with a bunch of other super inconvenient things. I can’t imagine living without basic necessities for days.

And even after dealing with the drama of the hurricane and her life being affected in many ways, she still rocked her marathon. Way to go on the HUGE PR Jocelyn! You are amazing and so inspiring!

The Winner:

Katie had big dreams of a PR at NYC, just like I did. She had trained so hard for the race, and was looking forward to running. Her reaction to the cancellation was similar to mine, and I thank her for being honest about her feelings on her blog.

As the rest of us did, Katie found a new race to run. And boy did she run her replacement race. Katie WON her new marathon, and broke 3 hours!!! I was in awe reading her race recap. I was especially in awe looking at her photos and seeing how cute she looked the entire race. Talk about wonder woman!

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In less than 3 weeks, I will be sharing with everyone the story of my replacement marathon. I hope that my stories are just as exciting as the girls I mentioned above πŸ™‚

and one last thought for you all (I love this so much)………

xoxo,

Ali

 

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5 Responses to “Resilient Runners”

  1. Meredith @ Run, MeriG. Run. November 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    That was awesome. LOVE! Can’t wait to hear all about Dallas (and to share my Miami recap with you in 10 weeks!) Runners are resilient for sure. I think with an activity as crazy as the one we have chosen to pursue we have to be!

    As I’ve been saying to a lot of people, if nothing else this whole experience has made me feel hugely connected! I have found a wonderful community of people (such as you!) who “gets” what I’ve been going through and has been able to provide support — even in simple ways — despite the fact that we may have never “met.” It’s been cool.

  2. Katie @ msfitrunner November 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Hey there! Thanks for the shout out!!:) can’t wait to read about YOUR upcoming marathon – you will be ready to rock it!!!

  3. whitneyyadrich November 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I know how hard you trained for this race, and I am so happy that you and your friends used the experience to motivate you rather than bring you down. When you cross the finish line in Dallas, we’ll all be cheering (via Twitter!)

  4. lizzyj1305 November 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hey!
    one of my Dailymile friends sent me the link to your blog (she said you’re her BFF and that you ran a rainy first marathon!) I’m running CIM in 5-days and the weather is looking RAINY!
    …Dallas White Rock was my first marathon too! (in 2010) I LOVED that marathon πŸ™‚
    if you have any racing in the rain advice I’d love it!!!
    and I can’t wait to start following your blog and cheering for you!
    xoxo!

  5. Jocelyn November 30, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks Ali for the shout out!!! I can’t wait to see what you are going to do in Dallas! Hopefully we will be able to meet next year at NYCM!

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