This weekend was full of ups and downs. I want to first say that I was never for or against having the marathon canceled. The hardest part for me was being bullied by the media and random people who were taking their frustrations about the storm out on the runners. I was actually relieved that the race was canceled because I was afraid to run the race. I did not want to be the focus of people’s anger towards Mayor Bloomberg. And I also feel as though I have to say (which I hate) – Yes. I did donate money and clothes to help the victims of the hurricane. I did not just cry about the marathon being canceled and run in the park.
So, in order to relieve all of the crap being said. I got out of my apartment and ran. With people who ‘get’ me. And who are all in the ‘same boat’…
Saturday night I headed to the park not knowing the all marathon stuff would be up. It was a really strange feeling there that night. Quiet, not a lot of people.
Fred Lebow statue. He was the “founder” of the first NYC Marathon.
Then Sunday morning came. Lish invited me to go for a run with her and her boyfriend. We met up and were blown away. It looked like the marathon was still going on! There were thousands of people running in the park.
Then then… At the finish line. I met Bill Cunningham. The amazing NYTimes photographer. I was a total dork when I met him.
Thanks again to Lish for getting me out there! I will never forget that amazing impromptu”marathon” in the park.