Saturday, November 03, 2012
Her bib number was to have been 71205. I had hoped to catch a glimpse of her run from Corral #71 on the TV. But as you have probably heard, the New York Marathon has been cancelled. The devastation of Super Storm Sandy was just too much. How sad!
Her loss pales in comparison, but still I feel for her. Last year she was registered and all ready to go to NY when she had to have emergency surgery. She again registered this year, and then tragedy hit NY and the northeast US.
Her name is Jan and she runs with my Galloway group. She's 62 years old, just 6 months younger than I. She's been running for 12 years and has so many medals that they don't even excite her that much any more. But the NY Marathon -- with 47000 runners going 26.2 miles -- that she finds exciting. She'll try for it again next year. Sure hopes she finally gets to do that run.
This year instead of running the NY Marathon she did me an incredible favor. She ran 14.33 miles with me, letting me set the perfect pace for me. I ended my runtoday feeling just a touch tired, just right for such an accomplishment. She told me I'm really going to enjoy my half marathon AND she says I'm definitely ready to move up to a faster group with Galloway. Such a confidence builder!! Thanks so much, Jan.