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Her Bib Number Should Have Been 71205

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.
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    Great blog!
    I am looking forward to "hearing" - reading about your first HM. My guess is that you will have a fantastic time.
    2539 days ago
    As I said on Thursday night, Jan is a class act for running with you. I know that you are ready for your half marathon. You're doing such an awesome job!
    2541 days ago
    Great that you have this wonderful friendship with such an awesome lady. I am sorry she didn't get to accomplish her goal this year but there is next year.

    Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon
    2542 days ago
    2542 days ago
    She and you totally rock! So impressed!
    Sorry that she didn't get to do the NY one. Hopefully next year.
    2542 days ago
    When I saw the blog title, I knew exactly what it was going to be about. I hope your friend can run NYC next year. What a good friend to run with you today and how exciting that you're getting faster! You will definitely enjoy your first half! Thank you for posting on my blog yesterday. Hope we can be SparkFriends!
    2542 days ago
    I know you will do great, and I'm hoping she finally gets to do the NY marathon next year!
    2542 days ago
    A lovely tribute!
    2542 days ago
    You and Barb are gonna be sparkling: you're ready, yes you are!!
    2542 days ago
    How great you two found each other. Sounds like a lasting friendship. Here's to many more years for you both! I know you're ready for your run; have fun!
    2542 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I saw the breaking news yesterday. Outstanding effort on your practice run. You're so ready!
    Jan sounds like a 100% Superstar! I think I know where her heart is and she's one to emulate for sure!
    We're looking at the logistics of coming to support you and ONEKIDSMOM at the Lady Schick Half. I'll let you know closer to the race.
    2542 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! How very nice of Jan to do that, but so sorry she lost the chance to compete in that big marathon again :( If an experienced runner like her thinks you have got what it takes, can you request a move to a faster group?
    Sure sounds like you and ONEKIDSMOM are going to rock your big race coming up!
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    2542 days ago
    Great way to turn a negative into a positive!
    2542 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I'm also hoping that next year goes well too!
    2542 days ago
    Such an awesome tribute to your friend! SHe sounds like such an inspiration. As a 57 year old runner I'm always so excited by those who are around my age or older who are running such amazing races. How awesome how she worked with you on your run.
    2542 days ago
    emoticon How wonderful for your friend to pace you in your long run. Best of luck to her in the future!!
    2542 days ago
    So sorry the NYM didn't happen this year - but how neat you got to run with her this weekend!
    2542 days ago
    What a great attitude in the face of this disappointment. My hometown has been hit hard - places that I know well.

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    2542 days ago
    The third time's the charm. I sure hope nothing comes up next year to prevent her from running. It sure was nice of her to let you set the pace.
    2542 days ago
    My thanks to Jan, too... and my hopes for her NYC Marathon NEXT year!

    Life trumps all our plans at times. I KNOW you're ready for our outing in two weeks. Just gotta make sure I am, too!

    Yesterday after work I went to the running store and used my gift certificate as part payment for a pair of Nike Structure running shoes, which the owner recommended for my arch / stride. They feel wonderful, and they will be my HM shoes. I have never used compression sleeves before, but invested in a pair of those as well. I'm wearing them around the house today as I do my chores, just to get the feel of them.

    So looking forward to this trip. Six working days left! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2542 days ago
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