I organized the first group run of our new running club for this morning. We printed out a pile of the Sherry bibs made by Races 2 Remember and brought them along today with a bag of safety pins.
I felt very emotional all day yesterday. I am so very heartbroken for what happened to Sherry, and what her family is going through. I am sad that her life was ended so tragically, and that it was taken from her while she was doing something she loved. I am scared to think about there being people out there that would hurt and kill so senselessly. I am mad that my own sense of safety and well-being doing something that I love (as do so many others) has been shaken.
I am not usually a worrier, but I was worrying yesterday. I was worried I would try to talk to the group before the run (Beth asked that we all started with a moment of silence), and that I would start to cry. (Once I start crying, I literally can't talk.) I worried I wouldn't say the right thing. I worried no one would come. I worried about the roads. I worried about the weather. I really wanted things to go well and to honor Sherry in a special way.
All the worrying was for nothing.
It was a beautiful (cold and foggy!) morning, a beautiful run, and a beautiful tribute to Sherry. I got some much needed inspiration and support this morning and was feeling good as we left for the run. Josh, Ryan (14), and I got to the high school and found there were already a few runners waiting. We started handing out bibs and more and more people showed up. There was a wrestling tournament and some other things going on so we were missing several people who wanted to be there, but we ended up having 23 runners when we started, including some brand new runners/walkers that I was so excited to see show up.
I talked a little about Sherry, and what a special day this was to be a part of, and how amazing it was to think about runners all over the world coming together today to honor her with our running. I held it together and didn't cry (only choked once) until it was all said and done.
|Just before the moment of silence. You can see in my face I was emotional.|
|Here is the group minus Josh, who was taking the picture, and one other person who came a minute later. I am in the front in the green gloves and Ryan is behind me in the red hoodie.|
The sun peaked in and out of the fog. The mountains were clear at times, and hidden at others. It was COLD when we started (12 degrees) but I warmed up as soon as I was moving. I thought about Sherry. I thought about people I love. I thought about running. I prayed.
We waited around for the last people to finish and enjoyed talking with some of the other runners. I had Josh snap this picture of me before we left (and the fog was thickening up again) and then we headed home, feeling really great about how it had went.
|Me, just before we were leaving. It was so foggy that you can't even see the mountains that are right behind me!|
We came together. We united. We did what we love. We honored Sherry. We showed how awesome (and strong) the running community is.
As Beth said -
We did it. Bad, mean people can suck it.