Posted in Thinking,
Mind

Curiosity Means Seeing the Other Side of the Coin

Many people hold strong opinions on certain matters and come hell or high water, they will often not even consider looking at the other side of whatever the issue is or allow themselves to see it from another person’s viewpoint.

I am not one of those people.

I’m curious and I find people interesting and fascinating, which means I love hearing other people’s viewpoints, whether they agree with mine or not. I like to find out what makes them tick and what causes them to do what they do.

Since numerous factors in the course of my life have given me the viewpoints that I have and/or cause me to act in certain ways, wouldn’t the same hold true for others?

So I like seeing both sides of an issue, a story, of everything.
'Two Sides of the Same Coin' photo (c) 2010, -Paul H- - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

That doesn’t mean I don’t have any strong viewpoints, I do… but it means that I understand others also have strong viewpoints and I like finding out why. And more times than not, I learn something by being willing to see the other side of the coin.

One of my Monday morning highlights is reading the Monday Morning Memo. It’s an email newsletter from Roy Williams, a brilliant, quirky, risk taking outside-the-box thinker.

There’s the normal newsletter and there’s the rabbit hole. Clicking on a picture in the newsletter takes you down a rabbit hole to various other pages in the newsletter, which contain anything from short stories to movie clips to pointless banter and so much more.

This morning’s newsletter was titled Wise Men and Fools. The first line was:

A wise man sees both sides of a matter. 
The fool sees only one. - Wizzo

Of course I found the topic interesting. Then deep in the rabbit hole, I found this essay by Roy Williams himself.

The Stadium of Life

Your position of your seat in the stadium of life determines how you see the game. What is your angle of view?

You can sit on either side – religious or secular.
You can sit at either end – liberal or conservative.
You can sit high and see the big picture.
You can sit low and see granular detail.

Regardless of the clarity your chosen seat provides,
you can be sure that people in other seats are seeing a very different game. Does their seat make them foolish, dishonest and evil? Commentators would have you think so.

There are fools in the world, to be sure.
Dishonesty is rampant, and evil certainly exists. But these are found in equal measure throughout every section of the stadium.

We’re not talking about malefactors today.
We’re talking about the wondrous benefits of curiosity.

Stand up. Wander around the stadium. Meet the people sitting across from you. Climb higher and see the whole field in a single frame. Step down to field level and experience the myopic, “insider’s view” those seats alone can provide.

Wandering around the stadium – looking at the game from various perspectives – is called “thinking outside the box.”

It’s a wise-ard’s (wise person’s) adventure, but few people have the courage to stray more than a few, hesitant steps away from their own, familiar perspective,  comfortable with the “truth” they already own.

Aroo.
Indiana Beagle (aka Roy Williams)

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Are you curious about what makes others tick? About why they think as they do? If so, good for you. Never lose that curiosity.

If you aren’t normally curious or if you prefer to share your viewpoint rather than listen to someone else’s, try something new today. Ask someone why they view a certain issue the way they do and then listen, really listen, without any plans on telling them whether you think their viewpoint is right, wrong or where it should be changed, tweaked, etc.

Listen and think… you might be surprised what you learn.

 

The ‘Minor’ Differences between NYC and D & L Marathon

On November 4, 2012 I was scheduled to do the New York City Marathon, due to Hurricane Sandy it was canceled and instead I did the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon.

The process surrounding the cancelation of the NYC marathon could have been handled differently, but I think canceling was the right thing to do. Though I had emotional whiplash for an hour or so after hearing about the cancelation, the wisdom my IM ABLE team members showed by switching gears and signing up for another marathon, helped me remember why I was doing this marathon in the first place—for others.

Once I decided to do the D & L marathon with my team, I was excited about doing it and I had a great marathon experience.

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But since there were a few ‘minor’ differences between the two marathons,
I thought it would be fun to share them with you…
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Smoky with a Park Ranger

NYC — 42 years old
D & L — 2 years old

NYC — 47,000 runners
D & L   —  269 runners

NYC  — about 2 million spectators
D & L — about .0001 million spectators

NYC  — Celebrity sightings
D & L — Smokey the Bear and a Park Ranger

NYC  — 117 live bands along the course
D & L — 3 birds chirping and 2 squirrels chattering

NYC — running shoulder to shoulder for 26.2 miles
D & L— running alone for about half of the 26.2 miles

NYC — Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan
D & L— Northampton, Cemeton, Walnutport, Bowmanstown, Slatington

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Obviously, D & L is not NYC and some of these changes are what made switching gears from one marathon to the next a mental process, but in reality, it’s nothing compared to what many directly affected by Hurricane Sandy are dealing with.

Thinking about them, along with what IM ABLE does, is what gave me strength to keep going and have a different, but just as great marathon experience.

I have nothing but praise for the fine folks at the D & L marathon. They put on a great race, even with many NYC runners signing up on Friday evening… but next time could you please have a few more birds and squirrels along the course?

Sign and cheering squad near the top of the D & L Heritage Heartbreak Hill

So to the director and volunteers of the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon,
I give you one of your own signs back… good job on a great marathon!

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MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MY MARATHON EXPERIENCE
Switching from the NYC marathon to the D&L Marathon
Doing the D&L Heritage Marathon
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Posted in Because I Can

Runner’s World names @JanetOber Tweetspiration!

Some surprises are better than others and this is a GREAT surprise! A running friend posted this on my Facebook wall a day or two ago.

Hey Janet, this month’s Runner’s World magazine has an article on runners and social media, with a list of popular runner’s twitter info….yep, you are mentioned! Kudos to you!!

Since I live in Timbuktu rural Pennsylvania, magazines tend to be delivered a day or two later than in some other areas. When my copy of Runner’s World didn’t arrive in yesterday’s mail, I headed to my local bookstore this morning. And sure enough there  was @JanetOber under Tweetspiration.

@JanetOber dubbed Tweetspiration by Runner’s World

Thanks for the mention, Runner’s World!

Tweetspiration!

I’ve been on Twitter for a few years, and have made some great connections through it. And I love the glimpses I get into the world of others, some know I exist and some don’t.

So if you are on Twitter, follow me @JanetOber for some Tweetspiration, to hear about my runs, to see an occasion picture of what I’m eating and don’t be surprised to see random tweet or pictures of the good, bad and ugly of life. I don’t have a regular tweeting schedule (thanks to curiosity, ADD or boredom, I don’t have a regular schedule for anything) instead my tweets happen as life happens, which we all know is perfect messy and random.

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To celebrate this terrific, tremendous, Twitter mention … how about more than 140 characters of Tweetspiration in the form of a book? If you follow me in the next 48 hours, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Because I Can.
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Time starts now (Thursday, November 8th at 11AM) and on Saturday I will select one new follower per each one hundred new followers to receive a copy of my memoir, Because I Can.

 

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If interested is seeing the article, this is the issue…

Runner’s World, 2012

Check out page 82 and page 83 for The Running Twitterati.

Many great folks listed there, some that I already follow and others that I’m now following.

Twitterati is on Page 82 and 83

So for all kinds of fun, information, and of course Tweetspiration, follow @JanetOber and the others listed there.

This Twitter party ends on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11am EST.
Winners will be selected and notified soon after. 

Posted in Your Story

Beverly Shantz—Living and Laughing, Because She Can!

If you’ve read any of my running posts, whether it’s one about mud and beesa crappy attitude, a dream run, a marathon, another marathon or one of the others… you’ve heard about my friend Beverly, because she’s been a big part of my life, especially my running.

Today I want to give you the privilege of getting to know her better
(and you don’t even have to go for a run with us) because
I’m sharing her story as one of Your Inspiring Stories* 

In some ways, Beverly’s story is totally unique because it’s her own, and in some ways her story is every woman’s story. Beverly’s curiosity about life and her feisty personality have never allowed her to be a couch potato for too long. Whether she’s working, cleaning her 200+ year house (that she grew up in), being the best mother on the planet or helping a friend, she’s always moving. But like most of us, there’s been seasons when life was busy, messy or complicated and she forgot about herself.

During the last decade or so, she felt like life was passing her by, so instead of just complaining about it, she choose to make some changes. Her story is a great example of how experiencing life to the fullest is often about the choices we make.

Beverly, geocaching Florida

Along with running together, Beverly and I have done a Duathlon, kayaked, biked, traveled, ate, drank, complained and celebrated together. Thanks to her brother, we’ve even gone geocaching.  We’ve seen each other at our best and worst, but no secrets will be shared in this post… because I want to keep her as my friend :)

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Beverly and her sons, Bennet and Joseph

Janet: Tell us about yourself.

Beverly: I am married and have two sons, ages 23 and 8. I am a former salon owner and still do hair for friends, like Janet. (Yes, she’s the one responsible for my blond hair :)

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You’ve made some changes over the years, tell us about them.

After getting married again in my late thirties, my husband and I wanted to have a child. We had some complications, so after infertility treatments and three miscarriages, I read a book called The Second Youth. Along with drinking lots of water, I began taking herbs and supplements that she recommended. I also quit eating white flour and white sugar and began walking about 20 miles a week. I lost about 20 lbs and a year later I got pregnant at the age of 43 and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at the age of 44.

Having a young son in middle age prompted me to want to take care of myself. When he was about four, Janet started a running club (when she returned to running after her accident) and I joined it. I had played soft ball and tennis in high school, but had  never been a runner before, but a number of my friends were also doing it and I like trying new things.

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What goals have you reached that you didn’t know if you could?

I not only became a runner,  but I became a freaking marathoner!!

Finishing the D&L Marathon on November 4, 2012

Four months after I started running, I did my first race, a 6-mile section of a marathon relay. Then I did a number of 5ks and 10ks before trying a half marathon a little over a year later. I’ve done three half marathons since 2010. This past May, I did my first full (Bob Potts) and this past Sunday, I did the D&L Heritage Marathon after the NYC Marathon was canceled.

What’s the best thing about running?

The fresh air!
How good I feel when I’m done.
People I have meet.
Places I have gone.

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You changed your diet when trying to get pregnant, do you still follow that?

Now it’s everything in moderation. I do eat some sugar and flour again, but limited amounts. I often start my day with a yogurt and fruit shake. And I eat a lot of salads.

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What are your goals for the future?

Keep up with Janet :)
Actually I’d like to try a triathlon sometime and Janet has no interest and says I am on my own for that (the nerve of her!) So anyone want to join me?
Also to stay healthy and happy and spend time with my boys.

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Celebrating with her husband on New Years Eve – 2011

There’s many things about Beverly that make the world a better place. Her smile. Her encouraging words. Her tenacity. Her joy of life. Her deep laugh that she is never sparse with. Her caring heart.

And when her generous heart combines with her competitive streak, watch out, she makes things happen!

When I told Beverly that I was doing the NYC marathon for IM ABLE, she immediately said, “I want to do it too!”

I was confused, because after the marathon in May, I’m sure I heard her say, “Never, never again!” Guess everyone’s allowed to change their mind.

We were both thrilled when we found out she could get into NYC if she was a fundraiser for IM ABLE, raising at least $2,500. Her caring heart and competitive nature kicked into gear and if $2,500 would help people, why stop there? She set her fundraising goal at $4,000!

And not only did she met that, but she topped it!
She was the top fundraiser for IM ABLE, raising a total of $4,621. 
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Beverly inspires me because she puts up with me tackled something new in mid-life and through the ups and downs of everyday life, she continues to laugh and to do what she can to live life to the fullest, including making me ride the slide at a carnival.

Beverly, Bennet and Janet

So if you find yourself stressing or feeling like life is passing you by or you aren’t living it to your full potential, take a lesson from Beverly, find a reason to laugh, try something new and start making changes today.

As Beverly always says, “You never know what you’re capable of until you try!”
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*More of Your Inspiring Stories
Chris Kaag—Doing What He Can, Because He Can!
Troy Roland—Hockey and Running, Because He Can!
Running at Age 72 and Age 84—Because They Can!
Living Each Day Well–Because She Can

Running Truly is for all Ages
Michele Lynn—Believed She Can… and She Did!
Roni Noone does Fitbloggin’—Because She Can!
Consistency Helps Dawn do Anything—Because She Can! 
 

Doing the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon

For the past five months or so, I’ve been training to do the NYC Marathon, but due to Hurricane Sandy canceling NYC, I did the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon instead.

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Every marathon has some similarities…

Meeting other runners
Smiles, high-fives and cheers
Aid stations with water and gatorade
Support from family, friends and others

And the biggest similarity: 26.2 miles!

After all, a marathon is a marathon and the distance doesn’t change. (Sidenote to non-running friends, any distance shorter than a half marathon is not called a marathon, there is no 5k marathon or 10k marathon) Just had to say that, it’s a pet peeve of mine.

I had trained to do 26.2 miles, so after my team and I made the decision to do the  D & L instead, I was back to thinking about what I had to do to cover 26.2 miles. Go to bed early, eat well, check the weather, dress accordingly, make sports drink, stretch and go!

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(Warning, the distances below are approx. because during 26.2 miles, details get blurry) 

Miles 1 to 3: Mostly on asphalt streets through the small town of Northampton. It takes at least the first mile for my feet (especially my left one) to warm up (temps in low 30s), but other than that I feel strong and full of energy. As usual at the beginning of a race, I don’t want to take walking breaks, but I know I’ll regret it if I don’t, so after a mile or so, I turn on my timer.

Miles 4 to 6: Now we hit the small crushed gravel trail, which is similar to what I often train on. Some of this stretch has a headwind that feels like a lot more than the 7mph predicted winds, but I’m feeling good (running 3 minutes/walking 50 seconds)… averaging about 30 seconds faster than my planned 12-minute pace, but I don’t feel like slowing down.

Miles 7 to 9: The trail continues with some gradual upgrades. Occasionally I take some sips of my sports drink and pop a few Honey Stinger chews. A few miles go by fast as I run with Melissa, an ultra-marathoner. Hearing about some 50 and 100 mile trail runs she has done almost makes 26.2 seem like a walk in the park.

Miles 10 to 12: The trail is mostly flat in this area, but I start feeling some pain in my thigh and behind my right knee. Yes, that’s my better-looking leg, but it also had major injuries, including a fractured femur that now sports a rod, pin and screws.

Celebrating after we finish

I stop and do some leg stretches, then try running again. I adjust my gait and stride, while that helps slightly, the pain continues to increase. During the next walking break, I do more stretches, even throwing in some down-dog yoga poses.

Meeting and running with Lady Liberty in this section helps me ignore the pain for a time, as we share our stories. I’m impressed that this is her 80-something marathon!

Miles 13 to 15: The course takes a left unto an asphalt trail with a gradual 2 mile upgrade and my pain takes a sharp turn for the worse. Now with each step it radiates down into my calf and into my foot. Damn!

I argue with myself about whether it is pain or discomfort. I seriously wonder whether I’ll be able to finish. I think of each of my supporters, the folks of IM ABLE and of all the people who face more obstacles than I have and how they keep on, keeping on.

Bev and I are running together and she also starts dealing with pain (hip and toe) We moan, groan and complain, wishing we felt as good as we did on our 20-mile training run. We walk for most of mile 14 and 15, trying short jogs whenever the timer beeps, but each time, we wince in pain. When she pops two Advil, I ask if she has more and I take two. I can’t remember ever taking pain meds during a run, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Around mile 15, Jerry and John (our husbands) come walking toward us. They had no desire to battle the NYC crowds, but when we switched marathons, they said they’d be there. As we walk, I take a few sips of the Diet Dr. Pepper Jerry has for me. (another rarity, but caffeine gives me a boast)

Jerry and I run for a few minutes and somehow between the Advil, the caffeine and/or the extended walking my pain has decreased. We walk when the timer beeps, but not for long. I’m feeling better and I want to run. Soon we’re half a mile ahead of Bev and John, but we’d agreed we’ll run our own races, so when we get to Jerry’s car around mile 17, I keep going.

I’m tempted to skip my walking breaks for the rest of the run, but I’m concerned I can’t do 9 miles without them, so instead I reset my timer to walk 30 seconds and try to slightly increase my running pace.

Miles 17 to 19: I’m back on a small crushed gravel trail again and I like it! I still feel a little pain, but not near as severe. I try not to think about whether or not I’m causing any long-term damage to my leg. I want to finish this marathon!

I focus on stepping lightly (like on egg shells) so I don’t irritate whatever it was that had been hurting. I’m mostly by myself, so I dream of the various neighborhoods I’d be running through if I was in NYC. I occasionally spy someone ahead of me and focus on catching them. 

Around mile 19, I arrive at the finish line! But of course, I’m not finished, I have to go out 3+ miles and come back to here. I see the IM ABLE support crew, Chris, Gretchen and Dave, and after a few high-fives and fist bumps, I head out of the finish line area with renewed energy.

As I hit the trail again, I realize that I also high-fived Tammy, Catherine and Lou, my other three IM ABLE teammates. They are done already! I’m happy for them, but darn, I have 6+ more miles to do and they are already wrapped in blankets and smooching with a celebrity of sorts.

Catherine, Tammy and Lou relaxing after a great marathon for each one!

Miles 20 to 23: The high-fives carry me for at least a mile or so, but I forget about them when I come to a water station and the volunteer says, “you go left here, up the hill.”

“Up that hill?” I ask, looking at a monstrous hill headed up to the clouds. I’d seen something about “Heritage Heartbreak Hill” in the race description, but I had mostly ignored it.

Needed sign about halfway up the hill!

 After a walk up the hill, the terrain alternates between packed dirt and large-uneven-ankle-twisting stones for a few miles, so I alternate between watching my feet and enjoying the view looking down over the Lehigh River.

The pain I had earlier is still there, but not as severe, but now my left thigh has also starts complaining, not as pronounced, but it’s tired and aching. I’m all by myself, it’s cloudy with some wind and I find myself battling off a pity-party… darn that accident! If it wasn’t for that, I’d be done already. It’s not fair. I have pain and limitations I don’t want.

Stop it, Janet!

Think about what the heck you are doing. You could be dead, but instead you are out here in the last few miles of your second marathon in less than six months! Be thankful. Do what you can! Over the next few miles, I give myself every motivating quote I’ve ever said or posted.

Miles 24 to 26: What goes up must come down, and since the course has another loop in it here, the downhill is different. It’s not as steep as the uphill, but longer and it’s on asphalt again. The pain shoots back into my right leg from my hip to the arch of my foot. Whoa!! I walk down the hill stepping as lightly as I can.

Finally, I’m back on a flat trail again and I can run again. The last few miles are along the river, so the air is damp and it adds to the pain in my left thigh. It feels like a vise grip tightens on it with each step. Rubbing it during walking breaks helps, but each step is mind over matter. 

Finally I hear some music, see the finish flags and I forget all else. I ‘fly’ to the finish.

Finishing 33 minutes faster than my May marathon!

Their support, smiles and cheers of the support crew soon has me forgetting how tough the race was. I have pics of the IM ABLE folks, but unfortunately I didn’t get pics of the others… Jerry, John, Renee, Dan and Bev’s nieces and nephews that braved the cold to cheer us on. So grateful for each one who was there!

Best support crew ever!! Chris, Gretchen and Dave.

Bev comes sailing in, with her beautiful smile, also choosing to put mind over matter to finish her second marathon in less than six months.

Bev finishing, with her niece running with her.

This marathon was all about others for both of us… and that’s what kept us going through the roller coaster of Hurricane Sandy, switching marathons, pain while running and 26.2 miles over roads, up and down hills, along rivers, and over endless trails in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Thanks to each of you that supported this endeavor in any way!

The first day post-race, I was hurting! But by today, I’m feeling much better. Not sure why I had so much pain during the race, but I think a few culprits might be the cold, damp weather and not stretching enough in the days leading up to the race.

So if interested in a small mostly trail marathon with it’s own heartbreak hill, check out the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon for next November. For a new race (this was the 2nd year) it was well-organized and they also offer a half-marathon.

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 MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MY MARATHON EXPERIENCE
Switching from the NYC Marathon to the D & L Marathon
The ‘Minor’ Differences between NYC and D & L Marathon
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From the NYC Marathon to the D & L Heritage Marathon!

Since the middle of June, NYC and the date of November 4th has been in my mind… sometimes as an exciting thought and somethings as a scary thought, but almost always there. And during that time, my thoughts often focused on using everything I have, even a beatup body, to the best of my abilities, especially to benefit others who don’t have the options and opportunities I do.

In August I announced that I was doing the NYC Marathon as a representative for IM ABLE. Being asked to represent them has been one of the biggest honors of my life, because they are a fantastic organization that provides resources for individuals with disabilities. 

Other than both being 26.2 miles, there’s a major difference in the two marathons I will do this year. I did Bob Potts in May for me. To reclaim a day I didn’t like. To see what I can do.

And I was doing NYC Marathon for others, especially those who can’t.

After the devastation of Sandy hit the east coast the last few days of October, we had no power at our house for 3 days, so I wasn’t watching any news and didn’t realize the extent of the devastation in NY and NJ.  But from what I saw on my phone I, along with many others, wondered if the marathon would be canceled.

But it wasn’t, so Bev and I continued making our plans to head to the city. The place we’d planned to stay had no electric (which added to my uncertainty) but we scrambled and thanks to Facebook, found another place to stay in the city on Saturday and Sunday night.

On Friday we headed to a B & B (the lovely Holly Thorn House) about an hour from the city that would shorten our Saturday morning drive. As Bev drove, I was checking news and social media on my phone. With each mile I felt less comfortable about doing the NYC marathon.

It seemed foolish to have hundreds of volunteers handing out water bottles to myself and 40,000+ other runners from all over the world, when people within a few blocks of the race course had no water or power at their houses.

Bev and I talked about whether we should defer instead of run even if the race happens. We discussed what was the right thing to do for the people of NY and what our responsibilities were considering I was sponsored by IM ABLE to run and Bev was a fundraiser for them.

I wondered how my heavy heart about the lives loss and the extensive damage, along with my uncertainty about running would affect my energy as I ran.

Yet when I clicked on Facebook around 4pm and saw
“The NYC Marathon has been canceled” I was hit with mixed emotions.

Right choice!
But I want to run NYC!
So happy the right thing was done for the people of NY! 
But, but, but it’s NYC marathon and I’ve trained for months.
But I couldn’t have run with a good heart anyhow.
And on and on and on…

Soon I got an email from my good-hearted IM ABLE teammates and they mentioned running another marathon on Sunday. Yay for them! But my first reaction about me doing it was not positive.

If I can’t do NYC on Sunday, I don’t want to do any marathon.
I don’t want to put my body through 26.2 miles unless it’s on the streets of NYC!

After a few minutes of processing, Bev and I began to change our tone.

And I had a personal newsflash: Helping Others is About Others, Not About Me.

The message of IM ABLE and it’s founder, Chris Kaag is IMPROVISE, ADAPT AND OVERCOME, so why weren’t we doing that? Plus the support we received from so many—the fine folks at IM ABLE and from many of you in the form of encouragement, money, yoga classes, massages and more made us realize we wanted to run to honor all of that.

Plus, this marathon has not been about us from the beginning,
so why should it be now?
This marathon started out being all about others
and it should stay that way. 

So within a few minutes we were emailing our team back, saying we are reconsidering…

Lou, Bev, Catherine, Janet and Tammy

Thanks to Catherine taking the bull by the horns and signing up for another marathon she found that was happening about 90 minutes away, within 5 minutes Lou and Tammy had responded and said they are signing up also. Bev and I quickly got online and signed up. (Which is good because that marathon sold out about 30 minutes later.)

Now we are excited about doing the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Marathon
on Sunday, November 4th with the IM ABLE team!  

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UPDATE ADDED later in the day. A few more thoughts: 

1. I totally! think the right decision was made by the NYC mayor and NYRR (NYRR = New York Road Runners, which puts on the marathon)

2. The situation surrounding the marathon has been controversial, but I think now the focus is being put where it needs to be. The NYC marathon has turned its attention to the “Race to Recover” to aid those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Their website states:

Over $2.6 million has been raised, including a $1 million donation by NYRR.” And NYRR will redeploy the marathon resources and materials toward the recovery effort where ever possible.

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3. Various posts/articles/etc are being written from different viewpoints and I love this post by Amanda at Run To The Finish about why runners showed up in NYC even thought there was some uncertainty:

Running is what helps many of us overcome the curveballs life throws and THAT is why we still showed up. … it’s not because we don’t care, it’s because running means something to us and it is in many ways HOW we show we care.

Read her complete post here: Runners Find Reasons; NYC Marathon Cancellation

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4. For me doing a marathon this weekend was and is all about others. It started with IM ABLE and their mission and now it has extended to those affected by Sandy. Since I wasn’t in the city yet when I heard about the cancelation, it seemed best not to go in right now.

Unless I could have connected with a diaster relief organization for the day, I would simply have created more traffic, another mouth to feed, etc. So instead I will be looking at ways that I can help others in the coming days.

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MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MY MARATHON EXPERIENCE
Doing the D&L Heritage Marathon
The ‘Minor’ Differences between NYC and D & L Marathon