Thursday, April 18, 2013
It Will Be Okay | Run for Life
Last night, I had a speedwork session. Never once, did I think of not going. Someone was waiting for me to show up. I didn't have the desire to say "not showing up tonight".
As I approached the track and saw my friend in the distance, I walked towards him. He looked up and without a word - we walked right into each other arms and hugged. It was unplanned, it wasn't thought about. No words.
Those who know me, I am not a huggy person. Especially when I am hurting or upset - don't touch me (lol). Yet, at that moment, I felt so heavy in my heart - the hug was natural. My friend had run Boston, back in the day when you had to run a sub3 or not show up. He was deeply connected to that race and that city. I thought of my many runner friends who are emotionally suffering right now.
As we turned to do our first 200, I felt tears develop in my eyes - I felt guilty. I was running and others could not. I was running and others could not finish the race.
Yet, as I turned to the last 100 - the media images of that day ran through my mind. I felt my legs go faster and I realized I was running (in my mind) to help out those in need.
Human instinct took over and my own body pain was irrelevant. We ran 7 more intervals and I felt amazing well, after each interval.
Running is different to me. It symbolizes what we are and what we will continue to be. I may not have a stellar race, every time I step out the door or at the Start Line - but I am different.
Somehow, in this midst of this tragedy - we will find good and find the resolve to make our lifestyle more personable.
While running cannot change what happened on Monday. I was changed last night on that little track.
Last night, God gave me an amazing gift - wonderful sleep and a vivid dream of holding my Ladybug in my arms and I am running to keep her from harm.
And in that dream, she spoke to me..."it's going to be okay momma, it's going to be okay"
Yes, it will.
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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