Friday we made our way to the expo :) I love marathon expos, especially really big marathon expos. Met up with Tyler ( my training partner, we planned on running the race together or at least staying together for as long as we could) picked up our race numbers, were interviewed for ESPN Deportes, chatted with Kara again (we are BFF's now), and left the expo feeling energized and dare I say even excited. The expo felt normal but maybe that is because we were all runners there :)
|Finished with 20+ miler #5|
|picture with our Team Athena shirts on, starting to freeze after our run|
|Why not go to a Broadway play since there would be no marathon in the morning, even if you find yourself crying in the middle of it because you have been holding it in for 2 days|
|5 layers on because I was freezing!!|
Finally on Monday we were able to help in the relief effort. It was rewarding to be able to help people that had lost everything. Again it made me realize how grateful I am for everything that I have been blessed with. It also made me realize that you have to make the most of the time you have because at any point it can be taken away. These people were pulling together to get through a huge disaster. In times of great tragedy the true human spirit shines through.
Lessons from NYC-
-Life does not always go as planned, there is a lesson in every experience we have
-I am stronger than I think I am. I can get through hard things.
-People are amazing and there is good in all people, sometimes it just takes a little effort to find it
-Things happen for a reason and sometimes we are not able to see the reason for some time
-I appreciate my life more now, I love my life more now.
|So grateful to have Tyler to share this experience with. We got each other through this.|
|I could not walk by a fire station and not think about 9/11. This city has been through so much and its people are stronger for it. I hope that I can grow stronger through my trials too!|
|Running in Central Park was amazing! Next year I will be back crossing the finish line :)|
In the meantime, whats next? Well I am running the Seattle marathon on Sunday! Aghh!! It does not really seem real! It is hard to get mentally psyched up for this race. I have trained hard and am hoping for an amazing race. This journey has been an interesting one and I am hoping it has a happy ending. Lets hope the double taper is the key to an amazing race