About a year ago the half marathon I had fought so hard to get into got cancelled, along with pretty much every other event and plan for 2020 as the covid-19 pandemic took hold of our lives.
Last week, I registered to run that same race virtually.
I even surprised myself by run/walking much further in my first training session than I had planned!
2020’s Brooklyn Half Marathon was supposed to be part of a trip to see family and friends, and yet, a year later, simply registering for that same race to be run at home brought about an overwhelming sense of redemption.
I’m far from ready to run right now, and as with all races, actually crossing that finish line involves a combination of hard work and luck. But just signing up to have the CHANCE was enough to put a smile on my face all day.
That feeling, I hope, is one that will be repeated many times over in the next few months as we slowly, hopefully, carefully, work our way out of this very difficult time in our lives.
As I said a year ago, we need to look forward as much as we are occupied with the present. We need things to anticipate and look forward to because it will help us be at our best NOW. As of last week, my list of things to look forward to includes the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and all of the hard work that goes into training for it.