The running community is like one large family. I might not have ever met you, but if you reading this blog you either :
A-have seen the link on my fb and find me amusing so you’re reading it
B-you’re a runner who subscribes to my blog(thank you and btw you rock)
If there is one thing I have learned since I became a blogger, it’s that the running community truly supports one another. They band together as one, whether it be fast runners or slower…they come together in times of celebration and in tragedy. There are runners, everyday, out there chugging along and donating their miles to #Bostonstrong or training for the Boston Marathon to show their support for what happened 4/15/13.
The latest incident of runners bonding is today, January 18th. The running community stands as one as they dedicate all of their miles to a young woman who can’t Be here today to run her long run. her name was Meg Menzies and she was QUITE an athlete. A pre-qualified Boston Marathon runner, she was out training on Monday morning for this years Boston when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
The wife of a police Sargent, Meg also leaves behind her three young children. The driver who hit her … Was a doctor. I have goosebumps writing this. She was running “against” traffic, on a shoulder of the road when Dr. Asshole crossed the white line to strike her.
Meg died doing what she loved…but that doesn’t make it right. It angers me that a life was cut short by someone’s ignorance. I cannot believe this poor family has to live without their matriarch. Life is just not fair sometimes and it makes me want to SCREAM.
I have posted tips before for runners to stay safe but how about a few for drivers?
-get off your dam cell phone
-watch the road. You passed your drivers test, now act like it.
-look both ways before turning onto an intersecting road. Yes I said that, and I mean it…look both ways.
-don’t take turns too fast
-if the speed limit is 30, there is no need to be going 45. Take it down a notch pal.
-and above all-don’t drink and drive, for the Love of Life, call a cab, call you mom, call your first gf-don’t get behind that wheel.
So today for my long run, I will be running it for Meg, #megsmiles. If you are out there doing the same exact thing-I know our kindred spirits will meet and feel one another’s presence out on the roads today. God speed, best of luck and above all…be careful.
This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.
Run Free, Run Strong