I am currently sitting in my mother in law’s house on Staten Island (who has power) and reading all the twitter feeds about the NYC Marathon. #yikes! My family made it through Hurricane Sandy all safe and sound including our Staten Island and Jersey Shore families. Currently, we are without power and the electric company is quoting us November 7th for power to be restored. We are getting by with a gas stove, eating our way through the thawing freezer and saving the generator for the cold nights. The gas lines are INSANE! I’ve never seen anything like that.
Anyway, I am still running the NYC Marathon on Sunday and I’m so excited. This week has been rough and the coming weeks are going to be also but the marathon should be fun. Lucas, my husband and I headed into Manhattan yesterday for work and packet pickup. Lucas was our 3rd person to get into the city :). We spent our day in midtown Manhattan where honestly, you wouldn’t even know that downtown was devastated. We visited my sister, had lunch with friend and hit the expo. I will post about the expo later with photos.
I checked out twitter for the 1st time since the storm today and was disappointed by all the negative tweets regarding the marathon. I honestly (and some might find it an unpopular opinion) believe that you can’t judge what NYers/NJers are doing unless you are living here with us. I’ve been through a lot with NYC. I was there on 9/11, had to walk along Route 3 to get home during the blackout of 2003 and now we have Sandy. NY/NJers are tough because living here is tough. We are brave, resilient and we overcome. The marathon atmosphere won’t be the same this year but it really shouldn’t be. But, I don’t think runners outside of the tri-state area should judge or attack those of us who are running the marathon. It honestly makes me sad and disappointed in people. And with that said…I will run without feeling bad about it and I will experience a changed NY.November 2, 2012
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