SoPo = South of Power, Manhattan’s newest, hottest area of town (created due to ConEd power plant explosion on 14th Street).
Actually, maybe coldest, given the lack of heat.
Anyways, I am writing to you from the comfort of a friend’s apartment with power (although no heat – hello extreme layering!], as my building remains one of the latest holdouts of SoPo in Manhattan.
I’ve been couch surfing for a week now, but I’m luckier than most. My apartment is just fine and nothing was damaged. I’ve lost nothing other than power/hot water/heat. [But, I do hope I have power, hot water, and heat back soon!]
As you know, the NYC marathon was supposed to be held today. To be quite honest, I thought they should have cancelled it on Tuesday – the devastation was too great and the timing too soon. I felt odd going out to Staten Island when those there had lost so much. I didn’t want to run through the streets attracting attention when others actually needed attention.
However, since I do live here, if they were going to run it, I was going to run it as my personal boycott of the race would not have changed anything.
I was relieved when they cancelled the race, but somewhat disappointed and saddened in how things had played out over the days leading up to the cancellation. The animosity towards runners was a palpable was the heartbeat of this busy city. Further, I felt bad for two groups of runners: 1) those who had travelled very far to get here and 2) the professional runners whose livelihoods depend on racing (check out Molly Huddle’s blog on it on flotrack).
But, there has been much talk, blog posts, news articles, etc on the matter so I won’t continue to rehash any of it here.
Lucky for me, I get to run my marathon in a little less than a week! I’ll be running the Richmond marathon on Saturday and couldn’t be more excited. Having NYC taken away did make me realize how badly I did want to run a marathon since I was trained and ready for it (and who am I? what happened to my #5krevolution self?)
The nomad life has left me very tired (no idea why, its not like I’m doing anything strenuous). Maybe just the mental and emotional turmoil of the week has taken its toll on me. I went on a long run yesterday (about 11 miles) and felt completely spent.
But, in the end, I’m very lucky. I’m fine. I get to run my marathon. Again, life is treating me well.
The generosity and willingness to help of runners both NYC-based and from afar has been inspiring. Some cool things I’ve seen:
– Erica Sara Designs donating a portion of all holiday orders to the relief fund.
– The run around Staten Island this morning to deliver food and goods to people in need (organized by Jordan Metzl).
– The fund created for a runner-blogger (Moms Gotta Run) who lost everything in the storm.
– The race to recover page that allowed would be marathoners to donate hotel rooms to victims.
TELL ME: AFFECTED BY THE STORM? RUNNING ANOTHER MARATHON IN LEIU OF NYC?
Until next time…