Fact vs. Fiction: The NYC Marathon

4 years ago

I was scheduled to run the 2012 NYC Marathon which was cancelled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Here is my first post on my thoughts after spending six days in the city that started with the first flights into Newark Liberty airport and ended on election night watching the returns via satellite TV mid-flight.

If you haven’t trained for a marathon or run a marathon you have no perspective on how it takes hold of you and becomes a part of you.  It weaves in and out of your daily life; it punctuates life’s losses and disappointments; and if you are lucky, in the end it turns up the volume on life’s victories.  It’s hard to separate the experience from the person because in simplest terms we are what we experience.  I had to wait several days to write about the cancellation of the 2012 New York City Marathon because at the center of the act was conflict and I needed to understand not only my own personal conflict but the controversy that whirled around me. 

photo credit: lululemon athletica via photopin cc

The feeling of disappointment was certainly there, but the internalization of the cancellation, at least for me, was more than that. It seemed as if optimism was replaced by manipulation, and that felt very familiar.  I’ve spent the last four months trying to make sense of that same type of power play in my own personal and professional life.  With the cancellation of the marathon, I became an observer of the kind, giving side of humanity and also of the vindictive and malicious side.  I saw firsthand how duplicity slaps and stings; and I saw how eager small-minded individuals are to tear down and target those they don’t understand.  I also experienced how people can quietly come together without fanfare and politics to do what they can to make a difference.   Honestly, I myself sat divided as I became all those people as I tried to make sense of my shattered sense of resilience.

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