My nephew, Jason, ran today in the Boston Marathon. This was the third time he’s been to Boston for the marathon. He’s an amazing runner. Finished in 3:03 today. We are so very proud of him. This wasn’t the best year to get ready…record snowfall and cold in Vermont and Jason was sick earlier in the year. He is one incredible guy. The photo above…his two little kids who are so proud of their dad. I remember the picture of them holding the sign last year somewhere near the finish line. It made me cry. He was done and had left the area about an hour before the bombs went off. But obviously, they could have gone off earlier or he could have arrived at the end later. We’re so lucky to have him still with us.
I know many of you have similar stories and know people who ran today…especially all my New England friends. I had hope we’d be there. Maybe next year.
I watched the Marathon on our computer today, totally in awe of these athletes who can go 26 miles at incredible speeds. Even on my best day before all this, I couldn’t go one. Reminds me of the story I once heard about a guy talking to his doctor before surgery.
Okay, Doc, after surgery, will I be able to run a marathon?
Certainly, says the doc, after you recuperate, you’ll be fine to run marathons.
Oh, great, says the guy, cause I never could before.
Obviously, the reason Jason CAN and most of us CAN’T is that he’s willing to put in the time and effort and he has a wife who encourages and supports him every step of the way.
I suppose it’s time for me to start setting some goals (nope, won’t be to run a marathon), make a bucket list…Seeing as I have this extra chance at life. I was reading today about Jenny Lee (Jennifer Worth…author of Call the Midwife) She died in 2011 of esophageal cancer. What a shock. I love the show, loved the book.
One more thing for today…absolutely no backache today…none. Usually I wake up doubled over with pain and it’s with me all day. Tramadol takes the edge off for a couple of hours at a time but that’s about it. Today…nothing. We went out walking, I did some yoga, I am one very happy camper. Maybe, just maybe, I’ve turned a corner. We’ll see.