What’s a runner to do when they are feeling down and out? Reach out and connect to other runners. The running community is made up of people from all walks of life. We come in all different cultures, sizes, shapes, genders, religions and colors. In this world of divisiveness, the running community is one of strong solidarity. When I was told last week I needed to get a MRI to rule out a femoral stress fracture I nearly lost it. I have worked so long and hard to run the New York City Marathon on November 5th. There was no way I could wrap my head around the thought of yet another injury delaying this goal. I decided then and there that no matter what I AM finishing this marathon.
Last Saturday, I put a post on my NYCM training page, comprised of hundreds of runners from all over the world, asking – “Are there any other injured souls out there interested in possibly walking the course and stopping for a beer in every borough?” It was meant as a joke and a way to turn a negative situation into something positive. I never anticipated the response to this post. As I went through the day, I was totally distracted by the hundreds of responses that started pouring in immediately. Nancy Nowack was one of the first to respond and she truly has been a lightening rod in keeping this movement going. And, as it turns out, we share the same running coach. Coincidence we connected? I think not!
What started as a simple joke post, ended up being a lifeline for many who thought they were down and out. One runner responded from the Netherlands that this is his 39th NYC Marathon run and he planned to walk the entire course because he is currently unable to run. Another, a runner said she plans to walk the course on crutches, something she has done at several other marathons. My friend Helen, tore her meniscus and thought she was out of the marathon for a second year. She now plans to walk the course. Nancy decided to organize a separate Facebook group for anyone injured looking to still do the course that day. It already has over 100 runners. Some of the comments I read this morning made my heart lift – “This group gave me renewed hope.”, “I can’t express what this group has done for my head, my anxiety has lessened.” They even want to start a gratitude thread for Nancy! YAY – way to lift each other up.
As for me, I still hope to run this race. My coach Jessica is supporting my functional strength work and nutrition. My MRI is scheduled for Thursday and the doctor promised me he’d read it and get back to me STAT with my results. I know that even if it is a stress fracture, I’m pushing through that day to the finish line. After that I’ll rest and recover. I’ve come too far to give up and one more long run won’t kill me. Most of my training is completed and I’m confident I can finish. I never planned to win the darn race anyway, so who cares if it takes me a little bit longer to get it done. Now, I also have the additional benefit of knowing there are so many other people in similar situations to mine who will be out there on the course that day. What this experience has reminded me of, is that whenever you feel down and out reach out and make a human connection to others. Don’t waste time on self pity, get yourself out there and find others who are in the same boat. Together we can lift each other up and get this job done. Together we are stronger than we are alone.
Are you injured, thinking you are down and out? This post may be your lifeline to get back in the game. Here’s how –
- Get an evaluation by a Functional Movement Specialist – Contact Jessica Leggio at
Mention my blog and receive a free consultation visit to assess what could be preventing you from running. This work is life changing and my only regret is that I didn’t find Jessica sooner.
2. Connect to our group of injured runners on Facebook at –
You’ll find many others walking similar paths and hopefully we will see you at the starting and finish line on 11/5/2017.
Drop me a line to get connected. We are in this together!