Transforming lives

It’s a scenario worth mentioning since it is almost impossible to believe: After working a Saturday shift in the office, I headed home to catch a quick run with Riley before meeting up with a group of runners to celebrate all their success in 2010.

In skipping my usual early morning workout, I used some good old-fashioned rationale. The weatherman said it was supposed to be nice all weekend and, instead of bundling up in tights and a jacket, why not wait until the afternoon.

Here it was, Nov. 6, and I found myself running in a T-shirt and shorts. The following morning, hoping to log some miles as I return to marathon training, I probably could have gotten away with the same. For runners, the weather can’t get any better.

And it was fun to meet up with the running group: I recognized some of the faces from races and events around town, but hadn’t met most of them personally. One of them even made personalized medals to hand out to her friends, with a small quote about why and how they inspired her. It was a sentimental, and very touching, moment to watch. It’s just another example of why I love this sport and how it can transform lives and friendships.

For those who missed yesterday’s post, it’s worth noting again: Fargo’s Eric Loeffler placed 7th among American men, and 28th overall, at the New York City Marathon. An absolutely phenomenal effort. My initial blog (which was quickly corrected to accurately reflect his awesome accomplishment) had the wrong placement for Eric because I inadvertently counted foreign-born runners who listed U.S. addresses. He even made the New York Times’ photo gallery of 99 finishers. Click here to see Eric’s post-race smile.

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