If you know me, you probably know how hard I tried to qualify and run Boston Marathon this year. Unfortunately, this week I was diagnosed with meniscus tear, and I may not be able to race in Boston Marathon 2015. If I had to deal with this news by myself, I would be devastated. Yes I am sad, but I am still happy deep in my heart knowing that everything is going to be alright. I am so lucky to have an awesome tribe, who I know for sure will support me through my injury, cheer me up, help me get back in shape, and I will qualify for Boston Marathon again. Because that’s what we do at November Project, we show up, we care for each other, we support each other, we push each other. That’s why Matt showed up this morning despite having an injured ankle. He arrived, started his deck of card application on his phone, and soon he was joined by more injured members. As the harsh winter conditions are taking their toll on Boston, I am pretty sure we are the luckiest people in town. Every Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning, we know for sure that there will be the crazy group of neon dressed yahoos waiting for us, antsy to hug us, play with us, race with us, cheer us and sometimes throw snow at us.
It is an amazing community that we have. We are a team, and we support each other when things get tough, just like we did this morning. It is tough running up on Summit Ave, with its almost 20% gradient of incline. It’s tough even in summer. Today with the cold weather hurting our lungs, snow banks, ice patches, cars parked on what is left of the “avenue”, it was even tougher. So we tackled the hill together in groups. We supported and pushed each other all the way up. We did it #IndianaJones style with cross country spice through the foot of snow in the park.
This morning, we also had a new member joining the tribe here in Boston. Omar Hernandez decided to show up by himself on the coldest day of the year, with a big smile on his face. And we did something we have only done once before. Omar received the positivity award on his first day, just like Alpha received it on his first day. We continued our annual tradition of throwing snow at Michaela on her birthday. This year, because she is turning 21, she was also awarded with a can of Heady Topper.
MONDAY’S #DestinationDeck: . 6:30AM. The theme is blue. If you have blue #GrassrootsGear, wear it. If you don’t, bring something blue. Run there, deck with the tribe, run away to safety.