I am one of those people that tries to not think about all the bad things and people that are out there. I am not naive about it, I know it exists, that bad things happen and I am cautious and safe. I just try not to dwell on the bad and focus on the good instead.
But when Beth started posting about her missing cousin in January, my heart ached for her and it was not something I could just look over. Incase you aren’t familiar with the story, Beth’s cousin Sherry set out on a run on January 7th and never returned.
This was an awful, scary reminder of the bad that exist in our world. For someone’s life, one of our own runners, to be taken in the middle of what should be a harmless run, sends a jolt through the running community.
While Sherry will never get to run again, we can run for her. Beth organized a virtual run in Sherry’s honor and it’s been amazing to watch the running community come together to celebrate the life of another runner.
I had a recovery run on schedule for Sunday, so I set out my front door on my very well known local route, just like Sherry did that morning. I pinned on my “Running for Sherry” bib and started running. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I would feel, but I knew I wanted to think about her during this run and make sure this run was dedicated to her. I was surprised at how emotional I became over the course of 5 miles.
Heartbreak for my friend Beth, who lost her cousin.
Sadness for Sherry’s family who never gets to see her again.
Pride for the running community I am so grateful to be a part of.
And pure simple grief for a women who was taken too early.
I thought about our community of bloggers too. That if I didn’t have a blog, I wouldn’t know Beth and probably wouldn’t know about this story. While blogging seems silly and self-indulgent to some, it’s brought together a powerful, strong community of runners to band together in times like these and this is a perfect example of why it’s so amazing.
I was listening to my favorite playlist while thinking about her and one of my favorite songs “Closer to Love” by Mat Kearny came on. These words stuck out to me:
She said she didn’t believe it could happen to me. I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees.
I don’t ever want to believe it will happen to one of us, but sadly it does and it’s definitely a reminder of how fast things can change.
Thank you Beth for spreading this story. Thank you running community for showing what we are made of and that there really is more good than bad. Thank for Sherry for reminding us all how precious life is.
Don’t ever take one step or one second for granted.
Never ever forget.