Today is Patriot Day. Today I ran.
Today instead of running because I want to be fit; or running because I need to get my mileage in; or running because I need some “me” time; today I ran in honor of those who lost their lives 11 years ago. I wish I could run 11 miles today for them like my friend Pavement Runner, but I’m no where near that type of mileage yet. But I did run a 5k run this morning. It was a beautiful 64 degrees at 7:30ish while I laced up my shoes and pushed my butt out the door.
Our nation changed with that day in history. How weird is it to say that? How weird that I actually lived through a significant event that will be remembered in history always.
I do remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I remember how numb I felt. I remember it all and no, I will never forget.
Last year PJ and I were in New York City about 5 days before the 10th anniversary. I stood across the street from Ground Zero. Unfortunately the memorial was not open to the public yet and we weren’t going to be there for 9/11. But even though I didn’t get to see the memorial, I still stood near it and it was still very humbling. I can’t explain how I felt standing there, knowing what happened on September 11, 2001. One day I will return to New York City to visit that memorial.
Until then, I will continue to honor those lost in my own way, just as the rest of the nation.
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