Life in Mascara: A Runner's Prayer

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Runner's Prayer

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This post was slotted to appear this Friday. However, after this weekends events, it needed to be altered and it needed to go up today. Let me explain...

This weekend I got in the car with two of my girlfriends beach bound. It was something we had been planning since the summer and after being back at work for a couple of weeks for them (a month for me) we were ready for a little getaway. The plan was to lay on the beach and do absolutely nothing else. We drove off, had dinner, and I drove us over the long bridge into the island where we would be staying. It was pitch black and after a couple of wrong turns, we reached our hotel. We were tired but in good spirits and just layed around talking. The conversation turned towards the annual marathon we do in December and if I thought I would be able to do it this year because of my toes. Proudly I told the girls I was ready to run again. I had already written in my planner that my first day of training would be this Friday. I had mentally committed and was already planning my routine.

I woke up early the next morning listening as always for my dogs and looking for my husband with my foot. As the haze of sleep wore off and I heard the separate breathing of my two friends, I remembered where I was and felt the peace that only lazy beach days can bring. I texted my husband to get a sense of what his morning with the boys and the dogs was like. I began to go about my morning routine still attached to my phone as we do. I looked into Facebook and began to notice that my feed was inundated with picture after picture of a face that looked vaguely familiar. Someone I had met a very long time ago. I finally clicked on one and went cold as I saw all the condolence comments beneath it. 

At 7:30 a.m. Monday morning a driver lost control of his truck, jumped the curve, and hit the 3 women that were on the sidewalk out for a morning walk (full article here). As the details began to unfold, it is believed that this 22 year old man had been on his phone and was not paying attention. Because of his negligence, two women are dead and one is in critical condition. This has also left a 5 month old, a 1 year old, and a toddler with out their mothers; husbands without their wives; parents without their daughters. This accident has caused a lot of heartache in the close knit community of Laredo, TX and the running community in surrounding areas.

I don't know if you know but I am kind of a big deal. I am somebody to my husband, my boys, my dogs, my family, and my friends. And you know what? You are also a big deal. We are always somebody to someone and I think sometimes we forget. In the blink of an eye our actions can have catastrophic effects to others and even to ourselves. Those women are gone, but that man's life is also over. And the thing is, he was somebody to someone. Anything can wait if it means the safety of your life and those around you.



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