Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Earthquake and subsequent devastation that has hit Haiti has made any idea that I had for a blog entry seem shallow. Today I woke up thinking about what if I was in a disaster situation like the Haitians are in now? What would I do? My mind went to running and I began translating my marathon running mentality into survival skills. Left, right, left, right.
I was in the 1989 Earthquake here in San Francisco. I was nine. I can't say that I completely understand what Haiti is going through but I have a pretty good idea. It is quite a jarring feeling when the earth shakes and rumbles beneath you. You feel VERY small. Although certain parts of San Francisco were destroyed there was no where near the destruction that Haiti is facing today. I know the Haitians are diving into what needs to be done and at some point each one will think, at least for a second, "We are making progress but can we make it to the end?" To overcome this whole experience is daunting and 1000x harder than reaching any marathon's finish line. I hope that the Haitians are able to continue rebuilding and pushing forward one foot after the other. Here's a LINK to an inspirational story about a mother and her son running their first marathon together in honor of a loved one. They are running the Chevron Houston Marathon this Sunday.