Help a Girl Out

This morning, I was finally able to return back to my apartment. The power had been out since Monday night, and I was able to stay with my friend Shannon all week. I think I may owe her my first-born child now.


Lessons in packing light: don’t do what I do.

I was relieved, like so many others last night, to hear that the New York City Marathon was canceled, as it just didn’t seem like the right thing to do right now with so many still with no power, no food, no home or in gas lines that stretch for hours. While much of Manhattan is fairly close to back to normal, that’s not the case everywhere. I’m curious, though, if you were planning on running it, what are you doing now? I’ve talked with some friends who are just going to accept they weren’t meant to run a marathon this fall and others who immediately signed up for another marathon.

I saw on Facebook the other day that my blogger buddy Jen was one of those who lost so much in this storm. You can read more on her blog, but she lost her home, car and all of her belongings in Hurricane Sandy–and nearly her husband. While nobody deserves this, Jen is a sweetheart with a tremendously big heart. She is a mom who lives on Staten Island and commutes into the city, and still always finds time to work out. One of her friends set up an online fundraising page to help. I’ve already donated, and I ask you to consider doing the same.

*Edited to add: She’s also looking for a new place to live in Staten Island, so please let her know if you have any leads.

That’s about all I got right now, folks.

5 comments on “Help a Girl Out

  1. michelle

    I think the decision to cancel the marathon was smart. I think if I was signed up to run it, I’d try and find another marathon within the next few weeks but that’s just me.

  2. Meghan

    Glad you got to go home!
    I deferred my NYC Marathon entry on Wednesday and came to visit my family in NJ anyway. I am so thankful they are okay.Instead of running today, I decided to take what I would have spent on pre-and-post marathon dinners to buy supplies for hurricane victims here in NJ. We dropped it all off at a church in Sayreville. I wish I could do more, so I am hoping to plan some sort of fundraiser when I am back in Boston. I would be happy to also support Jen. I just can not get over the destruction. 🙁


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