As I was pounding away some tough hill miles on the treadmill today, I got to thinking about what I wanted to say prior to the moment of silence at the Virtual Run for Sherry on Saturday. As always, I do my best and most clear thinking while running. Admittedly, sometimes it’s deep thought and sometimes I’m making grocery lists and trying to get to the bathroom in time.
I have tried to keep this whole thing simple. Pick a day, pick a time, print a bib and GO. I’ve felt as though if this got too complicated the sentiment of the run would be lost. I never wanted to take anything away from Sherry by getting bogged down with details.
That being said, I have a request.
On Saturday, we are running to honor Sherry, her family, her town and our communities. If you have organized a run, consider doing a moment of silence before your run. Simply a brief time to completely STOP. To be together in silence. To think of a beautiful life cut tragically short, a family and community that grieves, and a larger, global community that reaches out in support, comfort and healing.
Thanks. None of this could have happened without you guys.