Saturday, January 18, 2014

#MegsMiles

This morning, I was suppose to meet up with my Sole Sisters for a #megsmiles group run. Instead I overslept, which is odd because I never sleep that late. When I did wake up, my 5 year old was standing at my bedside with a spatula in hand. "Mommy, I'm making muffins and don't know how to turn on the oven."

Just as the words "Oh no honey, don't go making a mess" were about to roll off my tongue, I remembered where I was suppose to be... running miles for Meg, the runner who was killed this past week by a drunk driver. What Meg wouldn't give to be making muffins with her three children today! So with a smile, I rolled out of bed and gave my daughter a hug.

And we made muffins...


Eventually, I got outside and ran for Meg. I intended on a few easy miles, but easily got lost in thought as I floated across the snowy roads. It felt like I had wings on my feet and could have run forever. I eventually stopped at 5... one mile for Meg, her husband and each of the three children she leaves behind.

I saw somewhere online that Meg's favorite color was blue,
so I wore my new blue hoodie for her today.

It's easy to get angry when hearing these stories of pedestrians being plowed down by unattentive drivers of motor vehicles. (Meg wasn't the only one this week.) Whether it's drunk driving or texting, it is completely avoidable. These are not accidents; these deaths are the result of careless decisions.

Please please please as you go forth with your day... slow it down; one thing at a time. When you're driving, put that phone away and focus on the task at hand. It goes without saying (or does it?), don't drive after drinking alcohol. Be safe and watch out for one another, so we can all keep moving forward, together.

Make the pledge today... 
I WILL NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED OR IMPAIRED.


9 comments:

  1. It really is heartbreaking. :'(

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  2. Thank you for putting this out there. I could not run today ( bronchitis) so I walked 3.5 miles for Meg. My daughter lost a friend (16) to a drunk driver in November. The pain still fresh when I read about Meg.

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  3. Your daughter is precious, so glad you made muffins with her this morning.

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  4. I wish I would have had something blue to run in for Meg. My feet did not feel like they had wings, but I was standing on them, thinking about the warrior Meg was, training for Boston. Yesterday, I volunteered at the Say ville Running Company's Run to the Brewery 10 miler and it was a sea of red as the Selden Hills Warriors ran with black arm bands and pictures of their fallen comrade, Jim Callaghan. If you run, you're automatically a friend in a great community of people. Meg and Jim will be missed tremendously.

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  5. This really hit home for me... as I know it did with so many others. Thank you for spreading the word and helping others be aware of how important it is that we stay alert and safe.

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    1. I teared up reading this Jess.....muffins for Meg and the 5 miles for Meg and her family. I hope that they are able find peace.

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  6. I too although having done just 2 miles, took the weekend off from 'life' to spend time with friends and family. xo

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  7. It's so sad because it was avoidable. Love and prayers to her family as they try to cope with this loss. They're lives will be forever changed due to the careless act of another.

    Glad you chose to make muffins. It's those memories that last a life time. Not that you need me to tell you that.

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