The Most Meaningful Miles

Hello Monday! I hope you all had a marvelous weekend and it carries into the week.

On Sunday I ran the Run for the Fallen – New Hampshire. It wasn’t a race but a way to  honor the fallen Heroes from New Hampshire who have been killed since 9/11. I can honestly say those were the most meaningful miles I have ever run.

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Saturday night I was on the fence about doing the run. I knew it was going to be an emotional run since just going on their website brought tears to my eyes. Did I really want to put myself through that? After texting back and forth with my friend, Karen (who was running it), I decided to do it. I needed to do a long run so why not do it with company.

I’m so glad I did!

The weather was picture perfect – blue skies, bright sunshine and cool temps. The course was 12 miles long but you could choose to do as many miles as you wanted. Trolleys were along the course to pick up runners when they needed a rest. Families of the soldiers stood along side photos of each man and woman killed while serving active duty throughout the course. I made a point to stop, high five, shake hands and say “THANK YOU!” to every single one.

I teared up quite a few times. So many young people gone way, way too soon. The families were amazing. Big smiles and gratitude, thanking me for running. One family stuck out the most to me, an older gentleman and woman. He was dressed in his full uniform from WWII (I’m guessing). Of course, tears formed when I saw this. I shook his hand and he thanked me for taking the time to run. As I moved on to his wife, she took my hand with both of hers, looked right into my eyes and said “Thank you for running for my son.” I think I choked out “I wish I could do more” before moving on.

Run for the Fallen NH group pic - happyfitmama.comIt was an emotional run for sure. When my feet began to tire, I sucked it up and kept moving. I wasn’t running for just myself. I was running for those that could not. And there was no way I was going to stop.

If you have a chance to participate in the Run for the Fallen in your area, I highly suggest it. It’s free and it’s a good way to say ‘thank you’ for the ultimate sacrifice others have made for a freedom and rights we often take for granted.

30 comments on “The Most Meaningful Miles

  1. 2 years ago, on Sept 11, I ran the inaugural “Fort 2 Base” race that is run locally here in the north suburbs of Chicago. The race is 10 nautical miles and runs from Fort Sheridan to Great Lakes Naval Base. I ran along soldiers from all divisions of the military. Every street crossing was lined with soldiers (instead of the usual volunteers). It was so moving and so amazing!

  2. What an incredible reason to run – I’m pretty sure that I would cry the entire race – things like that hit really close to home.
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  3. Wow, that sound wonderful and emotional and touching. A great way to honor the fallen. Years ago, shortly after 9/11, we ran a leg in a cross country race to honor the heroes and the fallen of 9/11. We ran an 18 mile segment, and it too was really emotional. We were lucky enough to be running our section with a group of marines from 29 Palms. I’ll never forget seeing people, especially older vets, standing on the side of the road saluting us as we ran by. Quite an experience.
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