Run Over By Sandy

“Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all the animals that returned the questionnaire.” – Robert Brault

A final word on Hurricane Sandy: We ran from Sandy on Sunday, only to be run over by her on Monday. We fled the Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon, driving on the one remaining road out of North Wildwood shortly before Hurricane Sandy swept up the east coast. The nation has been watching images of the devastation since.

Our destination was higher ground in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Monday we joined over one million residents and businesses that lost power during the hurricane. Two days later we are one of the fortunate ones to have power restored. I have one tree leaning on a forty-five degree angle, so I consider myself lucky.

Forty-eight hours without electricity and internet service teaches you a lot about independence. Two days of lighting the house with candles and walking around at night with a flashlight, no television, radio or internet, looking out the back door at night and seeing nothing but the abyss—it was like living in the eighteenth century. I never saw the devastation of the Jersey Shore until last night on the news.

With all that has occurred since the weekend, I’d lost track the Bucks County Marathon is only eighteen days away. Miraculously, the marathon course along the Delaware Canal, a stretch of river that has seen its share of devastating floods over the years, was spared and only downed trees were reported that should be removed by race day.

The hurricane coincided with the point in the training schedule that I had planned to taper, but after all that has occurred—loss of life, loss of property, businesses, wages and disruption to families—saying that the hurricane was good timing would be trite, because it is trite. My thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been disrupted and devastated. The simple matter of running a race will take care of itself.

Between now and race day, I will blog about the psychological aspects of running and motivation. In the meantime, all you East Coasters stay dry, stay safe and be strong.

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About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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2 Responses to Run Over By Sandy

  1. Wow. Jim, it sounds like you’ll be OK, all things considered. Good luck with the looming marathon.

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