LAM 2020 - A Reflection on Running
Words by Kimberly Gomez
Photos by Steven Carvente
March 8th, 2020 a day many of us in this community will remember a little more than previous marathons. To start- it was special in itself because it was also the celebration of International Women’s day. That morning in particular, you can recall getting ready to toe the line and begin your journey from Stadium to Sea. Or you were in route with posters, snacks (maybe some mimosas) and loads of energy to cheer your fellow teammates on! There is something incredible about witnessing a crowd of individuals run a race after weeks and weeks of training. The Bravo zone as many have named it is filled with loud music, posters, confetti, dancing, screaming-everything you need to forget those aches and pains as you cross the line and finish 26.2. And just days later our lives changed as the pandemic was officially pronounced.
2020, was unequivocally a year of loss, but also one that brought change, resilience, and adversity. A year after experiencing a loud and vibrant Los Angeles marathon, Covid -19 has taught me flexibility, more gratitude, and more compassion. None of us knew how much we would miss the simple things such as high fives, hugs, and camaraderie on a Tuesday or Thursday night. A year later, some of us (me) have a rocky relationship with running- when once upon a time 6 miles was easy, I now consider a long run.
But here we are in the present, lucky to have a number of diverse and inclusive run clubs adapting and making efforts to bring running together safely again. Slowly, we are seeing the ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel. And maybe my relationship with running will change again, for the better. Running for me has always been about community, about experiencing the growing pains of running with others, and proceeding to get breakfast or love hour and a beer after. For now, I’ll continue to miss the physical and mental hardships you endure with others during a training cycle. I miss overpriced races, the oranges on the course, the megaphones, the cheap medals and the after parties. As we know, cheering is just as important as racing. I miss the LA community, full of life showing out for you- treating you like Kipchoge as you run past them. Although races and running in masses is on pause right now, we know our city and the people in it will come extra spirited and vibrantly for the next marathon or the next 10k, perhaps in the fall.
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