On 1/24/2009 my brother and only sibling died suddenly. It was determined that he had congestive heart failure after his death. For 7 years I have mourned this day in very different ways. The first few years I was just numb to it. Two years ago, my family and I left for Disney on that day. Last year I think I just hung around in a funk. Well this year I decided at the urging of a friend to do something different something that I love.
So Donnie’s run was born. Well it didn’t turn out as planned since the Blizzard of 2016 decided to hit. Well I was determined yesterday that I was going to run 7 miles in honor of him yesterday. And that is what I did.
It wasn’t easy as I have never run on the snow before (being new to this running thing). Last year I would go to the gym if I had to run an the weather was like this. Well this year I invested in Yaktrax Pro and off I went. It wasn’t the best 7 miles I have run and it wasn’t the worst. There were some tears shed, some hurdling of snow banks and dodging of plows. In the end I did it and I felt great. I am not going to lie and tell you that the day was any easier this year than in prior years but it was different.
On of the greatest things was to see the spirit of those around me who ran on their own and posted pictures dedicating the run to my brother’s honor. I briefly looked at them all but some brought tears to my eyes and I tried to fight that yesterday. This week I will go back and really process it all. My only wish is that my brother’s fiance (Amy) and my nieces would be able to see it but alas due to family drama they will not.
I love you Donnie. Thank you for being an amazing big brother and for having had the opportunity to have 31 years with you.