as i high-fived a lot of tree branches & a stranger.

the reservoir, central park

my view from mile 18, the nyc marathon finish line
will be a bucket list for me! this is the longest that
my lungs, heart, legs, mind, & spirit have ever ran.

& by mile 17, they were each required to be
all-hands-on-deck cause i was really losing it.

(the things we think & solve & chant to ourselves
when long distance running would make a great blog)

i was rounding the final hill down by the boat house
& was moving like a wounded duck of sorts. & then
des’ree came on the shuffle with her mantra “you gotta be”.

which thankfully channeled my feisty fifth grade self to show up
to take it all over & rally me to rev it up. by the time i made it
here to 18! i was so exhausted-emotional, that i just let

the tears flow as i high-fived
a lot of tree branches & a stranger.

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