There is strength in them thar hills

Nov 2, 2011 | On Being Positive

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Lynne Tapper

I am a lifelong endurance athlete with the dual goal of training and racing until my bones turn to dust and sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

I’m talking about the hills of Central Park in New York City.  I ran seven miles on the park roads in 59:41.  That’s 8:31 minutes per mile for those of you keeping track at home.  As I ran around the Park, I started to reminisce about my life in New York City (1990-2003).  It was certainly filled with many firsts. It was in New York where I met Leland, had my first child (Sofie), ran my first marathon, did my first triathlon and had so many amazing adventures for twelve years.  It’s also where I first learned about BRCA1 and the fact that I was a carrier.

I’m glad that the silver-lining of our evacuation to New York is that I was able to get my final pre-surgery workout in the form of my favorite running route.  It’s a lovely fall day here in Manhattan and we were joking that last night we were complaining that my in-laws’ bedrooms are WAY too hot.  We’ve got a bad case of Goldilocks Syndrome it seems.  West Hartford was too cold.  New York is too hot.  Maybe the hospital will be just right?

I guess it’s only fitting that I’m having my surgery in New York (though not in Manhattan).  I feel like no matter where I live, New York is my home away from home. I will always draw strength from all that I accomplished there, personally and professionally.  And it is that strength, from the hills of Central Park that I will channel tomorrow.


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