We all heard the horrible news yesterday about the death of Sherry Arnold, mom, runner, teacher, and cousin of Beth. And we all, on some level, can relate to the horror and tragedy of this story.
It’s just not the way it’s supposed to go. She went out for a run and never came home. It makes me sad, makes me angry, makes me want to scream for the injustice of it all. I’m sure you all feel the same.
It’s easy to say “be careful out there.” And we all should be as diligent as possible. But I’m quite sure Sherry was as careful as any of us. She had the horrible luck of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. I highly doubt anything she did or didn’t do could have prevented this tragedy.
So here’s the thing: Yes, we need to be cognizant of our surroundings at all times, and as careful as possible. We all know the drill–run with others when possible; let others know your route and expected time of return; don’t wear headphones that cancel out your ability to hear what’s going on.
But we also should go out boldly for our runs and claim the right that we have to our streets, trails and parks. We love our sport and have a right to it. We should not let the bad guys win by chasing us inside to the safety of our treadmills.
I think that, in some way, we honor Sherry’s memory by showing that we won’t let fear get the best of us.
Rest in deserved peace, Sherry.