It's tragic when we lose anyone involved with our sport, but I was especially saddened to learn of marathon runner Sally Meyerhoff's passing in a collision with a truck while training on her bicycle yesterday. I enjoyed her columns in Running Times magazine, and I could relate quite well to a taller, bigger-than-a-waif distance running chick who apparently dressed a little bit more "fun" at races than most of her elite counterparts, even rocking running skirts and what are also my favorite compression socks. More importantly, when she had a disappointing race, she didn't just quit the sport, she changed things up and rediscovered her love for the sport. That's a girl after my own heart. As dedicated as she was to her training, she also came across as very down to earth and fun off-road(check out some of her travels on her blog here. I especially enjoyed the January 17th recap of her Rock and Roll Arizona win, and I find it particularly interesting that she had no hard workouts leading up to that race.) She had a great career ahead of her and endless possibilities, also dabbling in trail racing and Ironman triathlons, and it's just a shame that this is not to be now.
Please take this as a reminder, folks, to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings whenever running, cycling, or doing anything that may bring you in close contact with two ton vehicles. It just takes a moment of lapsed concentration of either party for an accident to take place. RIP Sally-you were a bright light that a lot of us could look up to and emulate.