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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston on My Mind

It's really taken me a day to take in the magnitude of the tragedy in Boston.  When I first received a text from my mother-in-law telling me about the "explosions", I  thought she meant she was just watching it and streamers and fireworks were going off as the winners were approaching the finish line.  I turned on the tv and I was in shock.  This is not what I had pictured.  
I immediately thought about my neighbor who was running in the marathon.  I logged on to Facebook and saw where she had posted that she and her husband were ok.  That was a relief.

As a runner, this was ever more hard for me to watch.  Running is something most people do to take their minds off of the world and to find peace.  I know it is for me.  Many of these runners have been waiting their whole lives for this moment.  It's so heartbreaking to see this dream shattered or tarnished for so many people.

My heart sank deeper when I saw the time on the clock, 4:09.  This is a time that I would be coming in from my marathon or shortly after.  This could have been me.  The innocent by-standards could have been my family and friends waiting for me.  Needless to say, this has been hard for me to comprehend, but I am not going to stop running because of this.  I refuse to let these cowards keep me from doing something I love.

I am still training to run the Chicago Marathon in October and I hope to honor those affected by the Boston tragedy.  I actually want to run it more now because of this.  I hope what happened in Boston won't deter others from running races, especially long ones.

My thoughts and prayers are truly with all of those affected by this tragedy.  Yesterday, I ran 4.09 miles in honor of those and let me tell you, those miles were not easy.  I didn't run with music and all I could think about were those innocent people.  It may have not been my best run, but to date, it's been my most emotional.
Hopefully we can unite and only grow stronger as a running community, as individual runners and as a nation.

10 comments:

Heather @ Southern State of Mind said...

Such a thoughtful gesture to run 4.09 miles. Good luck in the Chicago marathon and thanks for the thoughtful post.

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

Such a sad day. As a Bostonian, it is so heartwarming to know that people are hurting with us. Thank you.

Taylor LeMay said...

What a thoughtful gesture - it's not going to scare me either, in fact I signed up for my first half :)

Shari said...

I think it's SO important that people don't let what one person I have too many negative names for did impact what we do in our everyday lives. Running is awesome. Marathons are awesome. We as a country must not let these negative people stop us. So glad your neighbor is OK!

Meagan said...

What an amazing tribute!

Anna & Kirby said...

Great idea. You're wonderful. It's such an emotional thing, especially being runners ourselves. Good luck in te Chicago Marathon!

erin said...

I am so glad you still want to run the Chicago Marathon; I think more than anything those I know who run are more determined than ever to keep running, so as not to let evil have the victory. Good for you!

I couldn't run 4.09 miles, but I did run intervals of 4 minutes and 9 seconds the other night for Boston, and like you I did it without music, something I never do. It was powerful to be out at night, praying and thinking about so many lives that have been forever altered. I still can't stop thinking about it.

Jessica said...

I had a lump in my throat the first time I ran this week. All those lives... folks affected. My heart hurts!!

Natalie said...

Are you going to the Breakaway Running Run for Boston on Friday night?

Jacqueline O said...

Absolutely love the end of this post. Keep running my dear! :)