April 16, 2013

This is why

I’m not a “run-a-marathon” type.

And, I’m definitely not a “qualify-for-Boston” type.

I may not choose to run farther than 13.1 miles, and I may be turtle-like in speed, but I am a runner.

And, as a runner, the bombings at the Boston Marathon hit home.

When I first heard about it through a text from a running group friend, my immediate thoughts went to the three women I knew running the marathon. These three women are (or were) coaches in my running group who inspire me and encourage me every day.

Thankfully, it wasn’t long before I heard that all were OK.

But, I couldn’t shake the feelings of sadness, worry and anger.

Why?

Because I’m a runner.

Because I’ve trained months for one event.

Because I’ve crossed a finish line.

Because I’ve had friends and family waiting for me at the finish line or crossing the finish line with me.

Because I’ve made friends along a race course.


Because the running community is my community.

It's personal. That's why. 

5 comments:

  1. Well said.... I still can't believe it happened.

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  2. Love this. So sad today :(

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  3. It IS personal. Check out my Boston Marathon post. I said a similar message. Don't f**ck with runners!

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  4. Well said. I feel the exact same way. I am glad your friends are okay.

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  5. Love this post! And it definitely hits home!

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