"Do the Events in Boston Make You Rethink Running Marathons?"
Random people in my life have been approaching me about the tragedy in Boston. A lot of people said that they thought of me when they heard about it. Maybe I'm the only person they know that runs marathons. (Technically speaking, I don't run marathons. I have run many half marathons, but never a full, but non-runners tend to associate any organized race, of any distance, with a marathon.)
My little (not-so-little) brother sent me a text yesterday saying, "You are not in Boston, are you?" How cute and sweet of him. He has no idea you have to qualify for Boston, that it is an elite race. He just hears the word 'marathon' and thinks of his big sister.
Someone at work asked me, "Do the events in Boston make you rethink running marathons?" It is like asking, Do the events of 9/11 make you rethink flying? Or do the events at Sandy Hook Elementary make you rethink sending your kid to school? Or do other tragic events make you rethink ever going to a movie theater? Or to a gym? Or a mall? Or ever going out in public ever again?
Absolutely not, it makes me want to run even more. Because I have a life to live. I can't allow myself to live by fear. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. My only choice is forge forward guided by my personal faith.
Most of all, it serves as a huge reminder on perspective. I have been procrastinating. I have not been running for terrible reasons, because I don't feel like it, or because of minor struggles with things like asthma and allergies. Now I'll remember the ones who gave it their all, and in an instant, it was taken away. How dare I be so complacent with these gifts? How dare I take running (or any physical activity) for granted?
I can't even imagine the highs and lows the runners felt that day. How do you balance the triumph of such an achievement with the travesty of the day? This hits really close to home.
And today, as my own small personal tribute, I will run my own 5K with Ollie. I will use the time to pray for Boston, the runners, the spectators, the people who were injured, those who were lost, and their families. I will use the quiet time to reflect and be thankful for the gifts that I have.
Runners United to Remember
There is a Facebook page for a virtual run event, Runners United to Remember.
From the site:
"This is a virtual run event, which means you can run (or walk) any distance, anywhere and at anytime. It is intended to both honor the victims as well as display an act of unity and solidarity in the running community. This was an event dreamed up by fellow Runners and you are welcome to invite anyone to join. THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISER. PLEASE be careful of scams (already) of people claiming to be raising money.....Other runners are suggesting to wear a race shirt as well, so if you have one and you'd like to do so that would be great."
|wearing my race shirt from the Hills & Heels 1/2 marathon|
Runners are tough. The running community is solid, I am proud to be a part of it. My heart is broken, but I know we will prevail.
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