I don't know if I heard this somewhere at some point or I truly came up with it on my own, but it's how I feel. Yesterday's tragic events at the Boston Marathon provokes so many emotions for everyone. As I read through twitter yesterday before my own run, this tweet stood out to me:
As a runner, I feel like someone just attacked my friends. As a person, I'm just horrified.
It so simply puts how so many of us are feeling. I am grateful that all the runners and spectators that I know are safe. As I sat watching the news and hearing stories from runners, all I could think was that stuff like this doesn't happen. These are the kind of made up stories that Grey's Anatomy shows. Sadly, it is true. Races are a happy and exciting place. They say Disney World is the place where dreams come true, "they" are people who have never run a race.
Today I am wearing the shirt from my first half marathon. My husband Jeff is also wearing a race shirt. I am wearing my shirt to prove to the "bad guys" that they won't win. We will NOT let it slow us down or stop us. We will mourn for those lost and injured. We will mourn for those who did not get to finish their race. But in the end we all need to lace up our running shoes and run for all those people. Runners are an amazing and supportive group and today especially I am proud to be a member.