Thursday, April 18, 2013

Run For Boston

I should have posted this Tuesday, but we have been very busy around our place lately (more details to come on this soon).

The bombings on Monday at the Boston Marathon flabbergasted me to say the least. I mean, I can’t imagine going out for a run and never coming home. As I have been reminded often, tomorrow is never promised (even though we TOO OFTEN take our tomorrows for granted). Not to mention, the Boston Marathon is elite! People train for years (sometimes a lifetime) just to be able to qualify to run in this race – crazy that all of that training, preparation, planning, dreaming, etc could be taken away in an instant.

As the picture below states, messing with runners was probably the wrong group to mess with… We are a resilient bunch, a strange breed (I mean, who goes out and runs 26.2 miles at once JUST FOR FUN)!

I am so proud of the way that the running community came out to show their support and solidarity for what happened at the Boston Marathon. On Monday, there were already ideas being tossed around on ways that the running community (whether runner, walker, spectator, volunteer, etc) could come together and stand as one.

OF COURSE I wanted to show my support, so wore my Hot Chocolate 15K hoodie all day at work and then wore my Princess Half Marathon tech tee when I was doing my strength training and run.

Normally on Tuesdays I just do my strength-training workout. Yesterday I decided to do a little more and wanted to run 4.09 miles for Boston. [4:09 was the time on the clock when the first bomb went off] I went out for a prayerful run, no music, no frills. I spent the 4.09 miles praying for healing, comfort, thanksgiving, strength, etc. [I was even able to run negative splits – 9:50, 9:20, 8:50, 8:30.]

I am so proud to be part of this universal running community. Tragedies like this remind us to focus on what is important – God, family, friends, etc. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted.

Don’t stop running. If you live in the fear, the bad guys have won. Lace up your shoes, hit the streets, and run until you can’t run any longer.

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