Now that my last test of the semester is behind me I can relax and reflect a little better about this Monday’s tragedy in Boston. It’s been weighing heavily on me, not only because of the horrific nature of it but also being part of the running community I can relate to how so many runners and spectators had thought their day was going to end.
Here are some of my thoughts about this changing time we live in.
- First I have a friend that ran in the race. As soon as I heard the news I immediately went to Facebook to see if she had posted anything. She had and said she was OK but could not locate her dad and son. It was such a relief later when I read she had reunited with her family and they were all safe. Scary part of the story is – the meeting place they had designated was where the bomb had exploded. I thank the power of Facebook though that Kathy was able to reach out to all those worrying about her to let us know she was OK.
- I’m extremely touched by the concerns of some people in my life. Later that evening as I left my night class I noticed I had a message from a friend of mine. She knew I traveled to races sometimes and was checking on me. She asked if I could send her a text letting her know I was ok. Then the next day a co-worker said he immediately thought of me as well when he heard the news. These situations make you realize how we are intertwined with those around us.
- I feel for the families of the deceased and injured. A day of expected celebration will always be scarred with the memories of this unfair tragedy they have now been forced to deal and cope with.
- I’m exceptionally saddened by what the bomber(s) took away from the intent of the day for so many people. Finishing a marathon is a major accomplishment after so much sacrifice has been given during training. To run Boston puts you at an elite status due to the qualifying requirements. Monday night should have been filled with celebration and well deserved self-satisfaction.
- I’m proud of the humanity of those that helped the wounded and secured the area. The pictures and stories are very moving.
- I’m proud and impressed with the runners that ran additional miles after finishing a marathon to local hospitals to give blood.
- I’m moved and inspired by what the running community across our nation has done to pay tribute to those affected. I’ve seen countless posts, articles and invitations to join groups of runners to run together in honor of those in Boston. Here’s a link to a Facebook event to log 26.2 miles at your own pace. Run 26.2 for Boston
Lastly, not to get on a soap box – but I’m proud to be an American and I’m proud to be a part of the running community. I’ll continue to travel to races with my friends and I look forward to the day when they bring justice to those responsible for this gross act of humanity.