From the moment I heard the news I was glued to my phone checking my twitter feed and was constantly refreshing the CNN news page. I was shocked, outraged and utterly heartbroken that this could have happened. And on Marathon Monday of all days – at THE Boston Marathon – a day that is so happy and inspirational for many. At a race that I someday aspire to run.
I sat there at my desk in a teary eyed daze and unable to focus on anything but the tragedy of Boston for the entire afternoon. But then the reports of all the good started to pop up – the pictures and stories of people rushing towards the explosions to help the injured. The marathoners who ran through the finish line and right to the hospital to donate blood for those in need. It’s people like that who bring light and goodness into our society and to the running community. I was glad to see that people were not all forcing blame or pointing fingers, but sharing the kind acts.
There’s been so much positive support from social media in the last 24 hours. I’ve seen campaigns to get out there to run or walk, to change profile pictures to race photos, to wear race shirts – all to support Boston.
When I left work yesterday evening I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to run. I put on my marathon shirt and running shoes, then just ran as hard as I could. I ran faster than I have in months, with no reservations and didn’t hold back. I ran to clear my head. I ran for the victims. I ran for justice. I ran for Boston.
Today I am proud to be wearing my race shirt – to be a runner – to be a marathoner.