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Apr 16, 2013
01:35 PMHealth Kick
Reaction to Boston Marathon
I came home from a beautiful 8-mile run to an email telling me to check the news. I had been talking and emailing with friends about the Boston Marathon, the marquis event for all distance runners. The news horrified me, and I was glued to my computer for much of the afternoon. The images were real, but I couldn't believe it.
As part of the running community and as a person who has aspired to run the Boston Marathon, I recognized my good fortune for having run all my races safely and without incident. We should all be so lucky. Yet as yesterday's events show, tragedy can strike at any time and at any place. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, and I will continue to watch and read the headlines anxiously hoping for answers and, ultimately, justice.
This morning my nine-year-old son told me that he was glad I didn't qualify for Boston this year. "We all are," he said. Last year I was just short of devastated when I had to stop training because my body just wasn't holding up to it. I had registered for the Wisconsin Marathon hoping to shave those elusive 8 minutes from my time. I couldn't finish the training and I didn't even try to race. My goal was Boston, not simply to finish. If I had gone to Boston, I would have been at the finish line about the time the first bomb went off. That's about my pace for a hilly course.
I'm not running today. It's not a grand gesture. My daughter is home sick and I can't leave her. I don't know if I'll ever qualify for Boston. I don't know if I'll run it if I do. I don't know if they'll even have the race next year. It's too soon to tell. But I will run again. Not everyone will have that chance.