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Apr 16, 2013
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Reaction to Boston Marathon

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.

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Contrary to the title of this blog, I'm not always on a health kick. I try (for the most part) to eat well and exercise regularly, but I'm far, far from perfect. I do, though, enjoy learning about health trends and scientific discoveries, and I hope to share information and pose questions that you might find interesting or useful. Hey, if you get a little inspired while you're reading, all the better. Just don't expect it on a regular basis. I'm a writer, not a celebrity trainer.

Why health? Well, I've been around the block enough times that I don't take it for granted anymore. I also recognize that our health is the result of myriad factors ranging from genetics to diet to habits to socioeconomic status to prejudices and beyond. It's a complicated puzzle with different pieces for each of us. That means there are few guarantees or absolutes and still a ton to discover. I never liked the rigidity of science in practice, but I love the insights it produces.

So let's start 2013 on a Health Kick. With any luck, we'll all be better for it.

– Jennifer Garrett 

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