I can’t believe its been a year already since the Boston Marathon bombings. That will go down as a day I will never forgot, even though I was hundreds of miles away. I remember hearing about the bombings and being so shocked and confused. Who would set off a bomb at a race??!
Once I had heard about it I was glued to the TV and social media, hoping for answers. I remember checking in with my friend who lives in Boston, and hearing about how crazy things were around the city. The hours to follow were awful, and I turned to running for comfort at such as horrible time.
I posted this on instagram the day after the bombings:
Running should always be this peaceful #prayforboston
I had a 10k to run the following Saturday, and at first I was worried that it may be cancelled. As that week went on I was reminded of how strong and resilient runners are. My race would go on without question, with a moment before the start dedicated to remember Boston. Other runners across the country would do the same. I ran a PR that day, giving everything I had for those who couldn’t. I was never so proud to be a runner.
While I am still preparing to write about the marathon I ran on Sunday, I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the events that occurred last year. By reflecting on that day I am reminded of the bigger picture when it comes to running…and life- neither should be taken for granted. I feel more motivation to reach my goals while also appreciating what I have been capable of accomplishing already.
I can tell that this upcoming Boston Marathon will be like no other. I hope that anyone who will be there- running or spectating- has an amazing time, although I am sure it will be a very emotional day for all.
Will you be at the Boston Marathon this year? If not, will be you be watching the coverage? (That’s what I’ll be doing!)