Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Runners will Overcome

I call myself a runner, but I know I am probably not as avid or dedicated as millions of others.  I love to run, the endorphin rush is amazing.  I love the solitude, the breathing, the music, and even the clothes.  On a crisp day I cannot think of anything more satisfying than a long run in a pretty place.

Non-runners don't really understand runners.  They don't understand why people would pay a good sum of money to hoof it 3 or 10 or 13 or 26 miles.  For most, it isn't the race itself.  It isn't the medal, or the "swag", or even the post-race beer. It is the feel of these racing events.  The people, the support, the beautiful encouragement from fellow runners and spectators.  Racing events truly are some of the most inspirational and positive places you can be.  All shapes and sizes, all athletic abilities, all nationalities coming together going one direction and pushing each other on.  The avid marathoner pushing on a first time racer.  The mom who has lost 30 pounds of baby weight and looks at that finish line with more meaning and pride than she can explain.  The sister of the cancer survivor who went from the couch to a 5k to a 1/2 Marathon and beyond in the name of her cause.  Lots of energy, moving together, helping each other.  Aside from the very elite, most are not competing with anyone but themselves.

I cannot express how heart broken I am about the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  I am sad for the city, the victims, their families, and of course for the running community as a whole.  Worried that racing venues will need TSA-esque check points and that runners will always worry about their family and friends who are there in support.  Sad that events created to inspire health and happiness will be marred with reminders of the darkness that sometimes envelopes us.

Runners will overcome.  If you think about the mentality it takes to run a marathon, what those individuals had to do to train their bodies to endure 26.2 grueling miles, you know that those terrorists have messed with the wrong crowd.  Races will go on. 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr
For me, this incident has inspired to sign up for some races this summer and fall.  To support the running community in the wake of this horrific tragedy.  Refuse to do what those evil people wanted most: to be terrorized and paralyzed.  Hopefully others will do the same.  


Molly Page said...

Beautiful post!

Susan, Ryan, Pete and Chester said...

Boston IS the marathon and we are all Boston. Keep running. It's the only way we win.

Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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