Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Run to Remember

I debated whether to put my thoughts on the Boston Marathon Bombing. What could I have to say that hadn't been said?

What happened yesterday was a horrible, senseless brutal attack. Someone or some group of people willingly, knowingly set an attack in place that would or could take lives. Could injure countless people. Shake up a historic event, a significant city in US History. It will forever be a reminder to the running community, to Boston, to the Boston Marathon.

It was an event meant to make the impact that it did. An attempt to immobilize us, meant to make us scared. Make us shrink. But we are resilient, we are strong. Both as runners and as a Nation. We may be blindsided, we may be devastated but we will stand together.

What happened yesterday was unthinkable. Races are a thing of joy, they are a triumph of the human spirit. People train hard to reach their goals, train hard to qualify for the honor of competing in the Boston Marathon. In an instant that changed. Lives were lost, innocent blood was shed, dreams were dashed. Celebrations halted. Joy was replaced by sadness and fear.

But I know one thing, runners will continue to run. Maybe even with more determination and fire. What happened yesterday can not be undone, can not, will not and should not be forgotten. But the best way to honor the sacrifices and blot out the horror if yesterday is to continue on doing the thing that I love. Run to remember the people whose lives were irrevocably changed.

I have signed up previously to run the Oklahoma City Memorial marathon. This race is in remembrance to those who lost their lives in the Murrah Building bombing. This race is still going on. My family is not entirely thrilled with my decision but I will still be running. In fact, I'm more determined than ever to run. It's become more significant. more important somehow,

On that Sunday morning I will run because I love to run. But most importantly I am going to run to remember the victims of the Murrah building and their families, I am going to run to remember for everyone who has been impacted by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

 In the meantime I will continue to pray for Boston and for my fellow runners.