I am sure that the hundreds of running Blogs out there are all putting something up about the terrible events that occurred today in Boston. I am going to write about his as well, from my own perspective (as both a runner and a new Dad).
Let me start by saying I wish I was about to wake up and start my day, that the events are just a horrible dream. I know that is not the case. Innocent people lost their lives today and personally I am feeling a number of things:
This is truly an awful thing to happen anywhere, to anyone at any event.
I am a runner. I am not an elite runner, I never will be an elite runner. I run for exercise, I run for enjoyment (some think that is insanity), I run for my own sanity. I run in organized events. I have run 5k, 10K and half marathons. I am reluctant, but have been contemplating a full marathon. I love the events, I love the atmosphere, the comradeship of other runners, the thrill of crossing the finish line. All of those things were taken away today in less than 30 seconds for those on Boston who love the same things about the sport. I think of some of the events I have participated in. think of my friends, my family waiting for me at the finish line. Those were people who were killed and/or injured today, people who were there to cheer on their friends, family members or other loved ones as they finished a true testament of endurance, of perseverance, of dedication. Over the weekend I was with the training group I run with and our coach (SHOUT OUT TO COACH D!!!) spoke about Boston, noting that it truly is the holy grail of running. She is not wrong. Boston is the dream of anyone who takes the sport to that level. If i were ever to want to move to that level, it would be my dream, to run Boston.
Now, to many, Boston is not going to be the dream, the pinnacle, the race, instead, it going to be a nightmare that they live over and over again.
The effects from this are going to be felt for years to come. Increased security, increased race fees to help offset the increased costs of that security. Memorials, already there are hundreds of different images across social media sites, requests of solidarity among the running community to wear a race shirt tomorrow (I unfortunately cannot do this, as my office is business casual). As a runner I am outraged at the audacity to put a stain on the pinnacle of the sport. It would be the equivalent of something like this happening at the Masters over the weekend, or the Super Bowl, or World Series. As a runner I am saddened by the effect this has had on the running community as a whole, it is true, runners are part of a big family, and are very passionate about it.
Now let me talk about the event as a New Dad. I am so fortunate that my boy is just a year old last Friday I am spared having to explain what happened and once more details come in, have to explain why whoever is responsible did what they did (please note, it is 7:30 pm Monday, and details are still coming in, we don’t have any idea who did this or why). The world is a dangerous place and I am fool if I think that I will be spared from having to explain that there are bad people in the world who hurt others for no other reason than they are there or it is their “mission” or something like that to my son in the future. There have been many who say we cannot live in fear, but lets be honest, today’s events, 9-11, the Oklahoma bombing, other events like this are scary, very scary. As a parent, as a spouse, you want to protect your family. How do you protect them against something like this?
I have thought about how I would explain this to our little man if he were indeed old enough to understand and comprehend what happened. I think that I would focus on the good, on the people who ran into the blast to help others, the servicemen and race volunteers who were tearing down the barricade to get to the injured, the brave souls that switched from treating cramps and dehydration to treating burns and wounds.
The hardest question to answer is “why”? There are so many thoughts that run through my head. Is it a radical anti-government group protesting taxes? Or another radical group protesting patriots day? Is it international terrorists making a mark on such a respected event, on a respected day (patriots day)? Is this the work of one individual, Ala the uni-bomber? Only time will tell and then we will have to provide explanations, to ourselves and to our children.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who were injured and effected by today’s tragic events.
More lighthearted posts to come, really…