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I will run a marathon.

Monday, April 15, 2013

I decided today that I will at some point in the future run a marathon, barring injuries or other impediments. I probably won't run in Boston, but I will run for Boston.

What I posted elsewhere:

I am a runner, coming to the sport relatively late in life. I love running because it's a very pure sport, no matter how many cool gadgets I use to measure my times or distances, or play music to keep me going, or how fancy my tennis shoes are. It's ultimately about me, my body and the challenges I place before it.

The attack on the Boston Marathon is very personal to me. Running is the only sport I have ever really enjoyed. I am not a great runner, only having a half dozen 5K races under my belt, but I still am a runner. Running to me has a purity, simplicity & freedom. It also serves as an essential way for me to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. The very fact that some unknown entity is trying to tarnish and make me fear something vital to my very existence, pisses me off personally.

The Marathon bomber is ultimately a coward, lacking in self confidence and creativity. That person is so small that he/she knows no other way to be heard than to inflict violence and pain on others. I resent this attack on something that is so simple and showcases the dedication of those running.

Running is an essential activity, we all run at some point in our lives... whether it be as a child at play, to escape a threat, to catch a bus, or just to run. No matter the reason for running, it is universal.

I don't know if I will ever run a marathon, but this certainly makes me more likely to. I already have plans to increase my own personal challenges.

Ultimately, this is why I run and I will not be afraid.

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 4/25/2013 11:11AM

    This was an ultimately cowardly act, as all terrorist acts are. I am glad you are not letting it push you away from running, and are instead using it as a motivation to push yourself.

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KAYOTIC 4/18/2013 12:51AM

    Well said, the senseless nature of this attack is insane to me, and I agree, not giving in to fear, and getting out and running is a statement of courage and solidarity. I was thinking of giving up on the idea of running a marathon (I've done 2 half's and wanted to run a full, but no time to train...) I may have to just find the time to train for it and do it now!

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DADAGINNY 4/17/2013 9:44PM

    I've actually been thinking about a marathon for quite some time... Maybe not this year, maybe not next, but I want to.

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/17/2013 10:23AM

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COOP9002 4/16/2013 11:51AM

    Thanks for sharing your heart. My hope is to run my first marathon this summer and like you it will be in honor of those in Boston. Blessings.

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BECCAZEN7 4/16/2013 8:29AM

    Well said! I hope your dream of doing a marathon becomes a reality! We can't let those cowards win. I am setting my goals a little lower by getting a 5K under my belt but who knows, it may spur me into doing more.
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NITTINNANA 4/16/2013 2:29AM

    Beautifully said. Because I grew up in Maine, the Boston Marathon and Patriots Day have been near and dear to me since I was ever so small. I cried today when I saw what happened in what will always be "my" big city.

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NEWKATHYNOW 4/15/2013 11:13PM

    I agree with you. I was always a runner and although physically I am unable now, my heart is always with the runners. To give up is to give in to these cowards. Getting angry and refusing to change our lives is victory over terrorism. The fuel of anger must also make us more watchful and diligent in caring for one another.

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PJBONARRIGO 4/15/2013 10:35PM

    Senseless......

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