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The Heart of a Marathoner

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

There is something to be said about making the decision to commit to a training program that spans several months...to push yourself to train in all kinds of weather conditions....to participate in various distance races to improve your speed, stamina, and grit. It takes focus and determination to see beyond the hundreds of miles and pounds (dollars, euros..etc) to get to what awaits on the other side of that 26.2 mile marathon finish line.

Words cannot express the waves of elation, joy, fatigue, determination, relief, and other emotions that envelope a marathoner as they see the finish line ahead and the expectation of accomplishment and pride they are about to experience.

Sadly and tragically thousands in Boston yesterday did not get to experience their goal. Their experience has been tainted and darkened by the bomb blasts that shattered the spectators cheers and people's lives. There is no way to make sense out of a senseless act!

I watched from thousands of miles away and from another country the news reports of a race, in my country of birth, that 4 years ago my husband ran. In 2009 I walked down that very street to take my place amongst the crowds to witness the most amazing and prestigious athletic event. Not because of the "big names" of the elite, but of the caliber of those who qualified to run and their supportive families, friends, and regular Bostonians.

I too am a marathoner....I too feel a part of me has been bruised. I feel a gut punch to my soul, a numbness that just plain hurts. There is a community of runners...an understanding of what we go through when we train. When we pass each other on the road, a shared nod of the head is all that is needed to say a silent "well done".

As a community we feel the pain of those spectators and runners who have been hurt and more tragically, lost their lives. Today as I went for my run....I carried those thoughts and my prayers with every foot strike. I made my run a tribute to all those runners who lace up every day/any day, who run with their soul, to places not measured in miles, but with their hearts. My sport gives me a sense of peace, may we come together and bring each other a bit closer...and may we all continue to run strong!
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    So very well said, Mary. emoticon
    1742 days ago
    You put into words very eloquently my thoughts when I heard the news yesterday. Its been over 20 years since I ran my last marathon, but time has not erased the memory of the jubilation I felt in that final mile. Running Boston is a life long dream for many runners, and coming as it did just after the 4 hour mark many 'everyday' runners like me were still on the course. To train so hard and run so hard only to be stopped just before finishing the race - my heart goes out to them!!

    The sorrow of this event goes beyond those killed or injured - while non-runners may feel that those runners were lucky not to be injured.... I feel there is more to the story. They WERE injured - perhaps not physically, but injured non the less. All of us were injured - by the loss of just a bit more innocence.
    1743 days ago
    emoticon very well said! those who don't run might not understand why all of us runners are so affected, but we are one community all across the world!
    1743 days ago
    I couldn't have said it any better! Such a tragic event and makes my blood boil that there are people in this world who think that devastating the lives of innocent people is somehow a victory.

    1743 days ago
    You will carry this with you as you move forward but are so entitled, now, to deal with the many losses.
    Let their spark become a continual flicker in your soul.
    1743 days ago
    The innocence of racing has been tarnished butwe will continue.
    1743 days ago
    Very sad and tragic. My heart was broken for those that were injured, families broken by senseless deaths, and those that did not finish.
    1743 days ago
  • SANDYC17
    I also thought of you yesterday when I heard the horrible news.
    1743 days ago
    I thought of you yesterday when I heard the news and thought of your hubby and the London Marathon and what their plans are now, while they talked about it on the radio this morning. It's so sad that this had to take place and it just doesn't make any sense either, but so very thankful that it wasn't during the elite runners time when so many more would of been gathered at the finish line to see those runners cross. Horrible no matter what, sad that nothing seems to left untouched that we do in the world today.
    1743 days ago
  • MZLADY77
    Sorry about that too....Thanks for sharing! Just have to keep them in prayer. emoticon
    1743 days ago
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