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What the Boston Marathon Means to Me

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As I walk around Boston today, law enforcement is making its presence known: SWAT teams, K9, National Guard, BPD, State Police - they are all out and about.

So are the blue and yellow BAA jackets. The uniform of the runners. Some who didn't get to finish and make the goal that they trained and worked so hard for. And some who did finish, but whose experience was marred by bloodshed and cowardice.

I'm angry. I'm so angry that I find this hard to write.

I didn't run Boston this year and I haven't in the past. I'm sure there are others here who can talk about the sweat and agony of Heartbreak Hill and working through the blisters and chafing on Mile 20 and how it feels to turn the bend and see the Citgo sign peeking out from Fenway and knowing that they're almost there. I don't have that experience, but I have the experience of feeling the joy that comes with sharing my city with thousands of runners on a holiday that the Commonwealth celebrates, but rest of the nation does not: Patriots Day.

I hate that one person's (or one group's) cowardly violent act will define this day for so many. I hate that the winners' names are halfway down the page of the newspaper today, their acheivements scuttled by shrapnel.

I hate that it is mostly the slower runners who made huge fundraising commitments to run for charity are the ones who had their marathon dream deferred yesterday. And that many of their supporters paid a huge price for standing on the sidelines.

I hate that the victims are my neighbors, one as young as 8 years old; one who lives blocks away from me.

But I have to say, my love for this city, my love for the runners I share it with each Patriots Day will drown out all of my anger eventually. Someday, I will run Boston. I will know the joy of running a marathon and sharing the pain and frustration and elation and amazement with my fellow runners. I will know I did it in the city that I love with all my heart. When the bombs went off, people ran toward the blasts: to help and to console the victims. I love that for even though Bostonians and Massachusettians get a bum rap for having a hard edge, so many reached out yesterday to those in need.

Boston, you're my home. And running, you're my peace.
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SWERTENBERGER1 4/18/2013 6:18PM

    Beautiful put!

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CECELW 4/18/2013 5:49PM

    You have a Nation that stands behind you in grief...There's a lot of prayer warriors that are praying for Boston. I truly hope there will soon be news about the capture of these (bleep).

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KAB7801 4/18/2013 5:33PM

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LAST20FORME 4/18/2013 4:30PM

    You said it well.


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ALIDOSHA 4/18/2013 4:15PM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/18/2013 3:20PM

    Wonderful post

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NEWFIEGAL53 4/18/2013 3:03PM

    My prayers are with you and your city emoticon

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MANDAMYMANDA 4/18/2013 2:29PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart. My prayers are with you in Boston.

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SEEHOLZ 4/18/2013 1:11PM

    We need to express how we feel and tell these cowards that we are not backing down and that we are not going to live in fear!

My heart goes out to all runners, supporters, helpers, Bostonians and the entire running community!

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CHERIJ16 4/18/2013 1:08PM

    Thanks for your great blog. You were able to express what many of us are feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, the victims, and the city of Boston

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 4/18/2013 12:21PM

  Well put. I agree with you. Such a sad thing...

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MRSSHANNONC1970 4/18/2013 12:18PM

    Sending you a hug and telling you as someone who understands how you feel really well, I get mad too, and scared and I cry and I get it and your not alone!!!


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EARTHTONED84 4/18/2013 12:08PM

    Thank you for sharing. Just know that the whole country is praying and thinking about Boston, the victims and the people affected by this gruesome act of cowardliness. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 4/18/2013 11:54AM

    Big Hugs Girl. My thoughts are with you, your family, Bostonians and all those effected by the event.

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MANILUS 4/18/2013 11:25AM

    May you find peace and courage in the helping hands and hearts of so many. What a sad way to define such a popular event but as mentioned, good will prevail. All the best to you!

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FIRECOM 4/18/2013 11:08AM

    Your post is full of emotion and caring. Thanks. I was especially proud of those soldiers who ran the race in full field uniform, boots and carrying a 40 pound ruck sack and pitched in after the explosions to help.

God bless you and all of Boston.

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DJSHIP46 4/18/2013 11:07AM

    My heart aches for the people of Boston, and all those visitors!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I continue to pray for peace & healing emoticon

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JOYFUL452003 4/18/2013 9:59AM

    Thank you for sharing. I totally agree. Seems like evil is everywhere. Justice will prevail. Hugs and prayers.
Muriel

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MADZI88 4/18/2013 8:32AM

    This New Yorker stands with you. Be assured of my prayers for everyone affected by this senseless atrocity.

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FITMOMINNJ 4/18/2013 8:12AM

    Thank you for posting what a lot of us feel. emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/18/2013 8:03AM

    Thanks, Boston is my home too....love that dirty water!

But remember, “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

Stay strong!

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NOTANINJA 4/18/2013 7:55AM

    emoticon Thank you

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SWAZY33 4/18/2013 7:19AM

    I can def feel your emotion and love for your town and the ppl responsible for this senseless act can NEVER take that away. Sending hugs, love and prayers

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TERRIPAL1 4/18/2013 7:10AM

    Thanks for writing, I feel the pride in you, and I agree they should tell the runners story as well. The media always focuses on the "bad guy" usually that's what they want the attention.
Prayers going out to all of you for your courage to carry on.! emoticon

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AJB121299 4/18/2013 7:07AM

    Well said

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NCSUE0514 4/18/2013 5:28AM

    May God bless all those affected by this tragedy and turn the hearts of those who would do such an evil act.

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BAMOM19 4/18/2013 4:50AM

    Boston is a magnificent city, and will forever be remembered for the brave and heroic people offering help to all those injured in this senseless tragedy! God bless Boston, and you and all Bostonians!

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JSEATTLE 4/18/2013 1:11AM

  All the emotion, senseless tragedy, we are reminded of 9/11 but don't know much about this yet. Life is so different these days. I've been to the Boston Marathon before to cheer on a friend, it was a joyous time and a happy memory. Must come back bigger and better next year. Great blog, thank you for your thoughts.

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JAMER123 4/18/2013 12:09AM

    I totally agree and thank you for putting it down in writing on your page!! We all are angry that individuals feel they have to harm others for their own personal reason, what ever that may be. One can't have a conscious to do harm to others!!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/17/2013 11:59PM

    Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful blog. I have been to Boston many times and every time I have enjoyed the friendship of so very many. My prayers continue for Boston, the runners and the victims and their families and friends.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MSLADYBUG3 4/17/2013 11:58PM

    Such a aweful event really hope the city as well as all that were hurt heal and are able to move on and be healthy. Enjoyed reading your blog. Sending my prayers to all....

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RUTHEY01 4/17/2013 11:09PM

    Thank you for sharing this heartfelt blog. My heart and prayers go out to Boston, the victims and their families and have since I heard about this senseless act of brutality. I pray that Jesus comes soon so that we will never have to hear about these things ever again.

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KHALIA2 4/17/2013 11:00PM

  I am praying for Boston and for the end of all violence.

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BHEALTHY4ME1 4/17/2013 10:58PM

  Sending thoughts & prayers for all of Boston from Houston ,TX. emoticon

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RUTHXG 4/17/2013 10:30PM

    I love Boston--I go there most summers for a writing workshop--so my heart has been with you all in a special way this week. I applaud the courage of SO many in the moment of terror. Bless you for sharing your heart with us, & peace & blessings be on your beloved city.

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SANDICANE 4/17/2013 10:24PM

    I know the rules are that a person must qualify to run the Boston Marathon, but wouldn't it be nice if hundreds of thousands of people ran it next year! Just a loving show of solidarity of good people triumphing over bad.

Sandi

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CYPATAYLOR2 4/17/2013 10:24PM

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ICANDOIT1220 4/17/2013 9:47PM

    Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/17/2013 9:12PM

    Thank you for your inspiring words.

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HHB4181 4/17/2013 9:04PM

    Our poor city, I'm so sad and angry. I can't wait for them to catch this/these bastard(s)!

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FITWITHIN 4/17/2013 9:02PM

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EABL81 4/17/2013 8:50PM

    Boston and its people showed their true spirit on Monday. The bravery and kindness which people showed in the aftermath of that horrible event was nothing short of awe-inspiring. That is what will come to define Boston's special holiday in people's minds, not an act of cowardice. Thank you for your beautiful post.

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