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Why I'll never stop running.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I had this blog in mind. I wanted to tell you about my weekend. I wanted to tell you about how sore I was/am from the weekend. I wanted to tell you about my date with my husband and I wanted to tell you about how that date came to a shocking end with images of violence and terror being flashed across the t.v. screen in the restaurant. I wanted to tell you so many things. But, I think I'll just tell you about this.

I'll tell you about how every single race I've ever gone to has been a positive and strengthening experience. Not just muscular strength, but emotional strength. I'll tell you about how empowering it is to watch a bunch of people all get together to do something they've been working for and how it feels to accomplish it. How it doesn't matter if it is kids running a 1k or adults of any age running a 5k or a 10k or a half marathon or more. I want to tell you how it feels to watch someone cross an imaginary line or step on a very physical and solid mat and experience that moment of "I did it"!!

It isn't something I can describe well. Go to a race, even if you have never run one step. Go to a race, any race, it doesn't matter if the field of participants is 5,000 or 5, go and watch. Watch the faces and see how accomplishing this thing changes a person's face. It. Is. MAGICAL.

Magical. Magic was sprinkled all over my first 5k, it's what Disney does best, sprinkle pixie dust on something and make it magical. I thought maybe the next one wouldn't be as magical without the pixie dust. I was wrong. The magic doesn't come from pixie dust, it comes from PEOPLE.

From people who thought "I don't know if I can, but I'm going to try." Or, "I've done it already, can I do it better?" The magic comes from the people.

Runners are magic people. They take sweat and turn it into glitter. They take pain and turn it into triumph. They take injury and turn it into personal lessons about overcoming trials and coming back the best they can be. Yeah, runners are magic.

I sat in that restaurant on Monday afternoon with tears in my eyes and tried to explain to my husband why this disaster affected me so much and simply didn't have the words. "It's wrong." "Races are safe." That was about the extent of how I could express myself inside the restaurant on Monday afternoon. 9/11 tore at my heart like nothing ever had. Newtown made me run to school to get my kids and give them a kiss and hug. This one left me temporarily at a loss. Someone tried to steal our magic. Someone tried to kill the unicorn.

As the day wore on and I watched FB and the internet and thought about the evil person who tried to kill the unicorn and succeeded in killing and injuring so many I knew there was only one course of action.

Keep running and all my running friends agreed. The best answer to this bastard was to keep running. We didn't stop. We won't stop. We won't let the unicorn, or Tinkerbell, or any other source of magic die. We will keep running, we will clap until our hands bleed, because pain doesn't stop a runner. It makes us try harder.

We will proudly wear our race shirts and we will run for 2.62 miles, or 4.15 miles or 26.2 minutes or for those who can 26.2 miles. We will raise money, like we do for so many other charities and during other moments of crisis. We will band together and run. I WILL keep running. I WILL keep going to organized races and all of us will be more vigilant and more helpful and more aware and we WILL race and finish and go on. Runners do not quit and I will not quit.

I am PROUD to call myself a runner on this day after. I am PROUD to belong to this group of people with strong hearts. I am PROUD to be a part of a country that is always able to stop the petty bickering and band together as a family when we are injured.

I am a runner and I will not stop running. Despite being sore and having shin splints I put in the distance this morning. I ran some, walked a lot and then raced as far as I could with the thought that this section was for "them". For the innocent who were there to support the magic. For those who create the magic and those who suffered the ultimate loss. It wasn't much. It wasn't a marathon, but it was my effort at sending a little magic to help heal the unicorn. I think it did more to heal me, but magic works like that sometimes.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/6/2013 9:57AM

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FLYINGB16 4/27/2013 1:24PM

    I woke up that morning with an extremely upset stomach. I went to work but only made it an hour before heading back home. When the news broke I sobbed like a baby for all the reasons you just listed in your blog. I will never stop running until I stop breathing. I may slow down but I will NEVER quit.

I can't remember it exactly but I saw a quote after the attack that moved me...the gist of it was... 'If you want to break the spirit of America, marathon runners are the wrong people to target'...

For someone that ran my first mile at age 39 I so get it.

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PRAIRIEROSEND 4/25/2013 10:44AM

    This blog touched me. Thank you.

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JORDANA84 4/24/2013 7:17AM

    I see why this got voted popular ... moved me to tears. Great blog!

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    emoticon Great Blog!

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DARYLBN 4/23/2013 2:40PM

    Thank you.

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MSBEKANATOR 4/23/2013 1:18AM

    emoticon This is an awesome blog. We will keep on! We will keep on running, or keep on going to races to cheer on those we love! The evil cannot win.

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NONIE_C 4/22/2013 12:20PM

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NASFKAB 4/21/2013 10:11PM

  beautiful thanks for sharing

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CANDOIT54 4/21/2013 11:37AM

  Thank you for sharing. I can't run because of my knees and ankles, but I walk alot.
I have never been to a race to watch but your blog has made me want to.


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BARHAAS 4/21/2013 2:57AM

    Right on! Keep on keepin' on! You rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DELERIOUS64 4/20/2013 3:42PM

    You put into words what many of are feeling! Nobody can take our "magic" away! Thank you for a great blog.

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MLH148 4/20/2013 12:57PM

    Our race director at the local y was THERE. This am she started our race. We ran for ourselves and for them. Don't let the terrorists win.
Thanks for posting this

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GEMLADYONE 4/19/2013 7:31PM

    I'm a new runner and had my first official 5K scheduled this past Wednesday evening. After Monday, there was some concern about holding the event, but luckily the City and the organizer determined to proceed and we went and we ran.

We needed to run that night more than ever, just because we could, and to show those who would terrorize us into being afraid that we're NOT afraid, and we WILL continue as planned, and they have NOT conquered us!

Thank you for expressing what it means to you.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/19/2013 6:42PM

    Go you...thats awesome

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POPSY190 4/19/2013 5:03PM

    Thank you.

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GINA180847 4/19/2013 1:04PM

    I may never really be able to take up running but I walk fast and will never stop that as long as I am able. Wonderful all the support for the victims of the Boston disaster.

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AMARILYNH 4/19/2013 8:14AM

    I ran my last marathon in 1994 but that is JUST how I felt as I listened to the bomb coverage - this is SO wrong! Running Boston is a life long dream for many runners and to have this happen to those people running their dream - I'm having a hard time getting over the sadness of it. My heart goes out to everyone there even as my prayers go up for them!!

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    Wonderful blog and a fantastic attitude!! Thanks for sharing.
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  Great blog!!

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  Can the various running communities and individuals make a charitable donation to help these people that need it. I haven't heard emoticon

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    I was in Boston to see my son run the marathon and echo your sentiment and Quail75. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 4/18/2013 6:51PM

    Oh my goodness, you have me in tears over here. I am not letting the unicorn die, and have renewed my running with vigor this week. Thank for expressing your words so well.

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QUAIL75 4/18/2013 3:38PM

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this.

I watched the marathon from the 25.5 mile marker and I'm still working through the trauma of Monday. Running is magical and runners are magical. I am proud to call myself a runner and I'm proud that I live in a city that holds the greatest marathon in the world and I'm proud that next year the 118th marathon will be run.

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MIMIDOT 4/18/2013 3:20PM

    I"m not a runner, but I walk. So I can sort of relate. Great blog.

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  good blog

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    What a wonderful insightful blog - thank you so much for sharing.

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MARYJEANSL 4/18/2013 10:46AM

  I think you expressed what a lot of runners feel.

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    Yay YOU!

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