Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I am a runner. I am an occasional runner. I do it for fitness and health. I am very slow and sometimes I don't run for months. I call myself a runner and I love our local marathon. I had ran three times in it and I had ran about 5 more races in the past 6 years. I get up very early in a 30 degree weather (too cold for October) and I put on my running gear after a night of tossing and turning making sure that everything is ready for race day. I get excited when I see the bunch of runners like me trying to stay warm while waiting for the start. When I hear the starting gun, I yelled with enthusiasm and I start running slowly making sure that I step on the starting line. I feel great and energized when I trot down the streets that I drive through almost everyday to get to work. I huffed and puffed and I get to the finish line feeling like a champion even when thousand others got there before me. I feel special during the whole day and I think others can see how special I am because I was part of the local marathon. The years that I could not run I stood for almost an hour on the street near my house and I cheered when the half-marathoners where passing by. Runners and their families and friends are special people. There is nothing more healthier and non-threatening than a marathon. Why would someone want to hurt marathoners and their fans?
When I heard about the explosions at the Boston marathon. I said, "good thing that I did not run it..." I tend to make silly jokes to deal with the crude reality but when it hits, It hits hard.
I did the same thing with 9/11 and the shooting at Newtown. It is like for a few hours I detach myself from what is going on. I do not follow the Boston Marathon. I always being closer to New York and once I though about trying to get in the lottery to run the New York Marathon. Boston is more foreign to me but I am upset about the explosions and I cannot help thinking how hard would be for a runner to have to lose their legs. I also think about the injures and their families and the families of those that lost their lives that day. I think about the city of Boston and the trauma of experiencing something like that. Perhaps it was not directed personally to marathoners or perhaps it was a terrorist act. The truth is that it hurt physically and emotionally a lot of people. Boston will never be the same, neither the marathon or the nation marathoners and their fans.