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Who would want to hurt runners?

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNING-LIFE 4/20/2013 7:10AM

    Idiotic people! Why must people just wanting to improve themselves and have fun doing it, be targeted? They didn't do anything!!

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IMOJANE 4/18/2013 5:23AM

    It's so devastating. News of the casualties coming in...

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/17/2013 9:30PM

    I don't think they were specifically going for runners. Just crowds of people. They obviously wanted to hurt as many as they could with as little effort. It's sad they have to guarantee their spot to burn their soul.

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