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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My Thoughts on Boston

It's hard for me to know what to say, or how to put it into words. So this might be a jumbled mess.
 Monday morning I excitedly watched the live streaming of the elites racing. I was so impressed, and so proud. I had to laugh when the announcers kept saying how slow they were going, or that they were just 'jogging'- at 6 min miles.
 The Boston Marathon was on my mind all day. I didn't know anyone personally who was running it, but I follow a lot of bloggers who were. I would check their twitter or facebook throughout the day, to see how they were doing.
 Jeremy called me shortly after the bombs went off and told me to turn on the tv.
I was shocked and saddened. I felt like I had been hit in the stomach. How could anyone do this to us (runners)? My heart broke for those wonderful spectators. Where would we be without them? I know I'm counting on them to get me through my marathon on Saturday. How could anyone be so cruel??

  I've had people ask me if I'm still running mine on Saturday- heck, yes. Aren't I scared? Well, this definitely didn't do any favors for my nerves and emotional state :), but now more than ever I will run. I won't give in to fear, I won't let them win.
 Now as for the Chicago Marathon, truthfully I'm scared about that. But again, they won't stop me.

Since this is taper week, I just ran 2 miles tonight.
Saturday I will run for those who couldn't finish, and for those who were killed and injured. And of course always on my mind will be the 8 year old boy who greeted his dad after finishing, then went back to standing among the spectators, and got killed. I will cross that finish line for him.

katie
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9 comments

  1. Bless you, Katie.

    There are no words. That's a beautiful dedication.

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  2. What a wonderful tribute. You should print off the little boy's photo and wear it on a pin or button for your marathon. I am so proud of you for running your marathon anyway. I know it's scary, but standing up for those who can no longer stand for themselves is why we do this.

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  3. Great post. You'll do great on Saturday!

    I'm running the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville next Saturday. If anything, what happened in Boston made me want to run it even more.

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  4. Runners are a strong breed - this did nothing but fuel our passion! Great post :)

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  5. Beautiful tribute. Good luck on your race!!!

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  6. Great decision, Katie! I know you've been emotional this week, and this didn't help at all, but dedicating your race to this boy is a beautiful thing and will definitely help keep you going.

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  7. I have been asked the same question about my race this weekend. Of course, we are going to run. That is what runner's do. Love this post!! Good luck this weekend!

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  8. I think we've all had the same problem coming to term with what happened. I'm so proud of you and your decision to run your first marathon this weekend. Run it for Boston, run it for America.

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