It is hard to put into words my feelings on today’s events.
Runners are strong and determined people. A marathon takes perseverance and dedication. Months of training. Our friends and family who come to support and cheer us at the finish line are also amazingly dedicated and may stand out in wind, rain, and cold to see us cross that line.
The Boston Marathon is one that so many runners dream of. To work so hard and qualify for this race can take years of work. I am overwhelmed by the thought that someone would do something like this to try to hurt others and take away these dreams.
I truly believe as runners we will continue to be strong and that a tragedy like this will only cause us to band together even more.
This article in the Washington Post is well written, and really hit home to me, particularly this last paragraph:
“If you are losing faith in human nature today, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon. The flood of donations crashed the Red Cross’s Web site. The organization tweeted that its blood supplies are already full. People are lining up outside of Tufts Medical Center to try and help. Runners are already vowing to be at marathons in the coming weeks and months. This won’t be the last time the squeakers run Boston. This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible.”