My plan for today's post was to tell you about the awesome race I did yesterday. Then the world of running was changed forever...
I am sure by now, everyone has heard about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. As a runner, this is personal! No, I will never, ever in my wildest dreams qualify to run the Boston Marathon--but these are my people. These are the people we pass on the trail, the people we wave to as we run past each other on the road when its still dark in the morning. These are the people we wait in port a potty lines with. The ones
who cheer us on and high five us as we cross the finish line--even though they have been finished for hours. These are my people.
The people who qualify for this event have literally been training for this for years. You have to submit a crazy good time from another full marathon that you completed. To runners, the Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl, the World Series. These are the best of the best, the elite. These are the people we look up to, the runners we learn from. I personally know several people who ran the Boston Marathon this morning. All but one of them has been accounted for. The last one is in my prayers.
Runners are some of the most supportive group of people you will ever meet. They welcome everyone, no matter your ability. You don't have to have a runner's body to be included--you just have to have a runners heart. The Boston Marathon is a celebration of life.
Please keep runners, spectators and volunteers in your prayers today.
A dream is a wish...