Yesterday morning, as I was running my 9 mile training run, some 26K+ people began running the Boston Marathon. No easy feat to even get in, they have to qualify just to cross the start line. As a runner, I am in awe of those people. Training to run a 10 mile race has not been easy and I can’t even fathom going 26.2. They are running rockstars.
As hard as running is, I continue to do it. Non-runners don’t get it.
Why would you run?
Isn’t it boring?
Isn’t it harder than going to a gym class?
You know you can burn more calories doing xyz, right?
Yes, it is boring at times. It is harder than so many of the gym classes I attend. But nothing – and I by nothing, I mean no other athletic challenge – gives me the sense of accomplishment that running does. And the camaraderie with other runners is amazing. In a race? You may be running alone but you’re running in a community and it’s just such a cool feeling that I can’t even describe it.
Running is also a time to just let go of everything else. My mind is always going a million miles a minute. From the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. When I’m running? It’s almost always only about running. (Probably because it’s such a challenge for me!) But it’s a time to let go of life’s worries, to breathe in the fresh air and relax. To enjoy being alive. To be grateful that you have two legs that can carry you for miles.
That photo is of me and my friend Dottie after we ran our 9 yesterday. My legs were barely working as we snapped the photo but I was so elated with my sense of accomplishment. Our faces are what should have been on every person who crossed that finish line yesterday.
WTF, people. Just WTF.
It’s really so hard to swallow what happened yesterday. I can’t make sense of it any more than I can make sense of what happened in Newtown in December. It’s a scary, scary world we live in and I keep thinking about those runners who trained so hard for something totally amazing only to have what happened yesterday happened. My thoughts and prayers are definitely up in Boston right now.
I’ll leave you with this cool graphic that’s been floating around Facebook since yesterday afternoon: