As a runner and member of the online running community, you can only imagine how I feel about what happened in Boston a week ago. I’m shaken and traumatized. I’ve ran many races, and I knew tons of people that were in Boston last week. Whether they were running the race, or there with their running-related company.
I had literally walked in my front door after driving home from Las Vegas post-relay race. I started unpacking and turned on my TV. I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on, based on the news reports. So I turned to social media. I went to one of my “running” Twitter lists, and was able to comprehend what was going on…”bombs”…”Boston Marathon”..”Finish Line Boston Marathon”… I started to panic. I had to make sure that everyone that I knew who was there was accounted for. It took about an hour, but I confirmed that all of my friends and acquaintances were safe.
But the news just got worse. Death, injuries….panic…It was awful.
I didn’t know what to do, or how I could help. I had to turn off the news, because I could not endure it anymore. So the next day, I ran. I ran 4.09 miles for Boston. And the many many many people in the running community also ran. We all wanted to do something, to support the runners. To let the bad guys knows, “that you cannot destroy the will of a runner.”
The official charity for Boston is The One Fund. You can go to their website to find out more information about donating, etc.
As for me, I’m going to keep on running…and maybe sometime I will find time to blog more.