Boston Marathon 2013 has forever changed runners. I’m sure by now you’ve all heard and read how runners feel about the Boston Marathon. It’s like the Holy Grail of running. It’s where all runner’s hope to be one day. I, personally, am a slow runner and may not make it until I’m 50 years old, but I’ll get there one day. I hope to go in the next few years and just run the 5k. Just being around those elite runners and feeling the electricity is enough for me right now. I’ll run the 5k and cheer on the marathoners as they run up “Heartbreak Hill.”
I ran the Blue Ridge Half Marathon the weekend after the Boston bombings. The volunteerism and the spectators were off the charts. Or, it could have just been how the awesome town of Roanoke, VA, is, but I’d like to say it’s a little of both. Boston jackets and shirts and even Red Sox hats were seen everywhere. People were proudly wearing anything that had to do with Boston. Before the race began, we had a moment of silence. The Boston flag was waving above the starting line. As the national anthem was sung, we all stood proudly, hands over our hearts and watched that bright blue flag wave in the air. I always get emotional when our national anthem is sung, and this time was no different.
Runners from all over the country and even the world gathered in their small cities and towns on the Monday night after the bombings and ran for Boston. Whether it was 2.62 miles or 4 miles or 26.2 miles. It didn’t matter. It was the coming together and bonding for Boston that we were after. If you didn’t have a Boston shirt, you wore blue or yellow or tried to order one supporting the OneFund Boston that helped aid the victims.
This was my home group. (o:
Races will never be the same. Spectators and runners alike will always wonder if something will happen and wonder if a bomb will go off near the starting or finish line. Trash cans are not just trash cans anymore. Anyone with a backpack may be looked at more than twice now.
But, will the running population decrease? Have people stopped running? Oh, no! Quite the opposite. Boston 2014 will probably have record-breaking numbers. People have started running when they never have before. You see, running is more than just a sport. It is an activity that not only tests your physical endurance, but also your mind. Half of running is the mental battle. Your body is stronger than your mind thinks you are. This is why you can’t listen to your mind. Listen to your body when you run. When your mind tells you that it hurts, run faster, run farther. You’ll know when it’s time to rest. Your body will know. People who run go through this mental battle and it leaks into their everyday life. So, in short, runners are strong people. People who run marathons have trained their body and mind for months. The tragedy at Boston has done nothing but make people come together which makes them stronger than ever. The bombers messed with the wrong people. Runners are overcomers!
I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve been busy…running my fifth half marathon for this spring next weekend. But, I’ve also been taking it easy…training for my first 50k this summer. So, it’s gonna be a long, hot summer. But, I’ll keep you posted…I’m sure to have many adventures doing those long runs every weekend.
Oh, and meet my boy, George! He’s my new addition, Golden Retriever and Chow mix. I thought I was going to be able to train him to run with me on those long runs, but I don’t think he’s gonna be able to. He’s not a running breed…he doesn’t do over 3 miles. But, he’s a great friend and loves to listen to me complain about what hurts now from the previous run…LOL.