Finding comfort in running

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Of course I am shocked and saddened by the news of the bombs at the finish of the Boston Marathon. I feel it personally because I'm a runner and a racer and this was a savage attack on one of the biggest celebrations of our sport. But running is more to me than a sport or pastime.

Speaking as a non-elite and recreational racer (a.k.a. "mid-packer") I would guess that most of us are out on the roads and trails because we believe in taking our own small action to be the best person we could be. We believe in the human spirit and the idea that no matter how old, slow or untalented we are, we use our runs to connect to what's best about ourselves and others seeking the same.

When the ugliness that is hate and violence tears into that community, it feels wrong because we are about seeking out and celebrating the good. So we come together and share our grief and prayers and we run and we find solace in the bond of runners and the hope and joy and triumph over pain & suffering that running expresses.

Last night my running group convened for an impromptu run. We ran because the attack was against runners and at a running event. We turn to each other because we hope that--through our run--love and sharing will overcome brutality and loss. It's not logical but somehow we were all compelled by the same instinct...that we wanted to run and we wanted to be together. That run last night helped to ease my sadness and to remember that good always rises up to fill the hole that disaster creates.

I'll continue to reflect and grieve, but as it has always done for me, running has once again brought me what I needed.
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    That was a great way to connect and remember the people. Running to remember the runners. You are a true runner!
    2942 days ago
    Beautiful blog. So great that your group ran together. Yes, we run. Yes, we will continue to run. And race. And be the best we can be, as you say so well.
    2985 days ago
    Very well said. Glad you got to run with your group.
    2985 days ago
    Thanks for your thoughtful blog. As you read in my status today, my family and friends, non runners, all felt they should call me yesterday. Being a runner, I am, in a strange way, a link to those runners who were harmed or killed yesterday.
    The type of person or group who commits a violence such as this represents a grain of sand on the beach of humanity. We must not allow despicable acts such as this to lower our opinion of humanity as a whole.
    Thanks again.
    2985 days ago
    That's beautiful that your running group came together. I feel the same way today, somehow personally violated because running is my sport that a moment that so many have strived for was taken from them. An event with such positive spirit was stolen.
    2985 days ago
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