I just got back from a run that I needed to take in order to clear my head after the horrible bombings today at the Boston Marathon. My mind keeps wandering back to all of my finish lines, for marathons and shorter runs and triathlons, and I keep thinking about all of my friends and family who have waited for me at those finish lines. Today, some runners had their friends and family injured or taken away at the race today and I can't imagine their pain and sorrow. And some runners, who have been dedicated to their training for this race are injured and many are emotionally wrecked.
The feelings at the end of any race are exhaustion, utter elation and every other emotion that you can think of. But the vibe at every race is always overwhelmingly positive. The running community has to be one of the most supportive, encouraging and positive groups of people out there. Every person around you at a race is cheering you on and pushing you to do your best. I can't wrap my mind around the fact that some horrible person (people) felt the need to destroy such a beautiful day and event. Marathons aren't political or controversial, they are a gathering of people dedicated enough to finish a marathon and the people that support them. The only reason to attack a marathon is hatred of humanity and the desire to destroy it.
These people must be brought to justice, but no matter what the outcome, I know one thing. The running community will get together and support Boston, the lives lost and those injured will be remembered and this beautiful community of people from all different countries, backgrounds and athletic abilities will continue to be a positive place for anyone with a desire to move their feet.