My Thoughts on Boston Marathon 2013

I have never run the Boston Marathon.  I may never be able to.  To qualify I’d have to run a 3:10:00 marathon.  That’s 7:15 per mile.  The best I’ve done at a 1/2 marathon is an 8:13 pace.  So I’d have to shave an minute off my current best pace and go twice as far.  I’d have to run at basically my 5k pace for 26.2.  That’s a tall order.  But never say never.  Someday maybe.  It’d be an awesome achievement.  And I have nothing but respect for others who can make it there.

Long before I ever had any inkling about running these distances, I still knew what the Boston Marathon was.  It’s a storied event, known worldwide.  And around this same time in my life, I actually saw the finish line.  I was in Boston on business and had some free time to explore.  I randomly got out of a subway stop and there it was, the finish line to the Boston Marathon.  The race was not going on, but I guess they leave it there painted on the street year round.  Like I said, I’d never even considered running a marathon, but I knew about Boston and seeing the finish line gave me a sense of respect, awe, and history.  I knew that people worldwide focus on that exact spot once a year.  I knew people worldwide strive to be at that spot once in their life.  And I was standing in it’s presence.  Like many tragedies, there’s  no way I could predict what would happen at that exact spot so many years later.

At Fenway Pahk watchin tha Red Sahx play the wicked Yankees.

At Fenway Pahk watchin tha Red Sahx play the wicked Yankees.

I used to go to Boston about once a month for work. And. I. Loved. It.  I love the food, the people, the accent, the history, the sights, everything.  I always added a free day or two to my trip so I could explore the city.  I still consider Boston one of my 2nd home cities.  Combine that with my love of running, you can imagine how the Boston Marathon bombing hit close to home for me.

I don’t have to get into how horrible the event was and is.  I’d rather focus on the good.  Like how people post on social media the Mr. Rogers quote about focusing on how there are always people helping the injured.  Like how Patton Oswalt posted about there will always be more good people than bad people.  Like the reports of finishers running to the hospital to donate blood.  Like how the message of peace on the sign held in the picture of the little boy who was killed, Martin Richard, will reach so many people.  Like how within seconds, first responders and civilians alike were running toward the travesty to help strangers in need.  Like how instead of scaring people, this event inspired so many across the country get out and run and remember.

I for one have never wanted to run more than I do right now.  I have never wanted to run the Boston Marathon than I do now.  I signed up for the Dopey Challenge at Disney last week – that’s 4 straight days of racing – 5k, 10k, 1/2, & full marathon.  I was kind of intimidated by it, but now I’m inspired to run it.  I’ll run it with Boston on my mind.  Like I said, I’ve never wanted to run more than I do now.  Stephen Colbert had a funny quote:

“Here’s what these cowards really don’t get: they attacked the Boston Marathon, an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw — for fun.”

It’s true.  People don’t run marathons cause they’re easy.  People who run marathons aren’t weak.  Regardless of what you think about politics, I thought President Obama gave a great speech at the interfaith service in Boston a few days after the attack.  As a runner and American, I liked how he compared America to marathoners.  How we always push through, even when times are tough.  How we always know that around the next bend, there will always be others there to support us.  How we will always finish the race!

On a personal note, I had two friends running this race.  One was already long finished.  But the other was within half a mile of the finish when the bombs went off.  We didn’t hear that she was safe for hours, so that was a stressful time let me tell you.  But we were lucky, both our friends are safe.  So thankful for that.

But like I said, I’ve spent lots of time in Beantown.  I know the people.  I know how tough they are.  I’ve also spent some time in NYC.  I know how tough that city is.  When I was at ground zero last summer, I saw firsthand how they have picked themselves up and gotten stronger since 9/11.  I know Boston will do the same.

Whatever your personal race is, get out and do it.  Whether it’s running or something in life…no person, no excuse, no situation can stop you.  Go do it!

“No more hurting people.  Peace.” – Martin Richard

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33 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Boston Marathon 2013

  1. Rebecca Williams

    Well said Scooter! And from reading this even I am going to go for a run tomorrow!
    My heart goes out to all the families and friends affected by this cowardly attack. Having been to Boston as well, I share your views!

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  3. Reblogged this on Piratebobcat and commented:

    This is what I wrote one year ago about the Boston Marathon bombing.

  4. Great post! I love the Colbert quote too – that is something that has always stuck in my mind about that day. It was a horrible day, but I think that event forever solidified the awesomeness of the running community for me!

    • Thank you! As a runner myself, when I saw the attacks it didn’t make me scared of running, it made me want to run more! Never challenge those of us who’s hobby is pain inducing – ha! Yes, I love the community!

  5. A brilliant post! The Boston marathon bombings were a real tragedy, there’s no doubt about that. But I take a lot of courage from the fact that it’s made the amazing community of runners even stronger and more determined to never stop. That’s what we are good at! I never really thought about running the Boston Marathon, prior to the bombings, but like you, now I do! Even if it’s just to make a stand. My marathon PB would have me Boston bound, now I just need to get my timing and training right and repeat it at a qualifying race! And you never know, I might see you there!

  6. That Colbert quote it great. I love it. I really appreciate your sharing this. I went to Boston for the first time a year ago in the fall, not too long before the marathon. I fell in love with the city too and look forward to going back. Really enjoyed this post.

    • Wow, thank you so much! As a runner and a lover of Boston, this meant a lot to me. I’m glad you enjoyed the city too! Thanks again, I hope we both get back there soon!

  7. Nice post and perfectly said! 🙂

  8. As usual, awesome post. You did a great job of focusing on all the positive that can come from a terrible event. No matter how horrible something is, there’s always a silver lining.

  9. I was one block behind the finish line waiting for a friend who had finished a few minutes before the bombing. I tried to meet him at the finish line, but the train was slow and I got stuck in the crowds. When I heard the first explosion, I called my husband to ask what happened. Then the second explosion occurred, and my husband told me to stay on the phone and start walking toward Fenway Park. It was a very scary day, but I was so proud to be part of such a tough city. There’s nothing quite like #BostonStrong.

    • Hi Lisa!!! I didn’t realize you were there that day. That is so scary! I had a friend about a half mile from the finish when the bombs went off. She was running and they wouldn’t let her finish. We were all freaking out wondering if she was ok. I’m glad you were safe! But you’re right, Boston is one tough city! #BostonStrong indeed!!!

  10. What an awesome post. So well written, thank you. I was fortunate enough to run Boston in 2010 and it will always have a place in my heart. It is the coolest city I’ve ever been to and I hope to visit it again one day. I will never forget where I was when I heard about the bombings that day. I ran at an event a few weeks after the bombings (across the continent from Boston) and everyone was wearing blue and yellow for Boston. Just one of the reasons why I love the running community.

    • Thank you so much! That is so awesome that you got to run it! I know I would treasure that experience forever too! I love love love the city too! I used to happily volunteer for work assignments that sent me there. That’s so cool about your race after wards. Even down here we had Boston running events just to support it!

  11. Great post! Very well written.

  12. Truly great post. Amidst the shock last year I remember thinking that they picked the wrong sport and the wrong town to target. I have never been to Boston but hopefully someday.

  13. Very well spoken. I remember Obama making that statement, and it couldn’t be any more true! As tragic as the events were last year, I too most clearly remember the outpour of kindness and support that immediately followed. There is way more good in this world than evil

    • Thank you! Yes, my friend was on the course when it happened and she said all kinds of people were offering her assistance. So much kindness coming out of tragedy.

  14. Well written, gave me chills. I may one day run a marathon – I don’t know yet because I am so new to running but I respect all runners and all athletes who get out there and push themselves to do the impossible. This was a terrible tragedy and it is inspiring to see people come together and be wonderful.

    • Oh wow, thank you! Ha, don’t jump into marathons until you’re ready! Get some shorter races under your belt first. But yes, runners are such a great community, and it was great to see how everyone came together!

  15. wow, I love this post. I also loved how everyone banded together after the events. the good did certainly outweigh the bad. Runners and everyone alike came together. I watched the ESPN special on it last night and was fighting back tears the entire time. I can’t wait to be in Boston in a few days. I’m glad your friend was okay!!

    • Thank you very much! Yes, everyone coming together was amazing. In fact, I’m meeting a run group down here for a ‘Boston’ run. I haven’t watch the ESPN show, but I want to. Have a blast in Boston! i love that town!!!

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