6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Boston Finish

The horrific events at the Boston Marathon today leave me sad, heartbroken and in fear.  I cant help but put myself in the position of the runners, the spectators, and everyone in the city.  I will never understand evil!!  Why do people chose to take something so special away?? 

For so many their Boston Marathon experience today was not what it should be, marred by fear, injury and death.  The tragic event will live in the nightmares of my friends, fellow runners and all those who were there to support the Marathon.

I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 and although the day did not go as I planned, it was all that I could have imagined and more.  I cant help but let myself focus on my moment and not take myself to that dark place of what happened today in the city that holds a special place in my heart..

I sat on the Finish Line the night before the race with my training partners and friends.
I flexed my muscles crossing the Line just over 4 hours.
 I earned my medal and joined the foil blanket fun that followed..
Maybe it is selfish to take my head and my heart there... but at the end of the day the Evil cannot take my moments away.. This was my Finish Line in Boston just 6 months after the unexpected death of my Dad.

I pointed to Heaven as I crossed the line and hope that all who were watching could see me Finish. I dug deep and did not give up!! Yes I let my time goal escape but that didn't matter, I made it.

FINISH LINE!!! I was zombie, the pack of people was so tight.. What I do remember is the Medals, I picked a pretty young lady with a dimpled smile. She put the medal around my neck and I turned away. Tears flooded down my face and suddenly the world melted away....I could feel my Dad giving me a HUG, I could smell him, the crowd was gone and I was with my Dad... I felt him say "I am proud of you, and the family. Keep going, I am with you." People probably thought I was CRAZY!! I am not sure how long I stood there motionless, it felt so GOOD to feel his presence.. Suddenly he was gone and I was ALONE, in a sea of people but alone.

My friend Bethany Finished today in 3:41....an amazing time!!  She was able to connect with her husband and they were together when the bombs went off.  She should be celebrating with greasy food and a milkshake instead they departed to the safety of their home in Boston... She has so many GREAT Boston memories, I pray for her heart to heal in this tough time.

If you have a positive Boston Moment please share....let yourself remember because we cannot let Evil take this away from us.


Michelle said...

Can't think of a better way to celebrate today and not focus on the evil. http://www.carpcorner.blogspot.com/2012/04/boston.html

Marissa said...

amazing! Yes such truth...we must focus on the good in this world during horrific times like these...

dawn @ running the dawn said...

I was there two years ago too! I can't believe this happened at the Boston Marathon. So tragic!!

nrmrvrk said...

Wow you used "I ..." 25 times in that post.

Half Crazed Runner said...

They don't own your glory, and they can't take it from you! Great job! Stay positive, and you and your medal will shine on! So glad you are safe.

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