wednesday night played host to a 4.15 mile community run for boston, hosted by the largest chain of running stores in southeast michigan. the gathering was formal, but the event was not. show up and show support whether you run or walk. i didn't know how many people to anticipate (i didn't even know my girl lori would be there), but i wasn't shocked when i saw the massive crowd in the park geared up and ready to run.
|ready to run. 4.15.13 bib on, boston runner on the|
i haven't said much about my thoughts and reflections on the tragedy in boston and i still won't elaborate much on how it has affected me. but i firmly believe that even in the darkest hours and darkest events, that is when goodness and love shines the brightest. and even though my heart has been sad and heavy for days, i feel so much hope and happiness when looking at all the amazing things the running community (and folks outside of it) has done to come together and support one another. this is one of the reasons i run and why i have continued to be a runner. for the community. being a part of this community is incredible and there are very few words i can use to describe just how that makes me feel.
at 6:30pm, hundreds of runners set out for an out and back in kensington metro park. the snow and cold from earlier in the day had turned into gorgeous sunshine just for us, it seemed.
my people watching skills were in full force. i was most interested in finding the former boston marathoners in all their glory - wearing their incredible marathon jackets from the years they ran. the neat thing (yes i did just say neat) was the span of years that folks had participated in the marathon. 1990's, 2000's, 2010's and 2013. i was so inspired by the legacy of runners i was surrounded by and it made me thankful for another thing that is so great about running; it doesn't matter how old you are, how fast or slow you go, or what your goals are - we are all runners. and i really felt that as we all trekked along in our own footsteps, but running together on the same course, as one, for the same reason.
this run was supposed to be a tempo run for me - four miles between 8:00 and 8:30 minute paces. given the crowd in the first mile, it was tough to maneuver much, let alone get to a steady pace. though i got to where i needed to be for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th mile, i realized pace didn't matter much to me that night. this was a training run of a different kind. this was a re-training in the spirit of running. the reason to run. why running matters. why it matters to me. its so easy to get caught up with pacing and hills and distances and injures that we can easily forget why this is important to us to begin with. i felt like i got that back with this amazing run on wednesday.
while the tragedy in boston took many beautiful things from us, from families, from runners and from america, the response to boston gave us something that cannot be overlooked. it gave a global community a reason to believe in the good of others, a reason to be strong in our faith of others and a reason to remember why we are all runners and what running means to each and every one of us. our reasons for running may be different, but at the end of the day, we are one community, and that is what will continue to keep us running, mile after mile, race after race.
|i'm in the orange, accompanied by current and past boston|
i am so thankful that i was able to participate in this group run and i am even more thankful for all the runners out there for the support, strength and resilience they have shown to one another. thank you.