Remembering Boston 2013

I can’t believe its been a year already since the Boston Marathon bombings. That will go down as a day I will never forgot, even though I was hundreds of miles away. I remember hearing about the bombings and being so shocked and confused. Who would set off a bomb at a race??!

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Once I had heard about it I was glued to the TV and social media, hoping for answers. I remember checking in with my friend who lives in Boston, and hearing about how crazy things were around the city. The hours to follow were awful, and I turned to running for comfort at such as horrible time.

I posted this on instagram the day after the bombings:

Running should always be this peaceful #prayforboston

I had a 10k to run the following Saturday, and at first I was worried that it may be cancelled. As that week went on I was reminded of how strong and resilient runners are. My race would go on without question, with a moment before the start dedicated to remember Boston. Other runners across the country would do the same. I ran a PR that day, giving everything I had for those who couldn’t. I was never so proud to be a runner.

While I am still preparing to write about the marathon I ran on Sunday, I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the events that occurred last year. By reflecting on that day I am reminded of the bigger picture when it comes to running…and life- neither should be taken for granted. I feel more motivation to reach my goals while also appreciating what I have been capable of accomplishing already.

I can tell that this upcoming Boston Marathon will be like no other. I hope that anyone who will be there- running or spectating- has an amazing time, although I am sure it will be a very emotional day for all.

Will you be at the Boston Marathon this year? If not, will be you be watching the coverage? (That’s what I’ll be doing!)

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10 thoughts on “Remembering Boston 2013

  1. I wouldn’t miss watching the marathon this year for anything – your tribute and that photo agree so touching. This hit us at the core, and I will never forget.

  2. I’ll be there for the first time, I had planned to watch this year before the tragedies happened and now it couldn’t be a more perfect year to watch it. I almost went last year but ended up visiting someone at another school so I couldn’t go home. It has been quite the year for Boston, but I think they have more than proven that we are strong, we are resilient, and we are Boston. Nobody can take that away.

    • Wow that’s pretty crazy that you were planning to be there last year. I’m sure it will be an unbelievable day next Monday. I hope you have a wonderful experience there, although I’m sure it will be filled with many different emotions.

  3. I will definitely be tracking the race coverage while at work, and it will all be in my thoughts during my run Monday morning … I still remember the feelings of panic and dread making calls and texts and emails to friends in the area last year …

  4. I will be watching the coverage from my office that day for sure and heading out for a run on my break with the race on my mind. Last year was so frightening. I had several people to account for up there as well and was so relieved and lucky to find them all safe.

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