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Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston 2013 - The Bastards Will Not Win - We Won't Stop

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

This is one of the ones that I definitely do not want to loose and yes it made me remember how I felt that day.

Originally posted on: April 15, 2013 

I accidentally published this on today's date, not 2013 as I wanted, I am sorry for the mix-up and have corrected it. I got too caught up in the emotions I was feeling back then and forgot to double-check the posting date.

This is not the post I want to write today, but it is the one that I will.

When I am stressed I write. 

It helps me sort things out and helps me get through what is going on, that is all this post is about.


After what happened in Boston today:

  • there are villains - who they are yet, we do not know, but we will and those who speak out to support these despicable acts are and will be considered our enemies. Remember that.
  • there were victims - people died, others were maimed or injured.
  • there were heroes - the emergency responders, volunteers and the runners.
  • there will be recriminations and finger-pointing on what we should have, could have or would have done. Instead think about what we need to do.

Yes I am sickened and saddened by the senseless violence against the innocents at the Boston Marathon today. However, the aim of this terrorist act, because that is what I believe it was, is to have us change how we live, view our world and have us believe that we are not safe, wherever we are.

I had originally planned on being in Boston today, so I could watch several people that I know finish the marathon, but at the last minute I changed my mind. 

Instead I stayed home, watched the start, got very motivated by it and the races and ran 10 miles today at a comfortably hard pace on the Rail Trail. When I got back home, I watched more of the race on on the live stream and the ballgame. 

Then all hell broke loose on Twitter and I turned on the TV to find out what was going.

The horrific events on the television screen transfixed me and I was following my Twitter feed. I couldn't look away. I was scared, angry and more than a few tears were shed, for the innocence we lost in the running community today.

When my wife got home we talked and hugged for a while and then she asked me if I still planned to run the Marine Corps Marathon?

I quietly answered. "I have to."

You have to remember she is very worried and more than a little scared. "Is it worth dying for?"

I simply said. "Yes"

We talked more, but I have to explain why I said this.

If I allow what happened in Boston, change my plans to run the Marine Corps Marathon, then the bastards who did this despicable act have won. I refuse to let them win.

It really is that simple.

I will continue to train and prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon and be there ready to run when it starts on October 27th and I will do my damnedest to qualify for Boston that day.

This is my way of honoring those who were at Boston today, not letting the bastards - win.

After all we runners are a resilient bunch and we won't stop.

This post isn't about me, it is to remember the events of this day.

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