I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

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.

I. WILL. NOT. LET. THE. BASTARDS. WIN.

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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