Posted by: kzaitzruns | April 26, 2013

Boston…

April 15th, 2013 marked a day of joy for the running community when the iconic Boston Marathon began around 9 am Monday morning.  It soon became a tragic day that not only stunned the nation but the tight-knit community of runners that exist throughout the world. 

My heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends.  While I am deeply saddened and angered by the violence committed, I am amazed and in awe of the strength the running community has shown in the aftermath.   People always think of distance running as an individual sport, but it’s not.  Think about it, the people who were hurt were those cheering on their friends and family.  It takes the support of your loved ones to do what a runner does, whether at an elite or recreational level.  It could have been my family and friends, but it wasn’t.  So I must live each day to the fullest, doing my best to be my best for myself and those that lost their lives or limbs on April 15th.  Many of the victims are offering inspiring stories, showing grit and determination  through a horrific ordeal.  It’s a reminder that life always has challenges, big and small, but it’s how you handle them that determines your true character.  Thank you to all those that helped save lives, whether on the race course or once in the hospital.  Thank you to those that found out who did this and ended their path of violence.  Lastly, as this post comes to a close, thank you to those that support me on my journey.  Without you I would not be doing what I love and living my dreams.  It’s hard to think that it could have been my family, and so I mustn’t.  I must go forward with courage, determination, and spirit; honoring those affected!

I will end with this quote: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela

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