“You know, you might get blown up.”

Waiting at the bar last night after another great Hub Running Club group run, I got to talking with a guy about running and the marathon specifically. Maybe I should have known he didn’t have good taste by the Bud Light in the metal bottle he was nursing, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. After expressing disbelief that I had just run a whole 8 miles and was apparently not reduced to bed rest, on the subject of the Boston Marathon the gentleman opined “you know, you might get blown up.”

Many of you might have audibly exclaimed “what?!?” at reading that, perhaps in disbelief, but I assure you it’s true. I took a beat to gather my thoughts and then explained, calmly, that that was exactly why I, and many of you, are running Boston, to show we will cower nor let two individuals rob us of our beloved race. It sounds trite, but if we do not run, if we do not go spectate, the terrorists do indeed win.

When I cross the finish line on Boylston St. on Patriot’s Day, it will be a victory over fear for me, personally, and a victory on behalf of the city I love. It’ll be a victory on behalf of everyone who pushed me through training and supported my fundraising efforts. And it’ll be a victory fueled by the cheers of the thousands of people who line the race course.

Run happy. Run without fear. Run because you can.


One Response to ““You know, you might get blown up.””

  1. Carson Says:

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Thanks a lot!

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