I want to share my thoughts for Boston this year. This race will forever change my life and is an experience I will always cherish and remember. I think we all need to take time to remember those who lost their lives and those whose lives will never be the same.
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary and it feels almost to soon to be going back…the tragedy to fresh. The three who lost their lives, and the 200+ who were injured and their families should all be remembered and honored through race day and after.
Even with the tragedy feeling so fresh, I have been seriously anticipating the Boston Marathon this year. I can not wait to step onto the course and be apart of the thousands of #bostonstrong runners on Monday.
Twitter and other social media have been inspiring this past week. Reading stories of survivors and watching videos has left me with goosebumps and with so much motivation and inspiration.
This race will have a whole new level of meaning for me. It will be my third Boston Marathon, and after the events of last years race and being there when the tragedy occurred, my race day plans look entirely different.
I love the Boston Marathon, with it’s history and the crowds and spirit. But this year will be even more memorable. My motivations for this year’s race are different. I am running in honor of all those who lost their lives last year, or lost a loved one or were injured at last years explosions.
I am grateful for the gift of life and understand how precious it is. My race is dedicated to the victims of the senseless act of violence on race day last year. My thoughts will be of them during the race, my prayers for them.
My life was not affected as drastically by the events of last year, as it was for others. My life was spared, and I am eternally grateful for this, while still being saddened by those who lost their lives.
It has been inspiring to see so many runners returning to finish the race they couldn’t last year, or returning to run again. And then there’s the runners who have never ran a marathon before, and are running in honor of someone. Those who are running for the first time on their new limbs. Those who have something to prove.
I want to prove that I am not fearful and I will run again. I want to prove that the terrorists didn’t win, and I think the 36,000 runners on Marathon Monday prove this!! You can’t break a runner. We are a unified group. Even if you aren’t running marathon Monday, I know there are so many of you that will be apart of that day in many other ways.
I am honored and privileged to be returning and I won’t ever stop doing what I love. Monday will be a day I will never forget. My emotions will run deep, but I know those emotions will drive my race.
Boston here we come. Thank you for having us back!! Marathon Monday can’t come soon enough.
P.S. If you are interest, here is an interview I had the privilege of being in on this past Sunday in honor of Boston.
Until Next Time, Be Whole and Be Fit