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Dealing with tragedy in the running community

On Monday night I went to bed and dreamed I was running through a huge explosion with blood everywhere.  I was relieved to wake up from my dream.

Only it wasn’t a dream.  What happened at the Boston Marathon is the stuff of nightmares. 
This is an extremely sad time for everyone in Boston right now, and for everyone else around the world as well.  I have half a dozen friends who ran Boston and while they’re all physically unharmed, I can’t even begin to imagine how they’re doing on the inside—let alone how all the injured are coping as well as the families who lost loved ones.
One of my running friends who ran Boston is Megan Searfoss, an Ironman and triathlete from Ridgefield.  This is her message to those who caused the attack:
Why did YOU do this?
YOU will never take running away from me. YOU will never take it away from the Boston Marathon or the thousands of runners around the world that hope to run it one day. YOU are a coward and a whack to hurt so many people that were celebrating life, health and wellness.
Running has given me peace through the worst and best times of my life. People like YOU make me need running more. WE will be in Boston next year and for years to come. Our resolve is stronger than ever. YOU likely don’t have a clue what it is like to have peace and are envious of those that have it. Perhaps YOU should try running so that you can have clarity and understand all that is right in the world and learn not to dwell on what you feel is unjust. Running does that.
I pray for those are lost, for those that continue to fight for their lives and for those that witnessed the awfulness. Today was to be another glorious day in Boston, as marathoners wore their jackets and medals proud while hobbling their stiff legs down stairs, all badges of a race of a lifetime. Indeed it was.
Thank you, Megan.  Your words speak volumes.
Runners are a tough bunch and we will get through this.  That’s because we’re all in it together.  This catastrophe will not deter us from being runners, from racing, or from training for next year’s Boston Marathon.
Let’s all hug our loved ones, tell them how much they mean to us, and keep them close while we say a prayer for all those affected by this tragedy.








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