Heartbreak Hill - Believe in the Run
|Boston Marathon finish line 2009|
Every year I look forward to Patriots Day. I love streaming the race at my desk at work, watching everyone finish. Not just the winners, but those that are where I was April 20, 2009. I know how they're feeling and what its taken to get there.
Today I had a client meeting and missed the finish, but had just gotten an email from Dan with the women's results. I couldn't believe how close it had been. I was just about to see if I could find video of the finish when my boss called saying there was an explosion at Boston. I still haven't seen the women's finish. The innocence of the day lost by some crazy, souless person(s). In an instant the excitement of a close finish, an American woman coming close to winning, is all gone.
It saddens me to no end, this horrific attack in Boston. It hits to the core as I have been here. I finished in 3:53, which would have put me in the finishing chutes, medal around my neck, collecting my drop bag, and drinking a Gatorade, when the bombs went off. If you've never been to the Boston Marathon, its an amazing place on Patriots Day. There is such a sense of pride for everyone's running accomplishments as well as an overwhelming sense of patriotism.
Boston I will be back...running 26.2 miles for all those who can't. For those who fought to get here and had it ripped out from under them. The only thing I know to do after such horrific events is to run. So tomorrow, despite the raging blizzard outside, I will lace up my shoes and run hard.
"Running never takes more than it gives back. Believe in the run. Boston"