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Why do we run?

Runners at the finish as the tragedy unfolds.

Today in Boston, Patriot’s day, the day of the Boston Marathon was suddenly a day of terror.  The world’s oldest annual marathon ended abruptly in fire and fear.  Fear.  What should have been elation, and a celebration of the spirit of the runner and their triumph was turned to into a panicked scene out of a nightmare.  Yet, the runners kept running.

Some had come to the end of 26.2 miles of running, and exhausted as they were, they kept running.  Running from the blast of explosives, running to medical tents to seek assistance, running to find friends and family, and running to help others on the course.  Some even ran to nearby hospitals to donate blood for the wounded.    I find it a very powerful comment on the spirit of not just these athletes, but of the American spirit as well.  For many of the volunteers were also running.  Running to help.  Medical staff and first responders were running, and spectators and citizens were running, looking to offer assistance where ever possible. We see it everywhere, we see it at every tragedy, the spirit of the runner in ourselves.  Running toward and not away.

The runner runs to the finish line, not away from the starting line.  They run to test their abilities, to improve themselves, or to find a sense of self.  Some run for the peace it brings them, and many for the feeling of accomplishment.  Some even run for the sense of community that people in the running world find among themselves.  I run simply as a joyous expression of the fact that I can run. But whatever the reason, they run.  And they will continue running.

A tragedy such as today’s will give us pause.  It will break our hearts and leave us to question, “why?”  Our Bostonian Patriot’s Day will not forget what happened today, it will be a solemn part of this race forever.  But we will still run.  Our athletes will run for the same reasons they have always run, and they will run to show that this horrible and tragic event cannot stop them.  Our nation will continue to run because as Americans we still have goals to achieve, and we will not be deterred from them.  Our communities  and families will keep running because we do not stop in the face of tragedy, we keep going.  We run toward our goals and not away from our fears.

That is why we run.  That is why we will always run.

April 1, 2013

I had a wonderful weekend and a great Easter!  I found two beautiful dresses, on sale at Kohls.  I picked up my race packet at the new ABQ Running Shop,  worked on snatches at Cantina CrossFit with Barb (and some great coaching by Chad, who did not laugh even once.) Ran a 5k with a phenomenal group of friends. We celebrated a friend’s birthday with some of my favorite people on Earth.  I got to meet two brand new babies, and spent Easter with my King Edward and the furry kids.

Yeah, life is good.

Pre-race clean

Post-race Colorful!

And that is no April Fools…

January 1, 2013

Week one of 2013 was a pretty amazing one.  As part of my year of  thankfulness, I am trying to keep track of each and every day, and all the ways I am truly thankful for my life.  Happy New Year everyone!

This year started with my first 5k of the year.  The Egg Nog Jog was held on January 1 at noon and I got to run with my friend Cathy Goevelinger and her friend Melani, Melani’s son Royce, and Melani’s mom.  Here we all are post-race.

Egg Nog Toast to the New Year

This race was on dirt, around the Los Poblanos open space.  It was freezing (actually below freezing) and sunny and all in all a pretty beautiful day.  The Sand Cranes were hanging out in the fields and there were several people out walking their dogs.  This New Year’s Day race has been held for over thirty years here in Albuquerque, and several of the participants were veterans of the Albuquerque running scene.  The final finisher was a ninety year old woman.  So for the first day of the year, I am truly thankful for my healthy body, and for the inspiration of others to help me stay that way.

What is your favorite New Year’s Day memory?

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