I was going to write a post on my tapering today, but in light of recent events that doesn’t seem right.
I had planned on coming home and taking a nap because I was exhausted and instead I heard about the awful tragedy that occurred at Boston and I laid in bed scouring Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for any sign that the runners/bloggers whom I had been following a short time before were okay. How quickly my emotions switched from elation as I saw their great split times come in through the pace tracker to horror as I heard about the bombings. Once I learned they were okay I laid there confused as to why something like this would happen and saddened for all those who were impacted by the days events.
As I was running I received numerous texts and emails:
– Some making sure the marathon I am training for wasn’t Boston.
– Others telling me (with love) they are happy I am too slow to qualify and was therefore safe.
If I would have qualified – I would have been there in a heartbeat. It could just as easily have happened to any of us who hope and dream about one day getting to run such an amazing race.
Finally, I received questions about my own marathon –
The Country Music Marathon is Nashville is only 12 days away.
I was asked: “After all that has happened will you still run your race?”
My response: Now more than ever!
Shootings happen in our schools and yet I still show up everyday to teach. Bombs go off at a race and yet I will still line up to run. I won’t quit, give up, or live my life in fear because then evil wins.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston tonight.