I ran cross-country in school. I hated it. But, I did it because I had to in order to qualify for the “block” award, an award that supposedly honored achievement in academics.
Once I was done with high school, I stopped running. I no longer had to do the Presidential Fitness Test, so why bother? Yes, I know, for health — but my freshman year of college I ate more and actually lost 15lbs instead of gaining. My health was all downhill from there on.
When I wracked my brain for fundraising ideas for the National Parkinson’s Foundation, the one thing that I kept coming back to was… run. Run a marathon (26.2 miles) by my 26th birthday.
My decision was even more solidified this week after the tragedy in Boston. Runners and their supporters are a unique bunch… and marathon runners even more unique and strong — their main strength is to persevere. Since Monday, the number of people on the trail has at least doubled. Not everyone is running, but seeing the colors, baseball hats, race shirts, etc — I know they were all out there to show support for Boston.
I painted my nails in the colors of the marathon — to remind myself to continue to pray for the victims, their families, law enforcement, the investigation, and the capture of the suspects. I struggled this week when I moved up a level in Couch to 5K, but looking at my nails reminded me that my struggle is nothing compared to theirs.
Even though I still have a long road of training ahead of me, I consider myself a born-again runner. Seeing the outpouring of support for Boston from just the running community alone warmed my heart. I’m so glad to be a part of such a selfless group of people, people who give up their once-in-a-lifetime-finishing-medals to complete strangers. A group of people who have spectators who endure all kinds of weather to cheer everyone on, and in the instance of Boston’s bombings — immediately sprang into action to help everyone around them.
The primary suspects are no longer on the streets, but don’t let that stop you from continuing to show support for Boston & those involved with the marathon. Lace up! Hit the pavement! Run! Show them that we will not be stopped!
If you too are a born-again runner, or a new runner lacing up to support Boston, feel free to connect with me to journey together. You can find me on twitter, my fitness pal, and Nike + (search username: ourmisadventures). There’s also the Digiscrappers Cutting the Fat support group.