Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I broke the dress code at work today....

Yesterday's events in Boston were disturbing to all of us. I lived in Boston for four years. These four years I was not healthy. I was not a runner. I was not active. I did, however, watch the marathon each and every year. I watched with friends. We would cheer for so many people. My favorite parts were cheering for those that simply couldn't believe they were there and were running with so much heart. Even then seeing people collapse in heaps of sweat and tears was inspiring.

For me, it was one of the best days of the year. It was a fun day. I am stunned that after yesterday it is not ever going to be the same. I am stunned that people will not be able to enjoy the day as we did those years that we were in Boston. I am shocked that so many innocent people were hurt at an event that is so inspiring to so many. I cry because of those lives that were lost. I am angered because someone decided to make a some sort of point in such a senseless manner. I just don't understand.

Even though I was not a runner in Boston, I know have struggled through many events myself. I just cannot fathom what the runners were dealing with on that day. The utter sense of fear that had to strike so many. The confusion of the moments after the blasts had to be horrible. To go from being focused on the finish line as the one and in only goal to worrying about the lives of friends/family waiting for them at the finish or for the city that they love...well, I just hope no more of us ever have to go through that.

There is not much I can do for a city that I feel a connection to...Boston. Even though I voluntarily moved from the city, I do still have fond memories and feelings for so much the city has to offer. Like many, I wonder what I could do from so far away. The truth is there wasn't much I could do but I could make a symbolic gesture and follow what is going around social media about wearing running shirts to show support for the city and the runners. So, I broke the dress code today at work and wore a shirt from one of my events last year.

A small gesture I know but I am a runner...and I support all that showed such a testament to the human spirit in the wake of such evilness.


  1. It was a tragedy and I cannot even imagine what it feels like to live there. I am so sad for this day in our nation and for all the families and friends affected.