Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Few More Days...

...till we invade DC!

Okay not invade, but arrive in.

We just got word we are so close to our team goal that it's crazy. We were all asked to raise $25 more to help reach the goal by Friday. MB was awesome enough to donate $40 today. I never would have imagined I could raise as much as I have. Everyone has been amazing. Running has changed since last week, but for the better.

Updates to come.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Things Are Different Today


Yesterday happened. It doesn't seem real.

Going into Boston to cheer on friends & remember the moment I decided to run 4 years ago. That was the plan. It started out that way. I was checking my updates on my friends. I was so proud of them. Seeing Christopher finish was amazing! Not only was I there when he got notified he got in, but I got to see him cross the finish line. Looking at my friends & saying "Today is the perfect day for running. It's sunny, but there's a nice breeze. Not too cold. Not too warm." Things changed shortly after that.

Meeting up with a couple other people & not wanting to wait 2 hours for a table meant we went to a bar. I left to meet up with Christopher & give him a cupcake I got him. I walked back down the route to the bar & talked to my mom. Being in the bar for about 3 minutes & hearing 2 booms was crazy. I mean as much as you tell me it was something else, deep down we all knew what it really was. People were running & crying.

Being away from the news with the exception of the Internet was probably good. Seeing the first video footage made my friend & I say "Holy shit! We were right there! That's where we yelled & cheered for Christopher!"

It was until today that it felt partially real. It still doesn't feel completely real.

Thankfully everyone I know is safe. That's not the case for everyone. What if I had stayed & talked to Christopher for another few minutes? What if MB didn't buy me a drink? I know I would have been standing at the finish line waiting for Kevin to finish. I would have been hurt. I wouldn't have the opportunity to go & run today. Run for everyone yesterday. For the people who never will again. I didn't run for my today. I ran for the people who got hurt. The people who died. The people who went into the danger, not away from it.

I don't know how to fully feel. I don't know what tomorrow will be like. Or what it will be like running in a race again. What I do know is that we will be okay. That we will get through this. That you can't break a runner. We overcome breaking every step we take.

Be thankful today. Forget the petty shit we all worry about. Be thankful for living. For being healthy. Get off the phone /computer/etc & go outside. Be thankful you can do that. Even if it is just for a moment.

Monday, April 1, 2013

27 Days To Go!

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. I did a lot of time doing nothing. It was nice & much needed. During dinner at my sister's apartment I got two emails that I was waiting for. The emails that said I reached my fundraising goal! Nate & Carrick both donated a few months ago in honor of someone. To get donations from the both of them again meant the world. I can now focus on running!!! I ran 5 miles today. I really have to focus & get down to business.

The countdown to DC is on!