I've debated writing something about the events that transpired on Monday, April 15 in Boston. The bombings at the finish are just so devastating. I felt like I went into shock on Monday afterwards. I was close, about one block away from the bombs. I feel very luck and wonder why I am safe. Its not fair that so many others were injured. What can be said that hasn't already? Do I have anything to add? I was there but I wasn't on Boylston Street. I was one block away. In the end, I figured I'd write something and maybe it'll help.
I left the finishing area around 2:30 with family to find some lunch. We tried to go to a restaurant up Boylston Street but couldn't get around the barricades. Looking back, it was a miracle that we didn't go that way. We made our way past the Prudential building when we heard the explosions and felt the earth shake. The streets fell silent as we all wondered that that noise was. And then a crowd of people ran out of the Prudential building as sirens filled the air. Someone shouted that there was a shooter. Others just ran. Nobody truly knew.
By the grace of God, we didn't get separated from each other. As news came in, we found out what was going on and decided it was best to get out of downtown. It took a while but we eventually made it to my sister-in-laws apartment a few miles from downtown.
Reflecting back on the day, I am still at a loss. I'm not really sure how to feel. On one hand, I battled through a tough race and achieved a great time. On the other hand, I don't think the time matters. How can I think about the time when so many other people are suffering?
The tragic events that happened on Monday hit so close to home. The running community is a family. We all support each other. The people lining the course were cheering for EVERYBODY on Monday. Some of those same people who were injured by this senseless act were cheering for me a few hours earlier.
The encouraging part was seeing the tremendous amount of support on Monday. The first responders who can be seen running towards the scene. My fellow runners who just completed a grueling race were offering their support to the injured. Those are the thoughts and memories that we need to take away from all of this.
Since the cowardly acts that transpired on Monday, the running community as responded the best they know how...by running. Groups all over the country have organized remembrance runs to show unity and support for those injured and impacted by the attack. I am joining a group here in Cleveland to show my support. If you are in town, please join us at Voinovich Park on Saturday at 8 AM. There is a 3 mile and 6 mile loop planned. More information can be found here: silentsaturday.com