I ran my first 5K last year. It was a long race for this non-athletic girl battling for some shred of running talent, but I did it and finished and ran the whole time. My town is having its first full marathon (complete with a mini and a 5K), and I’ve been thinking about signing up for the 5K since it’s going to be such an exciting event. The marathon has been getting a lot of attention in my hometown because it will count as a qualification race for the Boston Marathon.
Then the news hit yesterday, and I couldn’t get those images out of my mind. People running, joyous at finishing such a major accomplishment. Then one explosion, followed by another. Screams, crying, blood. So much blood. People running toward the explosions, ordinary people next to first responders and soldiers hoping to help the victims. Amongst the horror, their bravery. It was humbling.
And I couldn’t get this feeling out of my head that maybe the best response for me was to sign up for a race. If you’re looking for something good to do in response to this tragedy, why not race with me? Marathons and other running races have always struck me as the kindest athletic events – everyone is supportive, and your only competitor is yourself. It’s a community I have a hard time considering myself a part of (since I am such a terrible runner), but it just seems like the perfect response to whoever is responsible for this tragedy: sign up for a race. There is more, so much more good in the world, and what better way to honor this day than to put on a runner’s bib and run.