Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boston, we love you!

Yesterday my boys ran to remember a day we would never forget.

My son, eight years old, wanted to run to encourage the family of Martin Richard, who was also eight on Patriot's Day Monday, the day when his life came to an unexpected and tragic end.



He hopes this photo and his "run to remember" will show Martin's family that we love them and are praying for them, along with the others who were at the finish line or racing that day in Boston.

The boys and the nieces ran gravel trail loops during their #RunForBoston.
I am super proud of my nieces who have started a walking program recently.

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I woke up excited Monday morning, April 15th, to cheer for friends who were racing at Boston: Amanda, Tia, Devon, Carissa, Robin, Kristy, Katie, (and no doubt a few others I forgot for this).

Coffee in hand, I declared to my home-schooled boys that we would, "Spend a little time watching history this morning." I had no idea how true that statement would turn out to be.

As events unfolded, we watched a strong finish by American Shalane Flanagan, bright pink socks, a flowing blonde ponytail, with an incomprehensible cadence. And we witnessed another strong finish by Jason Hartmann.

After that, I went back to searching results on the BAA site and checking facebook to see if there were any photos yet. It wasn't long until the news spread about the bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line, and then began the questions of, "Who is safe? Are my friends safe? "Are there any more bombs?" and the struggle to find out the answers to those questions.

God was gracious in sparing the friends I know who were there. They were all OK. Shaken, but OK. All had finished, but some had lingered to relax a bit and came very close to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In the minutes and hours that passed after the bombs, it became clear that an act of premeditated evil had taken place, but it was answered with every-day heroes and helpers. Some risked their own safety to help others, some offered help with cab fares, shelter, comfort.

I can't even begin to understand the thinking of a lunatic who would organize such an attack, but if it was to scare people away from large races, it seems as though he or she has failed. The insane act of terrorism meant to deter us from racing or gathering in large numbers has been the catalyst to bond people with prayer, brotherhood, and acts of service.

Like throwing oil on fire, our determination flames up. Our compassion is sparked.

Yesterday countless people wore race shirts and gathered at places all over the world to show love to those who were hurting in body or mind and to defy evil.

I refuse to be a captive to fear.

My goal is to make it to Boston 2014, with the Lord's blessing. It won't be easy, since there is limited time to run a qualifying marathon and I have been sidelined for most of March and April due to injury. I am looking at a potential late summer Boston qualifying marathon- something before September 22. And then, if I qualify, I will have to make it through the registration system!

This will be a goal that should tie in nicely with my other goal, to race a 50k.

It seems the rest of this year will be spent re-building distance with purpose. I am mentally ready for that. Now, legs, get the message!

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Did you do a run to remember on 4-17-13?
Were you in Boston during the race? Feel free to share.

26 comments:

  1. How sweet of your children! As a mom of a 7.5 year old, little Martin's death feels particularly personal. I cried so hard while I was running and praying on Tuesday that I couldn't catch my breath and had to stop and walk. I pray that somehow - some way - God is able to take what was meant for evil and use it for Good. And I keep praying for a hedge of protection around the Richard's marriage and family.

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  2. I just love that picture of your son...very precious and heartfelt! What happened to that family is beyond words. Your words are so eloquently written and so true. I hope they see this post. It is exciting to know that you have a running plan for the next several months. I am sure a BQ will be no problem for you...now legs get the message!

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  3. In your brief run-down of the actual marathon you forgot about the gutsy running that Yolanda Caballero (my new gf, btw, but she doesn't know) and Anna Feliz de Dulche ran in an attempt to shock the world. Not to mention how the American runners Craig Leon and Daniel Tapia both ran faster than expected while most other elite runners in the men's field ran slower than expected. The US ran really well considering that our "best" (debatable) three runners all pulled out.

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  4. It certainly has made more people than ever determined to run Boston someday! I'm so glad to hear that you might be there next year... I have no idea how hard the registration process will be, but I hope to get in as well and see you there!!

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    1. I hope you get in Laura! I wonder if they won't let it be a special year and let more come because of what happened this year. We can hope :)

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  5. Really love this Raina. Beautiful words. Heartfelt. Personal. And Powerful. You know, I want to be back there but honestly, with my 5 minute cushion, I'm not even so sure it is enough to get in next year with all that want to do it. I know for sure that I don't have another one in me before September. My body couldn't handle it. My main goal on Monday was to have fun and go easy on my body. Then my other goal was to run just fast enough to BQ which turned out to be easy but yet now there is part of me that maybe wishes I would have pushed just a tad harder to get a bigger cushion. But it was what it was and honestly, I wouldn't change anything about my run even if I do wish it was a bit faster. It was my exact run that has given me what I need to process now. But I hope we are both there next year Raina. You can do a BQ in your sleep...I'm sure of it.

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    1. No Regrets. None. You did very well, ran the race that your body could support and enjoyed the experience as you should have. You made us all proud!! I have a feeling that many will want to go, but will change their minds as well before registration time...or maybe Boston will decide to have a boom year where more runners are allowed. They did that for the 100th Boston. I have no doubt that i will have to work for a BQ. nothing is guaranteed, and sometimes things happen. I will hold out hope that we will at least see each other!!

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  6. Love the picture of your son- what a sweetheart. Your attitude is really inspiring- we won't live in fear- we WILL run and you will get your BQ!!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you are right. :)

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  7. Your son's story is so touching.

    Our hearts and prayers are going out to the entire running community of the U.S. from down here in South Africa. x

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  8. It is amazing we all feel the same regardless of where in the world we are. Even here by us people did and are still doing runs for Boston. I love your goal and I'm sure you'll reach it and line up for Boston next year. All the best Raina!

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  9. Your children and nieces are precious!!!!! I also love that bible verse. It's always been one of my favorites- so comforting.

    So many scary things in our country right now. All we can hold onto is our faith in God and each other.

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  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this

    Thank you for sharing, this was a touching post

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  11. Wow Raina. This is beautifully written. Beautiful photos. And I love the idea of having your kiddos run to remember. I was really touched by this. I too - would love to run Boston 2014. I think my time from last year will get me in. I sure hope so since I'm staring at a HUGE boot on my foot that is getting worse instead of better. "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord..." Trusting in that promise for both of us My Friend.

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  12. The photo of your son, and your family....it brings tears to my eyes. So amazing and inspiring.

    Every run I have done this week has been for Boston... I wasn't there (could have been...) but knew so many people who were and it was so emotional and scary wondering if everyone was okay.

    From one runner to another, thank you for being a part of the running community :)

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  13. Ahh Raina! Sweet Nathan. Little Martin...Ughhh..can't even say his name without breaking down here...I love your pictures.

    The race was amazing. So fantastic to see Katie and Tia and Amanda on the course!! Shalane flew by and I was amazed by how tiny she was. Like a slight little thing with perfect form. Saw Jason Hartman as well who I cheered LOUDLY for!! Electric to be so close to those elites. Everyone should definitely put spectating a major marathon on their bucket list!!

    I'm ELATED that you are going for a BQ to run in 2014. After being there this year there is absolutely NO way I could miss next year. Every part of my spirit needs to be there.

    Beautifully written post Raina. I wish you the very best of luck in planning and training! Moving over to email here as I have so much to say!

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    1. Jenn, I am very much, VERY much looking forward to finally seeing you in person. Going to have to make sure I can get there first, but I have a HUGE incentive now.
      Counting down the weeks now...51 left.

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  14. Lovely!
    I hope you make it to Boston. =)

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  15. Beautiful post, Raina. I was just able to write my post-Boston post a few hours ago and it was so cathartic to get it all out there. I'm such a mix of emotions still...and feeling very fragile.

    Love the pics in here and love that you are putting a goal out there of Boston 2014. I look forward to meeting you one day here in Oregon and we will both be part of the contingent going to Boston next year.

    Xoxo

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    1. I would so love to meet and run with you. We could end up there together! Congrats on your re-BQ :)

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  16. This is such a beautiful post, Raina. I LOVE the picture of your son with the medal and poster. Such a great tribute to Boston!

    Yaaaaaaay! I do so hope that I get to meet you there next year.

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  17. Yes, my daughter and I ran a race to remember. I just happened to be home on Monday with a sick kid, and was by chance able to catch all the events.

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  18. Congratulations to your son. Very thoughtful.

    I was up and tracking a few Aussies I knew that were running -- they all ran well and I was particularly excited that Rachel ran a PB of 2:49. Then, later as I was getting ready to go to work, the confused tweets about the bombing. Couldn't believe it. Thankfully after today's events it's over -- well done to all involved in bringing it to an end.

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  19. Great post Raina. Just like you, as soon as I heard the news, I started checking the splits to find who made it through, and then waited anxiously until I heard they were safe. What terrorists will never understand, is this kind of thing only shakes us for a brief time, but eventually only serves to forge us all stronger. I've always loved that verse from Jeremiah by the way. Have a great weekend.

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  20. That is awesome that your boys wanted to run for Martin, Raina. It was such a crazy event and I'm still baffled that it actually happened. Although it's moving to see how much people have come together in the tragedy, I just don't want to have to come together because of these horrific things. :/

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  21. And I love this post!

    You have some great kids:)

    I ran an easy to for Boston-on a hot, soggy morning but was thrilled to have the privilege of getting a safe run in that day.

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