Saturday, April 20, 2013

Running for Boston

On Monday afternoon, my heart sank when I heard the news of the bombings during the Boston Marathon. Just an hour before, I was scrolling through a happy newsfeed of updates and congratulations of runners who had completed and were running the famous race. As a runner of 5Ks, 8Ks and half marathons myself, this tragedy really hit home. To know how much time, effort, heart and struggle that goes into a marathon, let alone, the Boston Marathon where one has to qualify to run, my heart breaks for the all of the families and loved ones affected.

On Tuesday afternoon, I got an email from the Charlotte Running Company saying there was going to be a 1 mile Memorial Run honoring those affected by Monday's tragedies. Sairy was by my side as we lit candles, said a prayer and ran 1 mile on a track filled with people who had one common love; running.

Running is a sport that brings all types of athletes together. Whether you're fast, slow or in between, running brings a sense of accomplishment, positivity and good health. It's something I will always love and always continue to do as long as my body allows. Looking back on Monday's events, it is now something that I will never take for granted.

Keep praying for those in Boston as they recover from this tragedy but remember to also pray every day for our country. We need it now more than ever.

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