Monday, April 15, 2013

Simply Sad

I don’t typically post whenever something horrible/shitty has happened in the world because I feel like everyone is already doing that.

And I don’t want people to think I’m just “following the crowd”.

What more can I add to it?

But, after watching the live coverage of the Boston Marathon this morning as the elites crossed the finish line followed by the the thousands of other runners who were making their dreams come true while running the most sought after race ever and then hearing there were bombs that went off near the finish line – I just didn’t want to not say something. Even if everyone else has already said it.

I’m a runner. It changed me. It helped me through post-partum depression, it made me realize I’m strong, I’m capable and I am beautiful – even if not by society’s standards – I am through my own.

And the fact that someone chose to hurt people who feel the same way, who worked hard to get to Boston (if you’re not familiar you have to run a specific time to qualify – for me I’d have to run 3:35 which translates into like an 8 minute pace for 26.2 miles) who were ready to prove to themselves that they could do it, it just makes my heart overwhelmingly sad.

I cried. I know, I don’t even know anyone there, so the logical part of my brain knows it’s ridiculous– but the emotional and spiritual part of me - I couldn’t help it. I am simply sad.

And so, whether you believe in Him or not, I just ask you give yourself up for a moment in silence to think of all the people affected by this tragedy and that nothing more will happen.

..and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1


Kate said...

Very, very well said.

I am so beyond sad. All of those people. All of those hours that spent preparing.

I'm just glad that MORE people weren't hurt. (as if more than 100 isn't enough)

Jodi said...

It makes me so sad. I love the marathon. I love that so many "regular" people run this race. It is such a special day. We will not let this person/people ruin that. It will still be the best marathon and hopefully people will continue to run in the future.

Miranda Lamb said...

It really is so heartbreaking. I just found out an 8 year old was one that passed :( How can someone do this, think its ok to ruin these peoples excitement and goals. As a beginner runner I know I want to do these 5ks and bigger if possible for me and it just breaks my heart that these people are going through such heartbreak on what of should such a great day for them.

Holly said...

I cried too. This is just awful and horrific. A marathon should NOT be about terror, it's about joy and victory!!! So so sad.

Anonymous said...

It is very sad...that certain people can be soo cruel and live with such hate in their hearts. Like how do you live with yourself knowing you did that?...

Amanda Arr said...

Me too, Tamara, me too.

Adrienne said...

I feel the same way as you about posting, I don't want to just say something because everyone is saying something, but you didn't do that at all.

I'm sad too.

Anonymous said...

I knew you weren't there, but I immediately thought of you and that video you posted after your race. I can't even imagine how it would feel to get to the finish line and feel so much joy and accomplishment only to have something so awful happen. It just breaks my heart.

Andrea H. said...

Agreed 100%. Thanks for posting. As a runner, it is doubly difficult to accept because we know the emotions that go into preparing for a race and the support that is so important from spectators to help push you through on the big day. It is unimaginable something so tragic happened there...and very sad. Definitely praying for all involved!