Always do what you are afraid to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There was a bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. 2 bombs about 20 seconds apart, 3 confirmed dead, about 100 injured. I’m emotionally sick with it. I’m thinking it’s a really good reason to BQ this year.
Tuesday morning and my Boston Marathon bravado is gone. When I saw the video of the first bomb, I could easily see myself on the street and my family on the curb, cheering me and the other runners. I wondered if I would run from the bomb, to the finish line, to help, or in fear. I saw the spectators take the brunt of the explosion. I saw the runner who went down and immediately put myself in his shoes. I later found out he is a 78 year old. He was knocked down by the concussion. The police helped him up, and he actually finished the race. It was an inspiration.
I went to Runner’s World to see what stories were published, and I was inspired once again.
I love Peter Sagal. He writes a column for Runner’s World most months, and they are one of my favorite features. At Boston, he was escorting a legally blind runner. They finished in 4:04. The first bomb went off at 4:09.
Another hero of mine is Amby Burfoot, who won the Boston Marathon in 1968. This time, he was on a 4:30 pace and DNF’d.
Prior to the Boston Marathon, there were some festivities celebrating past winners of Boston, including Amby. The piece below was published on April 13, two days before the marathon. And it included the following note on pace groups, which Amby introduced to democratize running.
“Amby always took the 4-hour group, and brought them in on the dot of 3:59,” adds Hirsch.
It would be good just to go to Boston and cheer. Wow.
In Eat & Run, Scott Jurek writes about making the little decisions – every day – right. Then when the bomb goes off at 4:09 and you’re twenty yards from the finish line and you have shrapnel in your legs – then maybe – you will make the right decision. Or whatever decision you make will be right, because your whole life has led you to that point and you can’t go wrong.