Tears for Boston

Before I write anything about my adventures, day to day happenings, training, and complain about the weather, I feel the need to address the Boston Marathon shooting incident. Almost a week later, I still can't comprehend why this happened or who would do such a thing. I've cried several times, especially after hearing about the 8 year old that lost his life while watching and then running to greet his dad at the finish line. How absolutely terrible... I absolutely, positively cannot imagine that family's pain. I am always so grateful to have spectators waiting for me at the finish line – my husband, my parents, siblings, friends, etc. It's an honor to have them share in my day. To think that that honor could be turned around in a blink of an eye is just horrifying. I also cannot wait for the opportunity to have my own kids watch me finish a marathon. I can picture them waiting at the finish line, so excited to have seen me cross...

I thought about Ryan (age 12) at Whidbey Island – how he stayed around after the event to watch other finishers. How inspired he is to run, run fast, and chase his potential. How similar to that 8 year old he probably is.

I also know that this could have been us. I told Nate the night after Whidbey that I sort of wished I had chosen to run Boston as my spring “A” race. I've never run it and would love to be able to race it while I'm competitive. I briefly considered it but wanted a more low key Spring marathon (after big target races last Fall, NYC, and upcoming Chicago). I know, though, that if I would have raced it that I would have been carted to the medical tent afterward (always!) and after 30+ minutes of recovering I would have been out watching and cheering for other finishers. That's just who I am – I love being around and enjoying other people's finishes/triumphs. So there's a chance that it could have been me there.

The response to the bombings has been just awesome. It shows what a close knit family the running community is. I won't post links here because I won't get them all, but please consider checking out the relief efforts. There are things from collections for prosthetic limbs for those that are in need (how neat is that) to T-shirts showing support of Boston sold by the NYRR. Hands down, awesome.

I'll sign off for now, but will recap my Washington adventures over the next couple of days (there was a lot!).

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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