I feel like the entire running community — and America — are mourning what happened on Monday. To many of us, running is like a best friend. It is what consoles us after a rough day at work; what we choose to do to celebrate something great in our lives. Running helps us to figure out how to verbalize our feelings. It unites us — it doesn’t matter how old you are, how fast you run or why you do it, it just matters that you share a love for the road.

I think Monday was a day that running lost its innocence. For many of us, going out for a run will never be the same again. We’ll always remember Monday’s events in the back of our minds and it will forever change our view when we toe the start for future races.

I do think that an important part of the grieving process is to celebrate the memories… to honor the day by recognizing the good that came out of it, rather than the evil. I hope this does not come off as insensitive, because that is not my intention. My intention is to honor the victims by cherishing the good that transpired from such an evil series of events.

For instance:

If you are losing faith in human nature today, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon. The flood of donations crashed the Red Cross’s Web site. The organization tweeted that its blood supplies are already full. People are lining up outside of Tufts Medical Center to try and help. Runners are already vowing to be at marathons in the coming weeks and months. This won’t be the last time the squeakers run Boston. This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible.

How well this attack succeeds depends much less on what happened in Boston than by our reactions in the coming weeks and months. Terrorism isn’t primarily a crime against people or property. It’s a crime against our minds, using the deaths of innocents and destruction of property as accomplices. When we react from fear, when we change our laws and policies to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed, even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we’re indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail, even if their attacks succeed. 
If you are looking for ways to help, Runner’s World posted a variety of ideas. In the NYC area, NYCRUNS is hosting a virtual run to raise money for a to-be-named charity and to show our support as a community. 
“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Kathrine Switzer 


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