So after last year’s bombing, I wanted to run the Boston Marathon so very bad. Even though I had already finished before it happened, it was still a harrowing experience that I am not sure if I have yet emotionally recovered from. 

That being said, I was devastated when I didn’t get in because my qualifying time was a bit too slow. I tried to put on a good face, mostly because being upset about it doesn’t change anything and I knew I just needed to move on. 

Over the past few months, as the day of this year’s Boston Marathon has inched closer and closer, it does not bother me that I will not be running this year’s race. I know it will a special race on so many levels, but honestly, I am not sure if I would be emotionally ready for a weekend centered on all that happened last year. I still can’t watch the television coverage of the bombings and I really don’t like talking about it… I can’t even imagine what people felt like who were in the middle of the actual bombings. 

However, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for all the awesome people who will be running in the Boston Marathon this year! Like I said, it will be a VERY special race and I think it will definitely add to the rich heritage that already surrounds this race.

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There are some cool things that people are doing for the race, and I really want to participate in this one: 

The Old South Church in Boston Does a blessing of the runners every year for the Boston Marathon. This year being the 1 year anniversary of the Bombing at the Marathon they want to do something special. Some members of the church have organized what they call The Marathon Scarf project. They want to outfit each and every runner this year with a hand made scarf.

Marathon Scarf Project

Marathoners from around the world come to the Church of the Finish Line – Old South Church in Boston – for our annual Blessing of the Athletes. In this year of Remembrance and Hope, our vision is to wrap each runner in the love poured into stitches of handmade blue and yellow scarves. We promise to wrap runners in your love until all your scarves are distributed.

Suggested Guidelines

Scarves should be interwoven with love and courage, measuring approximately 4″-6″ wide and 60″ long, any pattern. Colors: blue and yellow (Use the official Boston Athletic Association colors Pantone 109C and Pantone 294C as a guide.)

Artists (knitters, crocheters, weavers): send or bring your scarves to arrive by April 5, 2014. We are accepting scarves immediately. Please include contact information.

We encourage you to share your scarves and scarves in progress with us. Post photos on Old South Church’s Facebook page, and tweet photos at @OSCboston. Use #marathonscarves and #oneyearlater on Twitter and Instagram.”

For anyone interested in making a scarf they can be mailed to
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

 

I had NO idea that this church did this every year and love that they are doing something extra. And hey, if you don’t know how to crochet or knit, a scarf is the easiest way to learn! Just saying. 

I also love that Meb is doing this (from ElliptiGO’s FB page):

Today we’re launching “Meb Minutes,” a weekly video series featuring Olympic silver medalist and ElliptiGO Project Athlete, Meb Keflezighi. Each video gives you a never-before-seen, raw glimpse into Meb’s training for the 2014 Boston Marathon – no photo-shoot set-ups, no staged workouts, no re-do’s. He’ll cover topics from his mental approach and training philosophy to workouts, cross-training and the “small things” that have made his career long and successful. 

Head on over to http://mebminutes.runnerspace.com/ to find out what those “small things” are and how you can incorporate them into your own training!

 

Who’s running Boston? How is your training going? 

Who loves to knit and/or crochet? How long have you been doing it?



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