Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn"

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this post. Originally for the day I wanted to reflect upon my experience at the Athleta Iron Girl 5k from Sunday, but in light of the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon, I did not think that my personal experiences should be the focus nor appropriate for this post.

The events at yesterdays Boston Marathon is something that is becoming too common within our country. We can't go to malls, school, movie theater or now even races without having some sort of fear. It saddens me because now what should have been a celebration of accomplishments and hard work, has turned into another situation where we have to come together and support the runners, the civilians, the people of Boston and more to help the situation.

While I am empowered and know that there are good people in the world because of the stories of runners donating blood to Fraternity men opening their home at MIT to let people in, it should not have to come to this anymore. I can only hope and pray that this ends, that violence in our country ceases and life could be peaceful for awhile. My millennial generation has grown up always seeing this sort of violence--I remember being in 6th grade in my hometown that is approximately 18 miles outside of Manhattan and seeing smoke from the World Trade Center in the sky. I had to ask my father why that was, why would people do this?

There are no answers to these senseless acts of violence. What we could only do is persevere. I am not a religious person, but this quote from Romans 12:21 can only describe the situation we face today best.

By being good and doing good, we can overcome this obstacle as a country and only hope to move forward. By living whole-hearted lives and living with joy, we can continue to make the world a little bit brighter everyday at a time.

Yesterday when I heard the news, the first thing I did when I got home was lace up my sneakers, throw on my Red Sox shirts, and ran. I ran for the 8 year old boy who lost his life, I ran for those individuals who no longer can run because of injuries and I most importantly ran for Boston. Becoming a runner this past year is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I can only hope I can achieve that goal of running the Boston Marathon. But for now, whether you are a marathoner or a walker, I challenge each and every one of you to get out there and #runforBoston. And when you do run, walk, cycle, skip, dance, etc. your miles be sure to record them here to show the difference you can make and show the US the support you are willing to give!

#runforBoston (Record your miles here)

And with that I leave you with this song ("Glee" version obviously). As the song says, "It's always darkest before the dawn". We will move forward. We will succeed.

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