It feels great to be home. Woven into the gratitude of all your sweet messages and hugs, I have had an painful sense of sadness thinking about beautiful Boston and those who suffered and are recovering. I never imaged I would ever be this close to terror. I am thankful for wonderful friends that were there and looked out for me. Melinda and I are excited to train for next year!
Monday, April 22nd, Sophie and I will be back for LG Boot Camp.
The session dates are:
April 22nd – May 17th.
MWF @ 6:00 AM & 9:00 AM
You can join us for a 2-Week session, a 4-Week Session or Drop-in.
All proceeds will go to:
The One Fund Boston – a catchall vehicle for supporting the families most affected by the finish-line explosions at the Boston Marathon. If you’d like more information, please go to onefundboston.org.
I wanted to share the heartfelt letter from the Boston Athletic Association to the runners. I can’t speak highly enough of the B.A.A. and how they handled everything. Finally, I have included my personal experience from the race that was on my Facebook page. Thank you again for your friendship!!
TO OUR RUNNERS:
As we watch the latest episode in this agonizing story surrounding Monday’s cowardly attack in Boston, I want to let everyone who participated in this year’s marathon know that we at the Boston Athletic Association stand with you.
We have been inspired by your bravery in the face of unspeakable cruelty, and we have been moved by your outpouring of support for our race officials, volunteers and our entire Boston Marathon family-a family of which you are now a lifetime member.
We will be forever moved by the strength of our runners. Runners who finished their race, only to then race to give blood to help save their fellow runners who had fallen. Runners who helped support those around them when they found themselves leaving the course and huddling in schools, churches and the homes of strangers who opened their doors.
Monday’s tragic events affected us all. Those who were injured are in our thoughts and prayers. Yesterday, we prayed together. We prayed with President Obama, who told us.
Our prayers are with the injured-so many wounded, some gravely. From their beds, some are surely watching us gather here today. And if you are, know this: As you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you. Your commonwealth is with you. Your country is with you. We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again. Of that I have no doubt. You will run again. You will run again!
And we will run again. You are strong. Boston is strong. And You and Boston have made us enormously proud. The Boston Marathon is a deeply held tradition, an integral part of the fabric and history of our running community. We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014. We will all run again.
Facebook Post 4/17/13:
The Boston Marathon:
Thank you Boston for your outpouring of love and friendship from every walk of life.
I love your Patriot’s Day, and deep love for our country and appreciation for this great land we live in. Along the course I saw so many guided runners, military service men and women who have lost their sight for our freedom. I saw miles of beautiful country, and picture perfect quaint towns where everyone extended every hospitality. There were thousands of enthusiastic college kids screaming and cheering just for the runners, and humorous devoted sports fans who sure know how to enjoy their refreshments. I was almost overwhelmed with emotion every mile thinking about my family, my daughter and the joy magnified of our blessing and miracles this year. I met wonderful runners from all over the world.
I couldn’t comprehend at first the horror of what had happened, and then I was fully overwhelmed with the deep sorrow we all felt. In the midst of terrible tragedy and shock, there continued a gracious and giving spirit by all. I saw faith, hope and love. I know there was fear, especially in the confusion when so many were trying to find loved ones and friends. But there will not be fear or tolerance for this ugly and sick cowardliness. Home sweet home now. Thank you again dear family and friends. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
God Bless Boston, the East Coast and all of America!!