I am going to skip N and go back to M for marathon. Yesterday afternoon, two bombs exploded by the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Three people died and over 175 were injured. At this point no ones knows who did this or why.
This deeply affected runners around the world. I know. I'm married to one.
|Bob finishing Hilo, Hawaii Marathon, March 22, 2009|
|Bob just crossed the finish line, Honolulu Marathon, December 2006.|
Look at that smile!
|Bob's first marathon complete. Here he is, totally happy in |
the recovery tent. Great sense of accomplishment!
|Maui Oceanfront Marathon, January 25, 2009|
|Bob: Finisher, Kona Marathon, June 2009|
|Bob, Johnny Landeza (ran Boston 4-15-13), Mike Passmore -|
finishers of North Shore Oahu Marathon, May 2011.
|Runner's HI ohana in 2008.|
Fierce independence characterizes marathoners. They like the "high" that comes from their personal efforts on the course. Running 26 miles is not easy. Deep commitment and strength is needed to train for and complete a marathon.
|Kauai Marathon finisher, September 5, 2010.|
Bob and I are appalled by the cowardice of the perpetrator of the bombings! If they find who did this I think their punishment should be to run 100 marathons, at the point of a gun, if necessary. Maybe it would change their life. (Or maybe not, who knows?)
Because Bob is the runner, I'm asking him to write his thoughts. What follows is Bob's take.
It doesn't matter if it's a marathon finish, the Super Bowl or a Little League game, as a culture, we love to compete, participate and be spectators. Regardless of the actions some will take, this spirit to pursue our happiness and well being will not be put down.
When people who run 30 or more miles per week for months to prepare for a marathon are faced with adversity they use it as motivation. I predict the number of people running marathons over the next year will increase. That is how we are wired, as individuals and as a society.
When you do a marathon, you learn to run through your fear ("Can I do this? Will I get hurt? I might come in last. Am I good enough?"). The reward is the sense of accomplishment at the finish line.
As a society, I believe we will outlast the fear of terrorism and realize the thrill of victory as we continue to live our lives to the fullest.
I am motivated to train harder and run another marathon in the next few months.
Travel Bug and Bob out.