Keep On Keeping On

As everyone probably (and should) know, yesterday there were a few bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon. I have class all day straight and turn my notifications for news sources off, so when my roommate texted me to tell me that there was a bomb (at the time the second one hadn't gone off) at the Boston Marathon I didn't exactly believe her, and I was a little confused. 



Now, I haven't ran a marathon but I have run two half marathons the Louisiana Marathon and the Rock & Roll New Orleans Marathon. I haven't posted about the Rock and Roll New Orleans Half Marathon yet because I'm still trying to figure out how to describe it, but alas I'll get there. There would be absolutely no way that I could qualify for the Boston Marathon because I'm slow. I finished my first half at 2:59 and my second at 2:56.

I was sick when I was running this, so this is the happiest picture I could find
Naturally, the first thing I did was text my mom telling her what happened. She's usually at work and sometimes she gets the news and sometimes she doesn't. Her boss runs, so she definitely heard the news that day. Afterward, I sat at work with my coworkers, opened up twitter and any news we could find and we all just kind of watched. Nobody knew what to say, or how to phrase what we were feeling, besides just being in shock. 

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The fact that someone bombed a marathon was something I couldn't wrap my head around for the longest time. The finish line is one of the happiest places on earth (at least for me). So I read anything and everything that I could get my hands on. From newspapers to twitter feeds, to articles written by everyday columnists. The two that stuck out to me the most, were written by Ezra Klein and Dave Zirin. Both articles mention Katherine Switzer, the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon, and if you haven't heard her story yet, you should really read it.


2 comments

  1. Love that story about Katherine. I guess I always thought women could run in the marathon.

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