At the report of acts of violence, I am immediately saddened. As a runner, and a Boston Marathon volunteer, Monday's attack felt personal.
The first year I moved to Boston I couldn't wait to go watch my first Boston Marathon. Marathon Monday lived up to the hype, inspiration abounds. I've cheered every year since, but in a volunteer jacket. The first year I was at the finish line. Yup, right there. The one you've seen in the videos.
This year I was working the 10k elite water stop, so I was in Framingham all morning and not at the finish line. If it wasn't for a need to go into work Monday afternoon, I surely would've continued cheering... from where?
I don't have many words, but as I stare at the footage of the bombings I can't help but see so many heroes. The first responders, volunteers, and even runners who rushed to those in need after the attack, they are all incredible. I think Marathon Monday just became even more inspirational.
My next run with be with a heavy heart, but will be for the victims and their families. My thoughts go out to everyone affected.