Boston Strong

I am almost glad I didn’t have time to jump on the blog and write a post about the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this week.

As a runner and marathoner I immediately felt like the bombings were a personal attack on the sport that I love.  A gruesome act of violence, at a such a symbolic place as the Boston Marathon finish line seemed to cut right to the core of a runner’s heart.


I know when I was training for the Chicago Marathon last year, I spent much of the time I was training visualizing that finish line.  The idea of crossing it brought happy tears to my eyes.  I wanted to overcome and defeat the physical and mental toughness of running 26.2 miles.  I wanted to feel strong.

And I have never felt as strong as when I crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon.

But after the events that unfolded Friday, that post just didn’t seem as important.  What happened in Boston wasn’t just an attack on runners or the sport I love.  It was a cowardly siege of an entire city.  It was an act of terror to try to weaken the heart of not only Boston, but the nation.

But look what happened; The city came together to fight back.  They all cooperated with law enforcement and worked together to finish the terror.  Talk about physical and mental toughness … catching the second suspect was like symbolically rebuilding the glory of that finish line.

The city of Boston proved they are strong.  Just like marathoners, they have a spirit that cannot be broken and they finished what two cowards started.

Boston Strong.

I would like to remember and honor the lives that were lost or forever changed from Marathon Monday through Friday.  I will be praying for the victims in a 2.62 mile run as soon as I am physically able. I still am not quite up to running yet after my recent surgery.

I encourage you to do the same.  Use the hashtag #2.62BOSTONSTRONG

Run. Walk. Ride…. 2.62 miles.  Honor and remember those who lost their lives.  Show respect to a city that kept going to finish the race.



What are your thoughts on what happened in Boston this week?

Share your 2.62 experience?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:32-04:00 April 20th, 2013|Fitness, Marathon Training, Motivation/ Inspiration, Running|5 Comments


  1. Dan Steadman April 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    What breaks my heart is the little boy (7 or 8 years old) who was killed after greeting his dad after finishing…my boys (9,4,2) greet me with a high five or a hug after I finish a race they are at and I think of how sweet that will be when I finish the AVL Citizen-Times Marathon, then think there is one dad runner who will never get that hug again

  2. Cori @olivetorun April 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    It has been amazing to see all of the support in the runner community/blogging community regarding the Boston situation. Great post!

  3. Frank Burrell April 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    What models the folk in Boston provided for all of us. That goes for the many others who were there from different parts of out country and other parts of the globe as well. The unity of all the agencies working together was and is a testament to our great democracy.
    Julie, it was good to see you back on WLOS.

  4. Annette Cocke April 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    This whole episode breaks my heart. I feel for the runners, spectators, those who live in Boston and the two misguided young men and their families. I would love to know what on earth happened to those young men to turn them around so completely. Nothing makes any sense. What a waste. We need to know – so maybe we can keep it from happening again.

  5. Adam Lemerise April 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I’m from New England and I had a friend who was at the Boston Marathon and also have a lot of relatives that live near Boston. Patriots Day means a lot to me. The Boston Red Sox always play at 11AM and get done around 3pm so after the baseball game is over the people can walk from Fenway Park to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I’m glad that this is over and done with.

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