In the recent weeks, with the bombing in Boston at the Marathon there, it has, like many others, no doubt, caused me to reassess and reorganise some of my priorities. I used to run as part of my ongoing physio to heal a fractured metatarsal in my foot. There was no reason for me to run for charity, or anything like that.
Then the bombs hit Boston and in the aftermath, both stories of heroism, and stories of sadness. People who ran towards the chaos to help people. People who lost arms, legs, and, of course, people who lost lives. The most touching one is the one of the 8-year old boy, Martin Richard, killed near the finish line by the bomb.
In my recovery time after my fracture, I could not run, I could not walk, but in 6 weeks, I was back to walking and within 3 months, jogging. I recall the feeling of helplessness whilst I was on crutches. Being unable to walk long distances without aid, and near-total reliance on everyone around you. People who have lost limbs because of the bombs will have to endure that for a longer period than I did. I feel for them.
I used to run for fitness. Now, I have a new reason. I run, not just for fitness. I run, not just for physio. I run for everyone who cannot run.
- Thousands of London marathon runners observe 30-second silence for Boston (metro.co.uk)
- 25 Photos From The London Marathon Showing Support For Boston (buzzfeed.com)
- London marathon organisers to donate £2 for every finisher to Boston bombings fund (metro.co.uk)
- Silence at start of London Marathon in memory of victims of Boston bomb attacks (standard.co.uk)
- London Marathon raise money for Boston (bigpondnews.com)
- Missoula Marathon registrations up as runners show solidarity with Boston (missoulian.com)
- Pittsburgh Marathon Organizers, Runners Offer Support For Boston (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Halifax runners pay tribute to Boston Marathon victims (metronews.ca)
- London Marathon crowds undaunted by Boston bombings (telegraph.co.uk)