Run For Boston- Shares and Links

 

Well, as much as I want to talk sweet roasted kabocha squash right now, I just can’t get my brain to get there.

I want to do more for Boston. I want to share some stories. Share how we can help.

 

So, first of all. Monday morning I was texting back and forth with my friend Sarah (Skinny Runner). Texting on how I wish I was there, etc. She was just waiting for the start. So crazy.

She wrote a really good recap about the experience here.

 

Also, my friend Katherine was inside the medical tent when the explosions went off. She hasn’t written a full story about her experience, but this picture has been on a few headline stories.

 

My friend Pavement Runner has organized a global #BostonStrong event. There will be virtual runs all over the country this coming Monday.

Find out all the information and where you can find a run close to you here.

#BostonStrong

There is a local San Diego one going on.

Here’s the Facebook page for it.

#BostonStrongSD

 

 

And here’s an email I got from Kim. She ran 10 miles of the race with her friend and was stopped 1/2 mile before the finish line. A pretty incredible story. Here full story is here on her blog, but here’s the email she sent me.

Chills.

 

My friend had asked me to run the last 10 miles with her, so I cheered runners on at mile 16 until I saw her and I jumped in and ran the rest with her. We were running at a very slow pace with a few people that she worked with. 

We stopped at mile 24 to check in with her charity and wait for a few people to catch up and took this picture:

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Thank God we stopped and continued to run at that pace because I snapped this picture at mile 25 at 2:45pm….5 minutes before the first explosion.

 

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We ran another .6 miles before we were stopped by authorities. We had no idea why we were stopped but you can imagine the rumors that were spreading through the crowd. It was terribly frightening. Here is a picture of where we were stopped:

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(This picture is from the ESPN website)…

The chaos was crazy and something I never thought I’d experience at a race. My friend and I were able to contact her family to let them know we were safe and we found them on our way to Boston Commons. 

We all made it out unharmed and my fiancé drove into Boston to come pick us up because all the public transportation was down.

You crossed my mind a few times especially after I saw Sarah (SkinnyRunner) at mile 16! I’m so glad you were safe at home with your family. It’s amazing how things work out.

Hope all is well in California!

Love & Prayers!

Kim Perry

 

Here’s another email from my coach I got Monday as well.

 

Hello Friends!

My phone has been blowing up with texts today in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy. To everyone who knows me, I’m okay. I’m not in Boston, although one of the runners I coach, a 52-year-old attorney from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ran. He finished well before the explosions, and he’s okay. I am so distraught over this. There is something about running and runners that enables us to deal with and overcome these tragedies. Runners are good people with big hearts, literally and figuratively. They know how to deal with pain. For anyone out there who has ever thought of running a marathon, please don’t let this dissuade you. Running will always be a path to self-fulfillment and for discovering who we are and what makes us human. I’ll bet whomever is behind this tragedy is not, and has never been, a runner. Boston is a great city. I personally know the director of the Boston Marathon, and I know that he will work with authorities to do whatever needs to be done and Boston will be the safest marathon in the world next year.

As a way to help, I’m donating 10% of all book and DVD sales this week to the families of affected runners at the Boston Marathon. Please help me help them by ordering books and DVDs from my website: http://www.runcoachjason.com/merchandise

 
   
 

 

 

And here’s a great article about traits of mentally tough runners from Competitor website.

7 Traits of Mentally Tough Runners

 

I thought it fit well with all of this. As runners, we have to pull together and be mentally tough in a much bigger way.

Smile

 

RUN strong today. (If you are able.)

LIVE strong today.

HUG and LOVE strong today.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing, Kristin. I’ve having trouble moving on to regular posts, too. I rounded up 30 other social workers/counselors etc have offered time to talk/listen to anyone who would like someone to talk to as they work out their emotions. Details are in my post, but I hope some people who are really struggling will take advantage of a listening ear- it can do wonders. Thinking of you as you continue to digest all of this as well!

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    Laura says:

    Great post….reading different points of view on Monday’s events has been eye opening. From those who were at the race, those who finished, those who did not, those (like myself) who were not there. Everyone experiences things differently, when you start to piece it all together all I continue to see is how strong and amazing our running community really is.

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    skinnyrunner says:

    Thanks friend for the shoutout.

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    Kathy says:

    What a great friend and nice email….wow, thanks for sharing!!

    Any time a tragedy like this happens I just think the focus of life is so taken off the material things and put back where it should be….on family and simply being in the moment more….that’s about the only good I can think of that can come from these sort of incidents.

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    Becky says:

    That is an amazing email from your friend! It is such a good thing she stopped to take that picture. God was obviously protecting her! Thanks for posting ways we can support Boston!

  6. 6

    Thanks for sharing. Praying for Boston!

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    meredith says:

    Great post. I had trouble writing “normally” today especially as I am still sitting here glued to the television. I shared some links this morning on how people can show support but I too feel like I need to do more. Perhaps I will bake some more blue and yellow cookies for little league this weekend. I want to sell them and send all proceeds to the Boston Children’s Hospital or one of the relief funds. We shall see. Have a good weekend.

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    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Renee Watson says:

    LOVED the Video! It is a great reminder that you can get a tough workout in, in less then 10 minutes and you DON’T need a fancy gym to do so. This would be a great workout if you were out of town, etc. It was also quite entertaining when you said, “That doesn’t feel very good.” when you got whipped in the leg by the jump rope. Followed by, “If you do that again…” I’m a first grade teacher and I have been there and said those same words MANY TIMES! :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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