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Visiting the Boston Marathon Memorial

21 May

Before the Boston Marathon on April 15, Mark and I had already made plans to travel home from the Cape by way of Boston to meet up with one of my college friends for brunch and a walk to Copley Square. Needless to say, that walk took on a new meaning after the bombings occurred.

We paused to look at the collection and pay our respects to those lost and injured during the bombings by adding our names to the messages of support. The makeshift memorial is full of Boston memorabilia, running shoes, hats, stuffed animals, candles, rosaries, flags, written messages, artwork and the like.  There are also individuals with therapy dogs and cats (yes, therapy cats) talking to visitors and offering comfort.

When the streets reopened, the collection was moved from the barricaded area to the park and it is clear that care was taken by the city of Boston to organize and arrange the items.

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Markers for those who lost their lives

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Running shoes, medals, and bibs

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Angel shoes

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Boston Strong artwork

As we walked around, I wondered what would happen to the memorial after a period of time. As is the case with makeshift memorials, I knew it could not remain indefinitely. I found this article about the process already taking place to archive fragile items. It is likely that some form of permanent memorial will be created.

It was moving to see the display of remembrance and outpouring of support in person. I’m glad we had the opportunity to visit and I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to join in the crowds on Marathon Monday and watch one of the most inspiring races in the country.

On a final note, I am looking forward to sporting my Boston Strong gear that came in the mail last week! The Boilermaker shirt says “Run for Boston” on the back when it’s wet (or sweaty) and the headband is from Bic Bands. 100% of all proceeds from each item goes right to the One Fund!

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I also want to take a moment to say that my heart is with all those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma.

 

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Reading material, a run, and sitting on a wall

30 Apr

Before talking about my latest run, I want to share a couple of articles with you that I recently read.

First, After Boston: A Run the Recovery, a powerful article written by Michael Cassidy, an Olympic marathon trials qualifier who ran Boston this year. The entire thing is incredible and inspiring, but this is my favorite excerpt:

“To run is to live. Running nourishes our muscles and nurtures our minds. It induces clarity of thought, vitality of physiology, and tranquility of emotion. It demands complete unity of body and spirit, it requires your legs, your lungs, your heart, your mind, but rewards all those parts too. It’s in this harmonious holism that we come to understand our true identities, our authentic selves. The universe’s uncertainty is distilled into a singularity: We exist in and of the moment. In the midst of entropy, serene bliss. In the midst of confusion, clarity. Surrounded by constraints, we are freed. Running creates.”

Chills.

Second, Being a Runner Does Not Make Me Crazy, a Hello Giggles blog post by Miriam Lamey. My husband sent me the link to this article a few weeks ago and it immediately struck a chord with me. I’m sure my fellow runners can relate. Here is how Miriam responds to those who call her “crazy” for running:

“I think one of my chosen hobbies instead makes me balanced. I think that I’ve learned discipline, the benefits of endorphins and good, old-fashioned enjoyment of being in and moving one’s body. I think that I’ve learned to be at peace with myself, given that on a 15-mile run, I’m with myself for two-plus hours. I think I have developed some pretty badass mental strength in order to keep going even when it hurts, I’m tired and/or it’s cold. And I also think that I found something healthy, free, fun, occasionally hilarious and definitely unique that brings me (mostly) joy.”

100% agreed.

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Yesterday was one of those Mondays when you just know it’s not going to be a great one from the start. I went to sleep wayyyy too late and couldn’t force myself to open my eyes at 5:30 AM. I quickly rescheduled my run for after work and stayed in bed until the very last minute possible. Truth be T, the day sucked. The best thing about it was getting notifications that my orders from Running Warehouse, Under Armour, and Pro Compression had shipped. YAY!

Even my run was kind of, “meh.” It was damp and most of the run I was working hard to convince myself not to just stop and go to sleep. I ran for 42 minutes and made it 4.75 miles.

run2I took a break to have some salmon for dinner with Mark, then got on with leg and abs circuits from Running in Heels while watching 2 Broke Girls. Laughing while strength training makes it go by much easier. Or does it make it harder? I can’t decide.

This is me about halfway through the wall sit, trying to distract myself from the urge to just fall over.

wallsitOn to the abs:

I had every intention of doing each circuit twice through like it says to, but that whole eating dinner thing really slowed down my mojo and I just put pajamas on instead. Good choice, I’d say. 🙂

Running forward

18 Apr

In light of this week’s events, I am sure many other bloggers can agree that it has been hard to focus on writing about other things. In some ways, writing about a morning workout, new running gear, or what’s on the dinner menu may seem a little trivial in comparison to the events of the Boston Marathon bombings. Many of us are spending the time usually devoted to writing by holding our loved ones closer during those precious minutes instead. Well, at least I know that has been what it’s like for me this week.

On the other hand, it is important to continue to move forward. Returning to life as usual and restoring the normalcy of daily routines is necessary for healing from grief. Moving forward does not mean forgetting. Surely, it will take those at the heart of the tragedy a long time to reach that sense of normalcy again. I will continue to run for Boston, keep those affected in my thoughts and prayers, and do whatever I can to show my support. I also want to be part of the movement that demonstrates that such a despicable act will only strengthen the resolve and spirit of all runners, not dampen it. I will not run in fear. 

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That said, I’m going to tell you all about my run today.

I had myself a runch today. That’s right, I ran during my lunch break again. This marks the second time since I first tried it and said I wouldn’t make it a habit. I guess I’m eating my words now.

Due to an appointment cancellation, I had a two hour break in the middle of the day. I planned ahead and packed everything I would need for a mid-workday run. I of course wore a blue shirt to represent Boston. (I have been wearing yellow and blue dress clothes to work also.) The weather is finally getting warmer and today was a little sunny but windy. I’ll take it!

20130418-165655.jpgI ran a smooth and fast 4.09 miles (to represent the time on the clock when the explosions occurred). I think my hill/speed work is starting to give me some results. I ran around an 8:00 pace the whole time and I felt really good!

20130418-165731.jpgWondering what you would need to pack besides your outfit in order to have a successful lunch break run? Here’s what I brought with me:

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  1. Makeup
  2. Deodorant
  3. Dry Shampoo
  4. Hairspray
  5. Body spray
  6. Action Wipes
  7. Brush/bobby pins/headband/other hair do-dads  to make a fancy post-run hairstyle (not pictured)

Yes, you read that correctly. After two previous attempts I finally got my ish together and remembered the dry shampoo and wipes. These two items make a HUGE difference. I felt much fresher afterward than the other two lunch break runs. The Action Wipes came in the April Stride Box and I really appreciated having it on hand. It’s nice and big and has a fresh scent to it. I even used it on my face a little bit and it didn’t irritate my skin or anything crazy like that. I think I will have to buy some more so I can be prepared for the next time I run at lunchtime. Let’s be honest, it’s going to happen.

Anyone else feeling the same about their blog posts and/or thoughts on not living or running in fear?

Any other fellow lunch break runners? What’s in your runchbag?