Plenty has been said already about what happened yesterday, so this is just one more post to express my shock and horror.
Some will argue that plenty of awful things are happening right this second that hardly anyone is taking notice of, look at Syria, for example. And I'm in no way saying that one human life lost is worth more than another. But, and you runners will understand this, as a runner myself, this felt like a punch in the gut.
Sure, I'll probably never BQ, hey, I might never even run a full 26.2, but none of that matters cause as runners we're a tight-knitted community with a humongous and special support network. Sound cheesy? Go and ask any runner you know whether you could scroll through their Twitter feed and you'll see.
Which is one of the beautiful things that was put into focus yesterday. I don't need to go on and on and on about how horrible it is to target such a popular sporting event, or commit any kind of atrocity, for that matter. However, as much as I feel like losing all faith in humanity after something like this, the outpouring of love and support was overwhelming, and I'm only basing this on what I've seen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Before I waffle on, I think that Rhalou said it best:
Yes, yesterday was awful but whilst this one act was committed by maybe a single individual or small group of crazies, thousands upon thousands upon thousands have shown their humanity, compassion and love.
Sometimes it takes something horrendous to happen to bring out the best in us humans!
Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the Boston bombings.
And also to the family of Sam Harpers, who died at Sunday's Brighton Marathon. Sam was running to raise money for Arms Around the Child, an organization that 'provide[s] loving homes, HIV treatment, protection and respect for children orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS in India and Africa spirit and soul'. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here .