It is better to hope than to despair

I can't help it. Like countless others, I've been glued to this morning's new reports, trying to soak in all of the information I possibly can about the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. I have no fewer than 6 different browser windows open on my computer for various news sources and needless to say, I haven't accomplished much in the way of work.

I don't know why I feel such a strong pull towards this tragedy. So many rotten things have happened in the past few months, past few days even, but this is the deadly act of violence I've been following most closely. With the exception of the Sandy Hook shootings (an event I honestly stopped reading about after a few days because it was just too heart-wrenching), the Boston Marathon bombing has made me untrusting and left me feeling unsafe.

I'm fairly certain my feelings are wound so tightly around this tragedy because I'm a runner, too. This is my community. This is my passion that was tainted and twisted into something evil and dark. I have friends who have run in the Boston Marathon in years past (thankfully none of them participated this year). I've run across the finish line of a big race. My husband is always waiting for me at the finish line, my number one supporter in life and in racing.

The fact that someone accomplishing such a feat as running 26.2 miles should even have to worry about bodily harm or injury or terrorism is beyond my scope of understanding. The fact that loved ones waiting to embrace their runner should be in fear of shrapnel sounds alarmingly odd and out of place.

It sounds just as absurd as the idea of opening fire on innocent elementary school-aged children.

Oh, we live in a such a sick, sick world.

For the second time this week, out of respect for what has and is currently transpiring, I don't have the heart to engage in my normal blogging blather. I think I speak for a lot of running bloggers when I say that proceeding with business as usual would just feel forced and contrived.

If you are a religious person, then I don't need to remind you that no matter what, God is in control.

And if you are not a religious person, I hope you still choose to believe that people are mostly good. 


  1. I know what you mean about not getting work done! Half our office is watching various reports on the whole situation.


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