Today I was going to write about how running has made me feel more free. I was going to write about how motivated I feel when I think about the freedoms that running can provide for me: the freedom to eat what I want, exercise wherever and whenever I want, finish a race, wear more fun clothing, and even just freedom from the hustle and bustle of a busy day.
After reading the CNN updates about Boston, I experienced a lot of the same emotions that many across Americas were feeling: confusion, helplessness, anger, fear, and sadness for those involved in the terribly shocking event. I also thought about this idea of freedom that was running through my brain all day.
In President Obama’s address following the events in Boston, he spoke about freedom and moving forward:
“Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”
As our President said, I am with Boston every step of the way. Today, I am running in honor of those connected with and present in Boston. I encourage you to do the same if you are at a loss for something to do to help. Honor Boston’s “free and fiercely independent spirit” that President Obama referred to by freeing your mind, body, and soul on a run.