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Three years ago I ran the Boston Marathon. This morning I watched the elite women's race on livestream, watched one of my friends who started with the elite cross the finish line in 33rd place overall, amazingly caught by the finish camera despite being almost half an hour behind the winner and checked on the tracking for my many friends running this year. While I was cheering with other friends on Facebook, one of the people I know through an internet running forum - who was there cheering in person - posted, "Holy shit -- explosions. What is happening?" I went to Google news, and to Twitter, and watched the horror unfold real-time.

The first thing to do was make sure all the people we knew (we being the collective internet running forum banded together on FB) were okay. As it turned out, everyone I know personally has checked in, but one of the women (who I first met at Boston when I was there) finished shortly before the explosions, and said she was only 200 yards away - freaked her out! Another friend hadn't finished and was diverted away - couldn't get to her warm clothes for hours.
So far there are two confirmed deaths (one an 8-year-old, apparently) and upwards of 100 people in hospitals. At least four leg amputations and a dozen critical injuries.

I haven't managed to get much work done today. I mean, I knew I wasn't going to work much this morning, tracking my runner friends, but I have been glued to various liveblogs and news outlets and Facebook all day. It's depressing, rage-inducing, and frightening. It reminds me of 9/11, when Britt and I were at some friends' house in Denver, getting ready to fly back to our sailboat in Grenada, watching CNN and realizing we weren't going anywhere.

Nobody's claimed responsibility, and despite what various quasi-news places are saying, there's no suspect in custody according to the Boston PD. The timing on tax day, and near the Oklahoma City bombing date, makes me suspect domestic terrorism. But nobody knows yet.

I have been thinking about running Boston again; I mean, I would have to qualify, but I almost certainly will at my next marathon (hopefully this fall), so it would be a decision of if I wanted to go or not. I'm leaning toward it, now. Maybe it's a gesture of defiance.

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Date: 2013-04-16 12:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hedda62
*hugs* I was thinking about you when I heard. And definitely you should do the next one.

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Date: 2013-04-16 12:16 am (UTC)
mergatrude: a hermit crab peering from it's shell with the text "lurker" (Default)
From: [personal profile] mergatrude
I just do not understand people! I don't!

I'm glad the people you know are okay. *hugs lots*

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Date: 2013-04-16 12:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] traveller42
My group of running friends, and those I know in the area, are accounted for. One was at 26.1 for the first explosion.

Boston is on my "Will definitely run" list.

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Date: 2013-04-16 12:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amanuensis1
You were the first person I thought of. I went to a website where it listed all the registered runners and your name had no match, so, I breathed a sigh of relief. *hugs*

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Date: 2013-04-16 01:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Maybe it's a gesture of defiance.

Good for you. It's important to be careful, but no one should give in to fear.

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Date: 2013-04-16 01:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thatdawnperson
I was too busy at work to even notice the marathon was today. When the news started pouring in without my seeking it on the social media I follow, my response was a quick evaluation of what was then known followed by a decision to take as unreliable all reports of events until 24 hours will have passed. It's a little cold, perhaps, but it is my way of continuing to function without getting caught up in a sea of reactivity that does neither me nor others any good.

If you go for Boston next year or later, because you want to and not for anyone else's reason, I will smile and cheer for you to give it all you've got.

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Date: 2013-04-16 01:55 am (UTC)
silveraspen: paved road with double yellow center line twisting through green trees (follow the yellow brick road)
From: [personal profile] silveraspen
I'm so glad your people are okay.

Maybe it's a gesture of defiance.

A year ago, I joined a group whose purpose is to train people to run a Boston qualifying time, with the intent to run Boston sometime in the next 3-5 years.

Today hasn't changed my mind. So. Yeah.

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Date: 2013-04-16 06:18 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] smalltownraces.blogspot.com
It's good to read your post tonight. I am still processing it all. Asking a lot of questions about who and why and hoping we'll get the answers. I also had lots of friends there today- all OK, but some narrow escapes from cheering friends. Glad you are considering going next year. It charges me up a bit and makes me want to go back as well.

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Date: 2013-04-16 08:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
I thought of you when I saw it! Glad you're all right, and that your friends are, too.

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Date: 2013-04-16 12:05 pm (UTC)
lonelywalker: A young man in a baseball cap lying on his back, eyes closed, with the text "effort and error, study and love" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lonelywalker
*hugs* I'm glad your friends are okay. Like many of the commenters above, anything about US running makes me think of you.

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Date: 2013-04-16 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
I can't look at the pictures. I would lean towards it being domestic terror, too, as the symbolic value of bombing the Boston Marathon seems so low for Middle Eastern terrorism?

In my Danish running forum, someone of whom I had an irrational, almost subconscious dislike, is posting links to conspiracy theory videos - apparently the US government is behind the bombings, because - gun control? i don't even.

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Date: 2013-04-18 06:52 am (UTC)
blnchflr: Art by Peter Holck (Peter Holck)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
That's lovely.

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Date: 2013-04-16 06:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ainsley
I'm so glad you and yours are safe, and I hope you do get to run Boston again.

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Date: 2013-04-17 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zebra363.livejournal.com
Such a terrible events, and for you much closer to home than for most.

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Date: 2013-04-17 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think I'm with you in the act of defiance. People will do bad things, but running stays the same.

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Date: 2013-04-17 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adriennelangelier.com
I share your sense of defiance in considering running. This act has further solidified a passionate and close-knit bunch!

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Date: 2013-04-19 09:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_antichris
*hugs* I was thinking of you when I heard the news. I'm glad your friends are OK.

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