Even though I am thousands of miles away from the tragedy of yesterday it's hard to not take it personally.
I have lined up on the starting line of a race. I have joined with thousands of other runners and run for my own personal reasons. I have had loved ones come and support me. I have done exactly what all the runners at Boston did without fear of anything apart from pain and failure.
And because I have walked in those shoes (or rather run in those sneakers) I feel what happened as if I was there.
We runners are all part of a huge family. We understand what drives and motivates each other. We get the insanity of what we do and applaud others who do it too. And we hurt when our family members are hurt. I'd like every person who was there in Boston to know that there are thousands of runners around the globe who are hurting with you and praying for the best outcomes for your friends and family who have been injured physically or emotionally.
"And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!"