Currently I am flying high in the sky, headed up to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Marathon on Saturday. With everything that happened in the past week, I will say the marathon has been put a bit on the back burner. I haven’t put a lot of thought (or worrying) into the day, so I am just hoping for the best at this point. Now more than ever, I am excited to run 26.2 miles for those that couldn’t last Monday.
Tampa was one of the many cities that rallied around Boston and held a support run in honor of all the victims that were affected by the bombings in April 15th. On Monday night, I headed over to FitNiche in Hyde Park and met 100+ of my closest friends to run a 5k. What the store expected to be around 50 runners was easily triple their estimate.
The awesome manager of the store, Lee Stephens, gave us a quick run down of the course we would be running. It was all right turns that led us back to the store, all with accessible sidewalks and minimal traffic.
Lee also let us know that the first mile would be in complete silene, in order to pay tribute to those affected in Boston. Once we all started, it was eerily quite – all we were able to hear were the pitter patter of running sneakers on the hot pavement. It was a nice time to reflect on the reason we were out running together. It wasn’t just another 5k fun run. This had meaning behind it.
Before we knew it, we passed the one mile mark, and were able to chat again. I ended up running most of the distance with Heather, who was actually in Boston when the bombs exploded. Luckily, she was quite speedy and finished around the 3:20 mark. It was pretty interesting to hear her experience of simply being in Boston when all of this was happening. Glad she was one of many people that walked away from Boston unscathed!
The 5k FitNiche hosted was truly amazing. So many people came in support of the Boston Marathon. Most of them will never qualify, let alone run the race, but we all had one thing in common – the love for the running community, and everything it provides each and every one of us.
Did you participate in a Boston Tribute run this week? Have you ever ran a mile of complete silence in a group setting?