Solidarity Run for Boston

This morning I took part in a 12 mile run in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon.  I feel so proud to have been a part of this event in Des Moines, that attracted approximately a thousand runners from the Metro area.  I am so inspired by everyone that showed up, standing strong together, and showing our support in the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

I started my 12.25 mile run shortly after 6:00am with my neighbor, Lisa, and Bisou.  We had a great first leg of my long run.  Bisou was pulling behind, which is quite unusual for her, so we dropped her off at my house after 4 miles and ran another 2.3 before I hopped in the car and headed downtown to meet my other running buddies at Nolan Plaza, where the Solidarity Run was starting.

The sight that greeted me was overwhelming instantaneously.

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A moment of silence was held to kick off the 6 mile run through downtown, which circled through some of my favorite running spots including the MLK bridge, Grey’s Lake, finishing with a clear view of the state capitol… and best of all, with these guys, my running buddies, who have become good friends to me through all the miles we’ve conquered together.

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We wore bibs in honor of the virtual race we ran today… and to remember what we were running in unity for.

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It makes me even more hungry to reach my goal.  To run this mecca race.  To run the streets of Boston.  Proud.  In unity with runners beside me.

 

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