There is no luck involved in finishing the Marathon. The ingredients required to tackle this formidable challenge are straightforward: commitment, sacrifice, grit, and raw determination. Plain and simple.
So you set about your training to prepare your body for the rigors of running 26.2 miles. You refuse to compromise, dedicating yourself wholeheartedly to the contest ahead, pouring everything you’ve got into it. But you know the Marathon will ask for more. In the dark recesses of your mind, a gloomy voice is saying, you can’t. You do your best to ignore this self-doubt, but the voice won’t go away.
The Marathon rattles you to the core."
"Go run. Go cry while you’re running if you have to. Go be thankful that you can." - my dad, a 2005 Boston Marathon finisher and my source of motivation to just keep on going.
My heart goes out to all the runners, spectators, volunteers and first responders in the city of Boston today. Now check on your loved ones, turn off the news, and go run.