Marathon running requires discipline, determination, dedication. It pushes the body to its limits both in training and when running the actual race. The runners who qualify for the prestigious races are particularly impressive. To run the Boston Marathon, a woman in my age bracket (35-39) must run a marathon in 3 hours, 40 minutes or less. That's 26.2 miles in less than four hours. If you broke it down by miles and minutes (which simplifies the marathon process tremendously, but for the sake of argument, we'll do it here), you're looking at running those miles in less than 8.5 minutes each. For every single mile.
This monumental achievement is not easy and that is why the Boston Marathon is one of the most sought after races. It's a hard race. You must qualify for it. There are hills. And yet, tens of thousands of people every year hope to qualify.
This is why the tragic events today at the Boston Marathon take on even more horror. The people who run this race and their supporters have already gone through hell to get to the race and to run it. To be subjected to the horror of bombs going off is just unfathomable.
My prayers are with the runners, their families, the victims, and the entire city of Boston. Understand that blame should be placed only on those who planted these bombs. This was not a question of lack of security. This was not a conspiracy on behalf of Obama or Republicans. This was a tragic event and should be viewed as such.
BUT! Just as marathon runners rise each day and continue to run, so shall we all run the race to justice with Boston.