Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
In The Wake...

Hey guys. So it's pretty well known by now that yesterday around 3:00 pm Eastern, there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line. Three dead, and scores injured. When I first heard, I was consumed with fury. Why would anyone do that? That's ridiculous! Who, in their right mind, would commit something so awful with the intent of hurting so many people? I mean, we're runners, for Pete's sake! We're like, the most harmless athletes ever. Look at us; we run, we sweat, we eat, we sleep, and repeat. It's like "PEACE LOVE & CARBS" for us.


Running is known as an individual sport. We do our own thing, run our own events, keep track of our own mileage, and collect our own medal at the end of the race. But now that this has happened, it's more important than ever that we runners come together and support each other through a tragedy like this. Listening to the radio I heard interviews from runners who witnessed the explosions, yet kept running. You can interpret that as either crazy, stupid, awesome, or admirable-- but I think it says something about runners as a whole. Amby Burfoot couldn't have said it better, "...that's what runners do; we keep on keeping on." And it's true! We keep going no matter what. We run the race. We finish the course. We don't stop, unless, of course, shin splints wreak havoc on your poor legs or you need to tie your shoe..


I guess this is a shoutout to all of the runners in the Boston Marathon, and those spectators AND runners injured or killed yesterday. While it's easy for us to feel hate for the individual(s) responsible, we need to keep our heads level and give it to God. He knows how to handle this, even though we question His methods endlessly. Our hearts are heavy, but our legs are light. Today, let's run for them. Let's finish the race.

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