I started writing Mind Over Miles nearly one year ago, just three weeks after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing inspired me to qualify for the nation’s oldest marathon.
Back then I barely knew my coach or any of my Wicked Fast Wascally Wunning buddies. But when I heard about the bombings and watched the news coverage of the terrorist attack it deeply affected me. I worried about the members of my running family who ran the race that day. I cried for the runners and spectators and victims whose perfect day and happy lives had been ruined by two coldhearted idiots. I felt personally attacked, though I was 3,000 miles from the race and not yet a marathoner.
In the weeks after the marathon there was talk amongst our group of trying to qualify for Boston to join Coach Brad when he returned in 2014 — he was stopped around Mile 25.6 when the bombs went off. His brother-in-law Phil Gonzalez finished the race before the explosions, but there was no doubt he’d qualify again and return to the race.
As the 2014 Boston Marathon approaches I get more and more disappointed that I didn’t qualify for it. I’ll hopefully be able to register for next year’s race, but this year is going to be the big one...