Boston Marathon: photos from my November ’13 trip #BostonStrong

Photo 1: The Boston Marathon finish line was one of the first places I wanted to go to after I landed. My last trip to Boston was my third time visiting the city and the first time since the bombings.

Photo 2: Boston Athletic Association logo at the finish line. My last visit was the first time I ran in Boston and it was magical. The running community and the city itself is truly extraordinary. No matter where I ran, cars, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians always gave me the right of way. There is a special spirit that lives in this city and it’s one of the many reasons why Boston is my favourite American city. If you want to run and feel heart, this is the place to go.

Photo 3: The window front of Marathon Sports, a running store located right at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Photo 4: My first pair of Boston runner’s that I picked up at City Sports. I’m still wearing them to train for my Ottawa Half-Marathon. These shoes are special!

 

Photo(s) 5: A few of my Instagram posts of my runs in Boston. At that time I was participating in the Runner’s World Run Streak.

Today I’ll be running 2.6 km in the Boston Marathon World Run. The World Run is a virtual run (utilizing an app and website) where anyone from across the globe can take part, raise funds and tackle the pavement for any distance they choose.

If you use the Nike + Running app today, be sure to put “#STRONGEREVERYRUN” in the notes section. $1 will be donated per mile to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Boston, I am with you always, but especially today.

JDRF is a Boston Marathon charity.

Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will be directed by JDRF toward funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications and to develop transformative treatments that enable people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, safer lives until that cure is found.

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Meg Cross Menzies. What was she thinking? Why should I run for a stranger? #MegsMiles

Photo taken Jan. 18 at Whitby Waterfront, Ontario, Canada

Photo taken January 18, 2014 before our #MegsMiles run.

I’ve spent the last few days consumed with a woman I’ve never met.

Until this week I had never heard of her, or her road club for that matter.

However when I found out that Meg Cross Menzies was hit and killed by a drunk driver during her morning run, just 1 mile from her home, my heart just sank.

It was fast and horrific.

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Photo taken by me, before my #MegsMiles

And then throughout the days that followed, I began to wonder, what was she thinking during her run?

Was she happy that day? Burning off steam?

Was she dreaming of the Boston Marathon finish? She was training for it.

Was this a tough run where her legs cramped up? Or was she enjoying good momentum and in the zone?

Maybe she was thinking of her three children. Or an upcoming dinner date with her hubby.

Perhaps she ran to let her mind rest, and that’s what she was doing, not thinking about much, just enjoying the scenery and that feeling of pain and perseverance that so many runners get addicted to.

Did she know she was about to be hit? Did she have a split second where it registered she was in trouble?

We’ll never know.

But just like after the Boston Marathon bombings, today I put on a bib to support and honour those suffering from a needless tragedy. The victim, the families, the community.

RIP Meg Menzies. Pre #MegsMiles run

Thank you to my friend Rebecca who helped me with these photos.

I think as runners we do this to show support. I think we do this because we all know the pain and heartbreak of losing a loved one. That feeling is universal.

5.55 miles for Meg

Today I ran for Meg.

What was she thinking? No one can answer that.

As for the question, “Why should I run for a stranger?”

There’s an endless amount of answers to that.

To Meg Cross Menzies, may you rest in peace.

At the end of our run

Love,

A stranger in Canada.

There are instructions on Meg’s Miles on how to participate in the virtual run. You can pin your location on a global map and also input your miles and afterwards there will be a global tally. If you’d like to raise money for Scott, Meg’s husband, you can contribute here by buying a t-shirt.