The Boston Post

I mean, what can I say? I don’t know yet if I will ever do a race recap. Truthfully, anything before 2:50 pm is a blur. As much as I’m trying not to dwell, I can’t move past the fact that at least 3 people cheered me to the finish line and didn’t survive the hour.

I was about 45 minutes past the finish line and about 10 minutes reunited with Aaron when we heard and felt the explosions. It was Patriots Day, so it could have been a celebratory cannon, but the uneasiness of the crowd was thick. We did not see anything…we were a block away on the next street, but the crowd that had been so rowdy and joyful got very quiet, we all stood, and we all very calmly walked in the opposite direction. Moments later as sirens started sounding, we knew. The police officers getting out of cars with assault rifles was another clue that this wasn’t an accident. While I’m sure there was chaos closer to the blasts, I was surprised at how calm and collected if not completely disoriented everyone was. You don’t really have an exit plan when your location comes under attack.

As we fearfully walked, Aaron looked for updates on his phone and I tried to update on as many places as possible that we were not injured. Cell service was spotty (they eventually shut down cell service a little bit later), and I know several of my attempts were unsuccessful. Police with assault rifles started barricading in front of the subway entrances…for the routes we were standing over. The uncertainty was terrifying.

I know at some point I’ll be able to think about something else, but for right now, I am horrified, angry, sad, and grateful for our lives and the lives of everyone I know. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families. I have never felt so personally attacked, and it is just barely starting to sink in that…it so very easily could have been us. I had a very hard time seeing the finish line video footage on the news.

Thank you again for all of your concern and support. Every tweet, text, and message I got during our long walk out of the city helped my tired legs push a bit longer.

I think there are several efforts today in remembrance of the tragedy. The one I’m seeing the most is to wear a race t-shirt in honor of the spectators and volunteers who were killed supporting runners on race day. No matter how you choose to remember, thank you for your thoughts and prayers for the victims.

52 thoughts on “The Boston Post

  1. I am so happy you are safe. I am so devastated that others are not. What a horrible end to a beautiful day. It breaks my heart to see this happen in my hometown, in an area full of such happy memories for me. I feel that I cannot possibly send enough prayers and positive thoughts to all affected, but I certainly will try. Will be thinking of you and your husband as you try to process and recover from this terrible occurrence.

    • Thank you, Tina. The hardest part for me has been knowing that so many families and individuals have had their lives torn apart simply because they chose to spend their day off cheering on runners at the Marathon.

  2. So saddened by this event. Even as a runner a million miles away from Boston. This marathon should have been a happy occasion like every other. Glad you and Aaron are safe – I thought of u as soon as I heard.

    Congrats on completing the marathon – I know under these circumstances it probably won’t feel as good as u did after Chicago, but its still an amazing achievement.

    Still at a loss for words 😦

  3. Glad to hear you two are safe. I definitely checked the results page to make sure you had finished — your recent bouts with injuries were the big concern. It was a relief to see everyone I knew running Boston with finishing results well before 2:50 pm. If only everyone had been so lucky.

    But onwards we go, we continue doing our thing come what may. Otherwise, we give in. Be safe.

    • Thank you so much for checking! It took knowing that these two assholes could never cause harm to anyone again to finally get me to start living life normally, and I am grateful that I have that ability while other families and individuals will deal with the aftermath for the rest of their lives. It did bring tears to my eyes to see that the London Marathon had one of the best spectator turnouts in the history of the race.

  4. Amy, You had looked forward to this event for so long and with such enthusiasm and I thank you for sharing it all with all of your “fans”. . I know that even though you were not injured, just the fact that you were there and watched the celebration turn to terror will change your lives forever. I pray for those injured and those who lost their lives in this senseless act of terrorism and I pray for the families. I also pray for you and Aaron that you can get past the tragic part of this event. xoxox

  5. Just happy to know you are well and that you have someone to lean on. Prayers for you to process as well as prayers for those involved. I’m sending hugs to you and all involved in Boston. I don’t know what else to do.

  6. I know I have not commented much during your training, but I have been following along. I’m so glad you and Aaron are safe.
    I know it may feel wrong to post a race recap, but I hope in time you will reconsider. You worked so hard for this accomplishment. I would hate to see the coward (s) who did this take that away from you.

    • Thank you, and thank you for reading throughout the crazy marathon training! I am starting to do a recap, but it has been hard trying to separate the highs and the lows of the day.

  7. That must have been terrifying. Glad that you and Aaron are ok and that you were able to find each other before the blasts. Sending you and everyone affected by this my thoughts. xoxo

  8. Glad the two of you are okay. What should have been a fantastic experience for everyone has turned into a nightmare, but don’t dwell too much on the ‘what ifs’. Stay safe.

    • Thank you! The first few days were rough, but I think we have finally hashed out all of the what-ifs, and now we are just grateful that they weren’t.

      • I don’t know actually. I have no races in the queue for the first time in well over a year. I’m thinking I’m going to try and take up swimming again now that I have nothing to train for. We’re also likely to do a trail run in September, but I am also ever so slightly toying with the idea of trying to get a faster qualifying marathon time during the next four months. This however, would be the irrational decision.

  9. I’m so sad that such a happy celebration of people who worked so hard to get there could be so brutally attacked. I’m glad you’re safe

  10. Thankful that you and Aaron are okay. I can only imagine how you both must have felt being placed in that situation. The feeling of no escape with officers blocking your exits. I am just glad to see you are okay. Stay strong girl!

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  12. First, congratulations on finishing one of America’s great races. More importantly, thank goodness you all are OK.

    I ran in a race shirt today, and down here in Oklahoma, we’ll be running for Boston as well as in memory of the OKC bombing victims at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 28.

    Peace to you, run hard.

    • Thank you! In the midst of everything, Oklahoma City was on the mind of everyone in Boston. Horrible that two tragic days will have to be remembered now in April

      • It is. But it’s cool to see how people are responding. No one is canceling any events. People are out running and doing their thing. I wish I could qualify for Boston next year, because if I could I’d totally be there.

  13. Glad to know you and Aaron were safely out of harm’s way. Your first-hand perspective is scary stuff… I was psychologically drained by the time I went to bed on Monday, and I’m 3,000 miles away.

    I look forward to the day when you can share your race recap, complete with start line jitters, Heartbreak Hill report, chafing issues, finish time, euphoric feelings and all the normalcy of racing that we runners need in order to move forward and show those responsible that the good guys always win.

    • Thank you, Mike. Based on the number of reflections on the event that I’ve seen, it seems that so many people felt very personally affected by this event. And I am grateful that my first-hand perspective came from a block away.

      I am working on the race recap, and trying hard to separate all of the marathon feelings from what happened after. Happy to report though, that there were no chaffing issues!

  14. I can’t imagine the shock you must feel and my heart is aching for the people hurt and killed and for all the folks, like you, at the marathon for fun and accomplishment. You do deserve a huge congratulations on a great time and I hope that as you process all of this you’ll have a sense of great accomplishment sitting next to the inevitable sense of tragedy.

  15. Horrifying is right… I cannot imagine being as close to the action as you were, and what you must be processing. Such an awful day. I’m so glad you are safe!

  16. It is a relief you and Aaron were okay and that you made it out safely. Please do not let Monday’s events impact your Boston Marathon journey: you have worked too hard and have wanted this for so long to not acknoledge it. Don’t feel you’re a bad person for writing a race recap, your accomplishment still deserves recognition. Just take your time my blog friend 🙂

    • Thank you! It has been hard trying to go back and remember the actual marathon, and so much of that day is a giant blur. But I am starting to realize that for me, it is probably part of the recovery process.

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