Marla Westbrook » Mom, Runner, Burleson/Fort Worth, Texas Photographer

Fit Friday – What a Week

Wow. That pretty much sums up how I feel about this week. Between the bombing in Boston and the explosion in West, which is just an hour south of us, my emotions have been all over the place since Monday. The good news is that today is Friday, and this crazy week is coming to an end. I pray that the situation in Boston is wrapped up soon with the capture of the second suspect, who is still on the loose as I type this. I also continue to pray for the people of West, I can’t even imagine the devastation that they are facing right now.

I have to say that in addition to all the sadness, there has also been light. Runners finished a marathon and headed straight to the hospital to donate blood, volunteers and first responders did not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to help others and ordinary people became heroes. I have never been more proud to call myself a runner and a Texan in my life than I am right now. There is good and I choose to focus on it.

On Wednesday, runners from all over the world joined together to Run for Boston. The concept was easy, gather up some friends, wear blue or yellow, take a picture with a “Run for Boston” sign and run. Or walk, or whatever, the point wasn’t the running, it was simply a gesture to show Boston that we were standing with them. Derek and I posted on FB that we were planning to run and before we knew it, we had a whole group of people, runners and non-runners alike, who wanted to join. It was something small and simple, but it was awesome and seeing the sheer numbers of people that gathered their friends and ran that day too, was amazing. The creator of the Run for Boston event posted this at the end of the day and I thought it was perfect:
I know some pessimists will say that nothing was accomplished today, but they are wrong. Hope won today. The human resolve was victorious. Good overcame evil every time one of thousands of running shoes hit the pavement all around the world. We re-wrote history today, and it will be a day that we won’t soon forget. So kiss your kids, tuck them in tight, and remind them that there will always be more good in the world than evil. Always.

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