Ever since I trained for my first marathon in 2001, running Boston has been a "bucket list" item for me.
For a long-distance runner, the Boston Marathon is the World Series or the Super Bowl - I always brag to my friends about running so-and-so race in X amount of time, but whenever I meet anyone who's done Boston, I always tip my cap.
I easily could have been in the race Monday (I got a call from Ireland and a text from Florida to make sure I wasn't...) so while not personally involved in the bombing attacks, I'm reeling like most of us from the effects of another attack on our country - and our way of life.
To hear that an eight-year-old child was among the dead, and that the injuries to more than one hundred forty people will most likely forever leave mental and physical scars fills me with a deep anger toward those bastards who tried to again change us with another low, cowardly blow.
Well, it didn't work - and it never will, do you hear me?
I was excited to run my tenth marathon this December in Honolulu - now I'm determined to finish in under three hours and fifteen minutes, which will allow me to qualify for next year's Boston Marathon.
And when I do, I will proudly wear a Boston T-shirt to honor those who were directly affected yesterday.
It's not much, I know, but I want to do my part to show the terrorists that *we* are stronger, more unified than they ever will be.
There were 27,000 people running the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Wouldn't be great if 54,000 people ran it in 2014.
Hopefully I can be one of them.