Boston's Run to Remember this weekend helped me remember some of the best things about running, about community, and about Boston.
The run itself, for those who don't know, was held to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty protecting our city.
As I ran it, I was reminded of these things:
1. It is not always about how fast you can be.
Sometimes, for me, running is about silently taking on a challenge and completing the run for the sheer act of being able to do something others can no longer do.
2. Being a runner means being a part of a community unlike any other.
Among several of the awesome people I met before, during, and after this race were a group of female police officers from Chicago. They were running to support fallen officers in Boston, and had such nice things to say about our city, about our law enforcement, and about running. They were extremely kind (not to mention in shape!) and I know that if I ever found myself in Chicago I'd have ladies to run with in a heartbeat.
3. There will be a day I can't run anymore.
And when that happens, I want to remember the races I did as a mix of meaningful and fun. The day before this race, I took my son with me to pick up my bib at the expo. I made a point to stop with him in front of the names of all of the officers who died in the line of duty to tell him these people were why mommy was running. He is too little to understand that now, but someday I hope he gets it. I have a feeling he will.