April 20, 2013
This has been a rough week. Actually, I don’t even think “rough” covers it all. With the 2 bombs going off at the Boston Marathon on Monday, to the explosion in Texas, as well as the anniversaries of the Oklahoma City Bombings and the Virginia Tech Massacre… it has been quite a week.
I had wanted to write a post earlier about my thoughts and feelings about Boston but I could never quite get out the words. I still don’t have the words. The good news is that as I finish up this post, I hear that they caught the remaining suspect. After hours of Boston and Watertown being on complete lockdown, they finally have their suspect and everyone can feel a sense of accomplishment.
Will we ever know why the bombers choose to target the Boston Marathon? Maybe. The next few days or months will tell us. All I’ve got for now is that I’m glad that they caught the culprit and life can return to some semblance of normal.
Boston, and especially those who are still suffering from the explosions, we are thinking of you.
Stay Strong, Boston. Stay Strong.
April 9, 2013
On Sunday I got my first opportunity to volunteer for a race. Yes, you are reading the blog of one of the Mile 7.5 Water Stop Volunteers for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler (insert some applause like you care). I’m sure no one cares, but it was very interesting to be on the other side of the race. I’ve been a spectator and a participant, this time it was working the race.
Other than the early morning (and I mean EARLY morning) wakeup on Sunday, this was a fun experience. Mile 7.5 of the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler puts you almost to the very top of Haines Point. I have never designed a race course but whoever designed this course and plotted out where the waterstop’s should be should really reconsider the location of this stop. The tip of Haines Point is SUPER windy, and on this particular day was actually quite cold. Additionally, there appeared to be a bottleneck right in front of all the water tables. The road narrows and 10,000 people are being forced to cram into a 1 lane road. Let me tell you, it was chaos.
What made this entire experience worth it? Well, besides the guaranteed entry for next years race and volunteering at the Team in Training water stop with a bunch of my favorite TNT’ers and various other people I know… it was the banana suit.
Everything is always better with a banana suit