Let’s face it, this week has been rough. Really rough. We’ve all felt the sting of the Boston bombings. Whether we were there or not, we were shocked to our core, and united by our determination to run on.
Usually our Friday 5 is on the sillier side, but we’re still at a loss for words, and just not ready to make light yet.
So instead, let’s talk about how we can show our support. There are a lot of scams out there and plenty of people trying to make a buck by peddling t-shirts, ribbons and all kinds of stuff, but you don’t need money to show you care. You just gotta have heart. And we know you Salty Runners have plenty of heart…or haaht, if you happen to speak in a certain Bostonian dialect!
five SIX FREE ways we can pay tribute to Boston:
1. Wear Your Colors and RUN! Runners around the world have united to wear their Boston gear. No Boston gear? Any blue and yellow will do, or in lieu of that, any race gear at all. It’s simple and can make you feel stronger, especially when people let you know it’s appreciated. You might not think they’ll notice, but I have been amazed at the quiet comments I have received when I threw on my Boston jacket for a quick dash to a store or out for a run. During my first run post-Boston, I felt stronger and taller than ever. Everyone in Boston deserves our support, so let’s give it to them. Whether you are racing, running or walking a mile, wear your support proudly!
2. Join a Group Run! Running stores around the country are coordinating special runs to pay tribute to the Boston bombings. Join your friends, meet new friends, and run with passion on Monday!
3. Give Back to the Running Community. Look, there are a lot of scams out there from people trying to get your money, and there are a lot of really great, worthwhile and legit and reputable organizations where you can send money too. But if your pockets aren’t deep, there are ways to give without giving dollars and cents! Pay the Running Love Forward and volunteer, pace or cheer at a race. Help out your friends, especially if they’re having a tough time with Boston. Know someone who was there? Do something nice for him or her, or just check in and see if they want to talk or spend some time together.
4. Hug a runner. It’s been a rough week for us all. I guarantee we could all use a hug. My great friend and all-around running buddy gave me a hug yesterday and it was the best gift I’ve received all week.
5. Don’t. Give. Up. A lot of people are expressing feelings of fear at the thought of toeing the line in a race, but changing our behavior and being afraid to be the strong, powerful runners we are is not the answer. We are stronger than sleep deprivation, weeks of training, painful workouts, hard races, mother nature’s cruel games. They cannot break our spirits. They cannot stop us. Run without fear. Run on.
6. Thank your first responders. Thank your police, fire, and emergency personnel. Do something nice for them (trust me, you bring them baked goods, they won’t turn them away!). Every day they put their lives out there to save others. (Thanks Jen for this additional suggestion!)
If you would like to share your story or read the stories of others as we posted earlier this week, please also check out our Boston post.