The Calm Before the Storm

This photo was taken just minutes before Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crossed the nearby finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. It was a beautiful day today, cool and crisp, but sunny; a perfect day for a long run.

Carlos and I were standing just behind the metal barricades on Exeter Street, a mere stone’s throw from Boylston Street just ahead where you see the line of yellow jacketed people. That is the Lenox Hotel awning to the left. Although we could catch a glimpse of the elite runners as they neared the finish line, we mostly watched on the big screen in the distance. The mood, as always, was exciting. Boston is a buzz with energy on this day each year. Besides the marathon, the Red Sox play a mid-morning game on the same day.

By now you probably know how this day ended. If not visit this link. Thankfully Carlos and I left around 1:15 to return to my sister’s office in South Boston for lunch. We were on our way out of the city at 3 when my sister called to tell me about the explosions at the finish line of the marathon.

I’ve listened to and seen as much coverage as I can bear. My heart breaks for all those affected by this senseless tragedy. I’m so blessed to be home safe with my little boy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston.

9 thoughts on “The Calm Before the Storm

  1. So glad you two are safe but at the same time so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Mass and those in the Running World! ❤ hugs!

  2. Hi Aimee! Oh, I didn’t even know Carlos and you were there at the race! Yes, I feel just awful about what happened at the Boston Marathon too. I’m really glad that you and Carlos are safe, but nobody deserves to have those things happen to them. Every person who got hurt is somebody’s mother, father, sister, brother, or child–just as important as any of our loved ones.

    🙂 Marion

  3. I am so glad you guys are okay – I can’t even to begin to imagine what could have happened. All my friends who were running were fine – one was just 3 blocks past the finish line when the first bomb went off. 😦

    Hugs!

  4. I still haven’t read or watched anything on this, just too heartbreaking at this point. Glad you were on the right side with your timing, and you all stayed safe.

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