Tuesday, April 16, 2013


My heart has not been the same since yesterday afternoon. 

The coverage of the horrific tragedy has left me broken inside. 

One of my best friends in Atlanta recently ran a marathon

And I trained on many of her runs with her. 

And I saw first hand how much work and literal blood, sweat and I'm sure tears goes into training for such a huge accomplishment. 

And my heart breaks for those who showed up on the third Monday in April after spending countless hours on the road running and qualifying and giving their all. 

Those that showed up yesterday to finish such a huge undertaking

And those who lost their lives or their ability to run ever again. 

I am not a big fan of emotional responses to tragedies typically. I tend to look for things I can do over things I can say. 

But today my heart can speak of nothing else....as impractical and useless and unhelpful as a blog post may be to the whole situation, my mind is in Boston today. And my heart is filled with gratitude for the abilities, like running, that we so often take for granted. 

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, no more fears.
There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more.
We'll see Jesus face to face. 


Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

I'm glad you shared your thoughts and feelings, I know they're heavy. It was a day we were all to celebrate and cheer those runners victories. It's terrible how that's all changed. Thoughts and prayers are with them!!

Jenn said...

I'm glad that you shared how you're feeling. It helps.

julia rose. said...

That song- is all too perfect. It's times like these that we need to turn to God for comfort and strength! Love you, dearest blog friend!

Whitney said...

devastating! 4 of my very best friends moved to Boston after college when the other 3 of us moved to Atlanta. We have an ongoing group text and the ATL-ers were complaing to the Bostonians yesterday about how we had to work and they had Patriot's Day off and could day drink downtown all day for the marathon. When we got the first text saying "we're all OK, don't know whats going on yet, love you all" my heart dropped. i had no idea about the bombing, and i hated not knowing that all of my friends were safe. its a great reminder to tell everyone how much they mean to you, because you just never know

Young and Fabulous said...

I still cannot believe this either...all those people who worked so hard...who had to turn around at mile 25...who weren't able to finish even their last few minutes.

Love this post...you would never think such a happy, rewarding event like this could just be destroyed in seconds

love you girly

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

my heart is breaking right there with you, friend. thanks for writing this.

Katie Did What said...

Beautifully said, friend. My prayers are with all those affected by this useless and senseless tragedy. My heart breaks.


Rachel said...

My heart is so sad for those who didn't get to finish too. And my boyfriend thought they had better things to be worrying about like being thankful they weren't injured. But I know that if I didn't get to finish, after working that hard I would be just so disappointed!

I too, am looking forward to that day.

P!nky said...

<3 you sweet friend!

Raven said...

Loved this Ash. You put it into words beautifully and honestly. The good will always win :)

Katie said...

Beautiful, Ash. It breaks my heart. Such a sad, senseless act. How people can do such things horrifies me.

Do you read Jena's blog, Recently Roached? She also wrote a beautiful post about this