Today is September 11th. A day that will live forever in the history of this great nation. Just like December 7th it should never be forgotten. But something wonderful happened today that brought back some different memories.
As I opened my email I was shaken to the core. My memory was sent back to another day that should never be forgotten. That Monday in April, Patriot’s Day in Boston. April 15, 2013 the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
That day I remember being in front of my computer watching the race. As the broadcast closed I was sent back to my younger days of dreaming about running Boston. And that is just it a dream. To qualify for Boston I would probably have to drive a motorcycle to take an hour and thirty minutes off my time.
Then the news flashed of the bombings and I was glued to the computer looking for any information I could get. I started searching Facebook to see if any of my friends were running. Lots of status updates and messages came in over the next several hours. All were safe, none were running that day. Yet we all were running. Everyone one of us were torn apart by the events at the finish line.
Distance runners are a tough group and marathoners are even tougher. I remember in high school telling some of the soccer team, “that our sport “running” was their punishment.” We thrived in the pain and push to reach a higher level.
The marathon community is a close knit group. There is a respect knowing that we all have done something way beyond our physical abilities.
So following the days of the bombings my heart yearned to run Boston and show the world that America will not live in fear. Yet my lack of speed would never get me there. But…
Just maybe I could and that was what the email was about. In May I requested a chance to be a charity runner for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation(JDRF). The email from JDRF was an application to be a charity runner for 2014 Boston Marathon.
My hope is to run for multiple reasons. First, to honor God with my running. Second to run in honor of my wife, Lynette who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 10. I watch her everyday as she deals with high and low blood sugars and lots of needle pricks of her fingers and the attachment of her insulin pump. She is a measure of grace and peace with all she deals with on a daily basis plus the diabetes.
Third, I want to run in the greatest marathon in the world to show my pride as an American that we will not live in fear. I don’t know if I will be chosen for a race spot. I am glad for the opportunity and will watch in pride on April 21, 2014 if i’m not part of the race. But I believe Boston is calling and God knows the desires of my heart and this could be another dream come true that only He could provide.
Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.