The day before the Boston Marathon, I participated in the BAA 5k, the first race in the BAA Distance Medley. The next day, I was at the John Hancock tower, in the family meeting area, with a friend from home whose husband had just finished running the marathon. We heard a loud boom, and didn't think anything of it. When we got down to the Back Bay T station, that's when the text messages started- "bomb went off at finish line, are you safe?" The first person I thought of was a co-worker of mine who was running and had started in the wave after my friend's husband, was she ok? I texted her "Are you ok? Text me when you get this!" and immediately after I hit send, I got a message from her saying the same thing. Running has been a stress relief for me, but this year meant a little more. I completed the distance medley (5k, 10k, and half marathon)- that pic is after the race with my half marathon medal and my medal for completing all 3 races. Working in healthcare, I also have had the opportunity to work with victims from the marathon bombings- both shortly after the marathon to now. These people are the most courageous, amazing people and I am blessed to have them in my life. I run in Boston, I run for Boston.