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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
    Bonham, Texas
    Related to: Why we're running for Boston
    iReporters share stories with CNN's John Sutter about why they're pledging to run marathons and other races in response to the Boston bombings.
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    2015 Boston Marathon

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jenkirk72 began running a few years ago when she was 39 years old and had recently finished her first half-marathon when the Boston Marathon bombing happened.

    "My heart ached for those who were injured or killed and I couldn't stop thinking about how terrifying it must have been. My thoughts were also with those who weren't able to finish. So much blood, sweat and tears go into preparing for and racing a marathon and to have the fruit of your labor snatched away in such an evil manner haunted me," she said. Within a week after the bombing, she pledged to run the Dallas marathon in December 2013. Those plans were thwarted by an ice storm, but she plans to run the marathon this year.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    When I committed to run a race in honor of Boston almost a year ago, I envisioned crossing the finish line as a first-time marathoner at the Dallas Marathon in December. But even the best-laid plans are always subject to detours and bumps in the road - as any runner can attest! My running partner and I saw our plans completely derailed 2 days before the event when a freak ice storm caused the cancellation of the race. We were both flooded with emotions. A runner invests so much in marathon training physically, emotionally and mentally.
    We were so devastated by the turn of events that we decided not to make any decisions about future races until emotions had cooled. Not too many days had passed when we decided on Cowtown. Our regular training keeps us in half marathon shape, so we agreed to commit to the half but attempt to continue our full marathon training. However, we were soon forced to accept that our families’ schedules were too full for marathon-level training.
    We ran the Cowtown Half Marathon on February 23 and both set a PR! Boston has never been far from our thoughts throughout this process….and never will be!
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