Think of a time you embarked on a challenging, long-term project–one you knew would take much time and effort. Why did you do it? My latest challenging project is training for the Boston Marathon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited and honored to be included in the upcoming marathon, but I know how much effort it’s going to take and it’s a big, big commitment in time. But this time is different than the last two times I trained. As I complete my first month of training for the Boston Marathon in April 2015, I pause to remember just why I decided to run Boston for the third time—to honor the marathon and the victims after the horrific bombings on April 15, 2013. Two hundred sixty-four people were injured and three people were killed including eight year old Martin William Richard. I wasn’t there in 2013 but I was there in 2012. My brother and his wife were spectators in the same general area where one of the bombs went off. I stood mesmerized in front of the television most of the day feeling shocked and angry. I shudder thinking about what might have happened to them if the bombings would have happened a year earlier.
The city has adopted a phrase–Boston Strong. That certainly describes the resilience of the victims. Following are just three examples of the real strength and courage shown by all who have been affected by this tragedy.
Rebekah Dimartino, of Texas, a spectator and 27-year-old mother, stood 10 feet away from one of the bombs. When it exploded, it severely injured her leg. After undergoing 17 surgeries, she opted for amputation as a way to help put the bombing behind her.
Mrs. Corcoran, a 47-year-old hairdresser from Boston, lost both legs as she watched the marathon. Even now she still feels stabbing pain in toes she lost months ago. She uses state-of-the-art prostheses which are slowly helping her reclaim her independence, but she’s frustrated at the grueling effort required in learning to use them and can tolerate them only for a few hours a day. She longs for the days when she was truly independent. Her husband carries her upstairs to bed each night.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis went to the Boston Marathon with her husband to celebrate his safe return from Afghanistan only to find a war zone in their own neighborhood. Adrianne, a professional ballroom dancer, severely damaged her left foot and it had to be amputated. She didn’t give up and with the help of “MIT bionic limb wizard” Hugh Herr, she is dancing once again. Herr, a double amputee himself, created a special bionic limb foot for a dancer.
Amazing how a split second cowardly act of terrorism can turn lives upside down. You have to admire the courage and resilience as the victims continue to recover.
And what about the terrorists? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of planting the bombs, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges related to the April attacks. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died a few days after the bombings in an altercation with police. Dzhokhar will face trial in January 2015 and Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty. Several people have been charged in aiding the brothers in the attack. Read an account of the terror attack here.
I vow to be Boston Strong and I train for freedom. Not only will the Boston Marathon survive and thrive, so will the victims. Yes, the training will be long and tedious and command much effort. But the reason I’m training is the push I need to get out there and do it. The next time you commit to a big challenging project, make sure you believe in your cause. Maybe it’s to help your family, to improve yourself, or maybe it’s a stand again terrorism. Whatever it is, commit and go for it. Boston, here I come!
Let’s break barriers together!
Training Report: One month into my training, I’m now at 35 miles a week including a long run of 13 miles. My weekly routine also includes one day each of Bikram Yoga, Boot Camp class and Pilates. I’m running strong and injury-free.
Book Note: The book is now taking a priority. I’ve completed my fourth audio CD, AVOID HIRING MISTAKES—The Seven Biggest Hiring Mistakes Hiring Managers Make. All four of my CD’s will soon be available on my speaker website. www.doloreslara.com
Life events happen for a reason. I have gained valuable insight and experience over the past year with my speaking and producing the CDs. My ever changing and challenging love relationship gave me pause—I didn’t know how the book would end. Now I do. I’m looking forward to completing the book.