Tuesday 14 January 2014


She said I think I'll go to Boston...
I think I'll start a new life, I think I'll start it over...

These lyrics are from the song "Boston" by Augustana.  The words played over and over in my head as I trained for and competed in the Boston Marathon in 2010.  They took on a new meaning when I saw this video of Celeste Corcoran.

Celeste lost both of her legs in the bombing at the finish line.  There is an amazing moment in this video where she is in the hospital and she says that she can't do anything right now. By the end of the clip, she is running on her own again.  We get to see her move one foot in front of the other, chasing down her freedom.

If this woman can run again after losing her legs - how much more can we do that we are simply taking for granted right now?  For all the days I had meant to go for a run, but stayed home because I felt tired or lazy - those excuses seem so trivial in the face of the obstacles that this woman has overcome.  She says she isn't going to give up and that this is just a new beginning.

To new beginnings.... Thank you, Celeste.

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