The thing about runners is that runners are undeniably tough customers. And the community of runners is a tight knit one, no matter how far apart the roads they traverse. And in the aftermath of Monday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, that community is coming together to support itself, to support Boston, to support all of us.
You might not think it when you see a pack running down the street, all thin and sleek in piping and highlighter colored track suits and funny shoes, but runners put their bodies through vigorous workouts on par or more demanding than what any jacked up weight lifter at your local gym can do on an average weeknight. "The people who did this don't realize that marathon runners are tough," Mary Diel, a 55-year-old marathon veteran, told Buzzfeed's Jessica Testa. Diel was at Monday's race, though she was far enough away from the finish line when the bombs went off to not hear anything explode. Regardless, she doesn't see herself or any of her peers slowing down because of the attacks. "This is what we do, and today shouldn't change anything."
Across the running paths of America — and certainly across social media today and going forward — the runners are rallying. Small signs of support are popping up, both in real life and online, for the victims and their athletic brethren. A group called Run Chat is organizing their community to wear either blue or yellow shirts, or shirts from marathons past, all week — on the road, to the office, anywhere — to show their support. "On Tuesday and throughout the week, let's show the world how strong the running community is," they write. "Now is the time to unite and stand as one." Pictures of people wearing their blue and yellow have already started to pour in on Twitter and Instagram:
Elsewhere, other members of the running community are urging people to just — well, to just run. Right now, running is enough. There's a Facebook event being passed around advocating people try and complete 26.2 miles — the same distance as the Boston Marathon — over the next day, week, or month, whenever. Just run.