A Little Rain, And Ice, And Wind, And Freezing Temperatures Never Hurt Anyone….

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Yes, that is the United States Postal Service’s ‘unofficial’ creed. It’ll make sense, just be patient….

Monday morning’s Boston Marathon was held in some of the most treacherous weather conditions in recent history. Torrential downpour coupled with wind gusts of 50+ m.p.h. and 30 degrees isn’t ideal running conditions. However, it was ideal for two:

Desiree Linden (Women’s Winner)  

Yuki Kawauchi (Men’s Winner)

As my parents taught me, ladies first.

Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Not bad for someone who nearly dropped out of the race after mile six. Tilden paced herself alongside teammate, Shalane Flanagan. Last year, Flanagan famously became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years.

Marathon, Boston, USA - 16 Apr 2018

Linden finished with an unofficial time of 2:39:53, more than 4 minutes ahead of the second place finisher. Side note: The runner-up was Sarah Sellers. Sellers is not a professional runner. She’s a full-time nurse. That’s incredible.

The most astonishing part of Linden’s victory, she chose to stop while Flanagan took a :17 bathroom break halfway through the race. Oh yeah, a pee-break!! Following the race Linden explained herself:

“I told her [Flanagan] in the race, I said if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.


As for Yuki Kawauchi, he’s not your typical marathon champion. He’s not a professional runner. He has no sponsors. He just — runs. Kawauchi, at 31, holds the record for most sub 2:20:00 marathons (79). Over the past five years he’s run one marathon per month. CAN YOU IMAGINE RUNNING ONE MARATHON PER MONTH FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS?!?! This is hard to comprehend, as Kawauchi is an administrator at a school in Japan. He works 40 hours per week.

2:15:58. That was Kawauchi’s unofficial winning time. 2 minutes and 25 seconds faster than runner-up Geoffrey Kirui. Kawauchi also became the first Japanese runner to win the Boston Marathon since 1987 (ironically his birth year). While Kurui and other favorites faded, Kawauchi forged ahead, somehow using the nearly impassable conditions to his favor.


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Tragedy at the Boston Marathon

As everyone has heard by now, there were two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The authorities are saying that these explosions were definitely bombs, and this is being treated as a terrorist attack. No one has come forward to accept responsibility for the attacks at this point in time. The news of these blasts has touched every corner of the world, and we as a nation need to unite and support the great city of Boston. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, just 3 hours after the blasts made it known publicly that Boston will have any help, support, and/or resources deemed necessary. It is very difficult to find the right words to say, and I don’t think there are the “right” words for a situation like this. As of now there are 3 confirmed deaths and at least 145 injured. The number of injured continues to climb due to the aftermath of the explosions. My heart aches for the victims of this senseless act, and I want to send out my thoughts and prayers to anyone affected by yesterday’s events. Yesterday was meant to be a beautiful day in Boston. The weather was picture perfect, the Red Sox played, the Marathon was being held, and the Bruins were set to play as well. Most notably, it was Patriots Day which is a day to commemorate the opening battle of the American Revolution. This is a day to be proud to be a Bostonian. Unfortunately, excitement and elation quickly turned to confusion and chaos. While it is horrible that this heinous act took place at the finish line of the marathon, the affected were lucky that there were already hundreds of firemen, police officers, and medical staff on hand for the race. No one knows how many more people would have suffered fatal injuries if there weren’t medical personnel on site already.

This is the most difficult thing I’ve ever written about as I have many emotions swirling around at the moment. I feel sad, helpless, confused, and angry all at the same time. I wish there was something I could do to help the innocent victims of this crime. I wish I could find the scum that committed these crimes and show them and the world that our country is not to be messed with. I wish I could comprehend the actions of these sick people. It’s simplistic to say, well there are bad people who do bad things. It is impossible to understand how a human being can get enjoyment out of harming and killing innocent people. It is impossible to understand! Our country needs to find the sons of bitches that committed these crimes and they need to be made an example of in front of the whole world. If terrorists and psychotic groups of people think it’s okay to attack us, we will show them what will be in store for them. And we need to heighten security everywhere. I know it is next to impossible to stop an event like yesterday’s from happening, but we need to be more aware of these dangers. We tightened security after 9/11, but it has softened over time. Even if it means being slightly inconvenienced, we need to take the extra time to ensure everyone’s safety in public venues.

While this is how I feel about terrorists, we don’t officially know who exactly is responsible for Monday’s bombings. What we do know is that the FBI is heading up the investigation, and I think they will get to the bottom of this. While we are all most likely feeling sad and angry, we must take a minute to recognize the positive in every situation. There are heroes to acknowledge in the wake of the bombings. While most people were running away from the danger, you had policemen, firemen, volunteers, and concerned citizens running toward the explosions in an attempt to help people. These are the people that deserve a round of applause. To put yourself in harms way to help strangers is courageous and should be celebrated, even if only for a minute. Once again, it is a tragedy that took place on Monday. No one should ever have to go through such a terrible event in their lives, but unfortunately there are people out there trying to harm the world. My heart goes out to all the people and their families and loved ones that have been affected by these events. We will stand up together as a nation and will overcome these events. You are not alone!