At 6:30 to 9 a.m. this morning, I was watching the exciting elite women's finish in the Boston Marathon. I had to go into work before the elite men's finish. Throughout the morning I received periodic athlete tracker text updates on a blogger friend who was running the Boston Marathon today, the dream of her running life. She was doing pretty well, although slowing in the later miles. I was puzzled why I didn't receive a finish time update well past the time she should have finished.
Logging onto Facebook during lunch, I got my first word of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon finish line. (I later went to my friend's Facebook page and found out that she had not been at the finish line when the explosions occurred--she was fine, although was diverted about a mile from the finish and was not able to finish the marathon.) Over the lunch hour, I scoured online news reports and listened to the radio on the way back to work.
I have no words to respond to the tragedy that occurred today. I am just numb at the thought of the carnage, of the injury and destruction that has happened. Why did this happen? How did it happen? In Boston, not a great place of controversy or political import. I am stunned, I am saddened...I just don't understand.
All my prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this tragic event.