Saturday, December 15, 2012

Running against tragedy

I'll keep this one under wraps
Today's run (treadmill): 5.1 miles

Yesterday's senseless shooting in Connecticut upset me deeply. How can kids ever feel safe at school with the knowledge that sick people, with ready access to guns, can so easily hurt them? Coincidentally, our own town was conducting an emergency dismissal drill at the time of shootings. Let's hope that if anything good comes out of this, it will be a call to action to address the NRA's paranoid and obstructive agenda. Easy access to guns have made these scenarios all too common.

I'll admit that I know very little about the details of yesterday's event. I'm usually on top of the news, but I've avoided watching or reading anything about this tragedy. I haven't even been able to bring myself to take the newspaper out of its wrap. I think I know everything I need to know.

Due to our schedule today, I was kept at home in the morning and couldn't go outside for run. Later today we have a party, so my options were limited. I look forward to weekends, because they usually give me the freedom to run outside for as long as I wish. Since I was place-constrained but not time constrained, I decided to do a longer run on the treadmill.

I'd normally put the news on the TV and watch it as I ran, but that wasn't going to happen today. Instead, I put on one of the music channels at the upper range of the cable spectrum and pumped up the volume. I set the incline at 1% to keep it interesting, and increased my speed periodically in order to get my heart rate to the targeted zone. I had plenty of energy for the run, but I felt very tired when I finished. The good thing about a hard workout is that it lifts your spirits when you're done. I really needed that today.

2 comments:


  1. a number of your posts have resonated lately, and this one as well. i also couldn't bring myself to watch or read the news; i doubt most parents could. i had thought of running a race this morning, but the start at an elementary school was too much for me. i do hope we see some changes that prevent these incidents from becoming commonplace.

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  2. Thank you Carla. I understand why running at an elementary school gave you pause. I thought the same thing this morning as I ran by the elementary school that my kids once attended. I worry about them in middle and high school just the same.

    I keep thinking about what I can do to prevent these incidents. At the very least, I'll never vote for a candidate who accepts donations from the NRA.

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