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Rolling Stone justification? It doesn't exist

In the past couple of days I have tried to remain opinion-less of the Rolling Stone cover with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, but I just can’t. Especially after some people are trying to defend it directly to me. Let me give you some perspective on why I am outraged at this cover. In 2007 I was working at the daily newspaper in Lynchburg, Va., when the Virginia Tech massacre occurred. Being less than 2 hours away from Blacksburg, this was a local story for us; for so many others this was one of those things they just couldn’t believe, shook their heads about it and then went on with their daily lives as normal.

For me, there was no escaping it; there's still no escaping it.

I lived and breathed updates on that story every hour for several straight days. We had two reporters on the scene, one of whom was a VT graduate. On another level, I was in constant contact with friends who are alumni – I'd say that I know at least 20 people who are alumni. I've been to concerts there; I've been to a few basketball games there; I've been to a handful of Hokie football games.

I don't remember the full timeline, but toward the end of that week NBC broadcast the video they received of the shooter; then the AP released many photos of this guy.

At the paper I remember wrestling with this decision of what do we show on the front page of the paper. His eyes? The guns? Nothing?

If I could go back in time I would shout to leave this guy off the front page … let's belittle him and not even show the thumbnail photo of him anymore.

Showing his photos and airing this creep's videos is what he wanted. It's also want others with his same mind-frame want to see. They know if they do it, the media will show it.

We'll never know if the Boston bombers really wanted to be glorified with photos of them in the media, but we do know that others out there admire them. If they go out and bomb a public event, could they get on a cover of a magazine too?

To add fuel to the fire, Rolling Stone is publishing this 3 months after the bombings. No editor can justify that to me. No one outside of the media business can justify that to me.

Some may argue that we're too sensitive now; that we need to see this stuff.

After we catch people who do this, what is the point of posting photos more than a few times? Why do they deserve a photo in a newspaper larger than 7 picas wide?

They don't. Again, no one can truly justify this type of glorification.

I'll get off my rant now and continue to run and focus on the greater good this world has to offer. …

Running for Boston shirt

Pre-Boston. Post-Boston.

Running for Boston shirtWhat happened April 15 at the Boston Marathon will forever be on my mind. The emotions from that day and then seeing the running community stand together have changed me. I feel like that day reset my thoughts and goals. There's the pre-Boston me and the post-Boston me. I think that's the case for a lot of people and the running community.

I'm not really sure what's next, and I have no idea if I'll stick to my non-marathon thoughts this year.

All of a sudden, anything I've ever said doesn't matter. I want new goals. I want new challenges. I want to run for completely different reasons than I did before April 15.

I feel like I have a 5,000-piece puzzle scattered on a table with non of the pieces put together. I'm in no hurry to start on the pieces, but I love this feeling of having options. ...

Stronger.

2013 Blue Ridge Half Marathon medal

There are so many things that have happened in the past few days that have completely changed my view of running.

Race weekend in Roanoke, Va., for the Blue Ridge Marathon is full of amazing stories -- the support for Boston by everyone, grabbing a photo with Bart Yasso, Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, meeting some awesome friends I've known through Twitter, interviewing with a local TV station about #RunChat, witnessing a runner completing the marathon backward for charity and, of course, finishing 13.1 miles to get to 26.2 for the week for Boston.

I could go on and on.

All of these things have made me realize that the running community is stronger than ever before. Everyone felt closer to each other this weekend. Boston was on the forefront of all conversations, but after the race was over there seemed to be more smiles and hugs and celebrating crossing the finish line.

From a personal standpoint, I feel stronger mentally after this week. Despite yesterday being my worst time on this course after a conservative start, I'm stronger physically. I'm stronger because of great new friendships that will last forever.

I can't even begin to explain how it feels to part of the running community right now. As Bart Yasso said at Friday's pasta dinner, running is all about "acceptance and community" around the world. There's no way I could have stated that any better.

Blue Ridge Marathon running legends

RunChat meet-up

RunChat at Blue Ridge Marathon

Frank Shorter

There is certainly more to say about this weekend, but for now I feel like I'm still taking this all in. My head is just spinning and spinning thinking about the weekend and running and what's ahead.

26.2 for Boston

Blue Ridge Marathon Running for Boston

I feel obligated to run. Just go out the door and run.

Then it hit me today. I wanted to join the Run 26.2 for Boston event on Facebook and hit 26.2 miles for the week when I cross the finish line of Saturday's Blue Ridge Half Marathon.

No matter where you are or how much you run or what you're training for, join the online movement to #RunforBoston. Also check out our posts on the #RunChat blog on ways you can help and show your support.

Post your miles. Post your photos in your race shirts. Stand as one.

It's for the runners.

It's for the spectators who pack every finish line.

It's for the volunteers who give us endless hours of help on the course.

It's for Boston.