So what makes the month of April so special?

Yes, it is April, and in Greater Boston the groundswell has already begun.

For here, April is Boston Marathon Month, and the enthusiasm extends not only to runners like me but to a clear majority of this area’s 4.5 million residents. And the affinity for this special event extends nationally and worldwide; now more deeply than ever due to the act of terrorism that interrupted the 2013 race.

On that day, the first explosion occurred at 2:49pm. Four minutes earlier I had reached the finish line. More frightening, just two minutes before the explosion my 14-year-old son — who had joined me to run the last three miles of the race — crossed that line.

I, my son, family, friends and many associates all have undergone a significant amount of introspection since then. It’s startling how one’s perspective on so many of the big and little things in life can be altered by a single moment. In some ways, re-aligned priorities have been a blessing. In other ways, the anguish that comes with having experienced evil first-hand is something I would have rather not ever known, nor had been witnessed by my children.

The impact of that day continued to be a part of the narrative for the following two Boston Marathons, one of which I raced, and I suspect to one degree or another it will always be there. But this marathon did not become famous because of that incident. It was already the most respected marathon in the world — one where most participants must qualify by running an extraordinarily fast marathon in the prior year — and is one of the most cherished treasures held by the communities of Boston and surrounding New England.

So I prefer in this post to celebrate the little things that make this annual event so precious.

I remember how the arc of specific training challenged my body and mind in so many ways. When one must run many miles a week from December to March, conditions are rarely ideal. Snow, rain, wind and ice all became constants in my life, often for days at a time. That hardly sounds like a positive, but to a Boston Marathoner it is what makes the final effort even more satisfying.

I remember the intense camaraderie that developed within my training group. The shared goal and ebbs and flows of heightened training brings you closer to the people you run with. This special bond extends to how you interact with fellow runners at pre-race events, in the starting corral, and even with those runners who happen to be striding alongside you on the race course. There is a fondness that comes not from any attraction, but simply from a mutual understanding.

I remember the massive crowds of spectators at the starting line, at Wellesley College, on the infamous Heartbreak Hill, at Boston College, Coolidge Corner and certainly Boylston Street; cheering so loudly that screaming family members could not attract my attention as I passed by. Hundreds of school-aged children, watching curbside with their families, hold their hands out to slap those hands of us runners like we were celebrities.

I remember the encouraging words of my son as he ran with me the last few miles in 2013. “You’re the man,” he said. “Show your heart.” “No pain, no gain.” He is a teenager; I may not hear that again for some time.

I ran the race again the next year, so that the only memory my children would have of their dad at the Boston Marathon wouldn’t be the frightening one. I wanted them to remember that all those who participate in this annual celebration — whether running 26 miles or simply leaning back in a lawn chair on a street corner — feel part of a community that shows it actually cares. It’s a reminder that if we show kindness and empathy to those around us it can be absorbed and relayed even further to generate even more compassion in our everyday lives.

Happy April.

Learn more at the CherrytreeGroup website. 

Summary
So what makes the month of April so special?
Article Name
So what makes the month of April so special?
Description
Warren Kirshenbaum's experience at The Boston Marathon, the second time around.
Author
Publisher Name
The Cherrytree Group
Publisher Logo

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Meta

Written by:

54 Comments

  1. Hi there, You have done a great job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  2. December 5, 2019

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful information particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such info much.
    I was looking for this particular information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  3. December 6, 2019

    Hello There. I found your weblog using msn. That is
    an extremely smartly written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and
    return to read more of your helpful info. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll certainly return.

  4. December 6, 2019

    Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a
    blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange techniques with others, please shoot me an email if
    interested.

  5. December 7, 2019

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few
    minutes and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly
    anything done.

  6. December 7, 2019

    Hey there! I’ve been following your web site for a long
    time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work!

  7. December 9, 2019

    I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be using?
    I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest website and I’d like to find something more secure.
    Do you have any suggestions?

  8. December 10, 2019

    I take pleasure in, lead to I discovered just
    what I was looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt!
    God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  9. December 10, 2019

    Hello there, I found your website via Google at the same time as looking for a
    related subject, your site came up, it appears good.

    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just changed into aware of your blog thru Google, and found that it’s really informative.
    I am going to be careful for brussels. I will appreciate
    for those who proceed this in future. Lots
    of other people will be benefited out of your writing.
    Cheers!

  10. December 11, 2019

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to
    do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    thanks

  11. December 12, 2019

    You really make it seem really easy with your
    presentation however I find this topic to be really one thing that I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complicated and very extensive for me.

    I’m taking a look forward for your subsequent
    post, I will try to get the hold of it!

  12. December 13, 2019

    Hi there I am so excited I found your blog page, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just
    like to say cheers for a fantastic post and
    a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I
    have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the awesome jo.

  13. December 15, 2019

    Quality articles is the main to be a focus for the visitors to visit the site, that’s what this site is providing.

  14. December 16, 2019

    I’ve been browsing on-line more than three hours these days,
    yet I never found any fascinating article like
    yours. It’s beautiful value sufficient for me.

    In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably
    did, the net might be a lot more useful than ever before.

  15. December 17, 2019

    Hi there! I just would like to offer you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you’ve got here on this post.

    I will be returning to your website for more soon.

  16. December 28, 2019

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board
    and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to offer one thing back and aid others such as you helped me.

  17. December 29, 2019

    Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  18. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of
    your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write
    content for you? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating
    on most of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome site!

  19. December 30, 2019

    I simply want to tell you that I am beginner to blogs and absolutely savored this blog. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You amazingly come with wonderful articles. Cheers for revealing your web-site.

  20. December 30, 2019

    Thanks for finally talking about >So what makes the month of April
    so special? – Warren Kirshenbaum, President of the Cherrytree Group, LLC <Loved it!

  21. December 31, 2019

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate
    you writing this write-up and also the rest of the site is
    very good.

  22. January 1, 2020

    Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. January 3, 2020

    But wanna input on few general things, The website pattern is perfect, the content material is rattling superb : D.

  24. January 3, 2020

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It is the little changes that produce the most significant changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  25. January 5, 2020

    In fact my blog name is not appropriate to my blog niche. in this time i intend to convert my blog site to a site through blogger. however i do not recognize if i will do it, then how much will affect my blog site web traffic?.

  26. January 7, 2020

    Every weekend i used to go to see this web page, for the
    reason that i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web page conations in fact fastidious
    funny material too.

  27. January 7, 2020

    I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout
    of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect
    with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text
    for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you
    could space it out better?

  28. January 13, 2020

    I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

  29. January 13, 2020

    This is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  30. January 13, 2020

    MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  31. January 14, 2020

    It happens to be right time to put together some schedules for the upcoming. I’ve scan this blog and if I would, I desire to encourage you number of great recommendations.

  32. January 14, 2020

    Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!

    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward
    to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

  33. January 15, 2020

    Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile.

  34. January 15, 2020

    Hiya here, just got receptive to your weblog through The Big G, and realized that it is pretty educational. I’ll appreciate if you decide to continue on this post.

  35. January 15, 2020

    Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did
    you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out.
    Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Appreciate it

  36. January 15, 2020

    Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

  37. January 16, 2020

    Oh my goodness! a great article dude. Thanks a ton Nevertheless I will be experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Can not sign up for it. Perhaps there is anyone acquiring identical rss issue? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  38. January 16, 2020

    It happens to be perfect time to put together some intentions for the possible future. I’ve scan this article and if I have the ability to, I desire to recommend you few worthwhile recommendations.

  39. January 17, 2020

    Sapid Agency is a Search Engine Optimization company in New York City that provides SEO Services. Their proprietary SEO strategies help struggling websites and aspiring business owners to rank their websites higher in multiple search engines like Google , Yahoo and Bing. They provide local and gmb map ranking for businesses in NYC and many other local areas. Find more at https://www.sapidagency.com/ @ 145 E 57TH NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA, +1 971 341 5608 USA

  40. January 17, 2020

    Gday there, just turned receptive to your writings through Bing, and have found that it is quite useful. I’ll like if you decide to keep up this approach.

  41. January 17, 2020

    I simply want to say I am beginner to weblog and actually liked you’re web-site. Likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You amazingly come with remarkable writings. Regards for revealing your blog.

  42. January 18, 2020

    It certainly is practically impossible to find well-educated visitors on this matter, however , you come across as like you fully grasp what you’re revealing! Gratitude

  43. January 18, 2020

    It is usually proper occasion to produce some goals for the possible future. I’ve browsed this posting and if I may just, I wish to encourage you couple of useful tips.

  44. January 19, 2020

    It really is most suitable opportunity to prepare some intentions for the upcoming. I have scan this posting and if I may just, I want to suggest you handful great proposal.

  45. January 20, 2020

    It happens to be the best day to construct some schemes for the long-run. I have looked over this posting and if I could, I desire to suggest to you you handful useful recommendation.

  46. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog on callle guards.

  47. January 21, 2020

    Hi folks there, just started to be mindful of your blogging site through Search engine, and realized that it’s seriously beneficial. I will truly appreciate should you maintain these.

  48. January 27, 2020

    Unbelievably useful details you’ll have said, thank you so much for publishing.

  49. January 29, 2020

    Hi there everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this web site, and paragraph is in fact fruitful in favor of me, keep up posting these
    types of posts.

  50. February 10, 2020

    hair restoration should be more natural in the years to come because of stem cell research**

  51. February 12, 2020

    I like the valuable info you supply for your articles. I will bookmark your blog and test once more here frequently. I am slightly certain I’ll be told many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the following!

  52. February 14, 2020

    Great remarkable issues here. I am very satisfied to peer your post. Thanks so much and i’m taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  53. February 19, 2020

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I want to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and certainly not seem to get something done.

  54. February 19, 2020

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Extremely useful information particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.