1) I've lived in the Boston metro area since 1989. I've always said that Boston is where I happily live, but Phoenix is home. As I lace up and don a race shirt for an easy 4 miles today, I realize that I've been lying to myself. The Valley will always be part of my soul and my First True Home, but Boston is Home now.
2) The explosions have brought together the running community in a powerful way. But let's all remember that, for the most part, it was the spectators who were killed and injured. Not the runners. So if you're a runner, give a special hug to everyone who shows up at races to support you, to the spouse or partner who stays with the kids so you can go on a run or participate in a race, and anyone who enjoys watching races.
This reminds me a lot of the 1996 bombing during the Atlanta Summer Olympics. My personal opinion is that it's not about the Marathon or Boston or running, but about picking a time and event that would be crowded and draw international attention. We are all innocent bystanders.