Marathon not a race

‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain’. – Maya Angelou

O.K so you are stuck underground for over 2 months, not sure if you are going to come back out alive. What do you say to yourself…?

“The first thing I’m gonna do when I get out of here is to train for the New York marathon”.

Hmmm…not sure whether I find that interesting or inspiring. I’ll go for inspiring-ly interesting.

Eureka. It just dawned on me the reason why I have been finding getting off my butt and going for a run so challenging over the last…2 years. MOTIVATION.

I’m hoping it’s not going to take me falling down a manhole for 2 months before I find the motivation to put one foot in front of the other and go for a run.

I have also realised that 2005 was a long time ago and it is no longer acceptable to try and live off the legacy of my 2005 marathon run. I think it might be time for me to change the interests on my CV from running marathons to jogging every now and then.

Seeing the NY Marathon ads online and reading Edison Pena story got me reminscing about my NY Marathon (OK indulge me – you run 26.2 miles and see if you’re not talking about it 5 years after the fact) and wondering what motivated me to make the effort to train and complete the Marathon. It was a real desire to achieve a goal and put myself to the test to find out what was really possible. I’m really proud of my marathon run. It taught me alot about the human body and spirit, as Henry Ford was quoted as saying, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right”. After a certain point it was definitely will that determined whether I crossed the finishing line.

Sometimes when we achieve great things we get complacent and instead of building on the achievements we relax and spend time basking in the glory. Before we know it, 5 years have passed and our achievements have become a historical event rather than part of a series.

Mr. Pena is a great reminder that one great feat should inspire another. Less than a month above ground and off Mr. Pena goes to take on a new challenge. Good luck Mr. Pena. Look forward to seeing you at the finishing line.

Click here to read my blog diary from New York Marathon 2005

Photo by: Hugo Infante/Government of Chile, via Associated Press