If you go out today and run .2 miles you would think nothing of it. Drive .2 miles and before you blink it is gone. However tack that .2 miles on the end of a 26 miles marathon, and it is quite a different story. Finishing a marathon is almost like sensory overload. There are so many thoughts going through your head and so many different emotions. After the last .2miles are finished it is almost like it was a blur. It is hard to process that many emotions all at once.
There are many times while I am out alone for a long run early on a Saturday morning that I ask myself, why am I doing this? Is it for ego or for pride? If that is the reason, it’s not worth it. I usually think about that the last few miles of a marathon. I have several that I just always come back to.
1- I want my boys to see me living this way. I want to inspire them to do something big. I don’t want them to be watchers of life.
2- In this day and age with how tough times are on so many of us, the idea of doing something that seems impossible makes anything seem possible. So many are without hope and times are tough. When you cross the finish line you realize so many more things are possible.
3- The process. The finish line is just the finish line. It is just a banner or a line in the road. Without the months of training it would not have been possible. Getting to the start line is the greatest battle.
4- One of them came to me this last weekend. I was watching the movie WALL-E with my oldest son and I heard a line of the movie I have heard before but it stirs me each and everytime. The Captain in the movie says, “I don’t want to me safe, I want to live!” That to me captures the idea of the marathon. You have a choice, you can watch life from the sideline or you can risk it and do what seems impossible.
I have no desire to be safe and feel good. I don’t desire to watch others take a risk and wonder how it feels. I want to live.