Sunday, January 08, 2012

Marathon

I did it! I ran my marathon in 4:12:57!

I have so much cool stuff to share about the marathon with you and a bunch of pictures to share but for now, I shall turn to the writing of one of my heroes, Dean Karnazes. Here is one of his quotes:

Don’t we spend enough of our lives doubting ourselves, thinking we’re not good enough, not strong enough, not made of the right stuff? The marathon gives you an opportunity to tackle these doubts head-on. It has a way of deconstructing your very essence, stripping away all your protective barriers, and exposing your inner soul. The marathon tells you it will hurt you, that it will leave you demoralized and defeated in a lifeless heap on the roadside. It says it can’t be done—not by you. Ha! It taunts you. In your dreams!

So you train hard. You dedicate yourself wholeheartedly, you sacrifice, and you overcome countless smaller challenges along the way. You pour everything you’ve got into it. But you know the marathon will ask for even more. In the dark recesses of your mind, a gloomy voice is saying, You can’t. You do your best to ignore this self-doubt but the voice doesn’t go away.

On the morning of your first marathon, the voice of doubt multiplies, becoming a full chorus. By mile twenty this chorus is screaming so loudly, it’s all you can hear. Your sore and weary muscles beg you to stop. You must stop. But you don’t stop. This time, you ignore the voice of doubt, you tune out the naysayers who tell you you’re not good enough, and you listen only to the passion in your heart. This burning desire tells you to keep moving forward, to continue putting one foot boldly in front of the other, and somewhere you find the will to do so.

Courage comes in many forms. Today you discover the courage to keep trying, to not give up, no matter how dire things become. And dire they do become. At the twenty-five mile mark, you can barely see the course any longer—your vision falters as your mind teeters on the edge of consciousness.

And then, suddenly, the finish line looms before you like a dream. A lump builds in your throat as you cover those final few steps. Now you are finally able to answer back to that nagging voice with a resounding Oh, yes I can!

You burst across the finish line filled with pride, forever liberated from the prison of self-doubt and self-imposed limitations that have held you captive. You have learned more about yourself in the past 26.2 miles than on any other single day in your life. You have never been so free. A marathon finish is more than just something you earn; a marathon finisher is someone you become.

As you are being helped away from the finish line, wrapped in a flimsy Mylar blanket, barely able to raise your head, you are at peace. No future struggle, doubts, or failure can wipe away what you accomplished today. You have done what few will ever do—what you thought you could never do—and it is the most glorious, unforgettable awakening. You are a marathoner, and you will wear this distinction not on your lapel, but in your heart, for the rest of your life.

Dean Karnazes—50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Well done! That's absolutely amazing, you should be so proud of yourself!

I've been reading your blog for quite some months now, and always enjoy hearing about Kylie's adventures! You have a lovely family :)

Jenn said...

Just checked your blog to see if you had updated!! That is awesome and an awesome pace!!!! You are giving a lot of people inspiration!

kathy said...

i knew u could do it! thought about u all day sending u much positive energy. congratulations....well done!

H2 said...

I am so inspired by you. I'm a long time reader. I'm starting the Couch to 5K tomorrow and I'm hoping to do my first 5K race in March.

H2 said...

Oh and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Alayna said...

CONGRATS!! That is such a huge accomplishment. I loved the quote, too.

Teaberry said...

congrats! Can't wait to hear all about it! You rock!

kerry said...

Congrats Wendy! I have been reading your blog since the first week you started and wow you are such an inspiration!

K J and the kids said...

YaY !

Mallory said...

Great job on your marathon!! You totally rock!

Stef Ryan said...

Awesome- congratulations! Your story has inspired me to try and get back in shape.

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