Respect the Marathon? Part II

>> Thursday, June 10, 2010

You may remember a little post we did back in April called: Respect the Marathon? It was sparked by an advertisement in Runner's World and the ongoing debate over what is considered "really running" a marathon or not. If you don't remember what this is all about, go check out the post (which had some AMAZING comments, I might add). But the abridged version is in the photo above.

Sarah M. (in all her post-marathon glory, below) recently wrote us in personal response to this post and this advertisement. Her email gives me chills -- no joke. Her words are seriously inspiring/motivating . . . and she was nice enough to let us share her thoughts with you all!

I have been walking for fitness for about 8 years, and just transitioned into running in 2009. I had completed 5ks, 10ks and three half marathons by walking them, and decided it was time to bump it up a notch. Plus, when you run, you finish faster.

I did two half marathons last year, along with the 5ks, 10ks, 10-milers, etc. Somewhere along the way, I was inspired to run a marathon, which I said would never happen, especially 8-10 years ago. But, by God’s awesome grace, I completed my very first full marathon in April. Yes, it took me six hours, but I’m 178 pounds lighter than I used to be.

You are right. The marathon is about personal achievement. And, when I crossed that finish line in April, you would have thought I just won Boston.
  • Respecting the marathon is about the hour upon grueling hour you put into it the months and years leading up to it.
  • Respecting the marathon is writing the check, turning in your registration and believing that you can do it. You will do it, whatever it takes.
  • Respecting the marathon is, when the race course splits, following the full marathon route, not the half marathon route.
  • Respecting the marathon is not giving up at mile 18.
  • Respecting the marathon is meeting God at mile 23.
  • Respecting the marathon is putting one foot in front of the other.
  • Respecting the marathon is watching the mile markers increase with every step from 23, 24 and 25.
  • Respecting the marathon is having nothing left in you to give, but euphoria washing over you when you cross the 26 mile marker.
  • Respecting the marathon is finishing, whether you are crossing the finish line in 3:02 or 6:02.
  • Respecting the marathon is wearing the medal with pride, and wanting to do it again.
I’m not an elitist, and I’m not as hard-core as some of those athletes, but somewhere along this journey, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am an athlete too.

Wow. Right?

So, I hope you all enjoy and take as much from her words as we did. Sarah is truly an inspiration, a voice for the true spirit of the marathon. So, again, Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to write us this amazing message! And if you have a story about your own journey toward a healthy life you'd like to tell us, just shoot us an email at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com. You may even be featured on the blog!

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