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A tribute to fitness overachievers!

Friday, November 09, 2012



Iíve come across this poster a lot this past week. On bus stops, on TV, on Facebook, on sports sites. To be honest, I feel jealous and kind of disappointed. I wanted to be part of this. Not the marathon, of course, but one of the other races that are held on the same day. But it was my choice not to sign up for it. And I keep reminding myself that just because something is not happening for me right now, it doesnít mean that it will never happen. It means Iím not ready for it.

But this is not to talk about me. This is to talk about them. The people who are the personalization of commitment, determination, courage and will-power all in one. The marathoners.

And Iím not talking about the people who are athletes and have been running since they were teenagers. Not that their accomplishments are inferior. But I really admire and look up to all those people who took up running late in their lives. People who started running counting their heavy breaths until they managed to finish a mile. And they ended up transforming this mile into 26.2. They went from a few meters to 42.2 kilometers. I feel so lucky to have met many of those people here.

I always read marathon blogs. And they always bring me to tears with overwhelming feelings of admiration and awe. Their training, what brought them to the big day, is usually a mix of joy and disappointment, belief and disbelief, peaking and dipping self-confidence, courage and discouragement. And all this mixture of emotions leads them throughout their training journey which is not happening in a parallel dimension. Itís part of their daily lives and it co-exists with their demanding roles in their families, jobs, societies.

But whatís almost always the most impressive and overwhelming part is their experience from the race day. Their description of how they managed to overcome their bodiesí limits and their fears. The persistence that helped them continue. The thoughts that guided them through all the mind barriers. The hidden stockpiles of strength which helped them surpass their limits of physical and emotional endurance. And this small step of victory, the one that crossed the finish line and felt like a giant leap which marked a life-changing point in their own personal story and their lifeís achievements.

I wanted to name all of you in this blog. But Iím afraid I might forget someone and it wouldnít be fair. All of you, my Sparkfriends, whether youíve run a full or a half marathon Ė you know who you are Ė have been an endless source of inspiration for me. And I believe youíve done the same for other people, too.

This Sunday, more than 9,500 people will be running the authentic marathon route, the one that named this wonderful athletic event. People from all five continents of the planet and people of all ages. Many of them are well into their seventies and the older one is a man from Italy who is proudly running at the 84th year of his life! If youíre looking for inspiration this weekend, think about this man!

Good luck, marathoners! Keep on showing us the way to achievement.

Thank you for reading, Sparkers. Have a great weekend!
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ANNIEONLI 11/13/2012 8:30AM

    Ahhh...my Greek goddess Sparkfriend has inspired me once again!

I'm running my second 5K in a week with my sister in law...and while I am a bit rusty and have not trained, I am not bailing on her since it's her very first one.

Support is half the battle sometimes!

Thanks for yours!!
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KANOE10 11/13/2012 7:25AM

    Great blog. I admire the marathon people here also..very dedicated and hard working people who have made fitness so important in their lives!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/11/2012 9:20AM

    Great blog-Thanks!
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VIXSTERLU 11/11/2012 12:40AM

    "And I keep reminding myself that just because something is not happening for me right now, it doesnít mean that it will never happen. It means Iím not ready for it."

This sooo resonated with me today! I have been feeling exactly this and I really want to be able to put that 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on my care, but it's just not my time, won't be for a while. But I will get there, with the help of those blogs you mention and friends like you! You are inspiring Elle! Thank you.



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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/10/2012 2:07PM

    I agree completely - I want to do something like this so bad it HURTs. And I know I will get there and so will you!

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THOMS1 11/9/2012 2:18PM

    Good blog! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/9/2012 12:40PM

    Well said!! And I'll just add one thing - if you really WANT to run a marathon, you CAN!! Its all about training!!

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NASFKAB 11/9/2012 10:30AM

  awesome thanks

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BAKER1009 11/9/2012 9:27AM

    Beautiful blog Elle!
I love reading the marathoners blogs too, and all about how it felt to do it. I enjoyed running track in high school, but nothing long distance. I am not sure that marathons are for me, but ya never know I suppose. For now, I'll just live through people like Nikki! LOL!

Have a wonderful weekend too!!
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MICKEYH 11/9/2012 9:18AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing !!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/9/2012 8:09AM

    Great blog! I agree, those marathoners are amazing and crazy at the same time, lol! But like you, I love reading their stories, being excited about the results, and crying with them in their despair.

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CAT609 11/9/2012 7:19AM

    Awesome. I would like to be a part of it, too.

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NUOVAELLE 11/9/2012 6:11AM

    JSTETSER thank you for your comment. I'm sorry I misguided you with the title of my blog "A tribute to those who deserve it." I am not American and I had no idea about Veterans day being this Sunday. Thank you for pointing it out to me. I changed the title to avoid misguiding other Sparkers, too.

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JSTETSER 11/9/2012 5:40AM

    Go girl! I thought that this blog was going to be about celebrating Veterans for Veterans Day.

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