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The Marathon is not about the race...

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

September 4th, 2013

“The Marathon is not about the race …

It’s about commitment…it’s not about instant gratification, it’s about endurance. It’s not about the thrill, it’s about passion. To run a marathon, you need to not only commit to the sport, you need to commit to yourself. In short, to run a marathon, you need to be a runner.”

December 29th, 2009 I made a decision to take my life back from obesity. I also made the decision that day to finish the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December of 2011.

Backing up a little bit…..I remember watching the White Rock Marathon on TV early in December of 2009 and thinking to myself, these people are crazy. Why in the world would anybody in their right mind want to run for 26.2 miles? How long did they have to train to be able to do that? What kind of shape were these people in to finish a marathon? Keep in mind I had all these thoughts from my oversized comfy chair in my warm living room, probably while eating something.

I simply could not get my head around the concept of being a marathon runner. If I’m being honest, I couldn’t my head around the idea of getting off the couch. Yet there I was opening my mouth making a commitment to finish a marathon. I couldn’t do this until I’d lost a great deal of weight and trained for it, neither of which I knew much about yet.

So I started. I ate less and worked more……..

Much like the quote states at the beginning of this blog, it’s about commitment. I am committed to my journey to a fit life. There is no room for instant gratification on my journey. Have I had gratifying moments on the journey, absolutely, but not without working for it. I developed a passion for running. The passion of feeling my feet hit the pavement. The feeling of my heart pounding harder as I push myself. The passion of taking in as much air as possible to allow my muscles to breath. The passion of the exhale and feeling relaxed as this happens with every breath. The feeling of having the sweat roll down my brow and into my eyes. The pure joy I get from every single step.

For me…the marathon is not about the race, it’s not about a show, it’s about my life. You see, I am committed to the sport of running and I plan to run for many years to come……I am a runner.

“The Marathon is not about the race …
It’s about commitment…it’s not about instant gratification, it’s about endurance. It’s not about the thrill, it’s about passion. To run a marathon, you need to not only commit to the sport, you need to commit to yourself. In short, to run a marathon, you need to be a runner.”

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JANETRIS 9/6/2013 3:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks Jman for the inspiration!

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MISSLISA1973 9/6/2013 7:36AM

    You are not just a runner, you are an inspiration. You are amazing.

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CELIAMINER 9/5/2013 2:40PM

    Diana Nyad, you, Brad Miller, Nell Jones...I love the motivation and inspiration!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/5/2013 9:49AM

    Very well written

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/5/2013 12:49AM

    And that is why so many people fail. They won't commit to themselves. Yay you for keep it up!

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2013 7:44PM

    I get it! Thanks so much for taking the time to post.
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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CHUBRUB3 9/4/2013 7:03PM

    Thank you for sharing this.
Awesome!


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BOBBYD31 9/4/2013 6:59PM

    "you need to commit yourself " is how that should have read LOL
you are a runner and i am sure you will continue a long running career, if you ever want an easy challenge on a 30k show up to JASR at the end of march

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