Dedicated to my Team In Training teammates of the Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Chapter, North/Mid-Peninsula team
Most people training for their first marathon are overwhelmed by the 26.2 miles they would have to run. “I just want to finish,” they’d say. But crossing the finish line is more than “just finishing.”
I remember my first marathon: (The 2006 Honolulu Marathon)
“I was touched by the overwhelming number of supporters who lined the course near the finish line. The deafening cheers brought a smile to my face. But later, my lips quivered as my eyes welled up at the realization that I was about to finish my first marathon.”
I ran 26.2 miles- the farthest I’ve ran or will ever run in my lifetime. It was the most surreal experiences of my life; ranking alongside my wedding day and the birth of my sons.
When you approach the finish line, any questions of sanity or physical pain encountered during the 26.2 miles is quickly forgotten in the glory of the moment. The cheers and applause of the bystanders will make you feel like a rock star. And that you are because you've also raised money for cancer research- you've helped save a life.
When you cross the finish line, you become part of an elite group. You become a marathoner. That is less than 1% of the population. Completing a marathon earns you a virtual badge of honor that no one can take away from you. You gain a confidence that allows you to believe that anything is possible. The dedication, perserverance, and tenacity that goes into the months of training is worthy of the title, marathoner.
I salute all of you for accomplishing the most amazing run of your life.