Wow, we haven't done a Thursday Thoughts post in a long time. There's something I've been thinking about for a while and of course it has to do with running.
Before I started running long distances, I was a spectator of long distance running. I watched my sister run half marathons and marathons before I even considered running one (or two) myself.
As a spectator waiting at the finish line at these races, I saw runners come through who could barely make it across the finish line on their own. I've seen people collapse at the finish line and of course heard of people seeking medical attention and even dying along the course. Wow, these races must be serious (even the half marathons). Of course I never thought I would get to that level of running. And with so many things that could go wrong, who would want to, right?
But then I did it. I ran a half marathon and guess what, I crossed the finish line up right. I even went on to run a full marathon and finished up right then too. In spite of everything that can go wrong, I finished.
Watching the elites run the Olympic Trials on Saturday and seeing Shalane struggle really hit this point home. These races are not easy. Even the elites struggle. As I was watching them cross the finish line I thought "Wow, I can do that too" I can certainly not run it at the same pace as them, but I am covering the same distance. That's kind of a big deal, don't ya think?
We all live in a social media driven world where we can see every race that every one runs. It seems like people run half marathon like it's their job, ticking off one after another, state after state. We've come to assume this is "normal" and that everyone does it. You might think its normal only because you have surrounded yourself with people and social media networks where they are always talking about it. But really there is such a small population that has ever run a marathon, a half marathon, or even a 10K. Heck, even running a 5K is a huge accomplishment. So my point is, it doesn't matter if you an elite runner, a fast runner, or have just completed your first long distance race, You are accomplishing something that not every gets to experience. For that reason, YOU are a big deal!