It has been a year of training … a year of early mornings, leg rubbing, massage balls and sweating. It was a mammoth effort and he did it! 42.2kms! Through the 5 boroughs of New York, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. The vibe on the street was amazing, people lining up 3 people deep to cheer the runners on. We saw runners crying, hobbling, juggling, with prosthetic legs, in wheelchairs, young and old, you name it. The sun was out and so were the 1 million supporters … yes, 1 million, for the 50,000+ runners.
There were bands playing all along the race, they were giving out food and drink to the runners, and the crowd was cheering them on. It was such a wonderful event to be part of, and yes, I was an extremely proud wife 🙂
Running a marathon … I have learnt from watching my husband train from zero to hero that it doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes dedication, research, commitment and tenacity. Setting your mind on something, making time to give to it every day, building one block at a time towards your goal.
It makes me think about all the little marathons we are doing in our lives that are not celebrated. Raising kids, every day they need attention, time and focus, I can’t just give up, they need me. Finishing my Masters Degree. I have been chipping away at it for the last three years, the end is in sight, but it has been a marathon. Starting something is easy, finishing can be HARD. But the gifts are huge, what we develop on the way and receive at the end can be live changing. I guess life is a whole lot of mini marathons we are all running, some openly celebrated, and some in relative silence.
What is YOUR marathon right now? Are you running a few like me? I’d love to hear what yours are right now, share them with me and we can honor and celebrate them together in community.
Here is a big shout out to YOUR marathon. Whatever it is at the moment. YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!! GET UP AND KEEP GOING!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Much Love, Jennifer