I ran it in 4:48:46 and I’m proud of that- I think that course was a real test of endurance and dedication – I’m proud to have finished it at all. Maybe just take some satisfaction in knowing there are folks like me who train all the time too and want it real bad and even on their best day still could never come close to what you do on your worst day. And we still wake up and lace them up and head out there.
I want to cry because I have perspective. It’s easy to get wrapped up in life – in your own life.
In 2004 I ran Marine Corps Marathon after working the expo for three days straight. I didn’t get to sleep till late that night because my boss at the time – Dave Larson (best.boss.ever) – wanted to bring all the left over pizzas we had ordered to homeless shelters. So the night before the race we drove around in the Brooks wrapped Honda Element(I’m going to search for a picture because it was a pretty hilarious car) and brought pizza to those less fortunate than us. I ran that race in 4:56:19. I can honestly say it was really fun. I stopped – I walked – I chatted with people – I smiled for pictures(above). I know what it feels like to run an almost 5 hour marathon.
I wrongly have been assumed however that a time on the clock on Freedom’s Run clock would prove my effort – would show how much work I have put into my running for years.
I have perspective.
Congrats to you Rob for finishing the hardest marathon I hope I ever run. Congrats on finishing it with pride. Thank you for giving me perspective and really helping me to realize that effort and work certainly can not be measured by how low the numbers are on a clock.
Congrats to all the finishers that day for having the courage to start and even more so the courage to finish – We all ran the same hills regardless of how fast or slow – I feel all of us have a strange bond that only those who were there that day can truly understand.