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Last spring after spectating the Boston Marathon (again) I was motivated to qualify and go. I signed up at that time healthy and with my change in age group thought qualifying would be no big deal.
I had not counted on my leg getting messed up and 5 months later it is still a problem. I could have DNS, but I don’t have one of those on my record yet and don’t want one. So, ready or not, here I go.
The day of the race it was pouring down rain and the forecast was for the rain to increase to heavy. The drive up was difficult, and within a few minutes of being outside the car waiting for the bus we were already soaked. Fun…

Heidi and I were in our seats as others started to file in and I noticed the clothing they were wearing “I love to run” “Born to run” “Run Happy”. There was a lot of chatter by a bunch of very excited potential Boston Qualifiers. I was looking for my favorite shirt that would say “This could potentially suck” with a Mr. Yuk face on it but I did not see one. Neither Heidi or I wanted to be on that bus as sleeping in on a cold wet weekend day sounded like much more fun.

With that being my 60th marathon, I remembered there are 6 stages of the marathon.

  • “Oh Boy! I get to run! I feel so great! I am going to go really fast today!”
  • About mile 6 “I think I went out too fast”
  • About mile 10 “this is not as much fun as I thought it would be”
  • About mile 16 when apathy sets in, others say “what happened to his chatter, he seems kinda quiet”
  • About mile 23 when the overwhelming disappointment sets in, “I WILL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN” as there could be walking or shuffling at best.
  • After sprinting to the finish line “Don’t talk to me. I don’t want to talk about it” Then the excuse making BS starts.

Not everybody’s experience is like that. Some are great runners that can’t relate, but I think most of us who take a beating have this experience.

Anyway, back to the race. I decided to run with my heart rate at 80%, thinking I would be able to get through the day. Maybe it would not be pretty, but if I could avoid being roadkill and embarrassing myself (again) I would be happy enough. Better yet if I were able to avoid the 6 famous stages of the race. Maybe, just maybe, if I was feeling OK at the end of the race, I could put the hammer down and turn in a pretty good time.

As it turned out, despite about 1 inch of rain that fell during the race, I ended up exceeding my expectations by 5 minutes! I did avoid being roadkill mostly out of fear that if I walked, I would not be able to get moving again. I did successfully avoid foaming at the mouth in such a way I did not ruin other people’s good day or even mine! Another small win for mankind.

This is what I learned:

  • To control your attitude and mouth is not only possible, but beneficial for all!
  • You can do it.
  • Fear can be constructive or destructive. If you fear something bad enough, you will do what it takes to not have that result. Fear can be destructive too, causing you to sit in that comfy chair too long.
  • Pain is temporary. Pride of accomplishment last much longer.
  • How fast people run is about how fast people run. I have seen some train extensively and others not at all, and unless one is injured, their pace is usually consistent over the years. How discouraging is that?
  • It is good for me to push the limits of what I think is possible. There is time when the goal may seem unattainable, but with constant pressure to keep moving ahead, reaching those goals with the associated benefits usually does happen provided you are willing to pay the necessary price!
  • The light at the end of the tunnel means “a long-awaited indication that a period of hardship or adversity is nearing an end”

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